BVC - Hydrometers and cordials
chuck.ctr.graves at mmacmail.jccbi.gov
Wed Oct 20 09:27:58 PDT 1999
Finally, got my mail backlog down to 1 month.
If anyone is still interested in the hydrometer question, some brewers
in the East kingdom experimented with eggs a little while back.
The results were in one of my copies of SCUM, and correlate "breadth
of a groat" to modern specific gravities. Drop a line if you're
interested and I'll dig it out.
I have been able to find cordials and "cordiall waters" using either
distillation or steeping. The former normally involved steeping
fruits, herbs, etc., in a wine and the distilling the wine. The
latter involved direct steeping of fruits, herbs, etc., in grain
alcohol ("aqua vitae") or brandy (though rarely.)
Someday I hope to put together a small limbeck and find out how strong
(proof) period "aqua vitae" was. I imagine it will be in the 150 to
160 proof range but I'm not sure.
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