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Norsk Håndverksmalt – Update (11.16)

With the winter now upon us, we are turning to company admin and discussions with suppliers and logistic support.


We have decided to reduce the blog to a quarterly update, starting from January 2017. This will then allow us to provide the network and community with detailed updates that are more concise and directed towards final production needs of our first malt house.

Our business and team are growing and with this, we are changing some of our roles and responsibilities to ensure we have an operational team ready for the production of Norwegian Malt. I will take the role of chairman within the network and we will appoint an investment manager to work specifically with investments and the business development. We will also work closely with the “Norges Malt” initiative and their collaborating partners, combining resources within business operations, market development and sales. Yulia Seeger (our General Manager) will then be tasked with daily operations, alongside our newly appointed business development team.

Exciting times for Norsk Håndverksmalt and the network.

Field trials – 2016

Our samples for this year’s trials are now in Germany and Finland for analysis and we are expecting the results at the end of December. We will then review the results and publish the report through the network.

We have been confident that this year’s trials have the potential of allowing new varieties to become available for Norwegian farmers in the next year.

Ølbrygging – potensialer for bruk av norske råverer

In November we were happy to be invited to a seminar «Ølbrygging – potensialer for bruk av norske råvarer” (Brewing – potential of using Norwegian raw materials), organized by NIBIO.  Many brewers, maltsters, scientists, writers, working close with beer and raw materials in Scandinavia, were there, speaking on very interesting and exciting topics:

  • ”Norwegian malt, hops and herbs – the taste of Norwegian beer” by Ragnar Eltun (NIBIO),
  • Malting facility at NMBU and NMBU’s brewery were presented by Trude Wicklund (NMBU),
  • Results of projects about usage of Norwegian raw materials for beer production, by Mauritz Åssveen (NIBIO), Mette Goul Thomsen (NIBIO), Andreas Kværne Hansen;
  • Role of taste of Norwegian raw materials in developing new types of beer, by Evan Lewis (Ægir Bryggeri),
  • Women and beer, by Sigrid Strætkvern (Ringnes) and Inger Lise Uhlen (Damer og Øl),
  • Andreas Kissmeyer presented, ”Ny Nordisk Øl”,
  • Perspectives for beer produced in Norway, demand and market, by Petter Nome Bryggeri og Drikkevareforeningen,
  • Gitte Gross presented Den Skandinavske Bryggerihøyskole.
NIBIO – Beer seminar

We were happy to present our results for the field trials from 2015 – 2016 by Kjersti Gravningen.

Aass Brewery evening 2016

During the evening we were provided a tour of the Aass Bryggeri and also welcomed to a fantastic evening’s entertainment with great beer, food and plenty of good spirit and stories.

Mycotoxins workshop – Germany

On the first day all the participants were introduced to Mycotoxins and detection methods and were explained the importance of correct sampling. We went detailed to R-biofarm tests for mycotoxins:

  • lateral flow tests,
  • card tests,
  • solid phase columns and immunoaffinity columns prior to e.g. HPLC, LS-MS/MS, GC.

A big part of training was devoted to design of spike experiments, calculation of dilution factors and sample preparation.

On the 2nd day we all moved to practical part in laboratory and performed the following tests ourselves:

– Performance of RIDA®QUICK Aflatoxin RQS (lateral flow test).

– Performance of EASI-EXTRACT® Aflatoxin (immunoaffinity column)


– RIDA®SOFT Win.net software – Installation, use and ELISA data evaluation

We continued there on the 3d day as well with derivatization of mycotoxins prior to HPLC and interpretation of HPLC chromatograms. The other topics presented were

Mycotoxin analysis by LC-MS/MS

RIDA®CREST and IMMUNOPREP®ONLINE products for automated analysis

It is important for big laboratories to save as much time as possible. R-biofarm has good solutions for automation of food and feed analytics. Easy to use, they don’t require constant personal presence and save a lot of time, which makes sense for labs running plenty of samples. To have our results reliable, we were presented Quality assurance aspects in mycotoxin testing.

It was not only a professional training programme, but also a nice team. We developed many contacts with laboratories in Europe and Asia and have established several personal contacts that will add value to the Norwegian markets.

Final Notes

If you are a grower and would like to get in touch, please feel free to contact Halfdan Svalheim – halfdan.svalheim@handverksmalt.no and also don´t forget to use the online guide for your own reviewing of your crops.

We would also like to hear back from anyone who is growing varieties this year, that can be malted. If you are a grower, please contact us directly.

If you would like to link to this project and help in any way we warmly welcome your advice, knowledge and future inputs. Please find us at www.handverksmalt.no

Happy Christmas to you all and I look forward to a fantastic new year for malt production in Norway.