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5.06.2017

george's beer

George Washington brewed his own beer. This should be no surprise. Many farmers and plantation owners brewed their own beers and ales. George Washington had his own recipe.

The handwritten beer recipe




To Make Small Beer
Take a large Sifter full of Bran Hops to your Taste. — Boil these 3 hours then strain out 30 Gall. into a cooler put in 3 Gall. Molasses while the Beer is Scalding hot or rather draw the Melasses into the cooler & Strain 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 Blanket & 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.

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 It reads:
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.

The original copy is in The New York Public Library.

The bulk of the fermentables are derived from molasses, as malted grains are not included in the recipe because they weren’t readily available. Molasses, a byproduct of the sugar refining process, was a very popular brewing ingredient as it was easy to procure, fairly affordable and, most importantly, fermentable.

 The taste? Well, I've never tried it. But I could at the Bent River Brewing Company. They're located in Rock Island, Illinois. They make their own and call it "Old George's Ale".





I'll have to try it sometime and give you a review.

To Make Small Beer
Take a large Sifter full of Bran Hops to your Taste. — Boil these 3 hours then strain out 30 Gall. into a cooler put in 3 Gall. Molasses while the Beer is Scalding hot or rather draw the Melasses into the cooler & Strain 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 Blanket & 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.

Read More: George Washington’s Personal Beer Recipe Makes an Exclusive Run Through Bent River Brewing Company | http://97x.com/george-washingtons-personal-beer-recipe-makes-an-exclusive-run-through-bent-river-brewing-company/?trackback=tsmclip

Sources: George Washington's Infamous Small Beer Recipe
               An Exclusive Run
               We Tried George's Recipe

To Make Small Beer
Take a large Sifter full of Bran Hops to your Taste. — Boil these 3 hours then strain out 30 Gall. into a cooler put in 3 Gall. Molasses while the Beer is Scalding hot or rather draw the Melasses into the cooler & Strain 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 Blanket & 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.

Read More: George Washington’s Personal Beer Recipe Makes an Exclusive Run Through Bent River Brewing Company | http://97x.com/george-washingtons-personal-beer-recipe-makes-an-exclusive-run-through-bent-river-brewing-company/?trackback=tsmclip
To Make Small Beer
Take a large Sifter full of Bran Hops to your Taste. — Boil these 3 hours then strain out 30 Gall. into a cooler put in 3 Gall. Molasses while the Beer is Scalding hot or rather draw the Melasses into the cooler & Strain 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 Blanket & 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.

Read More: George Washington’s Personal Beer Recipe Makes an Exclusive Run Through Bent River Brewing Company | http://97x.com/george-washingtons-personal-beer-recipe-makes-an-exclusive-run-through-bent-river-brewing-company/?trackback=tsmclip