SV: hist-brewing: Egg whites in mead

Wade Hutchison whutchis at
Tue Mar 2 11:16:49 PST 1999

Although there were glass glasses since the Viking era, they weren't
really clear until the 16th century were we start to see references
to bottles (Hugh Platt, IIRC?).  The vast majority of drinking 
vessels throughout the pre-16th century period were earthenware
(and quite opaque).  A point to consider when writing docs for
an SCA brewing competition.

At 05:52 PM 3/2/99 +0100, you wrote:
>Personally I feel that clarity isn't an issue as long as the taste is OK

Even here I would argue that it's very difficult to judge when the 
taste is OK.  I suppose we could overlook some things that would
be flaws in a modern contest (sweetness/sourness, 'yeasty' flavors) but
still penalize for flaws that are related to the process (oxydized/stale,
phenolic,'band-aid').  I'd love to see a consistant description that could
be used for judging.  
	-----Gille MacDhnouill

>and I guess t was the same in period.
>How common were glass glasses (that you could see through) compared to
>earthenware containers etc (that you can't see through for obvious
>do anyone have some actual figures on this, from excavations etc. ?
>If the earthenware was the most common, why bother making a product that
>most ppl couldn't see anyway?
>Angus MacIomhair.
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>> Ah - my question would be why do you think that meads were clear
>> in period?  Is clarity important in pre-16th century beverages?
>> Is a contest that judges medieval beverages on clarity fair?


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