hist-brewing: Gruit ingredients

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Wed Oct 20 07:16:41 PDT 1999


In a message dated 10/19/1999 3:30:05 AM EST, kirsty.pollock at mpuk.com writes:

<<  But anyway, putting hops in it makes it beer not ale.   >>

    In what context?  The use of the words 'ale' and 'beer' has changed 
over time.
    In the Fifteenth century, 'beer' was made with hops, 'ale' without.
    In modern usage, 'beer' is the overall category, including lagers made 
with 'bottom fermenting' yeasts, and ales made with 'top fermenting' yeasts.  
'Ale' 
made without hops is essentially extinct, except as an anachronistic product 
of weird people like me and thee.   ;-)
    In joy and service,
    Scotti

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