This page attempts to explain the significance and meaning behind the Malt Shovel Inn Sign. Research is augmented with photographs of pub signs.



 

Inn Signs
Inn Signs
Malt Shovel

Background Information
The sign featured here is from Wirksworth Moor. The Malt Shovel sign generally, but not always, indicates that a malthouse was used nearby or, indeed, behind the pub itself.

The huge wooden shovels were used in the traditional floor malting process to turn the barley. The raw grain is allowed to partially germinate by steeping it in water. But just as any seedlings start getting ideas above their station, they are whisked off to the brewery because, at this stage, they have the perfect combo of sugars and proteins to give the malt flavour beer drinkers lust for.

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The huge wooden shovels were used in the traditional floor malting process to turn the barley. The raw grain is allowed to partially germinate by steeping it in water. But just as any seedlings start getting ideas above their station, they are whisked off to the brewery because, at this stage, they have the perfect combo of sugars and proteins to give the malt flavour beer drinkers lust for.
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Inn Sign of the Malt Shovel Inn at Wirksworth Moor [2003]

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Quotation
Nikita Khrushchev

"I once said, 'We will bury you,' and I got into trouble with it. Of course we will not bury you with a shovel. Your own working class will bury you.
Nikita Khrushchev

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