Aaron decided to start Carolina Malt House after he learned that almost all (99.9%) of the beer drunk in the Carolinas is made from barley grown thousands of miles away. Being from Rowan County, in the middle of the Carolinas' grain belt, he thought, ``Why not here?``
No stranger to exhaustive research, Aaron started learning about malt production, reading every volume he could find on the topic. He even got to utilize his German language education to decipher old German academic articles. While reading, he began designing machinery, and after several months he had designed a mechanized malting facility. It has been one of the great joys of his life to then get to build it.