And the total is (drum roll)…..24lb 13oz. grown on 200 sq ft. This is an awesome amount, twice as much as the average expected yield. I was hoping for 30 but I was getting a little greedy. This means that all you potentially need is 400-500 sq ft. to grow 50 lbs. of barley. Now in terms of beers per square foot. Let’s say I could easily brew two 5 gallon batches of beer with 24lbs. of barley. Even accounting for losses in the malting process I would probably have some left over. So 38 Litres divided by 355 mL (average bottle size) equals 107 bottles of beer. One bottle for every two square feet, (not one bottle per one square foot as I had estimated previously in the comment section).
Below is a picture of the two bins of unthreshed barley which by the way only took an afternoon to thresh AND winnow thanks to the drill thresher. I even bought a smaller paint mixer which fit on my drill properly so I could move it up and down easier.
This year I plan to make more diastatic brown malt. I’d like to determine how dark I can get it and how this affects enzyme loss. Once the ideal colour vs. extract is determined I’ll make up another small batch to make a more accurate pre-industrial porter. Since I’ll have lots of barley left I’m open to suggestions: What kind of malt do you want to see me make or even re-make this year? Cheers!