Old Recipes (I mean old!)

Hello fellow brewers!
Anyone ever come across any really old recipes? I'm talking about the brew Thomas Jefferson may have made. I do remember hearing about some type of "Spruce Beer" that was flavored with pine needles and sap..... I'd like to attemp an original homebrew from the 1700-1800's.
Thanks!
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barley

You should try to brew sahti. Google for example "sahti recipe" and you'll get several. Sahti is traditionally flavored with juniper. Good introduction to sahti to start with would be:
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Hardest part of sahti making for a non-Finn is obtaining the Finnish baking yeast. Some other baking yeasts should do the trick though. I've seen a recommendation that Wyeast 1024 - Belgian Ale should produce taste profile much similar to Finnish bakers yeast (distinct banana taste that is) but I've never tried it.
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Responce for " old Beer recipe , I mean Old "
" The London Country Brewer " 1736 , author unknown .
It's an eBook #8900 first posted August 22 , 2003 , edition 10.
The Project GUTENBERG EBOOK THE LONDON AND COUNTRY BREWER .
Produced by Jim Liddil and PG Distributed Proofreaders .
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I found this site while surfing Google , I printed it out , unfortunatly the URL doesn't appear on the print out .From memory (which isn't much good ) I think it was from an english university . I think you will find this Ebook more useful than a bunch of recipies , when you read it I am sure you will see why . I posted it on Australian Craft Brewer , 2 or 3 years back . ...............Hope this helps Cheers Ian in Bendigo AU
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