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Old 05-09-2012, 01:15 AM   #1
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Default Strange looking grain/seeds in my 2-row?

So I have been an all-grain brewer for close to a decade, and I feel like I've never seen such a large quantity of weird looking seeds/grain in a bag of grain I bought as this one I recently picked up at a LHBS. Tonight I opened the bag and poured it into the bucket/tub I use for storing 2-row, and I'd say about 1 out of every 100 grains look like these on the right (regular barley on the left for scale):



So, have I just not been paying attention all this time and is this normal? If so, what are these?

In case you're curious, this is a 50 lb bag of Briess 2-Row Brewer's Malt.


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Old 05-09-2012, 02:51 AM   #2
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That almost looks like wild rice... but I have a hard time believing that would be mixed in.


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Old 05-09-2012, 02:54 AM   #3
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Thistle seeds?
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i've been brewing a few years also, and have no idea
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Old 05-09-2012, 03:01 AM   #5
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I'd send the package information to Briess along with the picture. Agreed that it looks like wild rice.
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Old 05-09-2012, 11:59 AM   #6
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When you grow grains on the farm, you will see these kinds of kernels. These are kernels that for some reason didn't fill completely and if you process them correctly they will be blown out as they are less dense. Since they are less dense, the heat used to cure the malted grain has darkened the husk. Nothing wrong with them, they will act a lot like rice hulls in your mash.
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Old 05-11-2012, 09:10 PM   #7
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I just thought I'd share the response I got from Briess in case anyone else encounters this:

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From: Connie Krebsbach
Date: Fri, May 11, 2012 at 4:46 PM
Subject: RE: BrewingWithBriess.com Customer Inquiry

Hi Winn,

We received your request through our website. I forwarded your email to our production & quality staff and they informed me that this is actually wild oats. Wild oats along with wheat are commonly found in barley fields & are hard to catch in the screen when cleaning the barley. Our spec on wild oats is less than 1%. They also informed me that it won't effect your beer. Thank you for your inquiry & I hope this helped with any concerns you may have had.

Thank You!
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1 out of 100 sounds like 1%, not "less than 1%". Never seen such a thing in any of the grain I've bought.
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Of course if you were an enterprising malt house and somehow were able to remove or screen the " very difficult" wild oats out beyond the 1% spec. Wouldnt it be good business ( read: profit) to be sure that you had as close to 1% wild oats in every sack?

Hypothetically speaking of course.... Jus' sayin'
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