UK: Winter malting barley Electrum approved for brewing use
The top yielding winter malting barley variety Electrum has gained full approval for brewing use in the UK, the Farmers Weekly reported on May 29.
From breeder Syngenta, the two-row barley has been granted full approval by the Maltsters Association of Great Britain in its annual review.
It joined the AHDB Recommended List back in 2018, and is the highest yielding winter malting variety on the list at 97% of the controls.
Electrum effectively replaces the other Syngenta winter malting variety, Venture, which has been removed from the list for brewing.
In the spring category, Asteroid has been removed from the list for both brewing and malt distilling, but retains provisional approval 2 for grain distilling.
Other changes are Cosmopolitan moving to provisional approval 2 for brewing, while both AHDB Recommended List newcomers Iconic and Splendor gained provisional approval 1 for brewing.
Both Firefoxx and Tungsten gained provisional approval 1 for malt distilling; the latter variety also has the same status for brewing.
Approved malting and distilling list for harvest 2021:
Winter varieties for brewing use
Full approval: Flagon, Craft and Electrum
Spring varieties for brewing use
Full approval: Concerto, Laureate, Planet and Propino
Provisional approval 2: Diablo and Cosmopolitan
Provisional approval 1: Iconic, Splendor and Tungsten
Spring varieties for malt distilling use
Full approval: Concerto, Laureate, Sassy, Sienna and Diablo
Provisional approval 1: Tungsten and Firefoxx
Spring varieties for grain distilling use
Full approval: Fairing
Provisional approval 2: Asteroid
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