Micro Malting in Practice
Micro Malting in Practice

Course outline
“Micro Malting in Practice” is an 8-days hands-on course providing up-to-date knowledge in the field of malting. It covers the basics of malting technology in theory and practice. The lectures will cover topics such as malting barley and other relevant cereals (botanics, quality, varieties, enzymes a.o.), malting technology (steeping, germination, kilning, special aspects of small-scale malting, equipment) and practical laboratory work (barley and malt analysis, interpretation and assessment of different quality parameters).
In addition, the participants will conduct and accompany a complete malting batch in our pilot malting plant.
The language is English. You can expect an intensive training with maximum benefit.

The following topics will be covered:

  1. Practical malting at the VLB pilot malting plant
  2. Barley and other brewing cereals
    World barley trade / growth regions
    Chemical composition / chemistry of sugars,
    proteins, glucans and other main components
    Evaluation of quality
    Malting barley varieties / breeding
    Pests and diseases / mycotoxins
  3. Malting technology
    Storage of barley and malt
    Steeping technology
    Germination technology
    Kilning technology
    Production of different malt types
    Production of special malts
    Influence of malt house equipment on malt quality / classical and modern malting systems
    Small scale malting and malting systems
    Characteristics and chemical composition of cereals used in brewing
    Equipment for micro maltings
  4. Practical laboratory work
    Barley analysis
    Malt specifications and malt analysis
    Assessment of quality parameters

Who should attend
The course addresses persons who have a professional interest in craft brewing and malting. We strongly recommend some basic experience and knowledge in beer brewing.

The lectures will be held at the VLB Berlin. Our institute is located in the heart of Berlin – the German capital. In addition to our training programme, Berlin is also a top-destination for sight-seeing and extra-curricular activities.

Foyer / Entry hall

Attendance Fee & Accommodation
The fee for this 8-days course is € 2150 plus German VAT, including all course materials. The fee may be paid by bank transfer or credit card.
Your accommodation in Berlin has to be booked separately.

Our Pilot Malting Plant
Steeping / germination device
Steeping / germination device
Steeping / germination device
Steeping / germination device
Malting lab
Malting lab
Malting lab
Malting lab