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George Washington’s Beer Recipe

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Move over Sam Adam’s, an even more famous founding father has a recipe for beer.  Apparently George Washington liked to tip them back, and he even had his own recipe.  The New York Public Library has released his personal recipe and transcribed it for you.  (It was hand written and hard to read.) Here it is courtesy of Nerve.

“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 (sic) 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.”

It sounds doable.   Maybe I’ll give it a shot next President’s Day!

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