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Old 07-27-2011, 08:26 PM   #1
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Default Removing Rootlets When Malting

Ok. I get how to remove the rootlets of sprouted buckwheat, but how would one remove them from sprouted quinoa? The seeds are so tiny that I don't think any mesh strainer could do the job. Any suggestions? Could I just roast the quinoa as I liked and brew a beer with some of the rootlets attached?
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Old 07-27-2011, 10:35 PM   #2
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You don't want the roots in your beer. Try some and you'll see that they taste awful. After you've kilned your grain, put it into a pillow case, tie it shut and give it a spin in the dryer (no heat). The roots should break off and you can separate them with a strainer.
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Old 07-27-2011, 10:53 PM   #3
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Definitely. I'll keep them out of my beer. I've got the steps you gave me, but I don't think any strainer is going to be fine enough to separate grains as tiny as quinoa from their roots. That was my question.
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Old 07-28-2011, 04:15 PM   #4
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Winnowing should work if the quinoa is heavier than the rootlets. Drop the mix through a slight breeze or fan created wind stream, the roots blow away, you catch the seeds in a basket or on a sheet below, etc. You may have to do it a couple of times.
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Winnowing should work if the quinoa is heavier than the rootlets. Drop the mix through a slight breeze or fan created wind stream, the roots blow away, you catch the seeds in a basket or on a sheet below, etc. You may have to do it a couple of times.
Agreed. If your mesh isn't fine enough, this method works.
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winnowing works great!
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