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Malt Notes

Thoughts, ideals, and insights from the maltsters themselves

June 2020

Our Promise to You

Our Promise to You   The past few months have been challenging and emotional to say the least. As we approach barley harvest I can't help but reflect on the journey. A journey that, to date, has kept everyone on the Deer Creek team employed and healthy despite a global pandemic that has rocked the [...]

April 2020

Malty Dog Biscuits

Malty Dog Biscuits   April 20th, 2020, Monday. Week 5 of fully remote work from home. Between local farmers markets and home delivery service we're good on most basic groceries but our dog Ziggy has run out of snacks. Unacceptable! I'm no canine nutritionist, but my experience tells me that most human foods are not [...]

March 2020

Malt of the Month: Oats

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 [...]

February 2020

We can do better Pennsylvania

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 [...]

July 2019

Malting Barley Quality Specifications

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 [...]

FREE Grain Testing

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. [...]

March 2019

Breaking Bread with Mark Brault

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 [...]

November 2018

Happy Thanksgiving

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, [...]

Millstone Rye Whiskey

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 [...]

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