Diablo spring barley gains full brewing approval

Spring barley variety Diablo has been given full approval for brewing use by the Malting Barley Committee.

The variety already had full approval for malt distilling, resulting in being the top-yielding spring barley variety with full approval for both uses on the current AHDB Recommended List.

See also: Harvest 2020: The 5 top-yielding spring barley varieties map

“With this recent approval, Diablo now holds the title of being dual-use, demonstrating the robustness of its quality characteristics, as required by end users in both the brewing and malt distilling sectors,” says Matt Shand, UK national sales manager for Limagrain UK. 

Diablo has a yield of 105% of the control and, significantly, its yields are highest in the key malting barley growing areas of the East (106%) and North (107%).

 Ron Granger, Limagrain’s arable technical manager also highlights its good disease ratings, resulting in good untreated yields.

“Diablo’s untreated yields remain at the top of the yield table, alongside Laureate at 97% of control, and 2% over that of Planet.”

Key malting varieties compared

 

Diablo

Planet

Laureate

Concerto

Specific weight (kg/hl)

67.1

67.8

66.5

68.8

Screenings (% 2.25mm)

1.4

1.4

1.5

1.2

Screenings

(% 2.5mm)

3.4

3.6

3.6

2.9

Nitrogen content (%)

1.44

1.5

1.48

1.52

Source: AHDB Recommended List

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