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Brewing recipe for ale laced with treacle discovered in historical notebook

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Starý recept prozradil, jak uvařit domácí pivo za čtyři koruny

Recept z roku 1825 radí, jak uvařit domácí tmavé pivo, které vyjde zhruba na tři až pět korun za půllitr. Záleží na kvalitě použitých surovin. Jedinou nevýhodou je to, že se bude v dnešních bytových podmínkách připravovat jen komplikovaně. Ideálně totiž potřebujete obří nádobu a velký hořák, na kterém budete hořký mok připravovat. Když ale seženete obří hrnec a zapnete všechny hořáky, tak to snad půjde.

Uvařit domácí černé pivo nemusí být vůbec složité.

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Dnes 12:21

Recept na pivo se základem z melasy je jedním z nejzajímavějších nálezů poslední doby. Recept sepsaný milovníkem piva Thomasem Dentonem, který se snažil uvařit si nápoj podobný svému oblíbenému pivu London Porter, nyní napodobují tisíce lidí. Zatím je však obtížné říci, zda námaha stojí za výsledek.

Na 34 litrů tmavého piva potřebujete větší množství ječmene, celkem o objemu 8,8 litru, 115 gramů chmelové směsi, asi 3,15 kilogramu melasy a desítky litrů vroucí vody. Thomas Denton z městečka Goole také doporučoval nechat nápoj po dobu jednoho týdne kvasit.

„Ty instrukce jsou poměrně jednoduché, ale každý, kdo je bude chtít následovat, to dělá na vlastní riziko. Výsledkem tohoto receptu by bylo obrovské množství piva, asi 34 litrů a správně byste směs měli vařit ve zhruba 35litrovém hrnci. V dnešních moderních domovech by se tak zřejmě musely trochu upravit poměry,“ uvedl archivář Sam Bartle, který recept objevil.

Tipy pro přípravu tmavého piva
Pokud nemáte k dispozici melasu, sežeňte si dva a čtvrt kilogramu co nejlevnějšího a nejtmavějšího cukru.
Ječmen a chmel dejte před samotnou přípravou do trouby nebo na pánev, aby byly suroviny řádně vysušené. Hlavně však semena nespalte.
Extrémně detailní postup otiskl v angličtině deník Daily Mail ZDE

Jakub Kynčl, Novinky

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By John Hutchinson

Last updated at 9:58 PM on 1st February 2012

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Bargain: A pint of ale for 11p may sound good to many a
drinker An 1825 formula for brewing beer using treacle
- which was lost for centuries but has been rediscovered among historic
documents – could deliver ale at 11p a pint for drinkers.

The secret recipe was discovered in a notebook
kept by 19th century handyman Thomas Denton who was determined not to pay pub
prices for his favourite tipple of London Porter.

Ale enthusiasts aiming to follow the full
instructions to produce 72 pints will also need to lay their hands on a nine
gallon cask, a tub, and a sack.

East Riding of Yorkshire council bosses
believe the stout – which Thomas promised would be just as potent as London
Porter but cheaper – could enjoy a new lease of life as drinkers tighten their
belts.

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After adding a peck of barley, 4oz of hops,
7lbs of the special ingredient treacle and the boiling of several gallons of
water, the home brewer is promised a strong dark beer as good as anything he
could get in the pub.

The total cost for his 72 pints would have
been a knockdown three shillings and three pence – about £8.05 in today’s money,
or 11p a pint.

Top find: An 1825 formula for brewing beer from treacle was lost for centuries - but has just been rediscovered among a stack of legal documents
Top find: An 1825 formula for brewing beer from treacle
was lost for centuries – but has just been rediscovered among a stack of legal
documents

But Sam Bartle, collections officer for East
Riding Archives and Local Studies Service, warned no one knows how strong it
will be.

He added: ‘The instructions are quite simple
but anyone wanting to try out the recipe would have to do so at their own
risk.

‘Following the recipe would produce a huge
amount of beer, 72 pints, and it actually recommends a nine gallon cask for
brewing.

‘For it to be tried in most modern homes it
would probably require some scaling down of the quantities.”

Thomas jotted down his ‘Recipe for Cheap Beer”
over three pages in his small leather bound notebook.

Read this: The recipe was designed to save ale-drinkers a fortune on pub prices
Read this: The recipe was designed to save ale-drinkers a
fortune on pub prices. The ale lover from Goole, East Yorkshire, was
a jack of all trades, working as a plumber and joiner and selling ploughs to
local farmers.
The recipe was in his book of accounts towards
the back and ended up being deposited with his family records with a local
solicitor.
When the solicitors had a clear-out all the
papers were handed over to the council archives stored at The Treasure House,
Beverley, East Yorkshire.
For years they sat in a section reserved for
solicitors’ documents until the recipe was spotted while the stack of legal
papers was being catalogued.
Experts say adding treacle as the special
ingredient may have been to darken it or make it taste sweeter.
A council spokesman said: ‘In the current
economic climate, people are always looking to find a cheap alternative to
everyday things that are purchased.
‘Food and drink are two of the main sources of
spending that have felt the squeeze in recent years, with beer amongst those
expenses that most are trying to curb.
‘To cut spending whilst still enjoying the
pleasures of life, many are abandoning the pub to drink beer in the home, but
even this can be an expensive activity.
‘Hard-up beer drinkers needn’t despair though
now that this alternative to buying branded beer has appeared in the most
unlikely of places.’

Recipe
for cheap beer
(circa 1825)

Brew your own: The nineteenth century recipe was designed to help people save on pub prices of London Porter
Brew your own: The nineteenth century recipe was designed
to help people save on pub prices of London Porter

Put one peck of barley or of oats into an oven
just after baking, or into a frying pan first to steam off the moisture, and dry
it well, but on no account to burn the grain then grind or bruise it roughly.
Boil two gallons of water and pour it into a
tub and when it has stood 10 minutes (say a heat of 175 degrees, or so hot as to
pain the finger sharply) put in the grain; mash it well, and let it stand three
hours: then drain it off.
Boil two gallons more water, which power
[pour] on the grains, rather hotter than before but not boiling, say 196
degrees, and mash them well and let it stand two hours and draw it off. Mash the
grains again well with two gallons more water, and in 1 1/2 hours draw it off.
The three worts will be about five gallons.
Then mix 7lbs of treacle in five gallons of
water, and boil the whole 10 gallons with 4oz of Hopes for 1 1/2 hours, taking
care to stir it so long as the Hops float off the top.
Let it cool and when about milk warm take a
good teacupful of yeast; and stir it well together beginning with about a gallon
of the wort at a time. Let it ferment for 18 Hours in a tub covered with
a sack: put it into a nine gallon cask and keep it well filled: bung it up in
three days, and in 14 days it will be good sound fine beer equal to London
Porter. The nine gallons of beer thus brewed will cost as follows -
1 Peck of Barley 1s 3d
7lbs of Treacle 1s 9d
4oz of Hops 3d

Cost 3s 3d

If you cannot get Treacle take 5lbs of the cheapest and darkest
sugar you can get; this is better for your purpose than finer. Mix 14lbs of Treacle and 11 gallons of water
well together, and boil them for two hours with 6oz of hops.
When quite cool; add a teacupful of yeast and
stir it well, by a gallon or two at a time;

Let it ferment for 16 hours in a tub covered
with a sack: then put it into a nine gallon cask, and keep it well filled up.
Bung it down in two days – and in seven days
it will be fit to drink; and will be stronger beer than London Porter.
This is the simplest as it requires no skill:
a washing copper or tea kettle are the only requisites: and nine gallons of beer
can be obtained at the following cost – 14lb of Treacle 3s 6d 6oz of Hopes 4d
Cost 3s 10d

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