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Researchers in Saskatchewan explore how to make better beer

Saskatchewan Institute of Applied Science and Technology will try to identify premium barley kernels

SASKATOON—A new research project is brewing at the Saskatchewan Institute of Applied Science and Technology, all with the goal of making a better beer.

SIAST says the project will determine how technology can be used to better identify premium barley kernels—a key ingredient in producing quality beer.

Researchers will examine how barley kernels with favourable malting qualities can be cost-effectively sorted from lower-quality barley kernels by using acoustic and optical measuring methods.

It’s hoped that the research could lead to an increase in the availability of higher-value malting barley.

SIAST is working on the project in collaboration with Spectrum Agricultural, a Manitoba-based research and development firm that has already developed patented technology to identify infected wheat kernels.

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