As organic processors we are really excited about grain to glass.” – Christian Ettinger, Hopworks Urban Brewery
Kernza is a perennial grain, meaning it does not have to be replanted every year. Perennial grains retain more nutrients, are able to use rain fall better and help trap carbon. That is important because a lot of top-soil gets lost during tilling.
Kernza grows a tap root up to 10 feet long. The root system stays in the soil after the grain is harvested adding carbon rich organic matter. That deep tap root helps prevent erosion by holding soil in place.
Cool stuff in its own right but it gets better, Kernza is being used to make beer.
Beer with a purpose, I’ll drink to that!