CUSTOM CRAFTED MALTS CLOSE TO HOME
From local farmers helping to plant our seed, expert malting and production teams, master brewers and distillers, to cutting-edge research and universities helping provide community success, IB&M is privileged to be so deeply ingrained in the advancements of agriculture in our Great Lakes region.
IB&M attends The Andersons Litchfield Winter Meeting to educate the local farming community on our project and how we can best help them by building our plant in Litchfield, MI.
IB&M continues to support local research by sponsoring Malting Barley Field Day with MSU KBS.
Working with farmer neighbor partners, Stuart Weldon and James Caldwell, IB&M plants first winter barley seed on 1/3-acre plot in Litchfield, MI, testing Calypso and Violetta varieties.
IB&M’s Vince Coonce, completes research into wheat agronomic performance utilizing several years of MSU data and selects 12 varieties with the highest agronomic performance.
IB&M’s Vince Coonce, pilot malts the selected 12 wheat varieties and works with Hartwick College to measure the results.
From that analysis, Vince selects 4 varieties for the research trials, focusing on how each variety performs under different Nitrogen and Potassium combinations for yield and quality.
IB&M attends the MSU KBS Barley Field Day in Hickory Corners presenting on the best barley varieties for brewing.
Our research partners at MSU Extension harvested over 300 lbs. of raw, uncleaned barley. We stored the barley in pest proof conditions, preserving the identities of the varieties separately.
Our research partner, Dennis Pennington with MSU, plants 4 chosen wheat varieties all exposed to different fertilizer treatments:
These varieties will harvest around July 2020 and all samples will be tested for grain quality and selected for pilot malting. Stay tuned to see results and next steps!
OCTOBER / NOVEMBER 2019
IB&M continues to test barley for breaking of dormancy, finding increased germination in December.
CALYPSO AND VIOLETTA BARLEY VARIETIES
ARE READY FOR MALTING!
IB&M team builds bench top malting system.
The barley was cleaned by Carl Wagner III at C3 Seeds in Niles, MI.
Malting begins with March 2020 brew day anticipation.
Robert Orler, Director of Brewing Operations – Roak Brewing Co. tests our malted Calypso and let’s just say it was a hit!
“I am very interested in using the Calypso for our harvest beer. Can you get me a few
thousand pounds this fall?”
– Robert Orler, Director of Brewing Operations
STAY TUNED for more brewer feedback
on our products.
DID YOU KNOW?
The Stella Farm used German precision planting equipment by Dennis Pennington, with MSU Extension, and donated a bag of Tepee seed to Kalvin Canfield, also with MSU Extension, to continue research.
STAY TUNED for more on our Tepee variety.
With direction from our malting experts, European Spring barley tested in Ontario, Canada, will be planted in Litchfield, MI this spring.
European Spring barley was chosen for low protein and good yields.
STAY TUNED for more exciting progress on our European Trials.