FW: hist-brewing: Mead, Bass and more

Kirsty Pollock kirsty.pollock at mpuk.com
Fri Oct 1 01:54:23 PDT 1999

> Straw was used because it gave of a nice heat, but very little smoke.
> There is a period source (Gervase Markham, an english housewife) that
> details what type of straw is best, and notes that wood is 
> not very good
> for the malt because it makes it smoky, and gives the ale a bad taste.

Are you serious??? Any straw I have ever burned has been smoky as hell!
Maybe it's just not the type of smoke that imparts flavour.

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