The New York Public Library recently released the original recipe for George Washington's home-brewed beer. Simple but effective, we have already started enjoying our first test-batch around the office, and in the spirit of sharing thought this a good opportunity to release a few other helpful house-hold tips and recipes collected from Washington's early journals. Some may be more applicable than others depending on current social trends at the time of posting:
George Washington's Recipe for Small-Batch Beer (makes roughly 1500 beers)
Take a large Sifter full of Bran Hops to your Taste. - Boil these 3 hours. Then strain out 30 Gallons into a Cooler, put in 3 Gallons Molasses while the Beer is scalding hot or rather drain the molasses into the Cooler & strain the Beer on it while boiling Hot. Let this stand till it is little more than Blood warm. Then put in a quart of Yeast if the weather is very cold, cover it over with a Blanket & let it work in the Cooler 24 hours. Then put it into the Cask - leave the Bung[hole] open till it is almost done working - Bottle it that day Week it was Brewed.
George Washington's Recipe for Powdered Wigs
The noble gentleman always Powders his own Wig. Take a medium sack of Starch and pound with a Mallet until it is fine power. Mix in three stalks of Lavender, 1 Orris Root, and 3 Petals of Orange Flower until incorporated. The flowers will Provide a most pleasant scent in the presence of those with the womanly affliction. When applying Powder, use a dousing motion and beat against a Tree to remove excess.
George Washington's Recipe for Chopping Trees
Sharpen a Straight-edge hatchet with a fine piece of Flint. Choose a Tree with a Bark that flakes easily, such as a Cherry Tree. Take hatchet at an angle and swing into the Bark with a downward Swing. Once the tree has been chopped sufficiently, leave the Area and tell not a soul. If Questioned, do not lie but be Prepared to have people tell the story for pretty much the rest of your Life.