Malt Quality Lab
Recent Events in the Lab:
Lab Director Hannah Turner elected to serve on the Craft Maltster's Guild Board of Directors!
College of Agriculture publishes a new article about the lab!
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Beehive Basin Brewery recently toured the Malt Quality Lab to learn about the testing process and current breeding program projects!
The MSU Barley and Malt Quality Lab is a resource for Montana growers, maltsters, and brewers which supports the region through research, education, and outreach.
Montana State University’s innovative Barley and Malt Quality Lab supports the Barley Breeding Program by enabling selection of improved barley lines. The state of the art lab allows for malting in early generations and performing full scale evaluation including all of the American Malting Barley Association (AMBA) recommended tests. With the ability to assess these aspects in early generations and providing as many as 9200 data points a year the MSU Barley Program is at a distinctly unique advantage for producing barley lines that will benefit the state economy through our regional growers, maltsters, and brewers. In addition to quality, the lab also supports the breeding program through Innovative techniques such as genetically dissecting traits important to barley as a malt, feed, food, and forage.
The barley program is committed to education and supports both graduate and undergraduate students in their pursuits to expand our knowledge of barley in many areas such as the impact of head morphology on malt quality, developing new methods to advance selection of high quality forage and feed barley, assessing the impact of nematode populations on barley stands, and gaining better understanding of the genetics behind malt hydration.
Montanan’s grow more barley acres than any other state and there is a growing collection of Montana Maltsters who use this barley to create a value added product in malt and support our healthy population of Montana Brewers. In recognition of these economies the MSU Barley and Malt Quality Lab provides a service testing malt samples and offers tours to those wanting to learn more about what is involved in making and evaluating malted barley. To date the lab has hosted nearly two dozen tours for local entrepreneurs, students, peer programs, and other interested parties. If your group is interested in learning more please contact us to set up a tour!