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From: Bonnie M Fountain< >
Subject: Re: Scots Pot Stills?
Date: Tue, 03 Feb 1998 05:35:25 EST

On Mon, 2 Feb 1998 10:49:35 EST writes:
>Bonnie M. Fountain wrote to Colleen:
>>The first stage in the process is the soaking of the barley in water
>>as to let it germinate, before it is dried by the application of heat
>>produce malt. The malt is then dried in a kiln with a floor of
>>perforated iron or wire mesh beneath which is a ventilator which
>draws up
>>the hot air from the fire through the malt. The dried malt is then
>>ground and put into a 'mash tun' where it is extracted with hot water
>>produce a liquid called 'wort.' ..................... [and more
>>paragraphs of the same technical jargon]
>Excellent definition, Bonnie. There is one minor, yet significant
>detail the
>description left out. The hot air used to dry the germinated barley
>is really
>smoke from slow burning peat. The smoke adds a distinctive flavor to
>the wort
>that carries on to the finished Scotch malt. My personal favorite is
>Glenfiddich, a single malt.
>My experise on the subject you ask? I was a distiller in the Research
>Development Engineering Department of Joseph E. Seagram and Sons.


>Sharon in MO
Thanks, Sharon, for lending your professional knowledge to the subject.
Amazing story.

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