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The Cyder-Maker's Instructor, Sweet-Maker's Assistant, and Victualler's and Housekeeper's Director

In Three Parts

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Author: Thomas Chapman
Language: English
Wordcount: 6,991 / 26 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 80.4
LoC Category: TX
Downloads: 1,915
Added to site: 2005.03.19 10047
Genre: Cooking

the water to it. Take it off the fire, and let it stand 'till it is cold; then bottle it for use.

Half a pint of this will colour a hogshead. Put to each half pint, when you use it, a quarter of an ounce of allum ground, to set the colour.


The Sweet-Maker's Assistant.


These wines are made of various kinds of fruit; of _Malaga's, Belvederes, Smyrna's, Raisins of the Sun_, &c. But the fruit that produces the best wines is black Smyrna's, their juice being the strongest, and the fruit clearest from stalks: for the stalks in Malaga's_ and _Belvideres are apt to give the wine a bad flavour, and will always throw an acid on it; for the stalks of all fruits are acid; but the stalks of Smyrna's are so trifling, that after rubbing the fruit between your hands, they will easily sift out. Wine made from this fruit is the colour of Madeira, and has very much the flavour of it. Malaga is the colour and flavour

Reader Reviews

Average Rating of 3.5 from 2 reviews: ****
Leah B

The original "Cyder-Maker's Instructor..." by Thomas Chapman was referenced in "Every Home a Distillery: Alcohol, Gender, and Technology in the Colonial Chesapeake" by Sarah H. Meacham as being published in London, 1762.


Cover image is broken, and there is no mention of the original publication date made anywhere. How infuriating!



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