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First published 1937 (DOST Vol. I).
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Brewing, vbl. n. Also: brewine, -yn, brevin; browyng, bru(w)yng, brueing. [ME. brewing (1444), bruynge (1467), f. Brew, v.]

1. The process or trade of brewing. 14.. Acts I. 345/2.
Of the maner of ale brewing be assise
1464 Peebles B. Rec. 150.
Of all browyng that brekis price
1473 Reg. Cupar A. I. 181.
The hostlary … with al fredomis in bakyn and bruyng
1507–8 Rentale Dunkeld. fol. 52 b.
Pro … ductione aque ad trisdecim lie brewingis
1514 Dunferm. B. Rec. 192.
Thai sall be dischargit brevin for yeir & day
1529 Edinb. B. Rec. II. 17.
Thay salbe … put fra ony brewing … of aill quhill … Michaelmas
1550 Reg. Cupar A. II. 75.
The office of brewyn, … baikkyng [etc.]
1552 Ib. 102.
The office of bekin, bruwyng [etc.]
1556 Ib. 260.
With priuilege of brewing

2. The quantity brewed at one time. 1627 Black Bk. Taymouth 384.
That ewere brouster give outt of ewere brewine ane pointt of aill to the cunstaris

3. Attrib. with caldroun, fat, hous, lede, stule. a1500 Henr. III. 152/59.
Ane brewing caldrun full off hait caill
1519 Reg. Episc. Aberd. II. 177.
Witht … ij breuing caldrovnis
1567 Edinb. Test. I. 3 b.
Ane brewing calderoun
1539 Ex. Processes (Reg. H.) No. x.
Ane brewin falt with ane gile fat
1622 Breadalbane Doc. (Reg. H.) No. 428.
Item, of brouing fattis iiij
1641 Acts V. 676/2.
The towne of Wigtoune … tackis of everie stallange or brewing hous, … ane merk scotts money
1547 Treas. Acc. IX. 131.
To se gif thair wes onye brewing ledis to be sauld
1522 Dunferm. B. Rec. 209.
Ane brewyn stull

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