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Old 10-22-2007, 05:47 PM   #1
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I'm trying to get my plans together for my first all grain brew. My sister in-law works at a feed store, and can get a great deal on barley. Is there any difference between feed barley and the barley you'd buy from a brew shop?
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Old 10-22-2007, 05:49 PM   #2
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There's a huge difference in quality, I'm sure. Is this malted barley that you're talking about, or raw?
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I doubt very much if it will be malted.
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I'm pretty sure Briess and Thomas Fawcett (sp) aren't shipping their malted barley off to feed cattle.
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Is this malted barley that you're talking about, or raw?

yes, malted
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Well for one thing, most brewer's barley is 2-row. Animal Feed barley is 6-row. Also animal feed is just grain - not malt. So unless you have the ability to malt the grain yourself then leave the animal feed to the animals.
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Why on earth are a feed store selling malted barley?

Don't forget brewers grain is unmalted.

Feed barley Costs $270 per tonne
Brewers barley costs $345 per tonne
Malted it around $400 per tonne

If you are right then I'd go for it. But double check. As far as I know all malsters have their name on the malt sack.
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I asked my sister in-law if it was malted, she had said she thought the store carried both malted and raw. I'm not too concerned about the difference between 2 and 6 row malt at this point
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Not exactly on-topic, but interesting:

http://www.ethanolrfa.org/objects/do...y_and_beer.pdf
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I have a hard time believing that maltsers are going to the trouble of malting (floor malting, tower or otherwise) and then shipping it off for cows to eat.

Barley is malted for the specific purpose of brewing (beer and distilled spirits) and for food additives (cereal, bread, etc...)

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The exception would be if a batch went bad or was well past it's expiration, in which case I doubt you'd want to use it for brewing beer.
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