But it sounds good. We grow our own barley and then we roast it.
By the way I think that most of malted barley is kiln dry instead of roasted.
So this contraption would be good for crystal malts and roasted malts only.
Yeah, I'm not even sure it'd work for crystal malts. I've made some at home out of base grain, and the instructions I found involved steeping the grain in water, then holding the grain at saccharification temp for a few hours, then roasting to desired color.
But it'd work fine for any kind of roasts, or munich malts and the like.
It's also a cocoa bean roaster, and I'd imagine you can use it for coffee as well. So unless you make a ton of stouts, it'd be kinda silly to buy one. If you want to branch out into coffee roasting as well, it might make sense. The target market for craft beer and high-end coffee and chocolate overlaps quite a bit.