I gotta say, you guys seem to have inspired me. I have embarked on yet another long anticipated experiment this weekend.
I grabbed a couple lbs of whole oat groats from the coop this weekend and soaked them in water. They are currently in my ferm fridge at ~64.
I'm not even sure if these oats will sprout but I am going to give it a try.
I figure I will dry them and make a 1 gallon 100% oat malt beer just to see what happens.
Here is the data so far
Weight of Oats 818 Grams (Hulled Whole Oat Groats). Assumed moisture content of 10% so ~ 736.2 dry weight.
Will the 'Hulled' matter?
In .5 gallon mason jar with sprout screen top. They come up to just pass the halfway point.
rinsed three times with tap water and filled to top with filtered water.
Put in ferm fridge at 60~
drained out the water. The oats had swelled by about 50% leaving only about 2-3 inches of headspace in the jar.
Smell good, like oats. no nasty smells that I can detect. Kernals that were broken (and I should have removed) are starting to get a little mushy looking.
Weight of Oats 1314 Grams.
1314 - 736.2 = 577.8 grams of moisture = ~44% moisture
Rinsed oats again, refilled with water and put them back in the fridge
Drained the water. The oats had swelled even more, leaving only about 1-2 inches of headspace in jar. Still smells good. Broken Kernals have sort of exploded a little.
Weight of Oats 1347 Grams.
1347 - 736.2 = 610.8 grams of moisture = ~45% moisture content.
From what I have read this should be perfect. Rinsed the grains again and drained well before putting back in the fridge @ 64f.