‘Butta-12’ Malting Barley with Lynn Gallagher and Ron Silberstein


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“Registration of ‘Butta 12’, A Two-Row Malting Barley Adapted to the California Central Valley with Proven Floor-Malting Success and Craft Brewer Acceptance” with Lynn Gallagher and Ron Silberstein

California is a prime location for craft brewers and microbreweries. However, fungi and virus disease susceptibility have made it difficult for many barley varieties (such as those used for the malt used in beer and whiskey production elsewhere) to thrive in California’s Central Valley. Lynn Gallagher has spent twenty years developing disease and fungi resistant malting barley varieties. Working with UC Davis, USDA, and Ron Silberstein of Admiral Maltings, he and other barley growers have tested hundreds of barley varieties for both agronomically valuable traits and malting quality. In this episode, we talk with Lynn and Ron about what goes into malting, barley breeding, and the three tiers of testing that malting barleys must undergo before finding their way into your favorite brew.

Tune in to learn:

  • The history of malting barley in California
  • What malt is and how it’s made
  • What agronomic traits are valuable in malting barley
  • Why it’s important for barley to be tested at multiple levels of scale before being used in malt production

If you would like more information about this topic, this episode’s paper is available here: https://doi.org/10.1002/plr2.20067

It will be freely available from 20 November to 4 December, 2020.

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If you would like to reach out to Ron, you can find him here: ron@admiralmaltings.com


CEU Quiz: https://www.certifiedcropadviser.org/education/classroom/classes/902

Malt book by John Mallett: https://www.brewerspublications.com/blogs/author/john-mallett




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Admiral Maltings: https://admiralmaltings.com/

ICARDA: https://www.icarda.org/

CIMMYT: https://www.cimmyt.org/

Briess Malt & Ingredients Co.: https://www.briess.com/

Brewing with Briess site: http://www.brewingwithbriess.com/

North American Craft Maltster’s Guild: https://craftmalting.com/

Brewer’s Association: https://www.brewersassociation.org/

American Malting Barley Association: https://ambainc.org/

UC Davis: https://www.ucdavis.edu/

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