hist-brewing: Rumplestiltskin

PBLoomis at aol.com PBLoomis at aol.com
Sat May 15 03:30:25 PDT 1999

In Rumplestiltskin, the first verse of the chant/song that blows his cover is:
	Today I brew, tomorrow I bake,
	Next day the Queen's child I'll take.
Assuming that the sequencing in the first line was the usual practice, there 
is an opportunity here to use the spent grain from brewing in the next day's 
baking.  Most all-grain people nowadays seem to agree that this only adds 
bran, because a modern single infusion mash does such a thorough job of
extracting the food value from the grain.  However, given the inefficiency of 
the medieval conversion/extraction process, there was probably sufficient
carbohydrate left in the grist to justify using it in the baking.
Has anyone seen any documentation on whether this was the practice? 

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