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Stone Age Man Invented Beer Before Making Bread, Says Expert (11,000 Years Ago)
Ananova ^ | 9-14-2002

Posted on 09/14/2002 4:19:09 PM PDT by blam

Stone age man invented beer before making bread, says expert

Archaeologists have found that man first discovered alcohol in 9000 BC, more than 5,000 years earlier than previously thought.

According to The Sun they reckon pottery was invented because man needed a mug to hold his beer.

Until now researchers have assumed the first human settlements, which appeared in the Middle East, were built around farming and growing corn for food.

But archaeologist Merryn Dinely, of Manchester University, told the paper that corn was turned into malt, the main ingredient for making beer.

Dr Dinely found that almost all ancient villages had homes with smooth, carefully-made floors which appear to have been used for malting.

There was also evidence that ovens and grinding stones found at ancient sites formed the foundations of a brewery. Heat-proof baskets lined with bitumen were used for fermenting and storing beer.

Dr Dinely told a conference at Leicester University: "The most likely scenario seems to be that humans discovered how to turn grain into malt, which is sweet and nutritious.

"Then by accident they found out that when malt is mixed with water it turns into alcohol."

Dr Dinely said drawings showed women did the brewing while men collected the raw materials.

Story filed: 10:28 Saturday 14th September 2002


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KEYWORDS: age; beer; bread; godsgravesglyphs; invented; man; stone
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I think the corn they are talking about is millet. Anyone know for sure?
1 posted on 09/14/2002 4:19:09 PM PDT by blam
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To: g'nad; Redleg; COB1
Home brew BUMP!
2 posted on 09/14/2002 4:21:25 PM PDT by Teacup
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To: blam
they reckon pottery was invented because man needed a mug to hold his beer

And thus was invented the "hold muh beer" alert.

3 posted on 09/14/2002 4:23:23 PM PDT by Larry Lucido
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To: blam
Men hunted and fished all day, while the women made beer for them.

Who the h**l thought they could improve on a system like that!!!
4 posted on 09/14/2002 4:24:09 PM PDT by Lokibob
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To: blam
columbus introduced "corn" to spain... so it wasn't maize...
5 posted on 09/14/2002 4:24:56 PM PDT by glock rocks
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To: Larry Lucido
That's eleven thousand years of "hold muh beer" ;)
6 posted on 09/14/2002 4:25:41 PM PDT by demlosers
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To: Lokibob
Just think, man lived like that for. . .5,000 years?
7 posted on 09/14/2002 4:26:43 PM PDT by Anotherpundit
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To: blam
UGGGH BEER GOOD
8 posted on 09/14/2002 4:27:49 PM PDT by steveo
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To: blam
There were some good reasons for this. The water back then was not so hot. People didn't necessarily understand that if you piss in your own drinking supply you get sick. But beer has alcohol - killed the germs. And, it was as good for you as eating bread, and less trouble to make.
9 posted on 09/14/2002 4:27:52 PM PDT by dark_lord
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"Just think, man lived like that for. . .5,000 years?"

Where did we go wrong?

10 posted on 09/14/2002 4:28:45 PM PDT by blam
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To: Lokibob
It only goes to show that BEER IS FOOD!!!

The new bumper sticker: "Coors isn't JUST for breakfast anymore"
11 posted on 09/14/2002 4:29:15 PM PDT by Lokibob
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To: blam
Will either grain, when malted, produce the same enzymes that malted barley does? Perhaps a few FReepers who ply what now appears to be the world's oldest profession, that of brewer, will chime in. How about it guys? Any answers for us? Go to someone near and dear to your heart, say "Hold muh beer" and put fingers to keyboard and let us know.

: ^ )
12 posted on 09/14/2002 4:35:13 PM PDT by Redcloak
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To: blam
women did the brewing

But of course.

13 posted on 09/14/2002 4:42:36 PM PDT by riley1992
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To: Lokibob
The staff of life. :)
14 posted on 09/14/2002 4:46:53 PM PDT by xp38
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To: blam

At least they had their priorities straight!


15 posted on 09/14/2002 4:49:39 PM PDT by Paleo Conservative
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To: blam; glock rocks
I think the corn they are talking about is millet.

What we call "corn" here in the U.S. is a New World grain, and was indeed known as maize.

"Corn" was an English term for cereal grains such as wheat and barley.

16 posted on 09/14/2002 4:52:54 PM PDT by Willie Green
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To: Redcloak
Enzymes?

I have home brewed but never malted my own grain.

Malting is the process of allowing the grain to germinate then roasting the sprouted seed (darkers roasts make darker beer).

It converts starches into simpler carbs that ferment more readely. Not aware of an enzimes needed for brewing being involved. I could be wrong.

17 posted on 09/14/2002 4:53:28 PM PDT by Dinsdale
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To: Larry Lucido
LOL Indeed, indeed.
18 posted on 09/14/2002 4:53:33 PM PDT by gcruse
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To: blam

According to The Sun they reckon pottery was invented because man needed a mug to hold his beer.

Bierkrug Bump

19 posted on 09/14/2002 4:59:32 PM PDT by Jagdgewehr
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To: Lokibob
Coors AIN'T beer !
20 posted on 09/14/2002 5:02:55 PM PDT by sushiman
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