Ancient beer recipes - Home Brew Forums

Register Now!
Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > General Beer Discussion > Ancient beer recipes

Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 08-23-2012, 01:26 PM   #1
BeginnerBill
Recipes 
 
Aug 2012
Posts: 13



Has anybody tried to make an ancient style beer? Any recipes worth trying?

 
Reply With Quote
Old 08-23-2012, 01:36 PM   #2
inhousebrew
Recipes 
 
Aug 2012
minneapolis, minnesota
Posts: 1,463
Liked 127 Times on 114 Posts


This isn't super ancient but it is the best I can do. I know there are other brewer's that have gone this route too.

http://www.northernbrewer.com/connec...y-weyermann-g/

It's nothing but 100% oak smoked wheat malt and a tad of hops. I guess they used to make it in Prussia. I know Northern Brewer has the malt otherwise you can oak smoke your own wheat malt. I only made a half batch just because I was curious and it turned out awesomely drinkably this last summer! I upped the ABV a tad to 4% but could still throw them back. Not everyone liked it, my girlfriend said it tasted like beef jerky, but I thought it was an awesomely weird session beer.
__________________
I hate Walder Frey...

 
Reply With Quote
Old 08-23-2012, 01:44 PM   #3
Revvy
Post Hoc Ergo Propter Hoc
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
 
Revvy's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Dec 2007
"Detroitish" Michigan
Posts: 40,921
Liked 3190 Times on 1885 Posts


Yes, quite a few people have experimented with ancient recipes on here, including the Bappir Bread beer mentioned in the ancient Hymn to Ninkasi the first beer recipe ever mentioned, and the clone of the Dogfish Head Midas Touch brew, from Gilgamesh's tomb....People have also done a beer similar to Bitches Brew with Tej, the Ethiopian honey wine, ancient scottish and norse beers. Medieval beers......Many of us have even done historical American beers such as George Washington's Beer, Ben Franklin's Poor Richard's Ale. I've researched and done some work in ressurrecting the lost Kentucky Common ale. I helped a student on here with some ancient African beers. We have had people making the ancient south american beers such as Chicha and Pulgue...

There's a Ton of thread on this forum covering just about anything....Are you looking for something in particular? "Ancient beer recipes" is a pretty broad topic. If you're lookign for something specific I can help you find it. I probably have a link or info....

My Beer history sites thread and links to hundreds of old recipes and discussions, from ancient times to post prohibition.
__________________
Like my snazzy new avatar? Get Sons of Zymurgy swag, here, and brew with the best.

Revvy's one of the cool reverends. He has a Harley and a t-shirt that says on the back "If you can read this, the bitch was Raptured. - Madman

I gotta tell ya, just between us girls, that Revvy is HOT. Very tall, gorgeous grey hair and a terrific smile. He's very good looking in person, with a charismatic personality... he drives like a ****ing maniac! - YooperBrew

 
Reply With Quote
Old 08-23-2012, 02:58 PM   #4
BeginnerBill
Recipes 
 
Aug 2012
Posts: 13


The Kentucky beer sounds interesting... Being a Kentucky resident myself. Thanks for the links.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 08-23-2012, 03:01 PM   #5
BeginnerBill
Recipes 
 
Aug 2012
Posts: 13


Quote:
Originally Posted by inhousebrew
This isn't super ancient but it is the best I can do. I know there are other brewer's that have gone this route too.

http://www.northernbrewer.com/connec...y-weyermann-g/

It's nothing but 100% oak smoked wheat malt and a tad of hops. I guess they used to make it in Prussia. I know Northern Brewer has the malt otherwise you can oak smoke your own wheat malt. I only made a half batch just because I was curious and it turned out awesomely drinkably this last summer! I upped the ABV a tad to 4% but could still throw them back. Not everyone liked it, my girlfriend said it tasted like beef jerky, but I thought it was an awesomely weird session beer.
This looks tasty too. Thanks

 
Reply With Quote
Old 08-23-2012, 03:17 PM   #6
DromJohn
5 Gallon Partial-Something Brewer
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
 
DromJohn's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Nov 2009
Macon, Georgia
Posts: 963
Liked 126 Times on 105 Posts


I just opened my first Chateau Jiahu on August 18th. It's close to the orginal.
The recipe is in both "Extreme Brewing" by Calagione, and in BYO.
__________________
Drinking: NB Conundrum Session IPA; Bush de NoŽl (Scaldis NoŽl); Innis & Gunn Bourbon Stout; Theobroma; Redhook Double Black Stout IV; Leftover ESB; Cuvťe Des Trolls; St. Landelin la Divine Inspiration; Hibiscus Mango Blonde.
Bottled: Victory HopDevil (first taste 1 October 2016).
Primary: Stille Nacht
Untappd: DromJohn

 
Reply With Quote
Old 08-23-2012, 06:03 PM   #7
unionrdr
Heavyweight homebrewing author & shootist of air
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
 
unionrdr's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Feb 2011
Sheffield, Ohio
Posts: 38,969
Liked 3691 Times on 3171 Posts


I did an all extract version of the 1890's #3 Burton ale that's def in the strong ale category. Nordeastbrewer77 did an AG version of it. My recipe is in the recipe forum. It's a rusty dark amber brew at 6.8% that turns out pretty good. I came up with a version of Midas' brew I have yet to make. But I'm pretty sure there's a recipe in the recipe forum for that too. I'm having trouble finding some dried sweet corn to brew Tizwin(pronounced Tizween),a corn beer from my native ancestors that was said to resemble English ale. It's a bit harsh though,just for getting buzzed. Referrences can be found in old writings on wikipedia.
There are a few different versions from northwern south america to central America for it. Even one from northern mexico with blue agave in it.
But revvy has a lot of links to peruse...
__________________
NEW books on amazon/Kindle! Check it out now...
Home Brewing- https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00PBAP6JO
Distopian Sci-Fi- https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00NTA0L6G
New! John Henry- https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01GBV3UXU

 
Reply With Quote
Old 08-23-2012, 07:30 PM   #8
TopherM
 
TopherM's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Mar 2011
St. Petersburg, FL
Posts: 3,974
Liked 449 Times on 354 Posts


If you want an authentic ancient beer recipe, try this:

1) Throw a bunch of slightly cracked grain into a watertight container
2) Put your container out in the rain
3) Let your container of rainwater and grain sit outside for about a week
4) Filter the liquid out of the grain
5) Drink, or at least try to...

This is basically how beer was brewed for most of recorded history!
__________________
Primary #1 - Midnight Ryeder (Midnight Wheat and Rye)
Primary #2 - Florida Weiss
Primary #3 - Kane-DOH APA (Honey Citra APA)
Secondary #1 - Downtown Flanders Brown (brewed August 2012)
Keg #1 - Raspberry Florida Weiss
Keg #2 - Cinnamon Raisin Cider
Keg #3 - NONE!
Bottled - NONE!

 
Reply With Quote
Old 08-23-2012, 07:49 PM   #9
inhousebrew
Recipes 
 
Aug 2012
minneapolis, minnesota
Posts: 1,463
Liked 127 Times on 114 Posts


Quote:
Originally Posted by TopherM View Post
If you want an authentic ancient beer recipe, try this:

1) Throw a bunch of slightly cracked grain into a watertight container
2) Put your container out in the rain
3) Let your container of rainwater and grain sit outside for about a week
4) Filter the liquid out of the grain
5) Drink, or at least try to...

This is basically how beer was brewed for most of recorded history!
Lol, really old beer must have sucked! Can you imagine how hungry those first hunter gatherers must have been in order to drink what had been their grain storage after returning from an unsuccessful hung only to find it had gotten rained on and started bubbling mysteriously. Drinking on an empty stomach. At least this is the way I envision it happening.
__________________
I hate Walder Frey...

 
Reply With Quote
Reply
Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Ever wondered how Ancient beer tasted. GodsStepBrother General Beer Discussion 28 02-25-2012 02:41 PM
Ancient yeast revived to make beer gtpro General Beer Discussion 25 09-10-2010 09:28 PM
Ancient Egyptians Brewing Antibiotics in Their Beer rocketman768 General Beer Discussion 1 09-01-2010 04:23 PM
Ancient yeast reborn in modern beer smoes General Beer Discussion 1 10-01-2008 04:25 PM
ancient beer bummerkit General Beer Discussion 4 07-29-2007 03:00 PM


Forum Jump