O (malt) barley, where art thou?
June 9, 2011 5:43 PM Subscribe
Where in Pennsylvania can I find malt barley seed? A friend and new brewer wants to grow his own barley, but prefers to source it locally and organically. My barley fu fails.
posted by MonkeyToes to Home & Garden (5 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
Caveat: I have never grown grains and don't drink beer, so please bear with any errors of terminology, etc.
My friend in SE Pennsylvania is new to brewing and would like to plant malt barley (this differs from other barley?) in his yard for a future batch of homebrew. Ideally, he would obtain organic seed locally; he is waiting for a reply from Rodale, but is looking for other sources of information, seed, etc. He is strictly backyard gardening at this point, and is also relatively new to (but strongly interested in) growing his own ingredients. I think he likes the idea of brewing as-to-home-possible beer, so SE Pa. sources preferred, Pa. and surrounding states secondarily/online, and distant locations/online run a distant third.
What does he need to know to make this project possible? Leaving the actual malting out of it--a separate question--what are good sources, Pennsylvania/online, for organic malt barley seed? Are there any must-have reading materials about growing it? Can this even be done in SE Pa.? My skim through the joys of barley suggests that it grows best in colder climes; is this true? Any sources out there that you have liked and had good experiences with? Best practices for growing? Mills in Pa. that sell seed?
Again, there is an email in to Rodale (no answer yet). The PASA site doesn't turn up anything terribly helpful either, so I turn to you--friends, homebrewers, gardeners--for leads and information. Many thanks in advance.