hist-brewing: Gruit & unhopped ales

bjm10 at cornell.edu bjm10 at cornell.edu
Wed May 17 17:04:09 PDT 2000

On Wed, 17 May 2000, adam larsen wrote:

> ale has show signs of  healthy fermentation for a day or so  put a small
> spoonful of  mugwort into your mug/glass with a few crushed spice nails
> Fill your glass with the live ale and wait 15 minutes.  Then stick a hot
> poker into the ale  for a minute or two."

Or, if you have one, heat up a flip-iron and use it!  You've just
described what sounds like a type of flip.  A flip-iron looks like a
whisk, except that it's heavier construction.  The idea is to increase
surface area of exposing the ale to heat.  Flips using presumably hopped
ales (with the addition of sweeteners and spices before heating) were
known in the 18th century. 

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