18th & Early 19th Century Brewing


This book is a compilation of four original works ranging from 1768 to 1806. Together, these books offer an excellent overview of period brewing technology. This compilation offers historical insight and instruction for the selecting and growing of hops, malting, mashing, brewing, as well as bottling and casking. There are original recipes and instructions for making such ales as alderberry beer, purl, strong and small beers, China ale, treacle beer, common family ale, porter, Dorchester beer, oat ale, and pale ale. Additional information is offered on cyder production and making of various wines.

367 pages of facsimile text.

Made in USA

Item # C-7020

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An insight into the past

I received this book as a gift. I have been home brewing beer for a long time. While modern techniques are different, a lot of what is specified in these recipes are still principles applied today: use clean water, keep everything sanitary, the ingredients should be of good quality . . . The compilation is a great insight into the past and any home brewer today will likely find something to connect with. Some of the ideas presented by the authors to save money, such as making a big beer then using the same grain bed to make a couple of small beers, are techniques not often used by today's home brewers. One author notes that Golding hops are the best, which, although there are many more varieties of hops now, you can still get today. The point is, as a home brewer it is fun to read. Eventually, I intend on crafting some beer using these techniques.

Trevor Carr
Must have!

Fantastic view into early brewing! Received this book today and thumbed through it for a few hours. Even had a reading lesson with my kid who likes to help on brew day. Some terminology I’ll need to research as I’m a newbie, but the text I can read just fine. Son is excited about an early American brew day! He’s my wort taster, and pasta taster!