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21Brewing in 2500 BCE

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  • baccus_kaloethes
    Jul 2, 2008
      From the SCA-Brewers list at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/sca_brew/

      Looks like something to try at an event....



      Archaeologists to demonstrate ancient brewing

      Last summer two Irish archaeologists proposed a theory which made
      worldwide headlines. They suggested that one of the most common
      archaeological monuments in the Irish landscape may have been used
      brewing a Bronze Age Beer. They will demonstrate and discuss their
      experiments and research (and distribute tasters of the brew) into
      enigmatic site that is the fulacht fiadh at the World Archaeological
      Congress 'Fringe' at UCD on Thursday 3rd and Friday 4th July.
      Billy Quinn and Declan Moore, two archaeologists with Moore
      Archaeological & Environmental Services (Moore Group) in Galway,
      believe that an extensive brewing tradition existed in Ireland as far
      back as 2500 BCE. These ubiquitous monuments, which are visible in
      landscape as small, horseshoe-shaped grass-covered mounds, have been
      conventionally thought of by archaeologists as ancient cooking spots,
      saunas or industrial sites. However, Quinn and Moore believe that
      may have also been used as breweries.
      According to Quinn "The tradition of brewing in Ireland has a
      long history, we think that the fulacht may have been used as a
      kitchen sink, for cooking, dying, many uses, but that a primary use
      was the brewing of ale." To prove their theory, Quinn & Moore set out
      to recreate the process. They used an old wooden trough filled with
      water and added heated stones. After achieving an optimum temperature
      of 60-70°C they began to add milled barley and after approx 45
      simply baled the final product into fermentation vessels. They added
      natural wild flavourings and then added yeast after cooling the
      vessels in a bath of cold water for several hours. Through their
      experiments, they discovered that the process of brewing ale in a
      fulacht using hot rock technology is a simple process. To produce the
      ale took only a few hours, followed by a few-days wait to allow for
      For additional information on ancient Irish beer, contact Declan
      or Billy or visit www.mooregroup.ie/beer/index.html or Moore Group's
      blog at mooregroup.wordpress.com/

      Source: PR Inside (27 June 2008)