OK, so it wasn't salty. I blame the scientific principles of mathematics. Math blames me. You be the judge.
But manic butterfly that I am, I am now past it, now on to the next thing and today the next thing is a whack of biographical data set out by some fine geneologist at rootsweb.com on the leading brewer of the early and mid-1800s, John Taylor. I lumped the data over at the articles section but see this:
- He moves to the US at one year old.
- He started out as a candle maker and was burned out three times.
- Starting out in brewing in 1822, his business partner Lancelot Fidler also becomes his brother-in-law.
- "In 1836 Lancelot Fidler received permission from the New York State Legislature for his family to change their surname to Howard."
- The 1830's lawsuit against Taylor for adulterating his beer was brought by temperence activists.
- His sons handled the New York and Boston ends of the business after the mid-1840s.
- In the one year of 1848 he was the Mayor of Albany and also submitted apples and pears to the fair.
Tidbits of a life. All tidbits. I don't know if I will get anything but tidbits if I don't get myself to Albany to look up more stuff. Sounds glum? Not really. This is a long puzzle. I would like to figure out why the ads in the far off places the barrels get shipped do not mention the maker of the beer. One would presume Taylor, being the biggest of the brewers mid-century, would have most of the export trade. We probably could guess at a recipe but it would be good to have a brewing log rather than this sort of guestimate. But most of all I would like to figure out a better way to express the data, a timeline with clickable links on it and multi-coloured bands showing connections in family and business. Pie charts. All with a map overlay showing the barrels moving south down the Hudson and then west via the Erie Canal. And the names of the ships that carried it.