Holland’s Bavaria Brouwerij, the same brewery that was briefly in the international spotlight during the World Cup because of their orange leiderhosen, has installed a new malting system developed by the Swiss company Buhler. The new malting system, dubbed “Ecosteep,” will reportedly save as much as 30% of water consumption during the malting process. The process uses a flat-bottomed, steeping system developed by Buhler, along with several universities in an operation called “The Holland Malt Project.” Buhler also claims Ecosteep will produce improved uniformity of malt quality. Food Production Daily of Europe has a story about the new system and the Buhler Group’s website has additional information on the project.
Bavaria Brouwerij’s new malthouse towers, seen from above.