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Steam rolled barley

Postby Shine0n » Wed Feb 21, 2018 3:08 am

I stopped in the feed store and of course looking for grains, the selection is slim right now and without asking and sounding like a stiller I got got them to answer some questions and they had some steam rolled barley so I thought hey... yup I'm getting some as they didn't have any rolled oats so I grabbed a 50 lb sac.

Having never used them I started my research here and found some very useful info.
Seems like I still need to run the grain thru a mill since the steam rolling only softens the grain to roll it and it's still a whole grain. That kinda messed me up as I have no mill, if it were flaked and steam rolled it would be fine as is.

Maybe a little reading before hand was in order, oh well I own them now and I'll make the best of this situation.

A thread from 2012-2014 started by Jimbo along with big-R MCH, brutal, incognito and a few others is the best yet I've read about the rolled grains. Very informative!

I have no mill as mentioned so what I'll do is make a small 5 gal batch to test and see if I can go without a mill (yet)
I'll boil 5 gallons of h20, drop in 5 lbs steam rolled barley, 2 lbs cornmeal, Let that rest insulated until 150°f then 2 lbs 2 row malt.

I want to see if the long rest will make the barley open to the malt enzymes for mashing. I will use my sharpened mud mixer to try and break up the barley while mixing and aerating.

If all goes well I'll be putting down a 45 gal mash sometime soon, if not I'll be buying a mill to grind the rolled barley. I guess I need one anyway but I don't want to buy yet ifn I don't need to. lol

Hope someone will come along and set me right as I want an all barley mash but I'll wait till I get some positive feedback or find out by research.

I'll conduct this experiment this weekend and post results or if someone with first hand knowledge stops me first that's what I'll do.

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Re: Steam rolled barley

Postby firewater69 » Wed Feb 21, 2018 3:50 am

I use crimped oats quite a bit and they seem to do fine, I've never tried rolled barley as I can't find it here. I would imagine there's not much difference in the process of the two, but I don't know for sure, I'm interested to see how this works for you Shine, good luck!
Edit: the oats I buy looks like they've been run through knurled rollers as they have a diamond pattern on them and they break up pretty easy.
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Re: Steam rolled barley

Postby fizzix » Wed Feb 21, 2018 4:34 am

Hey ShineOn, did you catch this one by shadylane?
rtalbigr talks about grinding it to flour. You could do that in a blender if you have no mill.
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Re: Steam rolled barley

Postby Bushman » Wed Feb 21, 2018 4:47 am

I have a grinder but if not you can always smash them. Personally I would do one or the other from fizzix links.
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Re: Steam rolled barley

Postby Shine0n » Wed Feb 21, 2018 7:56 am

Thanks fizzix, I forgot to mention that thread in my op, I did read that as well.
I was afraid of having to grind them after reading those posts and had already bought the SRB.

Is what it is I suppose, I'll just have to do what needs to be done. Looks like I'll be using the magic bullet for this and should be quick as I'm not going to flour, close but not quite.

I'll be fermenting and stripping on the grains and using the no cook method for mashing.

Well see how she goes :thumbup:
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Re: Steam rolled barley

Postby SaltyStaves » Wed Feb 21, 2018 11:27 am

I just used some in a sugar wash. I wanted to break them up a bit and put some into my little blender (like a magic bullet), but it was hard going and I gave up.
Wasn't crucial, as I was doing a sugar wash, but I think if I had to, I'd take it to someone else to mill for me.
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Re: Steam rolled barley

Postby Shine0n » Thu Feb 22, 2018 6:03 am

I'm headed out today to buy one, thanks erbody!!!
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Re: Steam rolled barley

Postby Jimy Dee » Sun Mar 11, 2018 12:27 am

ShineOn, Iv signed up to this thread. Keep the info and developments coming please. I tasted an all barley white dog at a distillery tour last summer and it was superb. I am making a steam stripper rig and once made an all barley is a must. Best of luck with it. Jimy D
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Re: Steam rolled barley

Postby Shine0n » Sun Mar 11, 2018 3:22 pm

Thanks Jim, with the party yesterday I didn't have time today to mash it in but rain is headed our way tomorrow and I may be off sooo....

I have a 40 gal boil pot just for water so that should get me the amount needed for this mash. I've still not located a mill so the blender is looking like what I'll use for now.

The one I did find is a nice mill that my brew shop uses but it's 1.5 hours north and I'm headed south. lol

I'll get there soon enough and for 150.00 it better be a damn good one.

I did start gen 2 of the corn and barley and a 30 gal rum ferment.
Slowly getting along!
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