Malting and Raw Materials

Barley - The Cereal Grain

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Varieties, Barely, Winter, Feed, History


Malted barley is the most significant ingredient in beer and has often been referred to as the soul of beer.  This cereal grain will be fully explained in two lectures.
This initial lecture will focus on the grain, its origins and history, and its role in agriculture, as well as descriptions of various barley types and the cultural and storage practices important to brewers.  A second lecture to follow will focus on seed morphology and the science of germination.

Learning Objectives

  • The origins and early history of barley
  • The attributes of six-row and two-row barley
  • The attributes of winter barley and feed barley
  • The role of barley in global agriculture
  • The role of barley in U.S. agriculture
  • The barley cultural practices important to brewers
  • The importance of sound malting barley storage
  • The development of new malting barley varieties

Lecture developed by

Joe Hertrich

Joseph D. Hertrich is the retired Group Director, Brewing Raw Materials at Anheuser-Busch, Inc.  His responsibilities included the operation of the company’s malt plants, rice mills and hop farms, and the supervision of all facilities that produced and handled brewing raw materials for Anheuser-Busch products worldwide.
Prior to joining Anheuser-Busch, Mr. Hertrich held various positions in brewing with The Stroh Brewery Company, the Pabst Brewing Company, and the Christian Schmidt Brewing Company.  In retirement, he continues to consult, teach, write, and speak on his observations over 50 years in the U.S. brewing industry.  He is a faculty member at the Siebel World Brewing Academy lecturing in the Advanced Brewing Theory Course.  He also lectures at the MBAA Brewing and Malting Science Course and creates podcasts for MBAA Continuing Education.
Mr. Hertrich is a member of MBAA, ASBC, Brewers Association, and the Craft Maltsters Guild.  He is also a past member of the American Malting Barley Association and the Canadian Brewing and Malting Barley Research Institute.

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Lecture Duration (Narration)
65 minutes

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10 days from time of purchase

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Lecture Duration
65 minutes

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10 days from time of purchase



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