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Crop yields vary vastly depending on soil conditions, amount of rainfall, fertilization, pest control, etc. On my family's farm, there are places where the wheat grows tall and thick, and less than 10 feet away, plants are so thin and sparse that it would almost be better to let that area go fallow. In any case, crop yields for barley tend to range between ...


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Assuming we're dealing with just basic malted wheat, and plain ol' 2-row malted barley... Your malted barley has a clean smooth lightly malted flavor. It has enough diastic power to convert itself and other adjuncts, up to 10% of it's own weight. It is relatively low in protein, and easy to mash with a single infusion. Barley can be used for 100% of a mash. ...


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If you're looking for a more technical description, you want to look into the process of "mashing". Beer mashing and spirits mashing operate on essentially the same principles. For a typical barley malt, roughly 80% of the mash by weight will be converted into sugars. In other words, if you mash with 10 pounds of malt, roughly 8 pounds will end up dissolved ...


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Since the process before distilling is basically the same as beer making, here is what happens: You mill the barley and make your 'barley soup', the mash You then drain the liquid from the soup (wort) and put that to ferment Back on your soup kettle (mash tun) you are left with the barley kernels and husks. During the mash you extracted a (hopefully) ...


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According to this ProBrewer page about whiskey distillation, the initial mash is 100Kg of malted barley and 600 litres of water, for a 6:1 ratio. This yields 80 - 87 litres of 80 proof spirit. As for the waste, U.S. 2-row malt has an extract potential of 79%, so 21% of the malt (modulo conversion efficiency), by weight, is not converted to sugar. That would ...


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Homebrew legend Dan Listermann has written about his barley growing experience in Ohio. He harvested 10% as much as he planted! Keep in mind that if you grow barley, you have to malt it. It's not too hard to make crappy malt, but it's really hard to make good malt. If someone is thinking of growing and malting their own barley, they should do it for the ...


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Post mashing you've actually removed much of the nutritional portion of it and put that stuff in your wort. The primary component left then is all that fiber. Even using the unmashed malt for the normal human diet, its a very high fiber to nutrient ratio. You can eat it but it is a lot of fibrous material to digest. Thoroughly cooking it will soften the ...


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You don't want to eat the husk. You can, but it's about like eating a wood toothpick. But we need husks in the mash as they work as the filter for lautering. As for using a spent grain. After a mash you will spead it out very thin to dry, turning it often. Puting it on a screen with a fan below helps speed up the drying process. Wet spent grain can "spoil" ...


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To sort of answer part of your question, in making scotch whiskey for example, the wort is fermented into a "Wash", which is double-distilled into a "new make spirit" containing 60-70% abv., which is then diluted with water to approximately 63.5% abv before being put into barrels for aging. Source: Wikipedia.


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1 acre is 43,264 square feet, which is a plot measuring 208' x 208'. Brandon's math is correct at 25 bushels per acre weighing 48 lbs each. Using his crop estimates you can expect between 0.0055 to 0.0441 lbs/sq ft. That's why farmers use bushels per acre. I'll be growing a 12 sqft plot of barley this spring and will be happy to yield 1 lb of grain.



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