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Chinese brewed beer 5,000 years ago, research suggests

#1  Postby DougC » May 26, 2016 12:48 am

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-36365967

B.B.C. Article
Chinese drinkers may have been brewing beer as many as 5,000 years ago, new research suggests.
US and Chinese researchers say they found traces of barley, millet, grain, and tubers used in fermentation.
It was found on pottery discovered in Shaanxi province in northern China during an archaeological dig 10 years ago.
It would be the earliest known instance of beer-making in China and suggest a sophisticated approach.
Published in the US Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the study also suggested that barley may have been use for booze before being used for food.
The findings suggest that drinkers in China first began to develop a taste for beer around the same time as people in ancient Egypt and Iran - from where the barley may have come.

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Re: Chinese brewed beer 5,000 years ago, research suggests

#2  Postby Coastal » May 26, 2016 7:15 am

Can't have civilization without beer.
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#3  Postby BlackBart » May 26, 2016 7:18 am

Tesco are now selling it as Value Bitter :coffee:
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#4  Postby Cito di Pense » May 26, 2016 8:09 am

Damn. I thought this was going to be another of 5th Ape's attempts to beg for attention, but it's not. What the fuck? I trust the BBC, at least this far.
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Re: Chinese brewed beer 5,000 years ago, research suggests

#5  Postby tuco » May 26, 2016 12:53 pm

"This beer recipe indicates a mix of Chinese and Western traditions - barley from the West; millet, Job's tears and tubers from China."


Job's tears? They copy everything lol
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#6  Postby Mike_L » May 26, 2016 1:15 pm

Interesting article. :beercheers:
The ingredients list includes no mention of a bittering agent (such as hops, or the more ancient gruit), so the brew may have been quite sweet.
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#7  Postby tuco » May 26, 2016 4:54 pm

I wonder if its possible lets say reconstruct such recipe from analysis of chemicals.
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