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OxladeMac at aol.com
Fri Apr 9 15:14:42 PDT 1999
In a message dated 4/9/99 10:03:02 AM Central Daylight Time, pug at pug.net
<< Oxlade, wanna do a class on your research you did for Gulf War? >>
Yes, I'd be glad to.
Pug has already had the chance to peruse the paper. For the rest of you,
it's a paper that presents a redaction and recreation of three beers made by
tripple mashing as presented by Gervase Markham as a "March beer" in his 1615
book "The English Housewife." I would title a session based on this paper as
"peroid all-grain beer brewing."
Here is an outline of what that paper contains (taken from the table of
contents of the paper):
1: Brief Background on medieval brewing in England (Page
2: Brewing Materials (Page
3: The Malting Process (Page
This section describes medieval malting techniques and practices, and
their Modern equivalents.
4: The beer making process (Page
This section describes, compares, and contrasts modern and medieval
techniques, practices, and equipment for making beer. Specifically, topics
addressed include: mashing, temperature control, sparging, double mashing,
and period equipment
This section discusses medieval recipes, the ingredients used, and
their modern interpretations. It includes information on medieval metrology,
and a discussion on medieval interpretation of modern brewing specifications
such as bitterness (IBU), color (Lovibond), and alcohol content (Specific
Gravity.) It presents and redacts the 1615 Gervase Markham recipe for the
three beers presented in this paper, and justifies the materials used to
recreate this recipe.
6: Entry and Discussion
This section describes the actual procedures used to create the
accompanying A&S entry, deviations from the recipe not noted in section 5,
and brewers notes on the outcome of the effort.
This presents a biographical listing of sources broken down by period
(primary) references, modern and secondary references, and other research
papers on the subject.
Of course, I'd embelish some sections and leave out others. I'd probably
concentrate more on sections 5&6 (what is period, ect) rather than all the
background history and stuff. In addition, I'll probably rework some
sections, and add others - but you get the basic idea.
One positive effect of the rain-out of gulf wars is that I still have samples
of the 3 beers to taste :)
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