160. Small malt-plant technology and first results—Set up and operations of a craft malthouse

Sebastian Wolfrum (1), Udo Kattein (2); (1) Bull Durham Beer Co. and Epiphany Craft Malt, Durham, NC, U.S.A.; (2) Technical University of Munich Weihenstephan, Freising, Germany

Malt and Grains
Poster

Starting with assembly in mid-2015, Dr. Udo Kattein and Sebastian Wolfrum present their experiences with a mobile malting system. The malting plant is made up of two shipping containers: one for an air handling unit and one as the process unit with a 10 ton batch size. The process unit was built as a Saladin steeping, germination, and kiln box initially; the two presenters were added during the build-out phase with two 5 ton complimenting cylindroconical steep vessels. Part one of this presentation will review in detail the acquisition, transport, setup and necessary engineering; in part two Wolfrum will highlight the technology of steeping, germination, and kilning as well as initial malting results.

Sebastian Wolfrum is the founder and maltster of Epiphany Craft Malt in Durham, NC, providing an integrated regional supply to brewers, distillers, and other sprouted grain ventures. Born and raised in Germany, he earned his certification as a brewer and maltster with the Ayinger Brewery outside of Munich (1997-1999). Continuing his brewing career in the United States (2006-2013), Sebastian was director of brewing operations for the second largest craft brewery in North Carolina. As a founding member of the NC Craft Brewers Guild in 2008, he continues to be very involved in the affairs of the small brewers in the region. In 2012, he added a certificate in distilling from IBD, London. Sebastian also has joined the Capitol Broadcasting Company as the executive brewmaster for the Rocky Mount Brewmill & Bull Durham Beer Co. in Durham, NC.