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Old 02-14-2014, 10:39 PM   #251
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Ive been home malting organic barley grain from the local farm supply but didnt know what type it was. These harrington seeds look to be high quality, so hopefully i can get a larger area planted after the first harvest. Just did my first two batches of homebrew last week all homemade malts. This looks like a fun hobby. Jumping in with both feet.


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Old 02-14-2014, 10:59 PM   #252
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Be sure to post some pics!

I'm thinking about doing some practice maltings with some bought barley soon. It certainly makes sense.

On the growing front, do small berries result in small progeny?

For example, is it worth grading the seed for next season and discarding the small ones, or has it more to do with environmental factors than genetics?

Once I get to production size, these things will start to matter.

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Old 04-29-2014, 01:55 PM   #253
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Sad news!

My field of bere was plowed under. This is the hazard of growing on a field you don't own.

I didn't plant all of my bere seed so I'm not wiped out, but it looks like my dream of a 100% homegrown beer will have to be postponed a bit.

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Old 04-29-2014, 06:02 PM   #254
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Oh no! That really sucks!!

Is it too late to replant elsewhere?

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Old 04-30-2014, 04:10 AM   #255
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I don't have access to any other fields.

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Old 05-04-2014, 12:02 AM   #256
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I don't have access to any other fields.
If you can get to Montana I lend you as many acres as you want.
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Old 05-06-2014, 02:32 PM   #257
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Getting ready up North here to plant the spring barley. 3 varieties this year...

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Yes, that does really suck. I too will offer my assistance. We are about a month late for best planting date so the quality will not be the best but you can at least get your seed back for next fall. I am set up for planting small seed lots so I would only need a few pounds.It would go under water so a complete failure is unlikely.

Update on my stuff: I planted the 6th one out last Friday. The first 5 (planted between 4/10 and 4/19) are all up. About 400 sq/ft of 4 (Otis, Poppenhiem, Kitzing & Bavarian) and 900 sq/ft of 2 (Chevalier & Moravian). Not bad for getting 100 seeds last October. I still have 2 late ones yet to harvest in the green house. Probably wait till next year on those. Otter (winter type) is flowering now in the greenhouse.

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Old 05-08-2014, 04:45 PM   #259
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Oh great. I'm about 80% through digging 500 sq feet of garden (burying organic matter) and find out the land owner is selling their land.

At least I haven't planted yet but it has poured cold water on my grow out operations for this summer.

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Old 05-15-2014, 01:30 PM   #260
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Spring updates from my end of the world:

I've got 32 sqft each of Halcyon & Maris Otter (winter varieties). I had been worried about winterkill, as they looked pretty sorry coming out of our unusually harsh winter; they seem to be bouncing back pretty well. Halcyon is starting to head (I can see the tips of the awns), and the MO looks to be about a week, maybe two behind it.

I've got 12 sqft of Bere, 4 sqft of Hana, and 28 sqft of Conlon (spring varieties). The Conlon and Hana are pretty well keeping pace with each other, while the Bere looks to be a few days behind it. They were sown on 7 April, and are all about 9" tall so far.

I've got 16 sqft of unidentified oats, a gift from a friend. They're keeping pace with the spring barley.

I have four varieties of hops growing, in a number of locations. I had put in rhizomes by my deck last year, but most of them died for a variety of reasons, and new rhizomes were put in this year. At the deck, I have: Willamette (new rhizomes sprouted, old rhizomes are already nearing 5' tall); Cascade (new rhizomes sprouted, only a couple of inches as yet); Magnum (new rhizomes sprouted, old rhizomes about 18" tall); and Sterling (new rhizomes sprouted). By a couple of old pear trees, I planted two four-year-old Cascade rhizomes; they're already up around 8' tall or so. I have a new Willamette coming up by the lone birch tree on the property, and it's about 8" tall. A new Magnum at the base of an old telephone pole is about 4".

<whew> Who knew 'watching plants grow' could take so much energy?

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