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Beer brewing began in the Delaware Valley in the mid-seventeenth century when early Swedish settlers first brewed beer in the home. Quakers established the first commercial brew houses in Philadelphia in 1683. Eastern Pennsylvania's rich farmland provided an ample source of barley and hops, key ingredients for brewing beer, and the proximity of the Delaware River allowed Philadelphia brewers to ship beer south to Wilmington. By the American Revolution, Philadelphia was among the country's leading brewing centers, and remained so through the late-nineteenth century.Brewing equipment

F.A. Poth Brewing Company
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
This souvenir album from the F.A. Poth Brewing Company of Philadelphia contains twenty color plates with views of all parts of the brewery. Shown here, clockwise from top left, are a general view of the brewery complex, an interior view of the brew house, where water, malt, and hops are combined to create wort, and an interior view of the fermenting room, where barrels of wort are left open to the air as yeast converts sugars into alcohol, turning the wort into beer.
"View of the inside of a Brewhouse"
The Domestic Encyclopedia
by A.F.M. Willich
Text accompanying engraving:
Of the Brew House
The following is an eligible construction where brewing is followed as a trade. "The cold liquor [water] pump A, raises the water from the river or well B, which, as well as the wort pump M, is driven by a horse with proper machinery, which likewise grinds the malt used in the brew-house. The grinding house is situated between the pumps, as may be seen by the mill spout P, which conducts the malt from the mill into the mash tun H. The liquor from the river B, is pumped into the cistern or reservoir, where it is ready at all times during the hurry of brewing; and from the cistern it passes through the large pipe D, into the liquor copper, E, where it may be stopped by a cock at the extremity of the pipe. The liquor when warmed for mashing is let into the mash-tun, H, by opening the cock, F, in the bottom of the copper, and runs down the trunk Z, which carries into the raising spout, G, in the mash-tun, H, this spout by a notch in the moveable or false bottom of the mash-tun, conducts the liquor between the moveable and real bottoms, which, by ascending, assists the mashing very much.
The extract or wort is let go, by turning the cock, K, into the underback, L, and is from thence carried by the horse pump, M, into a level with the wort copper, O, and runs from the pump through the pipe,N, into the wort copper.
When cold liquor is required for mashing, as is the case in small beer brewing, it is obtained from the cistern, C, by the pipe, Q, which communicates with it.
Thus these three very laborious parts of the business, viz. pumping the liquor from the river or well; mashing, and pumping up the worts into the copper, may easily be performed by two men; and they are able to mash a very considerable quantity of malt, and attend to the steaming of the casks, liquoring the backs, &c. between the mashes. When all the worts are in the great copper, O, and are boiled sufficiently, they are run off into the first back, T, by turning the cock, R, from the spout, W, conducting the worts from the drainer, S, which detains the hops. This back communicates with the two large backs, Y, which are sufficient to contain all the worts, and they may be laid at a greater or less depth, by using one or both these backs, stopping either of the pipes, X, by putting in one of the plugs, U. The situation of these two backs is higher than the fermenting tuns, and by pipes the worts are conveyed into them below; and if there is conveniency, the tuns, when cleansing, ought to be high enough to fill the casks in the cellar by means of a leathern pipe.

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