Field to Bench: Colorado State’s Testing Lab Is the Newest Kid on the Block

By Meghan Howes, Contributing Writer for RadCraft Based in Ft. Collins, on the Colorado State University campus, the Fermentation Science and Tech Program – part of the school of Food Science and Human Nutrition — includes a state-of-the-art malt quality lab, where Katie Fromuth serves as lab manager.  Fromuth spends most of her time accepting and…

Field to Bench: Canada Led the Way

By Meghan Howes, Contributing Writer for RadCraft Located at the longitudinal center of North America, in Winnipeg, Manitoba, the Canadian Malting Barley Technical Center (CMBTC) opened in 2000 with Yueshu Li serving as director. “I was the first employee,” Li said with a chuckle. Since then, the Centre has worked with breeders, farmers, seed companies, exporters/importers,…

Field to Bench: An Introduction to North America’s Malt Testing Labs

By Meghan Howes, Contributing Writer for RadCraft The malts finding their way into mash tuns these days vary widely. And more often than not, those barley kernels were coaxed and coddled from the second they hit the dirt until they found themselves packaged and headed out.  In 2013, five craft maltsters were operating in the…