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  1. drummstikk

    100% homegrown

    Hi all -- It's been a while. I never did achieve 100% homegrown but many of you have! :) Thanks for keeping this thread alive and passionately pursuing homegrown grains. We are a small subset of a relatively large hobby -- I wonder how many beer farmers there are out there? I've since graduated...
  2. drummstikk

    Let´s make nuruk from scratch!

    Indeed, there is nothing "Belgian" about the yeast and bacteria found in lambic. Have you seen Cantillon? It's in a dirty Brussels suburb with trash on the street. Likewise, I imagine there is nothing particularly "Korean" about traditional nuruk. I bet you can entirely recreate it with the...
  3. drummstikk

    Let´s make nuruk from scratch!

    Ok, it seems like you are reconstituting a nuruk from pure cultures? That seems like it would work, for sure. But is it really nuruk? Korean nuruk is not inoculated with any cultured microorganisms. Everything comes from the wheat, water, straw, and the fermentation chamber (which likely...
  4. drummstikk

    Let´s make nuruk from scratch!

    Looks like OP is gone? I tried making nuruk a while back. One problem I encountered was controlling humidity. Uncovered in coastal California weather (40-55% humidity), no fungus will grow. Yet, enclosing the fermenting nuruk in a plastic box (100% humidity) allows a lot of fungal growth with...
  5. drummstikk

    100% homegrown

    Pretty cool! Anything that limits growth should limit lodging. I bet the lawn planting limited growth through increased competition, or perhaps limited root development. It's a great result. Will be excited to see how the yield compares with commercial (plowed) yields.
  6. drummstikk

    100% homegrown

    My efforts are beginning to pay off in recovering after the fencing company destroyed my previous crop. Two-leaf bere seedlings are coming up nicely. I added some seeds to areas that didn't receive enough, either through my own error when planting or through failure to germinate or...
  7. drummstikk

    100% homegrown

    Awesome.
  8. drummstikk

    100% homegrown

    I'm sorry to hear it! Lodging is so deflating -- you watch with pride all season as your little plants grow big and tall, then they just get knocked down. In the past, I still got a great harvest from my lodged areas. There's not much you can do about it, so don't worry! The buckwheat...
  9. drummstikk

    100% homegrown

    Googling reveals: The most serious source of exposure to soil lead is through direct ingestion (eating) of contaminated soil or dust. In general, plants do not absorb or accumulate lead.
  10. drummstikk

    100% homegrown

    Yes, and competition between roots for nutrients and space might affect your seedlings too. Most of these crops we grow are not selected to compete in an ecosystem. People deride "monoculture," but it's been this way since the beginning of farming.
  11. drummstikk

    100% homegrown

    Landlord replaced the fence in my backyard over the weekend while I was out of town. The crew ransacked my yard. And they killed my crop and even covered it up with dirt. The plants that were left standing had many of their filling grains knocked out. Why would they go out of...
  12. drummstikk

    100% homegrown

    Oh good idea! One explanation is that if the top layer of soil never dries out, the plants grow shallow roots, then fall over. Also encouraging vegetative growth during the jointing phase (due to high nitrogen, other factors?) can lead to lodging. Right, each seed you plant yields fewer...
  13. drummstikk

    Howto: Capture Wild Yeast

    Yeast and bacteria do not travel very well on wind (though it is possible), but mold spores are specialists in wind travel. If you put out near-sterile jars and prevented insects from entering, your jars likely ended up with a lot of mold spores but little bacteria or yeast. Most people here...
  14. drummstikk

    100% homegrown

    5 leaves with 2 tillers on the Conlon. Leaves of main plant are labeled 1-5 Tillers are T1, T2 Tiller leaves are T1-1, T1-2, etc.
  15. drummstikk

    100% homegrown

    Woo hoo! I finally have a back yard. It's not big, only 50 square feet, but it'll do. Oh it'll do. Removed landscaping stones (who would ever cover up arable land when there's thirsty throats to quench?) and mixed a cubic foot of steer manure into the top layer of soil. Planted Copeland at...
  16. drummstikk

    100% homegrown

    Malting varieties of barley are usually optimized for synchronous germination and steady, synchronous growth of the acrospire. These traits matter quite a bit in commercial malt houses, but they're not very important when you malt grains at home. Who cares if you lose 5% of your total sugar...
  17. drummstikk

    100% homegrown

    Is it too high for dry land farming? The question was not about conventional farming (cultivation and irrigation). I would almost always follow guidelines for something like seeding rate. Professional agriculture researchers know more than we do.
  18. drummstikk

    100% homegrown

    Winter crops often have a vernalization requirement. You can learn about it for each grain to make sure your winter will meet the requirements. If you decide to use those grains for a higher calling than rabbit food, do let them go to seed and completely dry on the stalk. You can malt just...
  19. drummstikk

    100% homegrown

    Hey Farside, If you were irrigating and fertilizing, I'd say the seeding rate isn't critically important, because the plants can tiller to some extent to fill their space. (My first crop was somewhat under-seeded, for example, but I still got a yield close to a commercial yield.) But if...
  20. drummstikk

    100% homegrown

    Sounds like a good idea. Barley definitely has an optimal range for spacing. Let us know how it goes! Could be a lot less expensive than shelling for a plate seeder! If it works out, I think I would do the same in my next planting.
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