• Barley to Malt - Barley
  • Barley to Malt - Steeping
  • Barley to Malt - Whiskey
  • Barley to Malt - Tin
  • Barley to Malt - Raking
  • Barley to Malt - Beer Bubbles
  • Barley to Malt - Hands
  • Barley to Malt - Beer
  • Barley to Malt - Barley
  • Barley to Malt - Steeping
  • Barley to Malt - Whiskey
  • Barley to Malt - Tin
  • Barley to Malt - Raking
  • Barley to Malt - Beer Bubbles
  • Barley to Malt - Hands
  • Barley to Malt - Beer

Step 5: Steeping

Steeping is a three-stage soaking of the barley grains that increases their moisture content to a point where a new plant can begin to grow.  Repeatedly soaking and draining the barley brings moisture levels to between 35 and 46 percent.  At this level, the seed’s food source (the endosperm) could begin to ‘feed’ the barley if it were allowed to grow (germinate).  The exact moisture level of the batch is at the maltster’s discretion.