Wheatbelt farmer to produce heritage malt for WA craft brewers

August 22, 2019 at 4:48 PM

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The craft beer industry in WA is booming and with the help of innovative Goomalling farmer Rex Rowles, WA craft brewers could soon have access to a supply of traceable malt. 

Mr Rowles is aiming to be WA’s first producer of high quality heritage malt to be used by Australian craft brewers, an idea first hatched back in 2011. Malt is the key ingredient in beer, determining the flavour profile, mouthfeel and colour. 

Mr Rowles received one of four scholarships in the latest round of the Agriculture and Aquaculture Entrepreneurship Program. He has received $20,000 that he will use to travel to the USA, Germany and NSW to seek out leading practices on micro-malting, visiting commercial operations and undertaking specialist courses. 

Mr Rowles will gain knowledge on the business practice, technology and science behind boutique malting. This knowledge will then give him the skills to develop a micro-malting operation on his grain farm in the Wheatbelt, and to offer unique origin malting barley to craft breweries and distilleries. This is set to be a game changer for the industry which currently relies heavily on imports from overseas. 

Read full media release from Hon Dave Kelly BA MLA here… 

Read WA Today full story here… 

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