Pilot Brewing Australia (PBA) is a function of Barley Australia and is the body responsible for the pilot brewing of pilot and commercially malted barley lines submitted for evaluation.

PBA undertakes a small scale batch brew of the malted evaluation trial. Although the evaluation quantity brewed is small, the malt has come from pilot and commercial batches that replicate 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.

This evaluation process ensures that new barley varieties are fit for the purpose of brewing.

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.