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‘Butta-12’ Malting Barley with Lynn Gallagher and Ron Silberstein

California is a prime location for craft brewers and microbreweries. However, fungi and virus disease susceptibility have made it difficult for many barley varieties (such as those used for the malt used in beer and whiskey production elsewhere) to thrive in California’s Central Valley. Lynn Gallagher has spent twenty years developing disease and fungi resistant malting barley varieties. Working with UC Davis, USDA, and Ron Silberstein of Admiral Maltings, he and other barley growers have tested hundreds of barley varieties for both agronomically valuable traits and malting quality. In this episode, we talk with Lynn and Ron about what goes into malting, barley breeding, and the three tiers of testing that malting barleys must undergo before finding their way into your favorite brew.

 

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