Chit #01: Barley Chit

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The Chit #01

Small Talk ~~ Malt Talk

Malting With Your Senses:
The Barley Chit


This week, we wanted to explain the namesake of The Chit. First off, this content is a chance for us to chit-chat about malt. Secondly, chit is one of our favorite barley terms.

The chit is the first sign of rootlet growth in a kernel. It’s a little white dot that appears at the bottom of the seed.

Maltster’s perform “chit counts” during steep to get a sense of how many seeds are starting to germinate. This just means looking at 50 – 100 kernels to see what percentage have chitted.

Chit counts are one of the first chances to check on the grain. The goal is to have a 99%+ chit count after steeping.

Pretty soon after the chit emerges, the rest of the rootlets appear, and you’ve got a little germinating seed!

Maltsters use lab analysis after malting to ensure quality, but, as a big or small malthouse, they rely on chit counts and other sensory analysis during malting.

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