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Re: archaeological brewing experiment

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  • baccus_kaloethes
    An fascinating article. One I m going to have to try for myself. Thank you for posting it and the link. As to being before SCA period, thankfully, Corpora has
    Message 1 of 2 , Jul 2 10:43 AM
      An fascinating article. One I'm going to have to try for myself.
      Thank you for posting it and the link.

      As to being before SCA period, thankfully, Corpora has the time
      frame as 'Pre-17th-Century', so we can try this and still be 'in
      period'.

      Baccus

      --- In sca_brew@yahoogroups.com, "rowen_g" <rowengr@...> wrote:
      >
      >
      > A bit *before* SCA period, but perhaps of interest. (Came via an
      > archaeological newsletter; apologies if I'm duplicating.)
      >
      > regards,
      >
      > Rowen G.
      >
      > * * * * * * * * * * * *
      >
      >
      > 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
      for
      > brewing a Bronze Age Beer. They will demonstrate and discuss
      their
      > experiments and research (and distribute tasters of the brew) into
      the
      > 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
      the
      > 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
      they
      > 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
      minutes
      > 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
      > fermentation.
      > 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)
      > http://tinyurl.com/6cggax
      >
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