George Washington's Small Beer Recipe
While serving in the Virginia militia prior to his presidency, George Washington
recorded his now-infamous small beer recipe in his diary which is now in
possession of the New York Public Library. The oldest writings ever discovered
from our first president.
Take a large Siffer full of Bran Hops to your Taste. Boil these 3 hours.
Then strain out 3 Gallns into a Cooler put in 3 Gallns Molasses while the
Beer is Scalding hot or rather draw the Molasses 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 Yest 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) woring—Bottle
it that day week it was Brewed.