15 November 1996

Fanfare thumbs up

FULL approval has been given by the Institute of Brewing to Fan-fare malting barley for the central, south east and south west regions. The variety was deferred in June due to variable dormancy results.

Further tests on this years crop confirm the trait. "They showed the variety was more dormant than other approved winter varieties," says the Institutes Robin Pirie. "While this is not an insoluble problem, it may concern maltsters who require barley for early production, or export. Nevertheless, the institute has full confidence in awarding approval to Fanfare."

Gleam, also deferred for further dormancy and water sensitivity trials, has now gained provisional approval for the same regions as Fanfare. Full malting and brewing evaluations will be carried out on it for further review next summer. &#42