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Thread #5962   Message #807992
Posted By: Jimmy C
21-Oct-02 - 03:03 PM
Thread Name: All for Mary's Wedding - Irish tune?
Subject: RE: All for Mary's Wedding - Irish tune
Hi "open mike " and "Boab", I believe a 'sheiling" was indeed a dwelling, but I think it was where the grain was stored before it was malted during the whisky making. Grain was stored about 14" to 18" deep, creating internal heat which led to "Forced Vegation" or germination". To ensure that all the grain was germinated the pile would be turned over from time to time with a wooden spade called a sheil, thus the name sheiling. Of course I could be wrong ?. I never made any whiskey but have enjoyed the finished product on occasion.