Saladin Maltings at Fawcetts of Castleford
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|The Saladin Box was a 19th century French invention, named after its inventor Monsieur Saladin, which mechanised the process. It is a huge trough with a perforated floor. The malting barley is poured in to a depth of a metre or so and air is blown through the perforations to control the temperature.|
|A bank of mechanical turners like giant Archimedean screws turn the germinating grain, travelling slowly along the box as they do so.|
|The screws ensure that the grain at the bottom is moved steadily to the top.|
|Thousands of perforations in the steel floor blast heated air through the malt..|
|Hoppers which feed the Saladins.|
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