Field to Bench: Uncovering Answers to 1,000 Malt-Related Questions

By Meghan Howes, Contributing Writer for RadCraft Since transitioning out of the director’s chair at the Hartwick College Center for Craft Food & Beverage (CCFB), Aaron MacLeod’s work has morphed into a supportive, consultative role as he continues working with malthouses all over North America.  “Without analytics that help with malting process optimization, maltsters are working blind,” said MacLeod. “And prior to 2015,…

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

By Meghan Howes, Contributing Writer for RadCraft Based in Fort Collins, on the Colorado State University main campus, the Fermentation Science and Technology (FST) undergraduate program within the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition is home to many state-of-the-art fermentation and brewing equipment and labs including a relatively new malt quality testing lab. Katie Fromuth, the…

Field to Bench: The State of New York Helps Support State-of-the-Art Lab

By Meghan Howes, Contributing Writer for RadCraft In the late 1990s, when Harmonie Bettenhausen worked for Odell Brewing Company in Fort Collins, Colorado, she and founder Doug Odell often talked about the beer industry and where improvements could be made, whether it involved ingredients or equipment or fostering deeper relationships with local producers. “At that time,…

MaltVis Data Analysis Tool Now Available for Craft Maltsters Guild Members

First introduced at the 2021 Craft Malt Conference, the MaltVis web tool for data analysis is now accessible to Craft Maltsters Guild members. The online app allows maltsters to easily and intimately engage with malting process and quality analysis data, and in turn, use that information to produce better malt.  Developed by Curtis Davenport and…