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Who Knew – Chinese Brewed Beer Five Thousand Years Ago!

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  • 2016

Research recently carried out has suggested that beer brewing in China may date back five thousand years. The researchers who were from both China and the United States say that they found traces of millet, grain, barley, and tubers which were supposedly used in the fermentation process. The above mentioned items were found on pottery which was discovered ten years ago during an archaeological dig in Shaanxi province, Northern China.

This discovery would be evidence of the earliest known beer making instance in China. The study also suggests that the barley may have been used for booze before being consumed as food. This barley is thought to have come from either Ancient Egypt or Iran.

Barley for beer

The research done by Stanford University on the pottery residue confirmed the Chinese scholars’ speculation that the pieces may have been used for brewing.

Other items found during the dig included stoves which may have been used to heat and pound the grains. Underground spaces were also discovered. The researchers suggested that this is where they may have stored the beer to maintain a cool and consistent temperature for both fermentation and preservation purposes.

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These findings have nullified the earlier belief that grain arrived in China about one thousand years ago. It is now clear that Chinese drinkers developed a taste for beer at almost the same time as those in Iran and Ancient Egypt.

What will remain a mystery is the taste of the ancient brew since despite the scientists knowing all the ingredients used, they do not know the exact quantities.

Glasses of beer

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