Originally Posted by Gregg Meyer
How did the midevil folks ever bre beer without all the stuff we have today? They were pretty damn smart to get it done in there world.
Thanks for the lesson!
Early "able" brewers used decotion mashing.
Taking a percentage of the mash and boiling it then adding it back. It was a way to get the required results without thermometers. Before that they either took a bunch of starchy stuff let it get warm then let it ferment. (This converted starch to sugar and natural airborne yeast did its bit)
Or they just took a bunch of sugary stuff added it to water, left it around for the natural yeast to ferment and then drank it.
Early brews would of been nothing like out Beer, they were milky sweet concoctions with no head co2 or anything.
Hell, animals in Africa get pissed on fallen fruit that has fermented.
Have you ever seen a pissed Girrafe? Very funny. Baboons are plain scary when pissed.