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Old May 15, 2018, 15:12   #1
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Washington’s “Small” Beer

George Washington’s small beer recipe, as written in his diary:

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 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.


https://www.homebrewersassociation.o...l-beer-recipe/

all I can say is that it must have been a note to himself as a reminder, never meant to be revealed to everyone
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Old May 15, 2018, 15:43   #2
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Sounds like yuck.
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Old May 15, 2018, 23:12   #3
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Sounds like the Latin drink called malta.
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Old May 15, 2018, 23:22   #4
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If I could afford to buy 3 gallons of molasses I would just buy 3 gallons of cheap whiskey.
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well, considering the fact that clean potable water was very difficult to come by in the 1700's .......

this beer was probably less than 1% alcohol & barely passed for beer by todays standards
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Old May 16, 2018, 10:39   #6
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A friend of mine has a book of ancient and medicinal brewing recipes that is full of stuff like this. One of these days I'd like to try to brew some of the "ancient" recipes for stuff like the beers they drank back in colonial days just for the hell of it and to experience what they drank back then. Remember, they didn't necessarily have quality hops and malted barley so they had to make do with nuts and spruce tips and other sundries.

I can brew almost anything I want. Brewing something like this would be something more to piddle with than anything else I suppose.
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Old May 16, 2018, 10:46   #7
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I remember seeing Billy Beer on the shelves, never did try it as I was hooked on Rainieeer Beeeeer at the time.

George's Beer was before my time, maybe Martin could share with us what it tasted like
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Old May 16, 2018, 11:10   #8
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I remember seeing Billy Beer on the shelves, never did try it as I was hooked on Rainieeer Beeeeer at the time.

George's Beer was before my time, maybe Martin could share with us what it tasted like
Billy Beer, M*A*SH* beer, JR beer....all were re-branded Pearl from what I remember.
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well, considering the fact that clean potable water was very difficult to come by in the 1700's .......

this beer was probably less than 1% alcohol & barely passed for beer by todays standards
A reenactor friend of mine made some of this and put it in an oak 5 gallon cask to bring to events.

Your description is accurate. It tasted like beer flavored water. Not bad after a long day "Marching up and down the Square"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLJ8ILIE780

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well, considering the fact that clean potable water was very difficult to come by in the 1700's .......
Yeah, the white man always comes around and screws up everything.

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Yeah, the white man always comes around and screws up everything.

That's hilarious considering what an ecological disaster Amerindian tribes of any notable size were.
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Yeah, the white man always comes around and screws up everything.

But they brought beer!
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Old May 18, 2018, 14:05   #14
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Guys, old school beer wasn't at all carbonated
flat as a 6 year old girl
was full of sediment
not a very wholesome drink which is what beer is intended to be.

Big issue was the poor quality of glassware, the earliest carbonated varieties were in stoneware bottles, same with sparkeling wines/meads

I can dig up some honest early 19th century recipies from the Selkirk Colonies in Manitoba back in the 1840s for you folks
Hell there are a couple of ancient Egyptian recipies online, like 3000 years old.

This is mostly low %, it was just another method of preserving grain really
The ancient crap is like whole milk, much thicker than todays beer, nearly like cream
that's what a real meal was, stone ground "bread" soaked in "beer"
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https://www.brewbound.com/news/anheu...erve-red-lager
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It had alcohol and after you drank enough, it probably didn't matter how horrible it was.
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