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Old 09-30-2011, 03:47 AM   #1
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Default Scientists unearth 45 million year old yeast... And brew with it

http://watch.discoverychannel.ca/#clip540587

Check out this video from Discovery; scientists found a 45 million year old strain of prehistoric yeast locked away in amber samples. Absolutely astounding how resilient yeast is and also how long it has been around. Definitely looking forward to trying a brew made from this stuff!

Edit: Here is their website if anyone is interested http://www.fossilfuelsbrewingco.com/
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Old 09-30-2011, 05:20 AM   #2
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It's starting to become really old news too
http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f14/45-m...t-beer-129285/
http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f14/yeas...n-years-81559/
http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f5/really-olde-ale-78646/
http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f12/new-yeast-strain-44158/

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Old 09-30-2011, 05:30 AM   #3
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Well, news to me... thanks!

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Old 09-30-2011, 05:56 AM   #4
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Yeah, the guy who found it is a professor at my school. He gave a few talks around campus on it about a year or two ago. I wasn't into brewing at the time though, so I never saw one of them

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Old 09-30-2011, 01:33 PM   #5
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Call it Jurassic Ale (ok techically, 45 mya was the Paleogene era, but who's heard of that?)

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Old 09-30-2011, 02:16 PM   #6
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I have a feeling that it either tastes like the Holy Grail of beers, or like stegosaurus sh*t.

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Old 09-30-2011, 02:21 PM   #7
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Yeah waitaminute I've been using that story as an analogy for yeast's tenacity for years....

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Call it Jurassic Ale (ok techically, 45 mya was the Paleogene era, but who's heard of that?)
They should use it to make a Pale-ale-ogene
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Who found it, some Pale-eontologist? gaw gaw gaw.......

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Old 09-30-2011, 03:47 PM   #10
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Yeah, the guy who found it is a professor at my school. He gave a few talks around campus on it about a year or two ago. I wasn't into brewing at the time though, so I never saw one of them
Any chance he still has spare slants lying around?

That something can be alive for 45 million years is mind-blowing. I know it's apples-to-oranges, but it makes the threads starting with "My starter has been in the fridge for a week ZOMG am I screwed?!?!" seem all the more hilarious.
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