George Washington's Beer Recipe

The President's "Small Beer" recipe, as found on Fark.

Apparently the general wasn't the best speller, but he liked a cold brew.

Total Time:  24 hours+ Number Serves:  1 US President Equipment:  Sifter, 30 gallon vessel, cooler, blanket, cask, bung, bottles


Bran Hops


Water (presumably)



To Make Small Beer

Take a large Siffer [Sifter] full of Bran Hops to your Taste. Boil these 3 hours then strain out 30 Gall[ons] into a cooler put in 3 Gall[ons] Molasses while the Beer is Scalding hot or rather draw the Melasses (sic) into the cooler & St[r]ain the Beer on it while boiling Hot. let this stand till it is little more than Blood warm then put in a quart of Yea[s]t if the Weather is very Cold cover it over with a Blank[et] & let it Work in the Cooler 24 hours then put it into the Cask—leave the bung open till it is almost don[e] Working—Bottle it that day Week it was Brewed.


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