Check out this operation in Motta San Giovanni, that’s at the toe of the boot of Italy. Demy’s always asking me great questions which I really appreciate because it forces me to dig deeper into my textbooks to find the answers. He recently asked me what the difference was between Aromatic malt and Honey malt, something I’ve been wondering myself. This has led me to my latest bunch of experiments which I will post about soon. His set up utilizes a stainless steel drum which came out of a washing machine, but as you can see makes an ideal germination and kilning vessel. I’m really envious of his roasting oven and drum which looks like the perfect size for roasting small batches of grain.
Demy’s started brewing 5 years ago and quickly jumped into all-grain brewing “ I moved to the “all-grain” because it is full, you work with the raw materials, their scents, colors ..for more satisfaction.” In an area where even home brewing is a novelty it’s pretty amazing that he has taken his hobby to this level in the pursuit of better beer, hat’s off to you buddy! In his words “Malting is really gratifying: we get to understand the chemical process, you can smell the scents of roasting, caramelizing, and build the equipment with your own hands.” I couldn’t agree more.
“My equipment is still to be improved but some progress l ‘I did: mixer to mash and controllers for malting and mash. Stumenti are economic, assembled by myself and give a big advantage: they allow the automatic temperature control. The first is called stc1000 (available on the internet) is a thermostat and allows you to adjust both the heat and cold (-50 ° C + 90 ° C) can be used for various things: mash, cell fermentation, fridge etc. I use it Also in ‘drying malt. L ‘another controller is a more sophisticated form PID (always cheap, available on the internet) I use both in the mash is in the oven because of the malt can control very high temperatures.”
Demy’s has also started growing hops and is planning on brewing some locally grown chestnut beers. Thanks for sharing Demy, Salute!