[Fwd: hist-brewing: Re: Domesday Ale]

bjm10 at cornell.edu bjm10 at cornell.edu
Fri Feb 13 09:30:23 PST 1998


"Hops were used 'in period'"...

A 17th-century reference is not valid to make a claim about a 
13th-century practice.  Digby can show us that hops were used in England 
during the early 17th and late 16th centuries.  Now, how do you extend 
that to the 13th century?  While one can claim that hops existed in 
England by the 16th century, the trick is extending them backwards three 
centuries.  

Also, what is "period"?  After all, a re-creation of a porter ca. 1750 is 
every bit as much "historical brewing" as is a 13th-century monks' ale.



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