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Re: [Distillers] Re: On History

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  • Rasputin Paracelsus
    I think we re saying the same thing, really. I have no doubt the origin is in prehistory, and things ferment by themselves in most places given the right
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      I think we're saying the same thing, really. I have no doubt the origin
      is in prehistory, and things ferment by themselves in most places given
      the right circumstances :)

      R

      abbababbaccc wrote:
      > I'd actually suggest a bit earlier and slightly different point of origin. After the last ice age the red sea was a fertile valley below sea level, some suggest that the biblical stories originate from there. Anyway, it is very likely that wine grew there and if you let wine juice to itself it is likely to catch aerobial yeast and start fermenting. After the valley was flooded due to the rising sea level people moved to the surrounding areas where we have historical evidence of boozing ;) Of course at that time humans had allready spread to east indies and probably encountered palm sap which also tends to ferment by itself. The real question might be when someone invented the juice of undefined origin and left it sit for a few days in a warm climate? I bet it happened before known history.
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      > Slainte, Riku
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      > --- In Distillers@yahoogroups.com, Rasputin Paracelsus <rasputin@...> wrote:
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      >> My guess (as someone who specializes in Mesopotamia, actually) is that
      >> it probably began more or less simultaneously all over. We have evidence
      >> of beer production in both Mesopotamia and Egypt from the very earliest
      >> times). No doubt the same is true of the broader area at least....
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      >> (I've had Sumerian beer--well, a replica obviously but made according to
      >> original recipe. I doubt anyone here would be too keen on it--sour and
      >> very rough.)
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      >> R
      >>
      >> Ed Barcik wrote:
      >>
      >>> I always thought fermentation and alcohol production started in
      >>> Mesopotamia (Iraq) and perhaps the Persians (Iran)
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