hist-brewing: hist-brewing Digest, Vol 37, Issue 4

Randy Mosher randymosher at rcn.com
Thu Dec 6 14:16:18 PST 2012

Hi Graham,

I haven't heard of the Orkney tradition. Outside of the well-known Gottlandsdrickå and Sahti beers, apparently there is a living tradition in rural Norway as well. Might be interesting to compare them. Maybe you've looked into this? I'd definitely be interested in those papers as well.

Hey, Dan, hope things are good for you. It's important to note that Odd Nordland (Beer and Brewing Traditions in Norway) describes traditional indirectly-heated kilns in some areas of Norway that used slabs of slate or other flat stone to keep combustion and kilning chambers separate, so indirect kilns are not strictly a development of the Industrial Revolution, important as the role that event played is. 



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> I am interested in kilning techniques used before indirect heating became
> common, especially direct firing.  Any good books?
> Dan Listermann
> Hi List,
> Hi Dan,
> I am Graham Dineley. I have been making beer from the grain for 30years
> now, and have been researching prehistoric and early malting and brewing
> techniques for 15years. I joined this list yesterday.
> There is a complete description of pre-industrial farming practices in John
> Firth's book "Reminiscences of an Orkney Parish" . This includes the
> harvesting, malting, kilning and brewing of the local "Bere" Barley. The
> kilning uses traditional Orcadian Kilns, which finally went out of use in
> the last 100years, and these seem to be the direct descendants of the
> Viking Kilns and practices. I can scan the relevant sections and e-mail
> them to you.
> I also have access to a paper on "Corn Drying KIlns" by Lawrence Smith and
> I can forward a copy of this to you as well.
> http://antiquity.ac.uk/ant/025/Ant0250196.htm
> Regards.
> Graham.
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