Sounds great, maybe just just a little lower efficiency?
I don't know - Northern Brewer advertises it as having a high extract rate. I guess we'll see.
Disregard, that was me reading too quickly. The barley yield is low, extract yield is high. I'd expect this malt to cost a bit more, but for us homebrewers and many craft brewers that's not the main concern.
New Weyermann® Malt Barke®: Old Variety, Many Advantages
Weyermann® Specialty Malts has recently added another traditional malt variety to its heirloom portfolio: Barke®
Barke once enjoyed the highest reputation among German brewers and was the most widely used barley variety given the authentic and highly aromatic beers that can be produced with this type of malt. The yield of barley is indeed lower by about 20% than with current varieties, but that is no reason for Weyermann® Specialty Malts not to back Barke®. For Barke® brings with it the best conditions for an intense malt taste in the beer, a full-bodied flavor and good head.
Weyermann® Specialty Malts now offers the traditional malt in the Weyermann® Barke® Pilsner Malt, Weyermann® Barke® Vienna Malt and Weyermann® Barke® Munich Malt varieties and so offers a perfect base for authentic pale ales and lagers.
Barke® is a variety with all-round advantages: Agronomically, it has relatively short, sturdy stalks and is fairly resistant to leaf rust, leaf scald, net blotch, and mildew. In the malt and brew houses, it excels because of its large kernel diameter, good kernel homogeneity, good germination potential, superior diastatic power, excellent extract yield, with only moderate levels of soluble nitrogen, due to low beta-glucan values. A wort made from Barke® also maintains its color well during the kettle boil. This makes it a particularly sought-after base malt for pale ales and blond lagers, especially for Pilsners.
These are some of the reasons, why Weyermann® Specialty Malts has decided not to let Barke® be forgotten, even though Barke® is now being superseded in large-scale agriculture by newer thoroughbred-varieties with even higher extract values. Weyermann® can do this, because it sources virtually all of its barley from reliable contract farmers. Therefore, Barke® will continue to have a home in the portfolio of Weyermann® Specialty Malts and will be able to keep its success story among barley varieties going – premium quality especially for Craft Beers.