Take four gallons of water, boil half of it; let the other half be put cold into a barrel, and upon this pour the boiling water; then add three quarts of molasses and a little of the essence of spruce, stir them together; add a gill of yeast, and keep the whole in a moderate heat, with the bung out, for two days, till the fermentation has subsided; then bottle it, and it will be fit for use in a week or ten days.