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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