Breeding For Flavor

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Breeding for Flavor: Insights From University of MN Barley Breeder Kevin Smith Written by Christopher || 06/06/17 Malting is beer’s flavor frontier. Developing new malting recipes, experimenting with alternative grains, or using grain varieties selected for flavor offers immense opportunity for innovation in the brewhouse. In today’s article, I’m focusing on the the specifics of barley breeding and the possibilities to enhance … Read More

Chevallier: A Taste of What’s to Come

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Chevallier: A Taste of What’s to Come Written by Christopher || 04/20/17 Several articles ago we dug into the story of Maris Otter, the present king of malt flavor. It was a fun story to research, so we decided to turn it into a semi-regular series on barley varieties. This time, we look into the king of Victorian barleys, Chevallier, … Read More

The Harlan Society Growing Guide

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The Harlan Society Growing Guide Written by Christopher || 04/07/17 We shipped seed to members of the Harlan Society this week. This article is the last piece of information needed before seeds will be planted and the project really gets underway. We grew out 22 heritage barley varieties from the USDA seed bank last year. 3 performed poorly, and we won’t be … Read More

Harry Harlan: The Godfather of Modern Barley

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Harry Harlan: The Godfather of Modern Barley Written by Mark || 3/22/17 Plant breeders and biologists rarely achieve any celebrity in our culture. This comes as a shock to no one – few people find lab work sexy. But their work is integral to everything that we grow and eat and, of course, brew. In your home brewing, the outcome of … Read More

The Harlan Society: An Open Source Project Searching for New Malt Flavors

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The Harlan Society: An Open Source Project Searching for New Malt Flavors Written by Christopher || 03/07/17 The vast majority of beer relies on only 10 closely related varieties of barley, despite a genetic pool containing tens of thousands of varieties. Modern barley has been developed for big beer, a process we explored in this article, and has left us wanting … Read More

A Brewer’s Guide to Growing Barley

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A Brewer’s Guide to Growing Barley Written by Christopher || 01/10/17 Seed catalogues are stacking up in my apartment. I don’t currently have the garden space to grow everything I want to put in the ground, but I can’t resist looking through the descriptions from my favorite seed companies. It always surprises me when seed catalogues show up in my … Read More

Reflections from a Fledgling Grain Grower

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Reflections from a Fledgling Grain Grower Written by Christopher || 12/27/16 Grains are fascinating – they’re central to the creation of civilization, to the rural landscape, and to the calories we rely on. I touch and consume grains every day – the granola, sandwich, fried rice, and stout I consumed today all centered on different grains – but other than that, … Read More

How Big Beer Builds Your Seeds: A Look into the Development of Barley Varieties

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How Big Beer Builds Your Seeds: A Look into the Development of Barley Varieties Written by Christopher || 12/6/16 In brewing, hops have names: Galaxy, Cascade, Fuggle, Magnum, and Saaz. Malt, the veritable soul of beer, only has styles: 2-Row Base, Caramunich, Smoked, Bohemian Pilsner, Amber. Unlike hops, malt isn’t a plant – it’s a processed seed. So what’s hiding beneath … Read More