hist-brewing: pre-1700's wine recipe
Beth Ann Snead
ladypeyton at yahoo.com
Wed Jun 30 05:13:03 PDT 1999
> I challenge anyone to tell me this isn't a
> pre-1700's wine "recipe":
> 1. Squeeze juice out of grapes into
> narrow-mouthed container,
> such as a ceramic jug or amphora.
Not quite. "Squeeze juice into rather large necked
tub" is more accurate. Amphorae were used simply for
storage after the fermentation was complete.
> 2. Stuff a rag in the top.
Would be a really cool game. Stuff rag. Watch rag
pop out top and gracefully float back to ground.
> 3. Wait.
Waiting is period, but the length of time differs
greatly from one century to the next.
> 4. Decant off lees after a month.
Nope. Rack from primary vat to amphora or cask.
Decanting off lees(although shown in a 14th cnetury
woodcut) has never been a proven pre-1700's wine
> 5. Wait some more (optional).
See previous comment about waiting.
> 6. Consume.
Never gone out of style for some reason.%^>
> While this may sound like I'm poking fun, I really
> mean to point out
> that brewing and vinting are *very* different when
> it comes to history.
> Brewing differs from vinting in that it requires
> technology (albeit
> very primitive technology is enough).
When technology took a nose dive around the fall of
the Roman Empire winemaking techniques changed
GREATLY. I'll argue with anyone that winemaking,
also, involves technology although admitedly less than
Wine has been
> made pretty much
> the same way for thousands of years
Absolutely, positively, 100% wrong. Not all wine was
made from grapes. Not all wine was made from a single
fruit. Not all wine was made unadulterated.
Chaptilization is a late period, yet pre-1700
I think you'd benefit from reading rither Tim Unwin's
_Wine and the Vine_, Turner's _Book of Wines_, de
Villanova's _Book of Wine_, Markham's English
Housewife and Digby's _Closet.....Unlocked..._...Not
to mention _Dionysus; A Social History of the Wine
Vine_ whose author escapes me now.
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