From barley to malt
Before a brewer can go to work, the barley must first be malted. The insoluble components of the barley are converted into ingredients, which are soluble in water. This takes place during malting. First of all, the barley is stored and left to mature. Then comes the main cleaning, when dust, stones, half grains and other impurities are removed. The actual malting process then takes place: steeping, germination and kilning. First of all, the barley is steeped in water. The grains absorb the water and germination can begin. This causes enzymes to form, which transform the insoluble starch and proteins of barley into soluble maltose and proteins. Once enough enzymes have formed for the brewing process, the germination process is halted and the germinated barley is kilned, that is, dried with warm air. During this process, the grain may turn brown (depending on the drying time and temperature). The color of the grain will ultimately determine the color of the beer. After kilning, the malt is carefully polished and kept dry in silos.