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 Salt an Invoice (To)Salt in a Coffin. 
E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Salt in Beer.
In Scotland it was customary to throw a handful of salt on the top of the mash to keep the witches from it. Salt really has the effect of moderating the fermentation and fining the liquor.   1

 Salt an Invoice (To)Salt in a Coffin. 

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