George Washington's beer recipe
From the New York Public Library’s Manuscripts and Archives division is this handwritten beer recipe written by George Washington, our founding imbiber. If you can’t read his olden time cursive writing here’s a translation:
To Make Small Beer
Take a large siffer [Sifter] full of bran hops to your taste. Boil these 3 hours. Then strain out 30 gallons into a cooler. Put in 3 gallons molasses while the beer is scalding hot or rather draw the molasses into the cooler & strain the beer on it while boiling 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 cover it over with a blanket & let it work in the cooler 24 hours then put it into the cask. Leave the bung open till it is almost done working. Bottle it that day week it was brewed.