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


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Testing Options: 

Grain Quality Testing 



Test Price

Selection Package:

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

Grain Moisture & Protein Content $15/sample

Germination Characteristics

-Germination energy, capacity, and water sensitivity




Falling Number (PHS or sprouted grain evaluation)


Grain a-amylase (alternative to falling #)


Cereal Extract:

-base malt suplemented mash protocol


Agronomic Variety Testing

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

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


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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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.

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


Color only


*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

 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.


Total Oils (coming soon)

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


Moisture Only

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


Beverage Quality Testing

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Nutrition Analysis                                                                                                                                         

-Total sugars, carbohydrates, calories, protein, ABV


Beer QC

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

Total sugars


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