Ye Olde Beer Recipes

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Col. George Washington's Small Beer (1737)


To Make Small Beer


Take a large Siffer [Sifter] full of Bran Hops to your Taste. - Boil

these 3 hours then strain out 30 Gall[ons] into a cooler put in 3 Gall[ons]

Molasses while the Beer is Scalding hot or rather draw the Melasses

into the cooler & St[r]ain the Beer on it while boiling Hot. let this

stand till it is little more than Blood warm then put in a quart of

Yea[s]t if the Weather is very Cold cover it over with a Blank[et] &

let it Work in the Cooler 24 hours then put it into the Cask - leave

the bung open till it is almost don[e] Working - Bottle it that

day Week it was Brewed.


Benjamin Franklin's Spruce Beer


A Way of making Beer with essence of Spruce


For a Cask containing 80 bottles, take one pot of Essence and 13

Pounds of Molases. - or the same amount of unrefined Loaf Sugar;

mix them well together in 20 pints of hot Water: Stir together until

they make a Foam, then pour it into the Cask you will then fill with

Water: add a Pint of good Yeast, stir it well together and let it stand 2

or 3 Days to ferment, after which close the Cask, and after a few days

it will be ready to be put into Bottles, that must be tightly corked.

Leave them 10 or 12 Days in a cool Cellar, after which the Beer will

be good to drink.

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