Barley Malt

Appears in
On Food and Cooking

By Harold McGee

Published 2004

  • About

The most important form in which we consume barley is malt, a major ingredient in beers and some distilled liquors, and a minor ingredient in many baked goods. Malt is a powder or syrup made from barley grains that are moistened and allowed to germinate, and that become sweet with sugars. Its production and qualities are described below.