William Lindsay Speaks

Show and Tell

In my post of March 13, 2018, CMOS [Crown Memel Oak Stave] Brewing, I drew attention to a 1939 brewing journal article by William Lindsay dealing with coopering Memel and other types of oak for British brewing needs.

Indeed, this is the same William Lindsay of the Edinburgh cooperage firm William Lindsay & Son, Ltd. that sponsored the film made at his Canonmills cooperage in 1936, as discussed in my last post.

The present post is simply to link expressly the two together – article and film. The two, in fact, bear the same title, “Cooperage – the Craft of Cask Making”. The article is based on a presentation Lindsay gave where he showed the film, and his comments illuminate certain sequences in the film.

Putting it a different way, I found the film mentioned in the article.

His explanation of the differences between hand and machine coopering may be noted in particular, as the machine process of course modified numerous aspects of the older form.

The other comment of note, I thought, is that lined American casks resorted to in Scotland to fill the Memel shortage in WW I had one advantage – the denser American wood stood up to the (largely Scottish) system of compressed air dispense.

The Memel casks were too porous under such conditions of dispense, in other words.

Every cloud has a silver lining, but in any case, a shower of beer, once you get it out.