Craft Malting with Jeff Bloem – BeerSmith Podcast #227

Jeff Bloem joins me from Murphy & Rude Malting to discuss Craft Malting and brewing with Craft Malts.

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Topics in This Week’s Episode (46:26)

  • This week I welcome Jeff Bloem to the show. Jeff is the founder and head malster at Murphy & Rude Malting Co located in Charlottesville, Virginia. Started in 2018, Murphy & Rude is Virginia’s first dedicated commercial malt producer, now making over 25 malts for regional brewers and distillers.
  • We start with an introduction to how Jeff got into the business of craft malting.
  • Jeff explains the malting process and the type of equipment he uses to malt raw barley
  • We talk about Jeff’s Mill Fresh program which promotes the use of fresh local ingredients in brewing.
  • Jeff explains how to integrate craft malts into existing recipes for both craft brewing and home brewing.
  • We talk about the ASBC sensory method for evaluating malt flavors and aroma.
  • Jeff discusses some considerations that come into play when using craft malts for your recipe design.
  • We talk about how craft malts cost a bit more than bulk commercial malts, and how businesses can leverage and market their investment int craft malts and local ingredients.
  • Jeff talks about distilleries and how their requirements are a bit different than a typical brewery.
  • We discuss some of Jeff’s home brewing experiments with his malts and how those developed.
  • Jeff shares is closing thoughts.


Thanks to Jeff Bloem for appearing on the show and also to you for listening!
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