2020 Advanced Class in Craft Malt Technology

02/03/2020: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Fort Collins, CO

Registration Now Open

The Advanced Class in Craft Malt Production will take place Monday, February 3rd through Thursday, February 6th, at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado.

The Craft Maltsters Guild, Hartwick College, and IFBM are partnering to offer the Advanced Class in Craft Malt Production course, a one-week intensive class in craft malting technology.

The course is aimed to give starting and experienced craft maltsters as well as others within the craft malt supply chain both theoretical and practical knowledge in malting technology.


Dr. Patrick Boivin is audit, training and technical manager at IFBM. He is Visiting Professor in malting and brewing at University of Lorraine and Harwich College. He received BSc in Biology and Biochemistry from Rouen University (1983), MSc in Biotechnology from Compiègne Technology University (1984) and PhD in Microbiology, Enzymology and Bioconversion from Compiègne University (1987). He was Post-Doctoral Fellow at Baylor University, Texas, U.S.A., 1987-1989. He received Master in Business and Administration in 1998 from French Institute of Management. Since 1989 he has been working at IFBM as scientific Director. He is lecturer of IFBM craft and industrial malting and brewing training program. He has been accredited trainer by IBD and can conduct courses in French and English. He has published several papers, reviews and patents, particularly in malting process.

Advanced Course in Craft MaltingAaron MacLeod has been involved with malting and brewing quality testing and research for over 10 years and is currently the Director of the Hartwick College Center for Craft Food and Beverage. The Center provides quality testing for beer and brewing raw materials such as barley, malt, and hops. Aaron was previously a chemist in the Canadian Grain Commission’s Grain Research Laboratory where he was responsible for providing quality assurance for malting barley grown in western Canada and conducted research on factors affecting malting barley quality and quality measurement methods.  He presents frequently on topics related to malting and brewing science and quality testing methods. Aaron earned his B.Sc degree in chemistry from the University of Western Ontario in 2004.

Course Objectives

  • Develop knowledge in malting barley and 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


Craft Maltsters Guild members: $1600.00

Non-members: $2000.00

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

2020 Craft Malt Conference

The 2020 Craft Malt Conference will take place February 7th and 8th, 2020, at Colorado State University. The conference will feature workshops and seminars on the latest research, topics, and best practices relevant to those in the craft malt supply chain. The 2020 Craft Malt Conference will also feature exhibitors such as equipment manufacturers and seed suppliers.