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Old 09-09-2012, 10:51 AM   #1
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Are there cooperative or small, local malt producers? Malt producers appear to be owned by very large companies (e.g. Cargill. GrainCorp). From the King Arthur Flour cooperative to small local entities there are a lot of great food producers not using the multinational corporation model. It seems natural for home brewers to support independent producers as well.


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Old 09-09-2012, 12:39 PM   #2
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This
http://www.valleymalt.com/



 
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Old 09-09-2012, 12:44 PM   #3

I read about one in New England recently but can't remember any details. I don't know of any list of index.

I buy organic malt from Gambrinus, which, according to Mid Country Malts, is the smallest malting house in North America. http://www.countrymaltgroup.com/gambrinusmalting.asp

I assume they are not comparing them to any artisan or boutique maltsters.

 
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Old 09-09-2012, 01:00 PM   #4
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Valley Malt looks interesting for those in the area and inspiring for those who aren't. Have they expanded beyond "the Northeastern craft and home brewer" as stated in their mission statement?

Gambrinus in British Columbia seems to be part of Cargill:
http://www.cargillfoods.com/na/en/pr...tion/index.jsp
(Considering the name there may be other Gambrinus malting companies than the one in BC.)
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Old 09-09-2012, 01:11 PM   #5
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http://coloradomaltingcompany.com/

 
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Old 09-09-2012, 01:23 PM   #6
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It's odd that you should mention King Arthur flour. King Arthur is just a brand that distributes flour contract milled by Lindley Mills.

Check out Riverbend Malthouse in Asheville, NC. I'm looking forward to getting some malt there this week.

 
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Old 09-09-2012, 01:27 PM   #7
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http://www.rahr.com/

Rahr is gigantic but still family owned. They're local for me.

I talked at length to a new local micro about grain sources - it's a pretty cut throat business, Cargill was pitching them hard to move over from Rahr.

 
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Old 09-09-2012, 01:34 PM   #8
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Excellent thread! Did a quick scope on the web and found one near me in NC but it looks like there not doing 50# sacks yet?

Worth some more research for sure!

http://riverbendmalt.com/?page_id=8

 
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Old 09-09-2012, 04:49 PM   #9
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It's odd that you should mention King Arthur flour. King Arthur is just a brand that distributes flour contract milled by Lindley Mills.

Check out Riverbend Malthouse in Asheville, NC. I'm looking forward to getting some malt there this week.
I'm amazed what I learn when I let my guard down. I've long been impressed with the transfer of the company to a cooperative and just assumed they milled the flour. They even say they buy milled flour in a video on their site.

Lindley Mills is no new kid on the block. They've been around longer than the country. River Bend looks interesting as well.

Thanks for that.
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Excellent thread! Did a quick scope on the web and found one near me in NC but it looks like there not doing 50# sacks yet?

Worth some more research for sure!

http://riverbendmalt.com/?page_id=8
I'm going to stop by and pick up a bag of pale and a bag of wheat this week, just call or email and they'll be happy to sell you a bag or ten and give you a tour, too.



 
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