Molasses Beer

Known in Europe as "treacle," molasses was probably the most common alternate ingredient in colonial American beers given the early shortages of barley.


  • 1/2 pound golden syrup

  • 1/2 pound molasses

  • 1/2 pound Demerara sugar

  • 1 ounce hops

  • 1 gallon water

  • yeast and yeast nutrient


  1. Bring the water to a boil and add all ingredients.

  2. Simmer for 45 minutes, then allow the mixture to cool to 70F.

  3. Strain into a fermenter, pitch the yeast and the yeast nutrient and ferment thoroughly.

  4. Prime, bottle and condition for 2 weeks before drinking.

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