Pilot Brewing Australia (PBA) is managed by Barley Australia and is an industry co-funded project with support from the GRDC and Barley Australia members, and is the body responsible for the pilot brewing of commercially malted barley lines submitted for evaluation.

PBA undertakes a small scale batch brew from the commercially malted evaluation trial. Although the evaluation quantity brewed is small, the malt has come from a commercial batch that replicates commercial conditions. The Pilot Brewery plant, located in Melbourne has the ability to mimic many different styles of brewing and hence the plant can replicate brewing conditions for both sugar and starch adjunct brewing, appropriate for many of Australia’s target malt and barley markets, both here and overseas.

The results of the brewing trials are returned to the MBIBTC for the committee’s review, and a recommendation is made to Barley Australia to either progress to Stage 2, (if the review involves a Stage 1 assessment), or for malting accreditation.

This evaluation process enables new barley varieties to arrive in the commercial marketplace with known performance data behind them, making for an easier transition for brewers variety to variety.

The Chairperson of PBA is Ralph Nischwitz.

Our PBA Brewer:

Emma Bigg

Emma Bigg graduated from Deakin University (B. Food and Nutr. Sc with Distinction; B. Commerce, Major in Marketing with Distinction) and started working for Carlton & United Breweries in 2019 as a Brewing and Quality graduate. She gained experience working in large scale production, technical laboratories and quality assurance in Melbourne, before moving to pilot scale brewing in late 2019. Emma is currently studying the Diploma in Brewing, through the Institute of Brewing and Distilling (IBD), which she is scheduled to complete mid 2020.