2-ROW OR 6-ROW?
A majority of today’s craft breweries utilize malt made from 2-row barley, which are referred to as “Spring” varieties, and are typically grown in the Midwest and Northwest regions of the U.S. between May and October. In contrast, the Southeast produces 6-row and 2-row “Winter” varieties, which are typically planted in October and harvested in June.
2-row varieties are prized for their uniform, plump kernels and moderate protein levels. 6-row varieties, which provide unique, desirable flavor profiles, may have higher levels of protein, slightly smaller kernel size, and elevated levels of diastatic power. However, modern agricultural breeding programs and organic farming practices have mitigated these shortcomings over the past 3 decades. Today, maltsters sourcing grain from the Southeast are able to provide high quality 2-row and 6-row based malt products to the local brewing community. Riverbend is proud to offer both 2-row and 6-row barley malts.