Essay Brewing and Beer

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Beer

Historically hops, yeast, malted barley, and water have all played the greatest and most important role in society. For almost 8000 years these ingredients have been mixed and have been appreciated by all classes of society in almost all civilizations. The old cliche "accident is the mother of invention" is a phrase that definitely holds true in the world of beer. The discovery was made way back when the Mediterranean region was the seat of civilization and barley flourished as a dietary staple. The climate of the Mediterranean was perfect for the cultivation of barley, and was used as the primary ingredient in breads, cakes, and other common food products. A farmer during this period discovered that if barley become wet,
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The word beer comes from the Latin "bibere" meaning simply "to drink." The Latin word for beer is "cerevisia," a composite of "Ceres," the goddess of agriculture, and "vis," Latin for "strength." Beer was carried by many barbarian tribes in Western and Northern Europe, and by the nineteenth century, hops was cultivated for brewing purposes in
France and Germany. Even though hops give beer is refreshing properties it was neglected by many countries for centuries. Instead beers were flavored with woodruff, juniper, or grenadine, and can still be found in some European beers today. In the Renaissance period brewing was mostly done by kings and monks.
Home brew was the drink of mostly lower classes. It wasn't uncommon for children to drink beer on a daily basis. The fermentation process was very useful to destroy many malignant microorganisms in the distinctly undrinkable waters of most villages (7). As the reformation came around, the church spent more time on religious matters than on brewing. At this time commercial brewers started to pick up the slack and were licensed under kings, queens, dukes, and earls. During this time queen Elizabeth I had a brew so strong that none of her servants could handle it, even though they received two gallons per day. The New World exploration began and Elizabeth oversaw that no ship left port without a large cargo of beer. Beer provided a clean supply of water, some food value, and a

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