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Glossary

Maltings; Malt house; Malthouse

A maltings or malting house is where barley was malted to make beer or whiskey. Malting involves letting the grain start growing slightly. It is then heated so that the growing stops. This helps to make the drink easier to make and taste better. Malt houses usually contain large wooden floors on which the grain was allowed to begin to grow. They also have large ovens where the grain was then heated.

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