What is 'malt'?

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Ivan the Immigrant
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What is 'malt'?

Postby Ivan the Immigrant » Tue Aug 25, 2015 2:03 am

Well, I am new here. Can someone explain what is 'malt'? For example what does Scotish single malt means ? Thank you in advance... :)

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Re: What is 'malt'?

Postby Muskrat Portage » Wed Sep 02, 2015 1:43 pm

Ivan: Ganga is an exceptionally well versed source of information about whisky and the link is excellent.
To build on his reply, to malt barley, first it is soaked in water for a predetermined length of time and laid out on a floor to germinate, where temperature is closely monitored. Once the barley germinates and shows acrospores (growing tendrils) it is referred to as "malted", as the starch contained in the grain has now converted to sugar.
The malted barley is now dried to a specific percentage of moisture, stored and then the magic begins. I tried to upload a picture from Laphroaig to illustrate this but it was too large.

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Re: What is 'malt'?

Postby The Third Dram » Wed Sep 30, 2015 6:20 pm

Ivan, here is a photo of the malting floor at Kilchoman Distillery, located on the Isle of Islay in Scotland...
This partcular example represents the more traditional, hands-on approach to a malting operation. Nowadays, most distilleries buy in malted grains from large commercial malting facilities (such as the one located in the town of Port Ellen, also on Islay).

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