Barley and Malt must meet strict quality criteria to work for various industries, whether it be the Maltster wanting to make barley into a value added malt, or a brewer wanting to craft a beverage from the malt. Tight specifications of barley and malt are established to ensure good final product quality. Our lab provides convenient, reliable, and affordable testing of the various barley and malt aspects helping to determine selectability of barley for malt and malt for brewing.

Please See Testing Packages Listed Below!

Sample Submission:

Please complete the corresponding form: sampling, shipping & payment instructions are on the forms

Testing Service Agreement:

Parties wishing to submit samples to the MSU Malt Quality Lab must review and sign a Testing Service Agreement

 

Online Payment Portal:

 

Testing Options: 

Grain Quality Testing 

Grain

 

Test Price

Selection Package:

-Moisture, protein, plumpness, kernel weight, germination energy, falling number, and DON

$100/sample
Grain Moisture & Protein Content $15/sample

Germination Characteristics

-Germination energy, capacity, and water sensitivity

$40/sample

DON 

$35/sample

Falling Number (PHS or sprouted grain evaluation)

$35/sample

Grain a-amylase (alternative to falling #)

$25/sample

Cereal Extract:

-base malt suplemented mash protocol

$125/sample

Agronomic Variety Testing

-Yield, protein, plump, test weight, heading date, height.

*Grown in 11 locations across Montana (5 irrigated, 6 dryland)

$3600/variety

Food Grain Quality Testing

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Anthocyanin (antioxident color pigment)                                                                                       $30/sample
B-glucan (food fiber) $30/sample

Malt Quality Testing

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Test Price
Full Analysis - Moisture, assortment, friability, fine extract, coarse extract, F/C difference, B-glucan, FAN, soluble protein, S/T, DP, a-amylase, color, filtration time, clarity, pH $150/sample

*Basic Analysis - Moisture, friability, fine extract, B-glucan, FAN, DP, a-amylase, color, filtration time, clarity, pH, soluble protien, total protein, S/T

*Appropriate for barley, and wheat. Wheat samples will not recieve friability or B-glucan testing.

$100/sample
Adjunct Malt Analysis (sorghum, maize, millet, rye, oats) - Fine extract, color, clarity, & filtration time $125/sample
Enzymes only-Diastatic Power & a-amylase $50/sample

*Specialty Malt Analysis  - high dried, chocolate and roasted malt–Moisture, extract, color, pH

*SRM 20+ samples

Please specify if sample is

High dried: higher color malt that stills has sufficient enzymes for self conversion (standard mash)

Caramel - requires base malt for supplemental conversion (base malt supplemented mash)

Roasted - high color malts - (no mash - extraction via boiling) Measure: color only

$50/sample

Color only

$25/sample

*Malting w/ Malt Analysis

-Barley samples malted with our system and controls, includes Malt Analysis (Full Malt w/ out friability)

*Limited availability - please discuss specific project with the lab before submitting samples
$250/sample

 Hop Quality Testing

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Acids Analysis                                                                                                                                         

-Alpha Acids (as is and 10%), Beta Acids (as is and 10%), Hop Storage Index (HSI), and moisture. Acids determined by spectrophotometric method, ASBC Hops-6. *100g required.

$35/sample

Total Oils (coming soon)

-Determined by steam distillation. Reported as % (mL oil/100g), ASBC method Hops-13. *200g required

$30/sample

Moisture Only

-Forced air oven method. ASBC method Hops-4. *10g required

$10/sample

Beverage Quality Testing

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Nutrition Analysis                                                                                                                                         

-Total sugars, carbohydrates, calories, protein, ABV

$100/sample

Beer QC

-ABV, SG, RE, RDF, IBU, Color, pH

$75/sample
Total sugars

$25/sample

Free Amino Nitrogen (FAN) $25/sample
Bitterness (IBU) $30/sample

 

All testing is conducted using official methods of the American Society of Brewing Chemists

 

2021 Lab Schedule

Data Turnaround Time:

Typically data can be expected within 5 or less business days. During normal weeks malt analysis is performed   Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. Samples received Thursday will not be run until the following Tuesday at the earliest.

2021 Holiday Schedule

The lab will be closed on the following dates:

Friay, January 1 - New Years Day

Monday, January 18 - Martin Luther King Day

Monay, February 15 - President's Day

Monday, May 31 - Memorial Day

Monday, July 5 - Independence Day

Monday, September 6 - Labor Day

Thursday, November 11 - Veteran's Day

Thursday/Friday, November 26-27 - Thanksgiving

December 20 -24  - Christmas Week