@Tinytuttle, it's worse, its pearled barley. which means it was removed from the shell.
It's not germinated and won't. When the sales lady asked me it pearled barley was ok, I thought she was talking about a brand name. I probably wouldn't have bought it if I'd paid enough attention to see it had no shell. I had asked for barley seed (the video that @Enstromentals posted said "you can get barley seed from your local health food store"). Mine only carries the pearled version.
One person on YouTube said, "shelled barley seed can be difficult to germinate" . That person is a master of understatement. I've tried 3x, each time rinsing and changing water at closer intervals. It ain't happening. I only did 2 more times because I was waiting for my orders of barley seed and malted barley to arrive. I ordered a pound of each like 30 minutes after I read @ReikoX's message above. The malted barley must've been a shorter trip to get to me as it arrived today. I ordered the malted barley crushed to save a little wear on my blender blades.
I am going to make some SST from the malted barley this after noon and use it. When the seed gets here, I'll make some from freshly sprouted seeds. I'll use both to see if there is a difference in how the seeds like them.
There isn't any very close to where I live and my cataracts prevent me from doing an long drives. Day or night they make it difficult to see when any light hits them, its like suddenly putting on a pair of cloudy gray contact lenses. I ordered through eBay. the seed was about $7/lb and the malted was about $9/lb. Not as cheap as a homebrew store, but acceptable. Especially if it helps to sprout even one of my old seeds that were stored under my bed for 11-13 years. I love a good project.
I was wondering the same thing. I was going to go to a farm supply site to find out, but I see once again @ReikoX was able to provide an answer.
I was wondering how you knew that, @ReikoX. You really like your home made highs, eh?
Edit: added the following:
No wonder @99PerCent thinks you know everything about growing cannabis. I think you do, and more.
In the this posting from @MadScientist (the germination bomb) the original poster says near the end that this is used for exactly that. He goes on to say that if you don't have any to work with, to scuff the shells before putting them in the g-bomb. I'm not going to buy any until I've tried with the products I have on hand or on order.
I received a fresh bottle of Superthrive, mine was at least a decade old. They are still using that tin cap on the bottle. It seems like they do that knowing it will rust away and most people will just buy more instead of transferring it to an all plastic H2O2 bottle and cap. I just bought a 2 ounce bottle since I obviously didn't think it worth using all the time. I really only bought it for use in germinating.
I also received a pack of powder to make humic acid. I am now questioning if it is necessary since I have fulvic and according to BioAg website, fulvic is derived from humics. But, for under $10, it isn't a horrible thing to have on hand and like fulvic acid, it can be used with any nutrient, so I don't think it'll go to waste.
According USPS website, my GA3 will arrive tomorrow. I had already started a second round of trying to germ 5 pcs each of all 6 old strains before I decided to just do one strain at a time. Of those six seed groups, 4 actually have tap roots wedging the shells open. and out of them both the White Russian (the oldest group of seeds I have from days past) and the St. Louis Sleeper have an emergent tap root as well, with both protruding about 1mm.