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Craft Malt Conference – 2021

The art of creating good malt out of bad barley has not yet been discovered. Robert Free, 1888 (UK Barley Breeder) Craft Malt Conference - Summary Wow! What an exciting few days for the craft malt community! Three solid days of…

Using a CoA for Malting and Brewing – Pt. 2

Inside the Matrix....Beta Glucan and Arabinoxylan 𝛃-glucan is a glucose polymer that is found in the cell walls of the endosperm. 𝛃-glucan along with another non-starch carbohydrate called arabinoxylan (or pentosan) comprise more than…

Favorite (Lager) Beers of 2020

The beer community has been asking (begging?) since 2015 for more and different craft lagers to enter the market. Looking back at 2020, I think we got there! Was it COVID that pushed the industry to make the final leap? The ability to store…

Using a CoA for Malting and Brewing – Pt. 1

Planning for a successful batch of malt or brew day starts with a Certificate of Analysis (CoA for short) which provides a tremendous amount of information about the malt you will be working with. In the early days, these laboratory analyses…

Smoke Sessions – 2020

I’ll be honest, I was not a fan of smoke beers. To me, they all came in one flavor….campfire. I could pick it out of whatever I was drinking and just couldn’t get past it. Never did I go back for a second pint.   With that as…

Exploring the Terrior of Southern Barley

It all comes back to geology - Brian Simpson   When Brian and I worked together as environmental consultants, that quote was a common refrain. Brian, being a geologist, always took smug satisfaction in the fact that his chosen…

Collabs for a Cause

Over the past 6 months, we've worked with several of our customers across the Southeast to brew beers that give back to those in the service industry that have been impacted by COVID-19. A small gesture that we hope demonstrates our support…

Capturing the taste of home with contract malting

We’ve heard it since the beginning…..it can’t be local enough! - Brent Manning   We’ve offered locally-sourced malt for almost a decade now. While this practice marks a notable improvement in the carbon footprint associated…

HARVEST UPDATE – 2020

  Each crop year is distinctive and offers a teaching moment. Our intake process remains the same, the results are always different. In previous years, we’ve seen warm, dry springs drive rapid growth and early harvests. Mother…