MSU Quality Lab

Producing high-quality malting barley is crucial to the growth of the craft malting industry. Barley should be tested at a lab that understands the quality factors that are important to maltsters and that uses standardized methodologies approved by the industry. 

Malting barley is tested at the Upper Peninsula Research and Extension Center quality analysis lab utilizing the methods outlined by the American Society of Brewing Chemists. The lab participates in the ASBC check sample program to ensure confidence in results. 

Samples received at the lab by Tuesday will be processed within the week. All other samples will be processed the following week to allow ample time for germination analysis.  We strive to have results reported seven to ten business days after the sample has been received by the lab.

The lab will be closed the week of Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Independence Day. Samples will be processed immediately upon our return to the lab. Thank you for your patience. If you have any questions regarding these temporary closures, please contact the lab at

Analysis options

To learn more about the parameters analyzed for malting barley quality and the methodologies used, please refer to our Understanding Malting Barley Analysis fact sheet.

Analysis option Includes Price/sample
Complete analysis moisture, kernel plump & thin, germination tests, protein, pre-harvest sprout, and DON $50
Protein + DON only NIR + Neogen Reveal Q+ $30
DON only using Neogen Reveal Q+ $20
Germination only germination energy, capacity and water sensitivity $20

Additional information on pricing and subscription options are outlined in our lab pricing guide.

Submitting samples

All samples must be accompanied by payment and a completed lab intake form (before submitting the online form, print a copy from your web browser).


Questions and inquiries for the lab can be directed to or (906) 439-5114.