BVC - Hydrometers and cordials

Brian Songy bxs3829 at
Wed Oct 20 08:45:45 PDT 1999

Drop a line if you're
     interested and I'll dig it out.
I'm interested. :)

Matheus de Troyes, mundanely known as
Brian Songy
Manager, Computer Services
New Iberia Research Center
University of Louisiana at Lafayette
4401 West Admiral Doyle Drive
New Iberia, LA 70560
bxs3829 at

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Sent:	20 Oct 1999 11:28
To:	bvc at Ansteorra.ORG
Subject:	Re[2]: BVC - Hydrometers and cordials


     Finally, got my mail backlog down to 1 month.

     On hydrometers:

     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.

     On cordials:

     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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