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Monday, August 05, 2013

I'm Willing to Call This "Craft" Brewing

You picture of the day comes from Block 15.

What you're looking at is a fourquet, an old piece of equipment used by continental breweries to stir mashes.  You can see it on labels of old European breweries, particularly those in Belgium.  I imagine the "fork" was a lot easier to wield than a paddle in the olden days, when tax law compelled breweries to make extremely thick mashes.  (Here's an example, from Brasserie St. Feuillien.)  Block 15 had a carpenter friend of the brewery fashion one for their use, and there it is in action.  Although I generally frown on the use of "craft" to describe beer-making, I have to admit this shows at least a deep affection for the art. 

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