Basic Colonial Brewing -Why use Copper?

Go to almost any brewery or distillery and you will see lots of gleaming copper. This is not some quaint historical holdover nor is it there for show. We use copper in brewing for real and practical purposes. The reasons for using copper were well understood by the Colonial Brewer but why it worked has …

Colonial Scientist Visits Fort Mifflin — Transit of Venus Saturday; June 20, 2020

We’re going to try to come back! All events will be outside, socially separated, and crowd size will be monitored and regulated but we are going to try to host an interpretive event at Fort Mifflin. The Transit of Venus from which the Royal Academy computed the Astronomical Unit occurred on June 3, 1769.  I …

SUPPORT FORT MIFFLIN

Fort Mifflin has faced many challenges since the battle that defined the spirit of perseverance in 1777, but the unseen enemy of the current public health crisis is a real and present threat to our ability to fulfill our mission of preservation and interpretation of this important historic site.Faced with the complete elimination of operating …

Historical Tidbits

When reenacting or acting as a historical interpreter, its good to have a few historical dates and stories to share. This series will publish a few. June 17, 1775 – BATTLE OF BREED’S HILL (AKA Bunker Hill):  200 colonial troops under the command of William Prescott occupied Bunker Hill and Breed’s Hill constructing a strong …

Basic Colonial Brewing -Mashing and Decoction

The first major step in brewing beer is to extract the fermentable sugars and starches from the malt kernels.  This process is called mashing (from the German maisch: to mix).  The basic idea is to harness the enzymes already present in the grain in order to digest the complex inert starches into fermentable simple sugars.  …

Colonial Scientist Visits Fort Mifflin — Transit of Venus Saturday; June 20, 2020

We’re going to try to come back! All events will be outside, socially separated, and crowd size will be monitored and regulated but we are going to try to host an interpretive event at Fort Mifflin. The Transit of Venus from which the Royal Academy computed the Astronomical Unit occurred on June 3, 1769.  I …