The Philosophical Principles of the Science of Brewing: containing theoretic hints on an improved practice of brewing malt liquors by John Richardson (published in York, 1798)
Introduced by Deb Clark, Francis Edwards Books, Hay-on-Wye
John Richardson was a pioneer in bringing scientific measurement to brewing; he published two major books, Theoretic Hints on an Improved Practice of Brewing Malt-Liquors in 1777, and Statical Estimates of the Materials for Brewing in 1784. These were subsequently bound together into one volume with consecutive pagination in 1788 as The Philosophical Principles of the Science of Brewing. A beautiful book, this volume contains detailed illustrations and diagrams of various brewing apparatus.
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