hist-brewing: Re: hist-brewing digest, Vol 1 #139 - 1 msg

Randy Mosher rmosher at 21stcentury.net
Mon Jan 6 12:51:14 PST 2003


Here's a few snippets from Arnold*:

"However, we do learn from Pytheas, who also visited Britain, through the
medium of Strabo, IV, 5, 5 that 'they who used grain and honey, made also a
drink from it.'"

"Posidonius in the quotation of Athenaeus (IV, 36), speaks of beer made of
wheat and prepared with honey, and 'still oftener without honey,' also, of a
'beer made of corn [barley] and honey,' and Strabo..." (mentioned above).

He goes through a pages-long etymological dissection to arrive at the
conclusion that the Celtic word 'cerevisia' literally means 'wax-water,' a
reference to the liquid obtained from washing out honey combs and which
spontaneously ferments into an alcoholic beverage.

Also, the Celtic word 'brace,' which is related to bracket, and bragot, both
beer terms (for which actual recipes are extant), was applied to a type of
high-protein wheat called spelt which has been associated with beer since
dynastic Egypt, and was still popular in 17th century Netherlands as a beer
grain. 

That's all I've got. Not much of a recipe, but perhaps a place to start?

--Randy Mosher

*J.S. Arnold, 'Origin & History of Beer & Brewing' 1911


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