|George Washington. "To Make Small Beer." From his 1757 notebook.|
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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 Gallons Molasses while the Beer is scalding hot or rather drain the molasses into the Cooler. Strain the Beer on it while boiling hot let this stand til it is little more than Blood warm. Then put in a quart of Yeast 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 done working -- Bottle it that day Week it was Brewed.
From George Washington Papers Manuscripts and Archives Division The New York Public Library