New Fact Sheet on NC Grains for Brewing and Distilling Available
Molly Hamilton and Dr. Chris Reberg-Horton of the Department of Crop Science at North Carolina State University have recently developed a new fact sheet for:
a. Distillers/brewers/maltsters wishing to use NC-grown grain in their product, and
b. Farmers wishing to enter the local distilling/brewing/malting market.
The fact sheet provides information on the following for distillers/brewers/maltsters:
- Which grain crops grown in NC could be used in distilling or brewing alcohol?
- How are these grain crops grown?
- How is the grain crop harvested and what happens next?
- What does storing the grain entail and who can do that?
- Who can clean the grain to my specifications?
- What about pricing and contracts? How do I work this out?
- What happens if it turns out I cannot use the grain I asked a farmer to grow for me (because of low quality, protein, etc.)?
The fact sheet provides information on the following for farmers:
- What is the market?
- You mentioned niche crops like non-gmo, organic, and heirloom. How do these fit in the market? Also, what are quality expectations?
- What varieties do well for this market?
- How do I enter market?
- What do I need to do in terms of storage, cleaning, and delivery for this market?
- What about pricing and contracts?
Link to the fact sheet: http://content.ces.ncsu.edu/nc-grains-for-brewing-and-distilling-faq/