A couple of years back, we introduced you to what was considered the oldest known beer recipe–an Ancient Sumerian recipe dating back to 1800 BC. It turns out, however, that the Chinese had the Sumerians beat.
Above, you can watch Stanford students recreate a 5,000-year-old beer recipe which Professor Li Liu revealed to the world last spring. According to Stanford News, Liu and a team of researchers recently found the recipe while “studying the residue on the inner walls of pottery vessels found in an excavated site in northeast China.” As part of the course Archaeology of Food: Production, Consumption and Ritual, Professor Liu’s students recreated the discovered concoction, following this general process:
The students first covered their grain with water and let it sprout, in a process called malting. After the grain sprouted, the students crushed the seeds and put them in water again. The container with the mixture was then placed in the oven and heated to 65 degrees Celsius (149 F) for an hour, in a process called mashing. Afterward, the students sealed the container with plastic and let it stand at room temperature for about a week to ferment.
You can dig up information on the Chinese beer recipe by looking at the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America.
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