In this issue...
Major feature on filtration 13
Be disciplined in analysing your filter performance Our US sleuth Dave Thomas takes a trawl around what is new in the world of beer filtration and introduces a case study (with solutions) from a brewery which had a filtration problem at the same time every year.
Cold stabilisation of beer 18
A short piece from Parker domnick hunter on the advantages of sterile filtration over pasteurisation.
The art of filtration 19
World Minerals is now Imerys and Matthew Jordan tells us how filter powders are mined and processed. He introduces Celite Cynergy with the protein trapping properties of silica gel.
The long day closes 23
Gerry McGovern visits the Great Northern Brewery in Dundalk just before it
closed this summer and reports that whisky entrepreneur Jack Teeling
plans to reopen it as a distillery.
Major feature on raw materials
More extremes 28
Some very sad pictures of hops damaged by the weather from the UK to Slovenia from Faram's Paul Corbett. Paul urges users worldwide to get contracts to help ensure supplies.
Never known a harvest like it... 30
Things were not much better with the barley harvest. Mike Ineson and Mark Norfolk of Muntons take over the slot from Alan Ridealgh.
Standing on its own feet 34
Steve Curtis visits Wye Hops and finds out what Peter Darby is up to.
Silk purse from a sow's ear 36
A piece from Envireau about rejuvenating a bore hole at Baird's Arbroath maltings and drilling a new one.
Over 800 years of history... 38
Roger Putman reports on PureMalt in Haddington which makes an extensive range of malt extracts. These are popular outside the UK with a tradition of paler beers and no means of handling coloured malts.
A supply chain more than 70 years in the making 43
Our old friend Mont Stuart now moved from Adelaide to Colorado tells us about the MillerCoors barley breeding programme and a new kiln which increases the Golden Maltings capability to 315,000 tonnes.
Yeast vitality testing and its role in production brewing 47
Chris Boulton tackles the thorny question of whether a viable yeast has any vitality.
The global potential of cider 50
Steve Curtis went to a Cider Trends Summit and the world of the apple is really humming. It seems that cider has picked up 70% of the loss in UK beer volume since 1970.
GABF sets new records 53
Alex Barlow was impressed by the organisation of the recent Great American Beer Festival held in Denver, Colorado.
MBAA goes to the Lone Star state 54
Simon Jackson donned his cowboy boots and ten-gallon hat and ventured to Austin in Texas for the MBAA Convention. A lot of smiling faces and an organisation certainly on the front foot.
Tequila from Mexico 58
Continuing our series on the world's spirits, we go to Mexico and harvest agaves.
World news 2
Spot the Brewery 12
Book reviews 60
IBD news 66
Business Listings 71