I have made this before, then realized the problem, it's in the changing of the meaning of a word over the past 250 years. Let me start by posting the actual recipe: "To Make Small Beer Take a large Siffer [Sifter] full of Bran Hops to your Taste. -- Boil these 3 hours then strain out 30 Gall[ons] into a cooler put in 3 Gall[ons] Molasses while the Beer is Scalding hot or rather draw the Melasses into the cooler & St[r]ain the Beer on it while boiling Hot. let this stand till it is little more than Blood warm then put in a quart of Yeat if the Weather is very Cold cover it over with a Blank[et] & let it Work in the Cooler 24 hours then put it into the Cask -- leave the bung open till it is almost don[e] Working -- Bottle it that day Week it was Brewed." You can see it there, with all its glorious misspelled words, and here it is in the mans own handwriting: http://ninkasitoronto.wordpress.com/2011/05/05/beer-history-george-washingtons-beer-recipe/ Anyway, the time I made it, I used blackstrap molasses. The taste of sulfur in the finished product was so strong, I just couldn't drink it. And, the longer it sat, the worse it got. Fortunately, there was a guy up on the paved road who would drink anything. One day he walked down here, braving the dogs, and asked for a beer. I gave him a Washington beer. He drank it down, I offered him another. Since he liked it, I gave him 60 bottles of beer, only asking that he wash out my bottles and return them. Well, years go by, and one day last fall at the farmer's market a guy showed up selling sorghum. As it happens, a long time ago when I lived in South Carolina, back in the late 50's, our church had a very large garden spot, possibly 10 acres, that they planted in a different crop every year. One year they grew somesort of cane that was called "molasses cane" and made tons of molasses, which was pretty sweet. But, when I buy blackstrap molasses at the store, it's right bitter. So, talking to the guy at the farmer's market, and doing a little research, I discovered that blackstrap molasses is a byproduct of extracting sugar. What we grew, long time ago, was actually sorghum. BUT, it was always called molasses. So, I extrapolated that George Washington, who lived too far north to grow sugar cane, anyway, was actually making beer from sorghum. I broke it down to a 5 gallon bucket worth. Not knowing how much hops are in a "siffer" I figure you can use the amount of hops you normally put in 5 gallons, most folks buy the one ounce pack of hops pellets. Incidentally, the main purpose of hops is to impart bitterness. There are many herbs and weeds that serve the same purpose, but I suppose there is no real reason it has to have the bitter taste. Maybe it would be called something else like ale or something. So, for 5 gallons of Washington's recipe beer: Boil your hops(one ounce of pellets) for 3 hrs. in 4 gallons of water. I have to go with simmer, as opposed to full boil, as the interpretation. Strain into the bucket, carboy, or whatever you use. Stir in a half gallon of sorghum, until fully blended. Let cool to body temperature, then add 1 pack beer yeast. Fill with lukewarm water to 5 gallon mark. Let it work, and bottle after 1 week, exactly. When I made it last time, using blackstrap molasses, the wort(mash) tasted like blackstrap molasses. This time, it tastes like regular beer wort. The specific gravity, when cooled, was 1.0375, which should make a beer with 5.1% alcohol content. I suppose that I'll melt a little more sorghum into a pint or so beer, once it's done, for my bottling primer. Seems fitting. With all the information available on the internet, I'm surprised that it's not a known fact that only sorghum cane would grow at Mt. Vernon, not sugar cane. However, I've not once seen anything to indicate the difference. So, I'm giving the original, real GW recipe to you. Free. I'm making a label for these bottles and calling it "George Washington's Freedom Beer" the logo will say "Freedom ain't freedom if it's not free to all" So, here ya go. Next week, I'll know exactly how the finished product tastes. I'll drop back in this thread and let you know.