London and Country Brewer

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The London and Country Brewer is a brewing book published in 1736. An e-text copy of this book is available from Project Gutenberg and was prepared by, using scanned images made available by Greg Lindahl, for the Distributed Proofreaders. The e-text can be obtained from


The book contains the following sections.

  • Of the Nature of the Barley-Corn, and of the proper Soils and Manures for the Improvement thereof.
  • Of making good Malts.
  • To know good from bad Malts.
  • Of the Use of the Pale, Amber, and Brown Malts.
  • Of the Nature of several Waters, and their Use in Brewing.
  • Of Grinding Malts.
  • Of Brewing in general.
  • Of the London Method of Brewing Stout, But-Beer, Pale and Brown Ales.
  • Of the Country or Private Way of Brewing.
  • Of the Nature and Use of the Hop.
  • Of Boiling Malt liquors, and to Brew a Quantity of Drink in a little Room, and with a few Tubs.
  • Of Foxing or Tainting of Malt Liquors; their Prevention and Cure.
  • Of Fermenting and Working of Beers and Ales, and the unwholesome Practice of Beating in the Yeast, detected.
  • Of several artificial Lees for feeding, fining, preserving, and relishing Malt Liquors.
  • Of several pernicious Ingredients put into Malt Liquors to encrease their Strength.
  • Of the Cellar or Repository for keeping Beers and Ales.
  • Of Sweetening and Cleaning Casks.
  • Of Bunging Casks and Carrying them to some Distance.
  • Of the Age and Strength of Malt Liquors.
  • Of the Profit and Pleasure of Private Brewing and the Charge of Buying Malt Liquors.
  • A Philosophical Account of Brewing Strong October Beer. By an Ingenious Hand.

Interesting excerpts

The book contains descriptions of brewing methods which are no longer used and are now considered dangerous.

For example:

in Beers that are to lye nine or twelve Months in a Butt or other Cask, there certainly will be wanted some Feces or Sediment for the Beer to feed on

See also