Chit #02: Harvesting

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The Chit #02

Small Talk ~~ Malt Talk

Harvesting:
Step 3 in Processing Grain to Beer

8/04/17

Unlike an apple or tomato, harvesting grain doesn’t just entail picking the seed from the plant. Equipment is necessary to efficiently take thousands of tiny seeds out of a field.

Here are 3 methods for harvesting we’ve been using, from most efficient to slowest:

Last year our farmer friend Dave drove his John Deere 7720 through our field, swiftly depositing 3 acres of barley into our gravity wagon storage container.

Don’t have a combine, or aren’t at a large enough scale? We feel you. Scything is the most efficient human-powered harvesting method. It’s an impressive skill, but it takes time to learn the art.

The Scythe Book is a good place to start learning. Here are some images from the book of the cutting method, and how a team mows down a larger field together.

At an even smaller scale? Say hello to the knife, or sickle if you have one. Enjoy the backbend!

We’re almost done harvesting our 60 plots of heritage varieties. We’re dreaming about how to graduate to better equipment next year..


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