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1800's Thos Thrale's Purl Recipe

1800's Thos Thrale's Purl Recipe

Postby HighHeelKitchen » Fri Jun 03, 2011 2:30 am

1800's Thos Thrale's Purl:
Source: Rob Thomas
"A recipe for Purl. Well, after rooting around in my note books I found one copied by a book on brewing in London, by Thomas Threale (aka Thrale) ca. 1800. He was at the time one of the biggest London brewers, with an annual output a little more than Whitbread, so presumably he knew his stuff. I found the book on microfische at the Management Library of UCLA. But that's all I noted down. Anyway, here it is."

Take Roman Wormwood, two dozen,
Gentian root, 6 lb,
Sweetflag root, 2 lb,
Galanga root, 1-2 lb,
horseradish, 1 bunch,
Dried orange peel from the Indies, 2 lb,
Juniper berries, 2 lb,
Seville orange seeds, dried, 2 lb,

Cut and bruise all the ingredients, put in a butt, (capacity 126 US gallons) and top up with pale or mild ale. Store for one season.

Notes of Rob Thomas:
"Gentians are protected flowers in Europe; Sweetflag is a type of Sedge; Galanga, to the best of my knowledge is galingale, for which I have as yet to find a source; The orange peel is almost certainly the Curacao peel, still used by some Belgian brewers; The ales appear to be normal in all respects; I have no idea what 2 dozen of Wormwood refurs to (bunches, roots?)."

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