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Sunday, September 28, 2014

Radio NZ country Life article re making barley malt for beer brewing.




Doug and Gabi Michael are passionate about making malt from Barley.
The Michael family has been growing malting barley for five generations near Dunsandel in Canterbury. The barley was always processed off farm until 2013, when they decided to build a state-of-the-art malt house in a paddock near the farmyard.
Their goal was to have full control of the malting process from sowing  barley to delivering freshly made malt to brewers, so they invested in four kilns, two steeps, a huge custom made roaster and a laboratory for developing natural colours and flavours from the malt for craft brewers.
As the business grew they gradually ended their sheep farming operation and converted every bit of the flat 165 hectare farm to year-round barley crops, which are planted in spring and autumn and harvested during the summer.
Building the business from scratch has been a labour of love for Gabi, a trained vet who hails from Brazil and Doug who is the first to admit he had second thoughts along the way.
" It hasn't been an easy road and I must admit there have been a fair few times when I thought to myself we should've been milking cows instead of making malt, but at the end of the day it's been successful and looking back it was certainly worth it."
Word of mouth has had a huge impact on the business. Reports of the exceptional quality of Gladfield Malt and how brewers are able to work with Doug and Gabi to develop a new colour or flavour for their beer spread quickly.  They now supply malt to about 90 percent of craft breweries around New Zealand

Saturday, June 29, 2013

Mother, 7 August 1925 to 8 June, 2013


On June 8, the Feast of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, Mother died at home, family around her, at 8,12pm - there had been a power cut, and she was lighted with candles from the altar at St Joseph's, her church through all those years - and some of us saw one of those candles flaring up a few seconds before she breathed her last gentle breath, in a mystical, tender tribute to her extraordinary life, lived for God...she really was happy to be going to heaven. She knew what joy awaited her...




Mother and I in 2009
Mother's sideboard, with funeral booklet. 
Heaven-bound
The whole family, though Paul is cut off on the left, though missing are Petie, Becky, Campbell, Phoebe and  Jake, 
Mother's tea alcove, with hottee ready to warm her up. 
The present cousins, not Becky, Cam, Phoebe, or Jake
Mother's granddaughters, minus Becky and Phoebe
Mother's grandsons, minus Cam and Jake. 

Saturday, April 06, 2013

nature watch

Friday, August 12, 2011