By Stephanie Dean, Sunset Test Kitchen Coordinator

Yes, you actually have to reap what you sow, but why couldn’t the timing be better? Today, in the 90 plus heat, Team Beer harvested our barley.

We had to act now because most of the barley had dried out and was ready to harvest. Also, we were worried that our squirrel neighbor would gobble our barley for dinner. (We’ve been watching our wheat and barley like hawks after we came back to work one Monday to find more than half our wheat had been eaten by our squirrel friend over the weekend.)

Right now, the barley is spread out to dry on a tarp in an unused office. Our next step is figuring out how to the get the barley off the stalks, which will be shortly followed by malting.

In the meantime, we’ll be vigilantly guarding our wheat from the squirrel enemy. GAME ON!

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