Statesville N.C. – The Statesville Record & Landmark has featured one of Barnes Law Firms clients who is starting a new Brewery and Malting Business in North Carolina.
“If you travel Highway 70 east of Statesville just across the Rowan County line, you may have noticed four shiny new silver silos and a red metal building just off the main road.
Turns out, there’s a strategic purpose for the location.
Those silos, used to store barley, sit in the middle of the North Carolina grain belt, according to Carolina Malt House co-owner Aaron Goss, 33.
The facility sits on 19 acres just west of Cleveland. Piggy-backing on the craft brewing explosion, Goss said the aim is to be the link between brewers and locally produced barley, an essential ingredient in the brewing process.
Construction began last October and when the facility is finished later this year, it will be able to produce about 1,200 tons of malt each year, Goss said.
FROM HOBBY TO PROFESSION
Goss, who lives in Rowan County, is a former class action civil attorney. His love for brewing started while he earned his law degree and master’s of business administration from Wake Forest University, he said.
The idea for the malting facility came after co-owner Steve Bauk’s mother tried Goss’ homemade beer at a wedding, and suggested he start a brewing business.
Bauk and Goss then got together and tried to figure out a way to help breweries instead of competing against them, Goss said.
Bauk, 28, of Rowan County, brought marketing, sales and distribution experience from his previous job with his family’s business, Piedmont Cheerwine Bottling Co.
The two have prior experience with a collaborative venture. In 2013, they worked together on a mobile application called Picture This, which allows users to draw with their fingers on photos or blank canvases.
THE MALTING PROCESS
Carolina Malt House is currently contracted with 12 area barley farmers, Goss said.
Two types of barley are used to create malt: Two-row is the most popular for malting, but in North Carolina, six-row barley is the most commonly grown.
In North Carolina, barley is planted in October and harvested in May and June, Bauk said.
After the harvest, the Carolina Malt House gets deliveries totaling about 2,000 tons during a roughly three-week period, Goss said. And that’s what they work from throughout the year.
Malting affects the flavor, aroma, color, and texture of beer. It also enables the yeast to produce alcohol during fermentation.
While on-site at the Carolina Malt House, the barley will go through three steps: steeping, germination and kilning, Goss said. First, the grain’s moisture is raised by submerging it into water. Next, the grain is removed and spends several days germinating, also called sprouting. Finally warm, dry air is added causing the enzymes to break starches down into fermentable sugars, which is consumed by the yeast to produce alcohol.
At full operation, the Carolina Malt House will be able to create up to 60 different varieties of malt, including custom types for breweries. They’ll also sell their malt to home brewers.
Barley in North Carolina
In 2015, 19,000 acres of barley was planted in North Carolina, and 14,000 acres were harvested. Farmers harvested 72 bushels per acre, which resulted in $3.4 million in sales.”
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