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2022 Advanced Class in Craft Malt Production

February 14, 2022 @ 8:00 AM - February 17, 2022 @ 5:00 PM

Floor Malting

The 2022 Advanced Class in Craft Malt Production will take place Monday, February 14th through Thursday, February 17th, 2022, at the Holiday Inn By the Bay in Portland, ME in the days leading up to the 2022 Craft Malt Conference.

The Advanced Class in Craft Malt Production is a four-day intensive class in craft malting technology aimed at giving startup and experienced craft maltsters, as well as others within the craft malt supply chain, both theoretical and practical knowledge in malting technology.

Course Objectives

  • Develop knowledge in malting barley and in its characteristics
  • Learn and control the different steps of the malting process
  • Determine the defining characteristics of malt quality and the influence of processing parameters
  • Learn the technology and methods used to produce craft malt


  • Theory and biochemistry of malt production
  • Malting barley characteristics and influence on malt quality
  • Malting steps: preparation of barley, steeping, germination, and kilning
  • Malting process parameters and optimization
  • Testing methods for barley grain and finished malt quality
  • Equipment and technology for craft malting
  • Costs in the malting plant and energy savings


Born and raised in Zambia, Hugh Alexander received an honors degree in Brewing and Biochemistry 1st Class from Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh, studying under the late great Anna Macleod. He spent years working in the research laboratories of Harp Lager (a subsidiary of Guinness) and as the Chief Chemist for Crisp Malt. Since 1984 Hugh has been engineering and producing micro malting equipment for companies worldwide including Diageo and James Hutton Institute (UK), Asahi (Japan), Nestle (Switzerland/Singapore), AB-InBev (South Africa), as well as many European and American Universities and establishments. Hugh currently owns and operates Balnamoon Maltings and Brewery, which services a local Scottish castle in the whisky production area of Speyside.

Hannah Turner is the Director of the Montana State University Barley, Malt & Brewing Quality Lab. The lab services the MSU breeding program and industry through research, outreach, education, and by providing thousands of data points each year on barley, malt, and beer. Hannah has degrees in Environmental Horticulture and Plant Science, with her M.S. focusing on the genetic control of starch production in cereals. In her current role, Hannah conducts research on important issues such as the impact of the steeping regime on malt quality, genetic control of barley endosperm hydration, and method development to improve breeding program selection for malting varieties. Hannah is dedicated to elevating the barley value chain via education and presents frequently to groups from farmer to brewer.


  • Craft Maltsters Guild Members: $1600.00
  • Non-Members: $2000.00

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Event Health & Safety Policy: In response to the growing threat of the Delta Variant, and in addition to the measures the state of Maine and local governments have in place, proof of full vaccination for COVID-19 or proof of a negative COVID-19 test within 48 hours of entry will be required for all class attendees, as well as Craft Malt Conference goers.

Learn more about becoming a member of the Craft Maltsters Guild here.


February 14, 2022 @ 8:00 AM
February 17, 2022 @ 5:00 PM
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Holiday Inn By the Bay, Portland, ME
88 Spring St.
Portland, ME 04101 United States
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