hist-brewing: English Ales Malt re:Paul

allotta at earthlink.net allotta at earthlink.net
Fri Dec 19 19:21:54 PST 1997


Ales & beer in England used barley malt (sometimes with added sugar be
that sucroce, cane or treacle) with a bittering agent or agents.  This
could be hops, bog myrtle or any other substances available.
Taxes and what was taxed influenced what went into beer and ale more
than anything.  Taxes on barley caused added sugar or other grains to
increase, taxes on gravity caused less malt to be used and a thinner,
weaker beer produced.  Hops at that time were imported from European
mainland.  Taxed, their use dropped, not taxed, it increased.
REference to the Beer Style series of books 'Pale Ale'.  
Comments??
Mark

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