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Old 08-19-2010, 10:21 PM   #1
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Hi, I am about to try using sunflower seeds as the base gain to my GF beer and wanted to know if any one knew if I needed to remove the seed husk on the sunflower to steep this grain? Thanks

 
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Old 08-20-2010, 12:56 AM   #2
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aaaaaaaaa. Im going out on a limb here but, you would have to crack the (seed).

Where did you find "malted" sunflower seeds? Oh you would need to malt them, can they be....malted?

What is the diastatic power of sunflower emzyms?

Have you thought, or researched this through?
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Old 08-20-2010, 11:05 AM   #3
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I hate to add an issue AND not answer your question, but I'd be concerned with all the oil. I know people have used different nuts and seeds in beers and wines by crushing them and removing some of the oil, but sunflowers are VERY oily. Just something to think about.

Good luck and I really hope to hear more about what you're doing and how. It sounds dilicious!
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Old 08-20-2010, 01:41 PM   #4
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Wow! I've never heard of malted sunflower seeds but I suppose they would malt. If you have the time give it a try with the shell cracked/on and with the shell off. Good luck and let us know.
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Old 08-20-2010, 03:39 PM   #5
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Well, yes, you'll have to remove the husk. However, sunflower seeds are oily enough you can practically burn them as candles.

More importantly, they have very few carbohydrates, which makes them useless for brewing. They run 7-14% carbs vs 75% for barley and other grains.


 
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More importantly, they have very few carbohydrates, which makes them useless for brewing. They run 7-14% carbs vs 75% for barley and other grains.
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Old 10-23-2010, 08:50 PM   #7
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So, first attempt malting the sunflower seeds went all wrong. They attracted soooo many fruit flies. Second attempt went well. With 10 lbs of sunflower I made 3 gallons with a OG of 1.050. So it is fermenting as I type and smelling oh so good! I didn't take the husk off and so far no problems with oil. We'll see.

 
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Were the malted sunflower seeds your only source of fermentables? What was the mash like; did you grind them up nearly to a flour?
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Old 10-24-2010, 08:51 AM   #9
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This thread makes me want to sprout anything with a seed and malt it.
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Old 10-25-2010, 03:04 PM   #10
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Well, good on you for still trying. This should be interesting...

 
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