came first, beer or bread? Bread is a convenient way to store the
ingredients for making beer. Did ancient Sumerians and Egyptians make
beer after finding out a pleasant beverage would result after mixing
bread and water or did they make bread as a way to store their beer
through winters or droughts or on long camel rides? Either way, beer
made from bread is easy and simple: mix the bread with water and strain
the water out. Bread is so conducive to making
beer that you
may not even have to add a yeast starter, as airborne yeast will land
on the mixture while it is soaking and may be sufficient, or you can
add a yeast starter to get it fermenting quickly. Modern tastes will
probably also appreciate having some sugar added, although
is not completely necessary. In ancient Sumeria and Egypt, they
probably used juice from the sugar canes growing prolifically along the
Nile and Euphrates to make the beer, so adding sugar to either the beer
or the bread could be considered a modern adaptation to traditional
beer from bread making.
make beer or ale from bread:
Fill up a glass jar or
other container with bread, stale pieces or crumbs.
2.) Fill up with
water, or make an herbal tea of your choice to use.
3.) Cover with a loosely woven
cloth (let as much air
possible while keeping insects out.)
Let this sit for 1-2 days. Alternatively, if you're in a hurry, you can
put it in an electric blender and blend on high until it is pureed.
through cotton flannel, a jelly bag, pillowcase or
material, to remove the solids.
Measure the amount of liquid that has been drained out..
7.) For each pint of liquid add 2 tablespoons of sugar. This
can be white table sugar, raw sugar, barley malt sugar, sugar
syrup, corn syrup, maple
syrup, honey or
any other type of sugar.
9.) Drop in a few raisins.
You may or may not need to add a yeast or a yeast
you can harvest
The bread and the open air may have allowed an airborne yeast to
generate or the raisins will carry in yeast, especially if you
used the soak method to prepare the liquid and let it sit for a couple
day. If not, or if
want to hurry it along, you can add yeast at this point. You can use
kind of yeast, including bread yeast, but most people find yeast made
for ale or wine tastes better. Add a pinch of dry yeast or a teaspoon
of yeast starter (from a previously made batch of ale) for each cup of
Cover the jar with an airlock.
When the raisins start to float, the
beverage is ready to drink. It
will be mildly carbonated and low in alcohol after 2-3 days of
you want the drink to be extra fizzy, transfer it to a plastic soda pop
bottle and screw on the top tightly. When the bottle is firm to the
touch and cannot be squeezed, it is ready to drink.
If you want to make a more
alcoholic beverage, add more sugar and brew
for longer periods to create more alcohol. See Adjusting
is the difference between ale and stout ?
difference between between ale and stout is that stout has a "roasted"
grain it, so any ale you make with bread you can call a stout if you
like. Try adding a teaspoon of cocoa to the original brew or a few
drops of vanilla to call it chocolate or vanilla stout. Dark stouts
that are nearly black had charcoal added to the brewing water. Add some
charcoal made from an organic woodfire with no chemicals in the wood to
the teapot when brewing the tea before adding it to the bread, and
straining the charcoal out when mixing it with the bread. This will
also add some interesting notes of flavor to the resulting ale.
some spice in your ale?
Add some spice to the tea when brewing if you want a mild
background taste of the spice, or add it directly to the brew just
before it's ready to serve if you lieka strong taste and aroma.
came first, beer or bread? This is an ongoing controversy
between bakers and brewers. There are Sumerian clay records
from 6,000 years ago that speak of making beer. Hymn
To Ninkasi, a
poem written 4,000
years ago praising Nin, the Sumerian goddess of brewing, is said to
contain the recipe making beer, actually
what we would now call ale now, that
says the beer was made with bread.
Egyptian workers on the Pyramids were paid in bread which they used to
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