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Equipment and services


The pilot malting plant, known as a unimalter, consists of a single chamber and allows for 100kg of barley to be steeped, germinated and kilned in the one vessel. All three stages are fully programmable and all malting conditions and parameters are monitored and controlled using state of the art GUI software and programmable logic control (PLC) systems.

Supporting the malting equipment is a water treatment plant providing accurate temperature control of steep water to mimic any commercial steeping program.

PMA also has access to ECU’s fully equipped 500L micro-brewery for small scale brewing trials, as well as the School of Science Analytical Facility with cutting-edge research instrumentation and staff with the knowledge, expertise and skills to produce reliable solutions to today’s most challenging questions related to malting research.


PMA runs pilot malt batches on a fee for service arrangement and can offer the following;

  • Pilot scale evaluation of the commercial malting characteristics of new barley varieties
  • Provide advice to export customers on the malting characteristics of Australian barley
  • Provide commercial equivalent malt samples for pilot brewing to domestic and international consumers of Australian barley
  • Assist barley breeding companies to evaluate new malting barley varieties
  • Provide technical support for problem solving barley processing issues
  • Small scale brewing trials
  • Research services related to malting processes and products
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