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Britain’s oldest working maltings where the Warminster ‘malt-stars’ continue to handcraft a range of Superior Malts.

Malting the Best Barleys

Britain’s oldest working maltings where the Warminster ‘malt-stars’ continue to handcraft a range of Superior Malts.

Our Brewers Malts

Britain’s oldest working maltings where the Warminster ‘malt-stars’ continue to handcraft a range of Superior Malts.

Our Distillers Malts

Britain’s oldest working maltings where the Warminster ‘malt-stars’ continue to handcraft a range of Superior Malts.

Our Delivery Service

Britain’s oldest working maltings where the Warminster ‘malt-stars’ continue to handcraft a range of Superior Malts.

Thank-you for visiting the Warminster Maltings Website

Britain’s oldest working maltings where the Warminster ‘malt-stars’ continue to handcraft a range of Superior Malts.

Malting the Best Barleys

Britain’s oldest working maltings where the Warminster ‘malt-stars’ continue to handcraft a range of Superior Malts.

Our Brewers Malts

Britain’s oldest working maltings where the Warminster ‘malt-stars’ continue to handcraft a range of Superior Malts.

Our Distillers Malts

Britain’s oldest working maltings where the Warminster ‘malt-stars’ continue to handcraft a range of Superior Malts.

Our Delivery Service

Britain’s oldest working maltings where the Warminster ‘malt-stars’ continue to handcraft a range of Superior Malts.

Malts with Character

Our very original and iconic Victorian Maltings is the only stand-alone Maltings of its type in the UK, if not the world. Brewers and Distillers, if you are looking for Malts with heritage, provenance, pronounced quality and character, only Warminster Malt can deliver that level of integrity.

Award Winning Malts

Forever, Warminster has been famous for malt.

In 1855, when William Morgan planned his substantial new malting complex on the (then) edge of Warminster town, he designed a remarkable structure which incorporated greater efficiency at every stage of the process. From walls built of stone (better insulation) to the 5ft ceilings on the germination floors (more stable temperatures), Morgan shunned Victorian grandeur in favour of industrial efficiency. It is not surprising that 165 years later this maltings continues to endure.

Warminster town is one of the former “malting capitals” of the British Isles, sitting on the western tip of the important Icknield Series soil type, the most perfect soil for growing premium malting barley. Top quality barleys grown across Salisbury Plain have sustained this maltings forever, and continue to do so. Now owned, and managed day to day by the pre-eminent Hampshire based barley merchant, Robin Appel, access to barley supplies has taken on a whole new dimension. It has widened the procurement window to ensure, every year, preferential access to the best of the best premium quality barleys, at the most competitive prices!

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Floor made, naturally.

Like all food processing, slower is better. Our maltings was designed to follow gentle procedures, allowing for the optimum expression of the barley’s properties. Our germination floors are the perfect environment to optimize the ‘modification’ of the barley’s starch into the sugary substance called maltose.

Water comes from our own well, sunk deep below the malthouse into the chalk substrata. The temperature of this water is a stable 52F, winter and summer alike, perfect for the first stage of the malting process. Steeping the barley in water over 3 days is critical to triggering germination, the next stage in the process.

Ventilation and temperature control of the germination floors is vital to the ‘modification’ of the ‘green malt’. We work with the ambient temperatures, closing the window shutters when it is cold, and opening them when it is warm. The layout of the malthouses with its central wedge-shaped courtyard is a blueprint of the classic Victorian maltings. The complex was designed for purpose, exploiting nature’s elements.

Passage of the green malt through the process still depends on muscle power rather than ‘imported’ energy. The ‘malt-stars’ are permanently armed with a malt shovel, from steep to kiln, with other hand tools (malt ploughs, turners and levellers) completing their inventory of processing aids. At Warminster, manpower is one of our most valuable, versatile, and sustainable resources.

“We are passionately committed to respecting the time honoured method for making malt, which we know man’s technological advances cannot do better”.

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