So I've had past success with pearled barley.
I received some free brewers barley and I for the life of me can't find a tek that works. I've tried preparing it like WBS, rye, and even pearled barley but I'm always left with a cement like sludge on bottom of jars.
So I've tried soaking for 18ish hours in water with coffee/gypsum. I've tried washing till clear water and then bringing to a boil and shutting stove off and allowing it to sit in hot pot for a few hours. I've also tried just simmering til grains looked soak.
I know there must be some moisture moving from inside the grain back into the jar during the PC cycle.
Any tips for barley, or different teks for pesky grains?