Podcast Episode 109: Chris Schooley of Troubadour Maltings on the Finer Details of Malt and Its Process | Craft Beer & Brewing

Podcast Episode 109: Chris Schooley of Troubadour Maltings on the Finer Details of Malt and Its Process

The cofounder of the Fort Collins, Colorado, craft maltings dives deep into the science of malt, from field to fermentor.

Jamie Bogner 20 days ago

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Malt is a subject most take for granted—a commodity that is generally fungible and often overlooked. But for Troubadour Maltings’ Chris Schooley, it’s a subject of endless fascination and professional obsession.

In this deep dive into the subject, Schooley expounds on the value of thinking about malt beyond extract numbers. He explores the history of malt and why certain malt styles are what they are today, talks about what makes grain great for malting, and discusses new developments in agriculture that have helped craft maltsters produce better raw materials.

In the brewhouse and in the malt house, consistency may be overrated, but quality is not—the malting process and role of the maltster is to add value to the agriculture and the brewing process, since the power in malt is not intrinsic; someone has to unlock it. But the things that really make a difference in malt quality may not be the things you suspect, and as specialty malts get darker, certain factors like freshness play a larger role in the flavor of the end beer. This is a fascinating episode for anyone who has every pondered why and how malt does what it does in the brewing process...

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