By Judith M. Bennett
Girls brewed and offered lots of the ale inebriated in medieval England, yet after 1350, males slowly took over the alternate. through 1600, so much brewers in London - in addition to in lots of cities and villages - have been male, no longer girl. Ale, Beer, and Brewsters in England investigates this transition, asking how, whilst, and why brewing ceased to be a women's exchange and have become a exchange of fellows. Drawing on a large choice of resources - reminiscent of literary and inventive fabrics, courtroom documents, money owed, and administrative orders - Judith Bennett vividly describes how brewsters (that is, girl brewers) slowly left the alternate. She tells a narrative of business progress, gild formation, altering applied sciences, cutting edge rules, and eventually, enduring principles that associated brewsters with drunkenness and disease. analyzing this example of probably dramatic switch in women's prestige, Bennett argues that it incorporated major parts of continuity. girls will possibly not have brewed in 1600 as usually as that they had in 1300, yet they nonetheless labored predominantly in low-status, low-skilled, and poorly remunerated projects. utilizing the reports of brewsters to rewrite the heritage of women's paintings throughout the upward thrust of capitalism, Ale, Beer, and Brewsters in England bargains a telling tale of the patience of patriarchy in a time of dramatic monetary swap.
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38 Cost 1 can be taken to represent a maximum figure; it adds to the price of malt an additional Iod. 40 The next two estimates of cost assume a different ratio of grains in the malt, one similar to that employed at St. Paul's: two-thirds oats and onesixth each for barley and wheat. This assumption produces a lower cost for malt, and hence slightly lower estimates for maximum (cost 3) and minimum (cost 4) expenses. The various estimates for receipts from sales of ale in figure 2. 1 Estimates of Brewing Costs and Receipts in Oxford, 13 10.
Some brewers purchased malt, but others began by malting their grain. Barley, which would become the favored brewing grain of the sixteenth century, was by no means preferred in the early fourteenth century; many brewers used more oats than barley, and wheat and dredge (a combination of oats and barley) were also sometimes malted. 9 Whatever grain was used, its malting was a long process; it was soaked for several days, then drained of water and piled into a couch, then carefully tended while it germinated, and finally cured in a kiln.
They could draw as many gallons of ale from the malt as possible, taking 10 or even more gallons from a bushel. They could cheat their customers by selling weak ale in short measures. They could charge prices higher than those set by aletasters or jurors. 35 With all these imponderable variables, actual profits could have varied very widely. 36 In the late autumn of 1310, a jury gathered to review grain prices and to set ale prices accordingly. 8d. , it set prices for good ale at 1¼d. in cuva and 1½d.
Ale, Beer, and Brewsters in England: Women's Work in a Changing World, 1300-1600 by Judith M. Bennett