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25 Apr

 

Black Einkorn Wheat

Black Einkorn Wheat

Looks a little sparse but at least it’s growing. This picture and the one of the barley was taken on April 10 so it’s a little bigger now. I’ve got one 4 ft. by 10 ft. bed of Einkorn wheat and about 500 sq. ft. of Maris Otter this year so double the square footage from last year.  Einkorn wheat is one of the oldest domesticated grain varieties dating back 10,000 years. It also keeps it’s hull like barley, so even though it must be a pain to process for food it should be great to brew with. Theoretically that is, I haven’t tried it yet. One potential problem is the amount of protein in this grain, a whopping 18% which is twice that of a good malting barley. That’s more protein than some ground beef! So I’m expecting something pretty hazy. According to this study it’s also high in beta carotene and Vitamin A, that’s kind of a bonus. Here’s a good description of Einkorn that also includes some recipes and here’s a description of some other ancient grains worth experimenting with if you can find them. Also check out this fantastic article all about hulled wheat 

This picture of the barley was taken on the same day

Maris Otter

Maris Otter

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Posted by on April 25, 2016 in Einkorn Wheat, Garden videos

 

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2 responses to “Garden Update

  1. Graham Anderson

    April 25, 2016 at 10:28 pm

    Einkorn, super cool! Do you know yet what it tastes like? I tried growing some bere, and it did great but the grains didn’t have quite the same taste as modern barley. Perhaps it’s better after malting, but I never got the chance to grow up enough to use.

     
  2. jfdyment

    April 25, 2016 at 10:54 pm

    Hi Graham, never tried it, but according to the Oxford Companion to Beer “Einkorn tends to produce highly fermentable worts and can lend beer a mild, vanilla like flavor and excellent foam stability.” It also says that einkorn embryos are easily damaged making it difficult to malt, which I find odd, why would they be easily damaged if they’re protected by the husk, perhaps they’re talking about de-hulled einkorn? Unfortunately it’ll take another growing season before I get any to brew with.

     

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