Craft Malting with Andrea Stanley – BeerSmith Podcast #222

by Brad Smith on September 29, 2020 · 0 comments

Andrea Stanley from Valley Malt joins me this week to discuss Craft Malting and heirloom malt varieties.

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Topics in This Week’s Episode (51:15)

  • This week my guest is Andrea Stanley, co-owner and founder of Valley Malt, a Craft malt house in Massachusetts. She joins me this week to discuss craft malting and malt varieties.
  • We start with a short discussion of Valley Malt and how they are doing currently.
  • We dive into barley varieties and how a relatively small number are grown at large scale commercially.
  • Andrea next explains how some craft malt houses and farmers are beginning to work with heirloom and newer barley varieties to expand local barley growing.
  • We talk about her experiments with a barley called Hanna, which is a Moravian Landrace Barley
  • She tells us where she is with Hanna and we also discuss GMO products and how malts are non-DMO.
  • We cover the “Brew Local” trend and also how many breweries are trying hard to source local ingredients for their beer.
  • Andrea has a new supply chain group she’s been working with and we discuss that.
  • We talk about sustainable packaging for malts.
  • We end with a short discussion of Valley Malt, their new efforts in producing baking flour and their 10 year anniversary.

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Thanks to Andrea Stanley for appearing on the show and also to you for listening!
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