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George Washington’s recipe for beer

The New York Public Library has published a recipe for “small beer” created by George Washington in 1757.

The recipe, which was found in Washington’s “Notebook as a Virginia Colonel”, lists the ingredients as bran hops, yeast and molasses – an addition that may explain his infamously rotten teeth.

“Take a large Sifter full of Bran Hops to your Taste,” Washington instructed. “Boil these 3 hours then strain out 30 Gall into a cooler [and] put in 3 Gall Molasses while the Beer is Scalding hot.” “Let this stand till it is little more than Blood warm then put in a quart of Yeast if the Weather is very Cold [then] cover it over with a Blanket & let it Work in the Cooler 24 hours then put it into the Cask”.

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Story: Jon Swaine, The Telegraph | Photo: AP

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