Moonshiners Tim and Howard travel to Philadelphia to investigate Benjamin Franklin's long-lost booze — a spruce beer drunk by the Continental Army — in the third episode of Moonshiners: American Spirit.
With help from Tickle, they recreate the 250-year-old recipe in a way that stays true to the ingredients that would have been available in Philly hundreds of years ago.
Benjamin Franklin's Spruce Beer
Servings: Cask of 80 bottles
Get one pot of spruce essence and 13 pounds of molasses (or the same amount of unrefined loaf sugar). Mix well together in 20 pints of hot water until it makes a foam.
Then, pour it into the cask, fill with water, add a pint of good yeast, and stir it well together.
Let it stand 2 or 3 days to ferment, then close the cask.
After a few days, it will be ready to be put into tightly corked bottles. Leave them in a cool cellar for 10 to 12 days.
The wait will be worth it — now it's good to drink!