By J.F. Meils and Sebastian Obando
Capital News Service
FREDERICK — Before he got involved in the beer business, Frederick County farmer Greg Clabaugh grossed about $600 an acre for growing traditional crops like corn and soybeans.
Now, on the land where he grows barley and rye, he grosses $6,000 an acre.
Included in that number is payment for malting, a process where grains are partially germinated then heat-dried, allowing them to be more easily consumed by yeast in the brewing or distilling process.