hist-brewing: Re: "Stale" for Braggot

Randy Mosher rmosher at 21stcentury.net
Thu Apr 6 06:28:44 PDT 2000

Regarding the use of the term "stale" in this recipe, it was used up until the end of the 19th century to denote
a well-aged, or "old" ale. It was not a perjorative. As these were aged in barrels, there was a considerable
action from brettanomyces bacteria and other critters, resulting in an acidic character, which was verified by
lab analyses of old ales around 1900. This taste can be found today in Gales Prize Old Ale, as wellas in lambics
and Belgian sour brown and red ales such as Rodenbach.

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