Malt Notes

Thoughts, ideals, and insights from the maltsters themselves

March 2020

Malt of the Month: Oats

2020-03-12T09:27:50-05:00

Malt of the Month: Oats   Malty oat shaved ice with jujube & apple sorbet, Asian pear and pecans at Cadence Restaurant. Why Malted Oats? Loaded with fiber and other important nutrients, oats offer a heart-healthy, delicious, and surprisingly versatile option for any diet. Oats are also a workhorse: They help the farmer [...]

Malt of the Month: Oats2020-03-12T09:27:50-05:00

February 2020

We can do better Pennsylvania

2020-03-10T14:31:48-05:00

We can do better Pennsylvania   For several years now, Pennsylvania has boasted some of the highest sales and production statistics among all craft breweries. In 2018 there were 354 licensed breweries (ranked 6th) that produced approximately 3.7M barrels of beer (ranked 1st) and created an estimated 6.3B in economic impact (ranked 2nd). That's an [...]

We can do better Pennsylvania2020-03-10T14:31:48-05:00

July 2019

Malting Barley Quality Specifications

2019-08-25T01:03:23-05:00

Malting Barley Quality Specifications   Malt is an important ingredient in beer that provides a source of starch and enzymes necessary to produce fermentable sugars which yeast then turn into alcohol. Malt also provides color, flavor, an foam compounds which contribute to the final character of beer. Malt is also used to produce spirits and [...]

Malting Barley Quality Specifications2019-08-25T01:03:23-05:00

FREE Grain Testing

2019-08-25T01:06:43-05:00

Grain Testing Process   We offer FREE quality testing to anyone interested in using their grain for food & beverage end markets. To have your grain evaluated for malting or milling quality, please send a representative 1 pound sample (~ 1 quart ziplock bag) addressed to: DEER CREEK MALTHOUSE Analytical Services 1629 E. Street Rd. [...]

FREE Grain Testing2019-08-25T01:06:43-05:00

March 2019

2019 Philadelphia Grain & Malt Symposium Recap

2019-08-25T01:08:19-05:00

March 1-2, 2019 Highlights   This year's event was another great success filled with education, networking and food and beverages made with local grain & malt. The weekend kicked off Friday night at New Liberty Distillery with an informal networking soiree for those traveling from out of town. Specialty cocktails flowed and Lost Bread Co. [...]

2019 Philadelphia Grain & Malt Symposium Recap2019-08-25T01:08:19-05:00

Breaking Bread with Mark Brault

2019-08-25T01:09:27-05:00

Q&A with the Chief Maltster   MALT IS … a grain that has been germinated, dried and cured. The process changes the physical and biochemical properties of the grain so it becomes a more functional ingredient for brewing, distilling and baking. It also adds color and flavor.  WE MAKE IT OUT OF … primarily barley, wheat [...]

Breaking Bread with Mark Brault2019-08-25T01:09:27-05:00

November 2018

Happy Thanksgiving

2019-08-25T01:15:44-05:00

We are thankful for YOU!   Most stories of Thanksgiving history begin with the harvest celebration of the pilgrims and the Native Americans that took place in the autumn of 1621. A three-day feast in celebration of a good harvest. This was simply a gathering among locals to express gratitude for what the land provided, [...]

Happy Thanksgiving2019-08-25T01:15:44-05:00

Millstone Rye Whiskey

2019-08-25T01:16:03-05:00

Millstone Rye Whiskey   Three hundred years ago the Brandywine Valley was known as the "breadbasket of the colonies". The region provided quality goods, fresh food, and delicious whiskey to the surrounding areas, all powered by innumerable mills. Farmers produced high quality grain, and maltsters & millers added value by processing the grain for supply [...]

Millstone Rye Whiskey2019-08-25T01:16:03-05:00

October 2018

Malting Barley in Pennsylvania

2019-08-25T01:16:21-05:00

Malting Barley in Pennsylvania   Although malting barley production and malt houses were common in colonial Pennsylvania, large adjunct beer drove malting barley from the East Coast farther west. Feed barley production has continued to the present, however malting barley is predominantly grown in the western United States, Canada, and Europe. Since 2012, we have [...]

Malting Barley in Pennsylvania2019-08-25T01:16:21-05:00

Keystone Pale

2019-10-08T16:59:51-05:00

Keystone Pale   Keystone Pale is the result of more than 4 years of learning, growing, and carefully listening to feedback from the many craft food and beverage artisans who have tried our traditional floor-malted ingredients. Determined not to sacrifice quality and flavor for less labor intensive (and less costly) production methods, but eager to better [...]

Keystone Pale2019-10-08T16:59:51-05:00