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trip to micromaltster, Valley Malt

trip to micromaltster, Valley Malt

Postby WhiskeyD » Wed Jan 23, 2013 3:27 pm

I had the pleasure of going to see Andrea and Christian Stanley this weekend at Valley Malt. They are a craft malting facility. They began with a 1 ton per week system and are now up to 4 ton system. They are cool people and use all local and organic grains. they have done some unusual stuff like smoked triticale. I will post some pics if I can figure out the picture system.

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Re: trip to micromaltster, Valley Malt

Postby WhiskeyD » Wed Jan 23, 2013 3:27 pm

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This is their system.
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Re: trip to micromaltster, Valley Malt

Postby WhiskeyD » Wed Jan 23, 2013 3:28 pm

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Grain cleaner
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Re: trip to micromaltster, Valley Malt

Postby WhiskeyD » Wed Jan 23, 2013 3:29 pm

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turning the grain
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Re: trip to micromaltster, Valley Malt

Postby WhiskeyD » Wed Jan 23, 2013 3:29 pm

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This is the debearder they use
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Re: trip to micromaltster, Valley Malt

Postby WhiskeyD » Wed Jan 23, 2013 3:30 pm

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This is part of their kiln
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Re: trip to micromaltster, Valley Malt

Postby WhiskeyD » Wed Jan 23, 2013 3:31 pm

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Re: trip to micromaltster, Valley Malt

Postby WhiskeyD » Wed Jan 23, 2013 3:31 pm

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Andrea checking grain
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Re: trip to micromaltster, Valley Malt

Postby WhiskeyD » Wed Jan 23, 2013 3:32 pm

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Malt!
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Re: trip to micromaltster, Valley Malt

Postby WhiskeyD » Wed Jan 23, 2013 4:35 pm

yes, they do small orders

bentstick wrote:Nice tour, do they small sell or is all bulk? 50lbs small , by ton bulk, I ask looking for a place to by different of types malt,i.e. rye ,wheat,and stuff that is hard to find!

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Re: trip to micromaltster, Valley Malt

Postby Tracker » Wed Jan 23, 2013 10:22 pm

No need to guess any longer LOO, we miss out on that one. :(


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Re: trip to micromaltster, Valley Malt

Postby Monty » Thu Jan 24, 2013 1:10 am

Guess who lives in the town next to them. :)
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Re: trip to micromaltster, Valley Malt

Postby Badger » Thu Jan 24, 2013 1:53 am

They have a Malt-of-the-month club?! Man, I wish they were closer....
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Re: trip to micromaltster, Valley Malt

Postby WhiskeyD » Thu Jan 24, 2013 2:17 pm

They are in Hadley, Massachusetts.
http://www.valleymalt.com

They source grain from Upstate New York, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire. They use all organic and do some neat alternative grains like triticale.
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Re: trip to micromaltster, Valley Malt

Postby General Tso » Wed May 01, 2013 7:04 am

Damn.... how Have I missed this. I'm only 1/2 an hour from Hadley Mass. I feel I field Trip coming
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Re: trip to micromaltster, Valley Malt

Postby VARocketry » Sun Feb 23, 2014 1:39 am

I have had many discussions with Christian about the technology of malting. He is a design engineer with a side malting business that has grown out of his passion for his avocation. He is a generous, open, extremely knowledgeable, and a genuine cool guy.
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Re: trip to micromaltster, Valley Malt

Postby edwatters » Sun Feb 23, 2014 8:49 am

Too bad there on the east coast and i am on the west coast or i would join the malt of the month.
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Re: trip to micromaltster, Valley Malt

Postby Kapea » Sun Feb 23, 2014 5:56 pm

Who knew there is money to be made in craft malting small batches? Very cool!
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