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Old 04-05-2009, 06:07 PM   #1
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In 1839 the Annals of Chemistry, Volume 29, by Friedrich Woehler and Justus von Liebig, stated:

"Beer yeast, when dispersed in water, breaks down into an infinite number of small spheres. If these spheres are transferred into an aqueous solution of sugar, they develop into small animals. They are endowed with a sort of suction trunk with which they gulp the sugar from the solution. Digestion is immediate and clearly recognizable because of the discharge of excrements. These animals evacuate ethyl alcohol from their bowels and carbon dioxide from their urinary organs. Thus one can observe how a specifically lighter fluid is extruded from the anus and rises vertically, whereas a stream of carbon dioxide is ejected at very short intervals from their enormously large genitals."


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Old 04-05-2009, 06:10 PM   #2
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My yeast's enormously large genitals are more enormous than your yeast's enormously large genitals.
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Wow, that was the only reply to this thread? I don't know why, but apparently this thread fails.

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This gives me an idea for my next brew: "Ball-Buster IIPA" 9.0% excrement by volume.

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Old 04-09-2009, 02:59 AM   #5
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Wow. I really enjoy the old way of thinking in Microbiology. Should read some work on "spontaneous generation", it's incredibly wrong.

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lol why did they think their genitals were enormous?

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Most likely they were looking at chained yeast colonies, failing to realize that each cell was a complete alcohol factory. Yeast were first though of as animals, then plants, then fungi.

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This is awesome, I'm going to have to forward that to everyone I know who brews beer!

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Wait, so my beer is actually made with excrement and lighter fluid?

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Wait, so my beer is actually made with excrement and lighter fluid?
You must be torn between lighting a match or not.
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