Here is a glimpse of the final product of malted barley taken on Sept. 26, 2019, in Havre de Grace, Maryland. The grain has been cleaned after coming out of the kiln to remove unwanted roots and other parts of the barley grain. (Emily Top/ Capital News Service)

Malted barley’s additional uses

By: Emily Top, Capital News Service

ANNAPOLIS, Maryland — Beer is almost as old as time, or at least the time of ancient civilizations. Ancient Greek soldier Xenophon even wrote about beer and the barley malt floating in it. Though malted barley was utilized mainly for beer back then, its products have expanded.

Malted barley plays a large role in the creation of malt liquor. Malt liquor is similar to beer in its production but it generally contains higher alcohol content than beer, usually over 5 percent, according to the Alcohol Epidemiology Program at the University of Minnesota.

Malt liquor utilizes malted barley in the fermentation process but includes sugar, corn, or other products to increase the number of fermented sugars in the batch, writes Beer Advocate.

Malted barley is not restricted to just alcoholic products. Even sweets contain it.

Whoppers by The Hershey Co. are known as “The Original Malted Milk Balls,” and contain malted milk in its ingredients, according to their website. As the name suggests, there are milk products or by-products involved, but what makes it malted? Malted barley.

The malted barley is ground into a powder and mixed with wheat flour and evaporated whole milk. It can be used to create malted milk balls or be added to ice cream and milk to concoct a malted milkshake.

Malt powder was created by the Horlick brothers back in 1873 and was patented in 1883, according to the Horlick website. Now, malted milk powder is easily accessible and can be purchased on Amazon for as little as $4 for 13 ounces.

The Southern Maryland Chronicle is a local, small business entrusted to provide factual, unbiased reporting to the Southern Maryland Community. While we look to local businesses for advertising, we hope to keep that cost as low as possible in order to attract even the smallest of local businesses and help them get out to the public. We must also be able to pay employees(part-time and full-time), along with equipment, and website related things. We never want to make the Chronicle a “pay-wall” style news site.

To that end, we are looking to the community to offer donations. Whether it’s a one-time donation or you set up a reoccurring monthly donation. It is all appreciated. All donations at this time will be going to furthering the Chronicle through hiring individuals that have the same goals of providing fair, and unbiased news to the community. For now, donations will be going to a business PayPal account I have set-up for the Southern Maryland Chronicle, KDC Designs. All business transactions currently occur within this PayPal account. If you have any questions regarding this you can email me at

Thank you for all of your support and I hope to continue bringing Southern Maryland the best news possible for a very long time. — David M. Higgins II

© 2019 The Southern Maryland Chronicle. All Rights Reserved. This website is not intended for users located within the European Economic Area.