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Dr. Juliet Marshall on Malt Varieties for Craft Brewers

At the 2013 Craft Brewers Conference in Washington, D.C., Dr. Juliet Marshall, an associate professor at the University of Idaho in plant and soil sciences, starts a talk on the origins of malt flavor. Petite and wry, you can barely see her over the podium, but you can certainly hear her as she issues a call to arms. “It’s a question of: Are you going to continue to accept what you get or start driving demand?” Marshall says. “What do we need to modify [about barley] in order to get it more accurate for your needs? What kind of moisture is required? Do we need 11 to 12, or maybe 8 to 10 protein percentage? Can we optimize the enzyme profile?”

—Adrienne So: BeerWest Magazine



---> Dr. Marshall discussed the school's extension program to develop malt varieties better suited for 'craft' beer brewers (flavor, etc.?) versus current varieties developed for the needs of North American Light Lager brewers (high extract yield, low protein, disease resistance, high diastatic power, and neutral flavors). She expressed frustration with the low level of participation from 'craft' brewers, and challenged them to provide greater input.


▶ Seated to Dr. Marshall's right is fellow presenter, Dr. Pat Hayes, of the University of Oregon, Corvallis.


Origins of Malt Flavor, and Developing Malt Varieties for Craft Brewers. Seminar at ...



The 2013 Craft Brewers Conference:

"From March 26-29, America’s small and independent craft brewers gathered in Washington, D.C. for the 30th edition of the Craft Brewers Conference (CBC) & BrewExpo America. Presented by the Brewers Association, CBC is the largest industry event, serving both brewpubs and packaging breweries. CBC joins brewers from across the country for over 80 seminars focusing on topics including sustainability, sales, packaging and export development, along with daily receptions, brewery tours and hospitalities. BrewExpo America is the premier trade show for brewers, with hundreds of vendors showcasing the latest and best products and services"


Washington, D.C.

27 March 2013



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Taken on March 27, 2013