It’s Not the Malt’s Fault: Q3 Edition

By Rob Mccaig, Chief Brewer of Europe – SAB Miller In China, a brewer was complaining about poor quality malt coming from Canada. The issue was with premature flocculation of yeast resulting in poor attenuation. This only occurred during the spring in the brewery, malt was fine the rest of the year, but the brewer…

It’s Not the Malt’s Fault – Q2 Edition

By Joseph Hertrich – Retired Group Director, Brewing Raw Materials at Anheauser-Busch, Inc. Brewers have high expectations for their malt supply regarding high extract recovery and consistent attenuation.  They closely manage water to grist ratios and temperature profiles at mashing, but also must manage effective mixing through the use of a fore masher and the…

It’s Not the Malt’s Fault – Q1 Edition

By Dave Thomas The kiln operator of a large western malthouse noticed that friability was always lower from Kiln #3 of the six steam-heated kilns in the malthouse. She told this to the malt chemist in the lab, who replied “That’s weird! It’s the same barley, growing area, and crop year malted in exactly the…