hist-brewing: hist-brewing Digest, Spruce Beer

Dean Barnes thetavernkeeper at hotmail.com
Tue Apr 17 13:06:04 PDT 2007

Now  for a historic military recipe where it was boiled...

""Boil one pound of good spruce tips and branches until the
bark peels off.  Strain out the spruce and put two quarts of molasses
to the liquor and boil it again, scum it well as it boils.  Cool to
lukewarm and add one ounce of yeast.  Let it work for two to three days.  
Keep filling it up with boiled water as it works out.  It may be used two to 
three days later."
--Major JOHN KNOX journal , 1760, Fortress  Louisbourg , Canada


Dean Barnes

>Date: Mon, 16 Apr 2007 15:57:12 -0400
>From: Jeff Renner <jsrenner at umich.edu>
>Subject: hist-brewing: spruce beer

>I asked if he ever boiled spruce tips in the wort, and his answer,
>"No!" was pretty emphatic.

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