I had noticed the building a while back while traveling I-26 south in Asheville, NC. As we merged onto I-26 from I-40, if I looked quickly back to my right I could see the building with “Riverbend Malt House” written on the side. There’s no telling how many times I mentioned to my wife that one day I wanted to go visit.
If you’re wondering what malt is and why it is important to brewing, here’s a very brief explanation; malt is one of the four key ingredients in beer (malt, hops, water, yeast). Malt contains the sugars that yeast needs to consume in order to create alcohol (and CO2). The process of malting is, A) the first step of unlocking these sugars – and – B) kilning the malt which effects the taste, color and mouthfeel of our beer. A more detailed explanation can be found here at How To Brew.
Malting has always been an interesting process to me and I had studied it while working towards my level two Cicerone but beyond the books, I had no exposure to the process. Recently, I go
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