Basic Colonial Brewing #8 — Malting the Grain

Before grain can be used to make beer, the starches stored in the kernel must be converted to fermentable sugars.  The grain does this naturally as part of the germination process, so the brewer need only harness this process and then stop it before the grain sprouts to capture the sugars they need for their …

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. April 28, 1777                     Sybil Ludington’s night ride On April 26, 1777, Colonel Ludington received word from a rider that the nearby town of Danbury was under attack by British …

Getting the Extreme Right to Take the COVID Vaccine

The best defense against a viral disease, like COVID or rabies, is a good offense — get rid of it before it strikes. Modern medicine has just such a strategy in the form of vaccination but what do you do when you have a population that will not allow voluntary immunizations?  In Switzerland they have …

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. April 24, 1800The Library of Congress is formally established in the new US Capitol Building.  The Library of Congress was established as the fledgling legislature of the new Republic …

The danger of always marching in lockstep

If you’ve ever been part of an organization that marches — not just the military but even marching bands and re-enactors (sort of) — you know what it means to march in lockstep.  Everyone steps in precision to a standard cadence (usually 120 steps/min, 28 in/step) and one person takes a step with his left …

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. April 20, 1775     Williamsburg Gunpowder Incident.  On the night of April 20, Royal Navy sailors went to the Williamsburg powder magazine, loaded fifteen half barrels of powder into the …

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. April 19, 1775     Shot heard round the world.  About 700 British Army regulars were given secret orders to capture and destroy Colonial military supplies stored by the Massachusetts militia …