Barley grain has been a dietary staple for Scottish Highland communities throughout the earliest recorded Scottish history. It was used for bread, ale, and yes, whisky. Once the barley is harvested and dried it would be diverted to each of its uses. The grinder would have been responsible for not only creating flour for baking and eating, but, after the barley was malted, would be ground and converted into meal for brewing.
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