This plant was built to bridge the enormous gap between conventional micro malting systems and the real world. It is capable of producing malts of commercial quality and flavour which are suitable for brewing. It is fully quality management system accredited to ISO 9001:2008.
Steeping and germination are carried out in malting drums but the kilning takes place in dedicated units which accurately simulate modern deep bed kilning systems.
The whole maltings is automated and can operate over a very wide range of temperature and humidity. This enables it to mimic the many different conditions found in malting plants all over the world. The plant is used for research into process, health and safety issues and training. It can also be used for new product development.
By control of kiln recirculation by relative humidity set points above the kiln bed reproducibility of processing is greatly enhanced which allows us to control colour and flavour. The pilot kilns can therefore produce a range of malts covering distilling malts, white malts , Vienna and Munich style malts, therefore producing a range of colour from 2 - 100 EBC.
A roaster has been manufactured for the production of speciality malts. It is capable of producing crystal and patent malts (chocolate and black malts and roasted barley). This extends our colour range from 2 - 1500 EBC. Products of these two plants together, can therefore, encompass the whole range of malts seen in the commercial world.
The roaster has been successfully used for new product development eg Cara-Gold which is now widely used commercially. Both the roaster and the pilot maltings have been used to study the use of other cereals as brewing raw materials eg wheat, oats, rye and triticale.
The pilot maltings operates on a 50 kg batch size and the roaster on a 3 kg batch size. Both plants are available for commissioned work through our contract service system.
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Where we refer to UKAS Accreditation
Campden BRI (Chipping Campden) Limited is a UKAS accredited testing laboratory No. 1079 Campden BRI (Nutfield) is a UKAS accredited testing laboratory No. 1207