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Friday, July 4, 2008

President Washington enjoyed a good porter

A beer fit for a President...
What should a red blooded beer loving American drink on Independence Day? If you were to go back in time and ask President George Washington, he'd probably tell you to drink a tasty Porter, and make sure it was a craft beer made in America... Not really, he would...

"We have already been too long subject to British prejudices. I use no porter or cheese in my family, but such as is made in America; both these articles may now be purchased of an excellent quality." - President George Washington

But maybe you'd rather brew up a batch of beer with President Washington's own homebrew recipe... It's not a porter, but rather a "small beer"...

"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."

Small beer as defined by wikipedia...
Small beer
/small ale can also refer to a beer made of the "second runnings" from a very strong beer (e.g., scotch ale) mash. These beers can be as strong as a mild ale, depending on the strength of the original mash. This was done as an economy measure in household brewing in England up to the 18th century and is still done by some homebrewers and microbrewers such as Anchor Brewing Company.

"Hand me a beer will ya?"

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