2020 Advanced Class in Craft Malt Technology

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

Fort Collins, CO

Registration for this course is full as of 12/19/2019.

Please note: Registration is limited to 20 participants. We will not be able to accept new students once registration is full. If you are interested in being placed on a course waiting list, please email [email protected]

The Craft Maltsters Guild, Montana State University, and IFBM have partnered 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 maltsters, as well as others within the craft malt supply chain, both theoretical and practical knowledge in malting technology.

Location: Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO
Duration: 4 days
Dates: Monday, February 3 – Thursday, February 6


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

Hannah Turner is the Director of the Montana State University Barley Genetics and Malt 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 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.

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 techniques and methods used to produce craft malt


Day 1

  • Hands-on workshop
  • Overview of the barley to beer chain
  • Barley, malt, and beer market and supply chain in North America
  • Malting barley
    • Structure and growth cycle
    • Varieties and breeding
    • Storage

Day 2 – 3

  • Hands-on workshop
  • Barley quality testing and impacts on malt production
  • Malting process parameters and control points
    • Cleaning
    • Steeping
    • Germination
    • Kilning
  • Equipment and technology; advantages and disadvantages
  • Process optimization and troubleshooting
  • Malting biochemistry and malt analysis

Day 4

  • Hands-on workshop
  • Specialty Malt
  • Energy use and costs saving in the malting plant
  • Introduction to the brewing process and impact of malt quality in the brewing process
  • Food safety and mycotoxin control
  • Closing Discussion



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 on 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.