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Pilot Malting Australia (PMA) was established in 2010 as a joint initiative of the Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia (DAFWA) and Edith Cowan University (ECU). PMA is Australia’s first pilot malting facility and the only one of its type in the southern hemisphere.
At the heart of PMA is a Canadian manufactured pilot malting plant specifically designed to simulate commercial malting processes and produce commercially equivalent malt. With a batch capacity of 100kg, the pilot plant gives researchers access to commercial malting data without having to malt commercial quantities of barley. PMA provides the Australian barley industry with a valuable tool for making more cost-effective decisions when assessing malting barley varieties.
PMA also offers a means to better understand the technical performance of Australian malting barley varieties as they are processed via different commercial malting regimes used within the export and domestic sectors of the industry.
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