The Malting and Brewing Industry Barley Technical Committee (MBIBTC) is comprised of technical malting and brewing experts from Australia’s major malting and brewing companies. It is an independent Subcommittee of the Board of Barley Australia. Among the MBIBTC’s roles within the Australian barley industry is the technical evaluation of new malting barley varieties to determine their suitability for malting and brewing – for both the domestic and export marketplace.
For each new variety of malting barley bred in Australia, there are a rigorous series of evaluations the variety must pass in order to gain accreditation as a malting barley variety. The MBIBTC evaluates the pilot malting and commercial malting trial data for each new variety as well as the pilot brewing data to make recommendations on accreditation progress to the board of Barley Australia.
MBIBTC also carries out a range of other technical functions including the assessment of agrichemicals, especially those used post-harvest, for suitable use on malting barley and to make appropriate recommendations to registrants/APVMA. The MBIBTC works closely with the national Working Party for Grain Protection in this respect.