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Développement et Progrès de la Fabrication du Malt pendant les quarante dernières Années

Nature volume 78, page 5 (07 May 1908) | Download Citation



THIS work gives an account of the development of methods of malting on the Continent from the time when the employment of mechanical appliances to supplement hand labour was first suggested to the present day, when, in some makings, hand labour has practically disappeared. The author makes no attempt to discuss the progress of scientific knowledge in relation to malting, but confines himself almost entirely to a description of the manner in which the engineer has overcome many of the practical difficulties met with when attempting to deal with large bulks of germinating grain other than by hand labour. Problems such as the controlling of the heat generated by respiration of germinating grain in mass, and establishing an equal distribution of moisture throughout the individual corns of the mass, together with equal conditions of aeration, have to be solved. The solution of such problems by mechanical means is not easy, and there are still many competent critics, both in this country and abroad, who consider that the claim for success made by advocates of mechanical malting is not at present thoroughly well justified. However this may be—and the question is essentially a technical one—everyone interested in the progress of mechanical malting should read M. Eckenstein's book, the value of which is much enhanced by the numerous very excellent drawings and diagrams which it contains.

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