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Old 09-12-2013, 06:02 PM   #1
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I just put in a strip of winter barley. Took me a while to research, order and get it, bit I have 50 lbs of Endeavor winter malting barley, way more that I need for sure. If you are a gardener, food plotter, farmer, and want some seed, get ahold of me. Just looking to mitigate my costs if possible.



 
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Old 09-12-2013, 06:07 PM   #2
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You could malt the remaining seed (unless it's treated) or save it for next year. Endeavor is a great variety for malting.

Would you PM where you got it from?



 
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Old 09-13-2013, 06:04 PM   #3
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Because I'm just into growing things like trees (oaks, apples, nut trees), vegetables, berries, grains (wheat,oats,buckwheat, rye), flowers - especially perenial wildflowers, hops - I wanted some of my own barley to reproduce maybe for years on end as I hombrew beer as well. The seed does look treated with some red powder coat of some sort. Regarding not malting because of the treatment coat - I would think that would be washed away with the malting process. Might add some "complexity" to the beer too eh? Ha!

 
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Old 09-14-2013, 06:00 PM   #4
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Old 09-18-2013, 12:58 PM   #5
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Hmm what part of michigan? Maybe I could throw it in my dads garden. I've never harvested it before though and not sure how to malt it. But I could always learn. Whats the cost?

 
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Old 09-18-2013, 12:59 PM   #6
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Also can this be done by hand? I don't have any equipment. I was thinking about asking my neighbor farmers to plant 1 row of barley for me and see if I could get a bunch of 2 row. Just need to research how to harvest it.

 
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Old 09-19-2013, 01:08 PM   #7
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Sure it can be done by hand! And man - the germination rate on this is recorded at 97% and I believe that's true as mine is already up and growing in thick - looks like every seed is doing it! Just break some ground broadcast some seed - rake it in to settle it a bit and wait for rain.

I planted Thursday Sept 12th (in the rain) - could see sprouts on Tuesday. More rain coming today (Sept 19th) and Tomorrow. Off to a great start!

I'm in Auburn Hills daytimes - Ortonville nightimes.

 
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Old 10-01-2013, 01:54 AM   #8
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I just put in a strip of winter barley. Took me a while to research, order and get it, bit I have 50 lbs of Endeavor winter malting barley, way more that I need for sure. If you are a gardener, food plotter, farmer, and want some seed, get ahold of me. Just looking to mitigate my costs if possible.
I am in Indiana and was considering growing some winter barely as a crop cover, and as a bonus I can then malt it and brew with it. Is that what you are doing also? I am brand new and just looking into this but it looks like it could be fun. That being said I garden entirely in raised beds. I have 4- 5x10 ft raised beds. I wonder if that is even enough to bother with?

 
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Old 10-01-2013, 07:39 PM   #9
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Growing real good.
@Ally - yes, I am growing this with the hope of harvesting some for home malting and for replanting as grain is good for wildlife - the deer, phesants, turkeys, squirrels - they love me - yeah - they really do.

And here comes some heat and rain - it is outgrowing my rye, wheat and oats for sure.

Jim

 
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Old 10-02-2013, 06:47 PM   #10
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I am in Indiana and was considering growing some winter barely as a crop cover, and as a bonus I can then malt it and brew with it. Is that what you are doing also? I am brand new and just looking into this but it looks like it could be fun. That being said I garden entirely in raised beds. I have 4- 5x10 ft raised beds. I wonder if that is even enough to bother with?
Great for a cover crop, as a green manure. If you want the grain from this, be prepared to have the space it is in unavailable for other gardening until early to mid July


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