The 5,000 Year Old Brew Secret, Revealed


An ancient brewery was found by archaeologists, containing many tools that were used to create beer over 5,000 years ago. This ancient beer included grains used today: broomcorn millet, barley and Chinese pearl barley. The researchers also found that these ancient brewers used the sweet parts of plants added to their brew to provide more taste.

The team discovered evidence that the ancients used a technique called “Malting and Mashing”, a process used in modern breweries, in the jugs and pottery inside.

The team of scientists found a stove of pottery used to break down carbohydrates to sugar when heated. It also seemed that the ancient facility was used to store beer because of it’s controlled temperature. Patrick McGovern, a biomolecular archaeologist at the University of Pennsylvania Museum, not part of the team that discovered this, explained that the environment would provide the perfect environment for storing brews.

McGovern stated in an E-Mail to The Salt that these ancient Chinese brewers were creating their beer in the same period as “the earliest chemically attested barley beer from Iran” and the “earliest beer-mashing facilities in Egypt”.


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