The original malting process was based on steeping, germination and kilning of each 575 tonne barley batch in a single vessel, with two such vessels available within the site giving an annual production capacity of 35,000 tonnes. This capacity was in practice reduced during the harvest due to the use of the vessels for barley drying prior to storage, and the method of production utilising a single vessel required a large volume of fresh water (giving rise to a correspondingly large volume of effluent) for steeping. By constructing a new steeps building utilising modern stainless steel cylindro-conical steeps with aeration, CO2 extraction and automatic controls, the volume of water and effluent per tonne of barley is greatly reduced, the malt quality is enhanced, and production rises to over 44,000 tonnes per annum. The addition of 3 nr 20 tonnes per hour high-efficiency driers to the site releases malting capacity from the existing vessels and significantly reduces drying costs through greater fuel efficiency. The driers were available for the 2009 harvest and transfer of the first batch to steep was achieved within 12 months of commencing the works on site.