The Montreal plant has a capacity for 80,000 tons of malt production. It is located very close to a significant number of breweries in Eastern North America. A competitive rail rate allows barley from the Canadian prairies to be brought into Montreal. This rate, coupled with the close proximity to its customers, allows the Montreal plant to offer competitive delivery pricing. The plant can also load both 20 ft and 40 ft containers in bulk malt for shipping on ocean going vessels to service customers throughout the Atlantic region.
Selection of all barley tonnage by CMC personnel; barley quality specifications are established based on customer malt requirements. All incoming barley received is probed and the samples are tested prior to unloading to ensure quality targets are met. Composite samples of each barley unload are kept for reference and are sent to a third party lab for testing. Barley is visually inspected for foreign material, damage and tested for sizing, Protein, moisture, germination and any trace of insects.
Two row and some six row barley is received by rail car and trucks at our Montreal facility. After testing it is then cleaned by using Monitor and Carter Day Cleaners. The barley is then sized through Carter Day Graders.
The cleaned barley is sent to the steeping operation where most of any remaining foreign material is skimmed off the steeped barley. The steeping operation starts the process of converting the barley malt.
Montreal Steeping operation uses two newly built (2006) stainless steel tanks with a 260 metric ton capacity each. Moisture, temperature, aeration and CO2 are closely monitored to assure quality malt.
The total time taken for steeping is about 44 hours on average depending on barley variety. A composite of each steep is tested for protein and moisture. Moisture content is checked throughout the steeping process using NIR. Time and temperature is adjusted accordingly.
The Montreal Plant has four Germination beds. The airflow through the beds is a down-draft process. The Germination cycle is closely monitored for temperature, air-flow and moisture with daily tests to measure the rate of acrospires growth. The normal germination time is four days.
The Montreal Plant has a double deck kiln system. Temperature, air flow and moisture is closely monitored. Recent investment in VFD drives has allowed for precise control of air flow throughout the drying process. Total kiln time is approximately 28 hours.
After kilning the malt is tested for moisture and samples sent to our laboratory for wet chemistry analysis. The malt is stored in one of 45 silos; each has a capacity of approx. 850 metric tons of storage. The wet chemistry analysis is then used for blending to meet individual customer specifications. The malt is cleaned at the shipping stage, with shipment samples retined if further testing is required.