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Old 08-16-2011, 01:57 PM   #1
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Hi everyone. I'm looking for some assistance from some more seasoned brewers than I. Im trying to find a home brew version of George Washington's Porter recipe. The only thing I can find on Google is the actual transcript of the recipe, but it appears to be a HUGE batch size(30 gal) and im only setup for 5 gals. Has anyone heard of this and has a grain bill & recipe or can someone translate this into one?

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."

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Old 08-16-2011, 02:04 PM   #2
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think old georgie ever thought 300 and some years later we'd be tryin to understand his chicken scratch?

i love historical brews. its my "new" goal as a brewer.

can anyone help with this brew?

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Well he was a pretty sharp tack with tremendous foresight(stepping down after 2 terms, refusing a noble title, etc), so I assume he knew that everything he wrote would be held with some esteem by posterity.

I like your idea of brewing historic recipes. What do you have on hand?

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There are a lot of threads on this brew. Yards Brewing makes a version of this, but took plenty of liberty with the original recipe. They said that the amount of molasses in the original recipe made it pretty disgusting.

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There are a lot of threads on this brew. Yards Brewing makes a version of this, but took plenty of liberty with the original recipe. They said that the amount of molasses in the original recipe made it pretty disgusting.
Can you link? i searched the forums using the icrap app and didnt find one.
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Can you link? i searched the forums using the icrap app and didnt find one.
There's like dozens of threads. Not sure how it didn't find one of those.
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There's like dozens of threads. Not sure how it didn't find one of those.
Which folder?
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Well he was a pretty sharp tack with tremendous foresight(stepping down after 2 terms, refusing a noble title, etc), so I assume he knew that everything he wrote would be held with some esteem by posterity.

I like your idea of brewing historic recipes. What do you have on hand?
2 different versions of t.jefferson ale, next up is poor richards ale, and a 1776 porter.

brewing outside over an open fire is on the list for next spring/summer.
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2 different versions of t.jefferson ale, next up is poor richards ale, and a 1776 porter.

brewing outside over an open fire is on the list for next spring/summer.
Would you mind sharing the recipes?
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Would you mind sharing the recipes?
sure. later tonight when im home (at work now shhhhhhhhhhh) id be happy to share them.
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