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Merryn Dineley
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alcohol production
There is a debate in the academic literature of archaeology and anthropology about alcohol production, the archaeology of alcohol and the consumption of alcoholic beverages in the past. It seems to be an increasingly popular area of study. Search the intern...

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a morning with maltsters, part three: on the tour, some archaeological thoughts
We left the meeting room of the Highland Park Distillery and started our tour of the maltings. I'd forgotten my camera, however it gave me the opportunity to make notes and think a bit about the archaeological evidence for making malt. This was not my first...

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latest post by the brewer - about the barm.

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Barm and the magic spoon. Godisgoode. (part one)
"Our prehistoric fathers may have been savages, but they were clever and observant ones ... the art and practice of the brewer are founded on empirical observation ... the brewer learnt from long experience the conditions not the reasons for success"   John...

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some great images of traditional beer brewing, including hot rock mashing.
OXO's 19th century marketing people knew their Prehistoric brewing techniques!

Just received delivery of Lynn Pearson’s ‘Built to Brew – The history and heritage of the brewery’, published by English Heritage.

IN her second chapter she references our experiments. The chapter is headed by an image from a 19th Century Trading Card produced by Liebig’s Extract of Meat Company, the originators of OXO (image on bottom left of illustration below – the screenshot was scraped from a trading card collector website so apologies, the quality is not great). The wise marketeers at Liebig’s portray the earliest brewers using hot rocks to prepare their mash. Their brew site is near a stream. Their large pot is dug into a pit in the ground. All sounds very familiar….

There you go – even Oxo agree with us (and came up with the hot rock mashing theory far earlier)!

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It seems that the controversy about 'bread or beer' has been around since the 1950s.

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here's a blog about malting floors in the fertile crescent, based on  presentations I've given over the years at Archaeology conferences. It would be good to have some new debate about the origins of grain agriculture - bread? beer? or malt?

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What is Wort - a brewer's perspective
Hope you had a grand Yule and that you enjoyed the midwinter celebrations. We wish you all the best and A Happy New Year for 2015. There has been a bit of a lull on ancient ale blogging in the last couple of months, however we aim to correct this in the New...

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grain dryers, malt kilns & "malting ovens"
I'm taking a look at "malting ovens" and malt kilns in this post. What are they, how do they work and do "malting ovens" even exist? There's been some news coverage recently about a rare and unusual archaeological discovery. It's a stone built structure, it...
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