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Subject: Re: Bunting Room in an 18th century yeoman's house
Date: Sun, 15 Aug 2004 12:25:43 EDT
In a message dated 15/08/2004 15:54:15 GMT Daylight Time,
think you have hit it on the head Colleen, I'm pretty sure it was used for
brewing, not babies or rabbits
On the Somerset Council website the report into Bruton as part of the
Somerset Urban Archaeology Survey includes the line: "Three mills belonging to the
manor for grinding wheat and malt are described as well as a bunting-mill "
I have also seen references to the "Swing" riots where the rioters destroyed
a bunting mill in Stalbridge Dorset on 25 Feb 1765.
This seems to indicate that bunting was an ingredient in brewing and was
used in large enough quantities to justify the building of special mills. So is
'bunting' an old term for what we now tend to call 'grist' (ground malted
barley) ? Or was it some other kind of adulteration or fermentable starch?
Any occupation that allows you to sparge your worts would seem to have all
sorts of strange terms lying around in the debris of its history.
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