hist-brewing: Cordials

Bruce R. Gordon obsidian at raex.com
Tue Jul 1 05:59:43 PDT 2003

     I found it useful myself, although I must say being viewed as some 
sort of troll was a surprise - I wasn't trying to stir up a fight, 
merely stating the law as I understood it. Nevertheless, Greg is 
correct, such a discussion is close to being OT, and I won't mention it 
     If I could cautiously make a comment not involving legalities, 
directed toward a snippet imbedded below...? My research indicates that 
freeze distillation was by no means the predominant method in period - 
I have no doubt it was used extensively, but so were other nethods. See 
my paper at...


          ...for a fairly clear description of a vapor condensation 
method from the early 15th century - it's located in recipe #9.

Bruce R. Gordon

> Actually, I was enjoying the discussion. Of course, I'm American.  
> Lady Katla
> >From: Greg Lindahl <lindahl at pbm.com>
> >To: hist-brewing at pbm.com
> >Subject: Re: hist-brewing: Cordials
> >Date: Mon, 30 Jun 2003 13:55:41 -0700
> >
> >On Mon, Jun 30, 2003 at 01:47:11PM -0600, rory wrote:
> >
> > > Especially in regards to freeze-distilling, which
> > > is the period method of distilling, anyway, and not regulated at 
all by 
> >the
> > > ATF.
> >
> >It is specificially prohibited: there's a rule about it that says if
> >you reduce the water by freezing, you have to dilute the result back
> >down. This rule covers "cold filtered" beers.
> >
> >Please, please, don't hold this discussion on this list. It bores the
> >non-Americans to tears, and you aren't an authority on the issue.
> >
> >I've only ever met one guy in the US who distills -- and he owns a
> >commercial brewery, so it was fairly easy for him to do the paperwork
> >to legally distill.
> >
> >-- greg, the list owner
Ex Tenebra, Lux


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