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Thread: The fermented cereal beverage of the Sumerians may not have been beer

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    True. Beer was a foodstuff. It actually has a plethora of vitamins and plenty of calories. Plus, as you pointed out, the brewing process kills any microorganisms that may have been in the water.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mister D View Post
    True. Beer was a foodstuff. It actually has a plethora of vitamins and plenty of calories. Plus, as you pointed out, the brewing process kills any microorganisms that may have been in the water.
    They didn't know that boiling would kill bacteria at that time. On a side note, I'm agnostic but I find it interesting that history or discovery did a story about Moses drinking fermented milk to reach his supposed age. Science seems to support that theory in part from what I've seen.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ramone View Post
    They didn't know that boiling would kill bacteria at that time. On a side note, I'm agnostic but I find it interesting that history or discovery did a story about Moses drinking fermented milk to reach his supposed age. Science seems to support that theory in part from what I've seen.
    Of course they didn't but that's irrelevant.

    Never heard that about Moses.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ramone View Post
    They didn't know that boiling would kill bacteria at that time. On a side note, I'm agnostic but I find it interesting that history or discovery did a story about Moses drinking fermented milk to reach his supposed age. Science seems to support that theory in part from what I've seen.


    Did someone say Milk and Money.....erm I mean Honey?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mister D View Post
    It's seems pretty well accepted but, according to the author(s), it's only a strong probability that it was beer and that it contained alcohol. I don't know if they have been able to test any jugs etc. for traces of alcohol.
    If it fermented how could it NOT be alcohol of some sort?

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    When sweet fruits are fermented in water, they form a carbonated water with some alchohol.

    Don't see why grain can't be made to do the same, though I haven't tried grain.

    There is a white sake that contains the residual rice from the fermentation process.

    Probably no one has really put much effort into comprehending Mesopotamian grain fermentation, especially considering that Egypt was doing it too.

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    Grain is rich in starch and when heated to the right temp, under boiling in a gruel those starches turn to sugars which ferment. It's how beer is made.
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    Yea yea all they use was wheat an barley! LOL, fools I say Fools! Herbs is what they were cooking up, those little strange plants they found, I imagine eventually they found some wheat or whatever an mix it in. Yet I tell you, I wouldn't lie! It was DRUGS, oh yea throw in a little poppies, some cannabis maybe a sprinkle of two of mushrooms and the next thing you know everyone is happy happy as Emerald would say. Well at least that is what the Romans did. I imagine they use whatever was on hand, moses, would of been mighty close to the poppy an cannabis fields not like Lebanon is known for something, why you think they called Canaan, Canaan for?
    "Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed which is upon the face of all the earth.…To you it will be... And God saw everything that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. (Genesis 1:29-31).


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    Thank you captain obvious finger for the brief summary of the beer making principle. Best, description I ever saw.

    And, Thank you GCF for the humorous herbal brew hypothesis and the connection of Canaan with cannabis.
    As long as we're having a party, why not have some of this

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