In searching my school library for books on brewing (that's University of Tulsa), It turns out that we have on microfiche "Every man his own brewer: a small treatise, explaining the art and mystery of brewing porter, ale, and table-beer." written by one Samuel Child from London.
Within I found a recipe for a 6 gallon batch of porter. It goes thus:
1 peck of Malt
1/4lb of Liquorice Root
1/8oz of Spanish Liquorice
1/4lb of Essentia Bina
1/4lb of Colour
1/2lb of Treacle
1/4lb of Hops
capsicum, heading, ginger, linseed &c. &c.
Water for 6 gallons porter.
Also contained was instructions for making Essentia Bina, and colour:
Essentia Bina is made from sugar boiled until thick and syrupy and black and extremely bitter. (theres actually a little bit on this site about it http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f11/hist...60/index2.html
colour is pretty much just caramel, boiled sugar till caramel brown and a little bitter.
Need to do research about "spanish liquorice" probably gonna do a noble hop EKG or Fuggles etc. The peck of malt works out to about 9lbs.
I'm extremely excited to brew this and so are my brewing buddies. Any one have experience with these ingredients?