Knowing My Ingredients

I’ve been away from the “office” a lot lately. Happens the same time every year. Last week I was at the Rogue Farms barley harvest in Tygh Valley, Oregon. And then had to hurry over to the farm in Independence for the rye harvest.

It keeps me busy. But if I want to really know what’s going into the mash for our spirits, this is how I find out.

The best time to harvest malting barley is when the moisture levels in the kernels get below 12%. If it’s too wet the grain will rot in the silo. But if it’s too dry, the kernels will shatter in the combines. Either way the crop is ruined. So when the barley is ready, we have to be ready, too.