Why the name Barn Owl? Our malt house is built on a family property and those that grew up here years ago remember the rare sightings of a barn owl. The barn owl is currently on Ontario's list of endangered animals. The shift from mixed farming to large scale mono-culture has reduced the barn owls habitat here. There is a similar story to small scale, regional malt houses; through industrialization and centralization, the small scale malt house has basically been extinct (until now).
Do you offer tours? We have been overwhelmed by the interest in touring our malt house. Due to the nature of floor malting and our limited capacity of floor space, it is difficult for us to offer tours to the public. While we do hope to open our malt house to scheduled tours in the future it is not feasible at this time.
Is the grain you use actually grown in Ontario? Yes, every last grain!
Do you grow the grains yourselves? No, we work with local farmers to source our grains.
Do you offer "contract malting" (malting your barley for you to sell under your brand)? No, we do not have the capacity to offer contract malting.
Is floor malting just a budget way of malting? No, floor malting facilities require much higher square footage and are extremely labour intensive, neither of which are cheap. Floor malting gives the maltster an opportunity to feel, taste and test the grain, providing a true connection and thorough control throughout the germination stage of the malting process, providing us with the capabilities to produce fully and evenly modified grains. Floor malted grain consistently produces highly flavourful and aromatic malts. We feel that floor malting produces a superior malt, but we encourage you to decide for yourself.
Will your malt perform as well as the malts we're used to? Yes, brewers continually report back to us with positive feedback regarding the performance of our malts, such as high efficiencies, fast lautering and high attenuation.
Is your malt consistent? Our malt chemistry/performance is extremely consistent. We regularly monitor its performance with both in house testing and third party analysis.
Do you make 2-row malt? Yes, all of our malted barley is made with 2 row barley varieties.
Do you make specialty malts? We feel that all of our malts are specialty malts! We currently do not have the capacity to produce roasted or smoked malts.