Day 13

In Ingredients today, we left the actual mechanics of malting behind and entered the world of barley, pulling up the hood so we could see what a grain of this stuff looks like inside. Of course that included the troubling business of memorizing all its components–who knew that a little grain of barley apparently could have more internal parts than my car’s engine? Then we made a start on examining the germination processes that occur inside the kernel. Now our first assignment: an exposition of  one of three enzymes and its role inside the barley kernel. But which one will capture my heart: alpha amylase, beta glucanase or protease?

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