We are one of only a handful of distilleries to carry out its own floor maltings. Everything at Kilchoman is very hands-on and the malting is no different, here we carry out a traditional approach with the tools of choice being large wooden shovels and a couple of wheelbarrows.
2 tonnes of barley is spread over the malt floor by the team, this then sprouts roots and begins to germinate over a period of 5-6 days. This is closely monitored and regularly raked and turned to ensure an even germination across the whole floor.
The traditional floor maltings is extremely labour intensive with a lot of time and energy spent on this part of the process. Shovelling and raking 2 tonnes of barley for 5 days a week isn't for everyone!