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Home malted pilsner
« on: December 23, 2014, 03:55:09 AM »
Well it's a bit cloudy. Could probably use a protein rest next time. But it's beer and it tastes pretty good.

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Re: Home malted pilsner
« Reply #1 on: December 23, 2014, 11:49:24 AM »
As long as you enjoyed the process, I would consider it a success!  Did you also grow the grain?
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Re: Home malted pilsner
« Reply #2 on: December 23, 2014, 12:12:13 PM »
I did grow some barley but I have not malted it yet. This is purchased barley that I got to practice with.
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Re: Home malted pilsner
« Reply #3 on: December 23, 2014, 01:02:19 PM »
That's pretty awesome, Mort.  Looks like nice foam, too.
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Re: Home malted pilsner
« Reply #4 on: December 23, 2014, 01:43:27 PM »
One more step of the process from dirt to beer. Good job.
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Re: Home malted pilsner
« Reply #5 on: December 23, 2014, 01:52:15 PM »
Very cool! I have some organic barley that was givin to me last August. Unfortunately I have not found the time to try to malt it.

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Re: Home malted pilsner
« Reply #6 on: December 23, 2014, 02:07:29 PM »
Very nice.  How was the efficiency on your batch?

My brother is starting up a malting company in Philadelphia.  Not much on the website yet http://www.keystonemalt.com/ 
He has a FB page that gives occasional updates - Keystone Malt.
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Re: Home malted pilsner
« Reply #7 on: December 23, 2014, 02:25:59 PM »
Very cool! I just bought a farm, and am thinking about putting some barley and rye on it come spring. We'll see.

I think the cloudiness looks quite nice m'self.
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Re: Home malted pilsner
« Reply #8 on: December 23, 2014, 02:45:50 PM »
Very cool! I have some organic barley that was givin to me last August. Unfortunately I have not found the time to try to malt it.

I'm working on a presentation on the cheap'n'easy (does Denny have that trademarked?) home malting process. still takes ~ a week per batch but that's just overall time. active time is only about 60 minutes tops.

basically I use a half gallon mason jar with a sprouting lid for each 500 grams of barley. it yields ~ 450 grams finished. I run two or three at a time and kill, dry, and kiln in a dehydrator for base malt and the oven for specialties and higher kilned base malts.
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Re: Home malted pilsner
« Reply #9 on: December 23, 2014, 03:27:27 PM »
Very nice.  How was the efficiency on your batch?

My brother is starting up a malting company in Philadelphia.  Not much on the website yet http://www.keystonemalt.com/ 
He has a FB page that gives occasional updates - Keystone Malt.

I was going through some business cards the other day and found your brother's business card and had a hazy recollection of meeting him at NHC last summer and talking about his malting company. Glad to hear he is still moving forward.

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Re: Home malted pilsner
« Reply #10 on: December 23, 2014, 03:34:14 PM »
Very nice.  How was the efficiency on your batch?

My brother is starting up a malting company in Philadelphia.  Not much on the website yet http://www.keystonemalt.com/ 
He has a FB page that gives occasional updates - Keystone Malt.

I'll have to look back at my notes. It wasn't stellar.
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Re: Home malted pilsner
« Reply #11 on: December 23, 2014, 04:52:58 PM »
I just malted some barley, and did a separate half pound mash with that and some 2 row.  The home stuff yielded 85% of the extract compared to the commercial. It took more effort than I'm willing to spend routinely, but it was cool to know the process at this level.

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Re: Home malted pilsner
« Reply #12 on: December 23, 2014, 05:00:01 PM »
Thanks for sharing this Jonathon. I hope to have a decent harvest next year.
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Re: Home malted pilsner
« Reply #13 on: December 23, 2014, 05:52:37 PM »
Better to have a tasty beer that's not clear, than a clear beer that isn't tasty!

I didn't get a bumper crop this year but will brew some up soon.  My first batch was fairly lackluster.

I read your process thinking it was different from mine - until I realized that 450 grams is fairly close to the 1# batches that I malted.

I only planted a couple rows of Maris Otter for the winter. Just too busy an autumn (A bit of a shame since the rye grew so well last year).

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Re: Home malted pilsner
« Reply #14 on: December 23, 2014, 06:10:00 PM »
I'm kinda heading in the opposite direction.  The only thing I've grown is hops and I'm tearing them out this year.  Too much work and I just don't enjoy it any more.  Good on you guys who are growing and/or malting your own!
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