Maltsters’ trade organisation MAGB has announced winter barley Talisman and spring barley KWS Irina have been awarded Full Approval for brewing use
Spring varieties Octavia, RGT Planet and Sienna have been promoted to Provisional Approval 1 for brewing. Octavia, Olympus and Sienna have been promoted to Provisional 1 for malt distilling and Olympus is also being considered for grain distilling.
Optic and Moonshine have been removed from the list for malt distilling use. Sanette has been removed from Provisional Approval 2 for brewing.
Winter varieties for brewing use: Pearl, Flagon, Cassata, Venture, Talisman
Spring varieties for brewing use: Concerto, NFC Tipple, Propino, Odyssey , KWS Irina
Spring varieties for malt distilling use: Belgravia, Concerto, Odyssey
Spring varieties for grain distilling use: Belgravia
Provisional approval 1
Spring varieties for brewing use: Octavia, RGT Planet, Sienna
Spring varieties for malt distilling use: Octavia, Olympus, Sienna
Spring varieties for grain distilling use: Olympus
KWS Irina becomes the highest yielding spring malting barley fully accepted by the industry.
According to KWS value chain manager, Dr Kirsty Richards, the new UK approval follows successful large-scale macro-malting and brewing tests carried out for the IBD by Molson Coors, Bairds Malt, Crisp Malting and Boortmalt.
She says: “It comes hot on the heels of KWS Irina’s green light acceptance from leading brewers on the continent last year, including Heineken, Carlsberg and Radeberger, who have already seen a significant commercial tonnage from farmers in France, Germany and Denmark.”
Dr Richards points out industry assessments have confirmed KWS Irina has a high water extract, a good free amino nitrogen (FAN) level, and low beta-glucan levels. KWS Irina has no issues with movements through 2.5 or 2.25mm sieves.
KWS expects the variety to take an 11 per cent market share next spring, with further growth to a market position of around 15 per cent in 2017.
“There are plenty of options for growers particularly across the east and south of England, where it could find a place in export cargoes or local maltings,” she says.
KWS Irina was the only new spring variety to secure full IDB Approval and is the first spring barley from the KWS pan-European breeding programme to achieve this grade in the UK.
Senova’s winter malting barley variety Talisman is the highest yielding winter malting barley on the HGCA Recommended List.
The latest results from malting and brewing tests, carried out by selected brewers and maltsters as part of the official approval process, have been very positive and confirm the variety has the desired characters to meet the industry’s needs, says Jeremy Taylor, Senova’s commercial director.
“Talisman has met all of their requirements and shown itself to be suitable for the brewing process,” he says.
As the highest yielding winter malting choice, Talisman is also an early maturing two-row variety with good disease resistance and standing ability.
Having performed well on both light and heavy soils, it is expected to be taken up by committed winter barley growers looking to secure a malting premium.
“Talisman is resistant to the common strains of barley mosaic virus, so it can be grown on all sites with confidence,” adds Mr Taylor.
He also points out that it has the best all round disease resistance of all the winter malting varieties, with 6 ratings for rhynchosporium, mildew and brown rust, and a 7 for yellow rust.
Grain quality scores include a specific weight of 67.9kg/hl, a hot water extract of 308.5 and a grain nitrogen content of 1.63.
Seed will be available for autumn 2015 plantings.