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Old 07-07-2009, 03:04 AM   #1
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Thought would share this with my HBT inmates, I do the historical brewing thing you know. This year , I have been asked to be a guest curator for a year long brewing exhibit . I hand built a 1830's style brewery ( which I will post in the equipment thread - 1bbl all copper affair ), then brewed an old recipe from the same time period at the brew pub in my town. I have done a bunch of beers with them and did pretty well at the GABF in 2007 ( won the ProAM gold medal ) . I am excited about this one, because the recipe is decent and will be the first time most people will taste a historic style Old ALe like it, I hope they will enjoy it, I do . I also enjoy doing the portayal of a historic brewer with all the clothes and old equipment , people really seem to get a kick out of it.

We have an 18th Century plantation in town, where they have planted a small field of 2 row barley and hops for me ( a master gardener is tending my crops ). I have a bunch of historical brewing events planned for this year, and next , including a few lectures on historic brewery design and beer making.

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Old 07-07-2009, 03:24 AM   #2
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wow, this is awesome. i am in blue bell. my SWMBO is from bethlehem. i would be interested in coming to these events

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wow, this is awesome. i am in blue bell. my SWMBO is from bethlehem. i would be interested in coming to these events
Very cool, I will keep this posted as to when and where...
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Me too - I have family in the area as well

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Damn show-off.

Keep us posted, Chris, I'd love to come and check out the show.

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when will it be ready? This is pretty cool!

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The Old Ale goes on tap the 16th ( next week ) thanks
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That's amazing. That's a really good project. Not only historical beer processes but a recipe, too - taste the past!

Out of interest, what do you do for the mash temperature. Did they use thermometers in brewing in the 19th century.

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That's amazing. That's a really good project. Not only historical beer processes but a recipe, too - taste the past!

Out of interest, what do you do for the mash temperature. Did they use thermometers in brewing in the 19th century.
Thanks, Iam doing a representation of brewing from the early 1800's, yes, they most certainly did use thermometers and Hydrometers, here is the set that I use, it's from 1832 and made in England:





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The dude in the funny white hat is NQ3X.

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