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Glee Club Hops

Glee Club Hops

We’re almost done unpacking stuff we stuck away during our grand journey.

Yesterday I hauled out small beer items that decorate the tops of book shelves in the guest bedroom and office, including boxes of hops from the Prohibition era and before. In the 18 months the Glee Club box spent in hiding it became more topical, so here’s a photo.

What did people do with these hops, most sold in boxes that held two to eight ounces? Here are the instructions from a box of Rose Hops packed by E. Clemens Horst Co. in San Francisco, “Largest Hop Growers in the World.”

TO START YEAST-Boil one-half pound Rose Grand Hops in one gallon water, half an hour; strain, and stir in one-half pint fine malt flour, strain again through a coarse cloth, and boil for ten minutes; when lukewarm, stir in one-half pound brown sugar, place in a jug, and keep in a warm place until it works over, then cork tight and keep in a cool place for use.

HOP YEAST-Boil one ounce of Rose Brand Hops in three pints of water, twenty minutes. Strain into a jar, and stir in one teacupful flour, one tablespoonful brown sugar, one teaspoonful salt. When cooled to blood heat, ad one gill yeast. After standing for or five hours, put away for use in jugs, with cork securely tied.

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4 Responses to Glee Club Hops

  1. Jeff Alworth November 9, 2009 at 5:01 pm #

    Final instructions: place final mixture in the basement, and draw upon it at your leisure, when no police seem to be present.

  2. SteveH November 9, 2009 at 5:05 pm #

    Funny thing, you can buy hops at the Viktualianmarkt in Munich any ol’ day they’re open. What do you suppose the Bavarians do with them? My guess is they go in their pillows for sleep lulling.

  3. SteveH November 9, 2009 at 5:06 pm #

    Uh — “blood heat?”

  4. Stan Hieronymus November 9, 2009 at 5:51 pm #

    Blood heat=body temperature.

    The instructions do read a little like what you get with any piece of tech equipment these days.

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