Any demand for malted millet?

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Re: Any demand for malted millet?

Post by 6470zzy » Thu Mar 05, 2015 12:27 am

simon12 wrote:sweet potato (apparently high in amylase)
http://books.google.com/books?id=0pEdAQ ... er&f=false

Interesting short read on sweet potato. :-k

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Re: Any demand for malted millet?

Post by simon12 » Thu Mar 05, 2015 2:41 am

Thanks I read that and more which inspired the experiment I just added a new thread should show by this one.

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Re: Any demand for malted millet?

Post by simon12 » Tue Mar 10, 2015 7:48 pm

Just got the courier pricing and its insane for small quantities:
1 Carton @ 5kgs, 40x30x30cms - vol 7.2 kgs - £189.02
2 Cartons @ 10kgs, 40x30x30cms - vol 14.4 kgs - £271.66
3 Cartons @ 15kgs, 40x30x30cms - vol 21.6 kgs - £325.98
4 Cartons @ 20kgs, 40x30x30cms - vol 28.8 kgs - £410.02
So cheaper to fly there and collect it. Or by sea its £490.36 for 500Kg.

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Re: Any demand for malted millet?

Post by Fil » Tue Mar 10, 2015 9:50 pm

simon12 wrote:Just got the courier pricing and its insane for small quantities:
1 Carton @ 5kgs, 40x30x30cms - vol 7.2 kgs - £189.02
2 Cartons @ 10kgs, 40x30x30cms - vol 14.4 kgs - £271.66
3 Cartons @ 15kgs, 40x30x30cms - vol 21.6 kgs - £325.98
4 Cartons @ 20kgs, 40x30x30cms - vol 28.8 kgs - £410.02
So cheaper to fly there and collect it. Or by sea its £490.36 for 500Kg.
Yikes,, Is that to your door by sea, or to the port for collection?
so if you can get 20 folk interested in 25kg batches ,,, or 80 in 5kg... and fancy spending a month or so of free time bagging up and dispatching on.. hmmm perhaps not?
ist update for months n months..
Fermnting: not a lot..
Conditioning: nowt
Maturing: Challenger smash, and a kit lager
Drinking: dry one minikeg left in the store
Coming Soon Lots planned for the near future nowt for the immediate :(

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Re: Any demand for malted millet?

Post by oldbloke » Wed Mar 11, 2015 12:19 am

Shame. Looks like importing the ready-malted stuff is off then.
Malting's a tiny bit fiddly, but I'll have another bash. eBay used to have loads of decent millet but I looked recently and didn't find it. Probably missed a vital keyword.
Which variety do people think is going to be best for beer?
In my experiments I used bajra aka pearl millet, from India. I understand pearl is the commonest variety in Africa too.
But panicum/proso may be most easily available in places like eBay.
Or maybe I just go back to the Asian C&C and buy LOTS. It was dirt cheap.

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Re: Any demand for malted millet?

Post by simon12 » Wed Mar 11, 2015 3:31 pm

I am experimenting with this stuff http://www.reallywildbirdfood.co.uk/str ... m-5-4-P22/ it says on it not for human consumption but I called them and its just because they don't have what ever they need in place to sell for human consumption.

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Re: Any demand for malted millet?

Post by simon12 » Mon Mar 30, 2015 12:26 pm

I have got a custom malting company analysing a sample I sent them to test how well it could malt.

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Re: Any demand for malted millet?

Post by beerbeerbeer » Tue Apr 21, 2015 10:23 pm

I think there might be a lot of demand for malted millet in the homebrew community. Id love to try some and would use regularly if it made a decent pint. My wife is coeliac.

Clarity ferm is really good stuff too although i dont think it makes gf beer in the pure sense.. more reduced gluten!

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Re: Any demand for malted millet?

Post by simon12 » Thu Apr 23, 2015 12:59 pm

I spoke to the guys yesterday and they think it will be another 2 weeks until they have any results.

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Re: Any demand for malted millet?

Post by Fil » Thu Apr 23, 2015 3:38 pm

im watching how this goes
ist update for months n months..
Fermnting: not a lot..
Conditioning: nowt
Maturing: Challenger smash, and a kit lager
Drinking: dry one minikeg left in the store
Coming Soon Lots planned for the near future nowt for the immediate :(

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Re: Any demand for malted millet?

Post by simon12 » Mon May 11, 2015 6:53 pm

Bad news this batch less then 1% germinated so the product I got was not malt-able. I am not giving up yet and will decide how to proceed shortly.

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Re: Any demand for malted millet?

Post by oldbloke » Mon May 11, 2015 9:31 pm

Blimey I got about 80% germination from millet bought from an Asian cash&carry.
Where are they getting theirs? It's a major protein source for several large parts of the world, it shouldn't be hard to get viable stuff!

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Re: Any demand for malted millet?

Post by oldbloke » Mon May 11, 2015 9:52 pm

Some pics from my experiment: http://oldbloke.livejournal.com/798930.html

I used 14oz millet to make a gallon. The gravity came out low so I had to add 9oz of sugar. The final result, after some aging, was pretty good but a bit thin - I'll use 2lb millet (or a kilo if it comes in kilos) per gallon to get more body next time.

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Re: Any demand for malted millet?

Post by simon12 » Tue May 12, 2015 10:27 pm

I think a flaw in my initial plan is millet sold for food or bird food could be inconsistent on how well it germinates what I need is seed millet which doesn't get grown much in the UK but is common enough in France if anyone out there has any French contacts.

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