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Thomas Morris brewer's log

1820-1827
 Collection
Accession: 2647

Abstract

Thomas Morris (1774-1841) was a fifth-generation descendant of Anthony Morris, who established Philadelphia's second brewery in the late seventeenth century. The Thomas Morris & Co. brewery operated from 1812 until 1829. In this volume, Morris records the mix of ingredients and measurements, such as the specific gravity of each brew. Every brewmaster would keep such a log, although surviving examples from the early nineteenth century are very rare.

Dates

  • 1820-1827

Creator

Extent

1 volume(s)

Physical Description

Volume housed in a half-hollinger box.

Biographical Note

Thomas Morris (1774-1841) was a fifth-generation descendant of Anthony Morris, who established Philadelphia's second brewery in the late seventeenth century. Anthony Morris' descendants formed a line of influential brewers, merchants, land speculators, manufacturers, and prominent participants in public affairs. The Thomas Morris & Co. brewery operated from 1812 until 1829. It was located on Second Street above Arch Street, the site of the family’s brewery and malt house since 1745. At the time that Thomas Morris compiled this log, he was making mostly ale and porter.

Scope and Contents

Thomas Morris' brew log records the mix of ingredients and measurements used in brewing, such as the specific gravity of each brew, which Morris refers to as the "weight of worts." Brewing is a process of using liquid to extract sugar from grain, then causing the sugar-liquid mixture--called "wort"--to ferment by adding yeast. Every brewmaster would keep such a log, although surviving examples from the early nineteenth century are very rare. Old brewer's logs permit modern brewers to understand or even duplicate the qualities of historic beers, ales, and porters.

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research.

Related Materials

Morris family papers (Accession 0721), Manuscripts and Archives Department, Hagley Museum and Library.

Language of Materials

English


Additional Information

Related Names

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Finding Aid & Administrative Information

Title:
Thomas Morris brewer's log
Status:
Description rules:
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description:
English
Script of description:
Latin

Revision Statements

  • 2020: Laurie Sather

Repository Details

Repository Details

Part of the Manuscripts and Archives Repository

Contact:
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