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January 26th, 2011
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An organism that eats sugar, burps CO2, and poos alcohol.
If it wasn't for the CO2, it'd be enough to make me think there was something to Intelligent Design.

I'm still knocked out by the way yeast works, whenever I see a vigourous fermentation going.
And the parsnip wine is certainly vigorous.
Using half brown sugar just coz I happened to have it in the cupboard may have been a mistake, or it may turn out to be an inspired way to add some excellent flavour tones.
It may be months before we find out...

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From:burkesworks
Date:January 27th, 2011 12:04 am (UTC)
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An organism that eats sugar, burps CO2, and poos alcohol.
If it wasn't for the CO2, it'd be enough to make me think there was something to Intelligent Design.


Useless fact of the day; the Middle English word for what we now know as yeast was "Godisgoode". There's an explanation at the bottom of Si's page here.
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From:oldbloke
Date:January 27th, 2011 12:14 am (UTC)
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Fun. So much depends on the good microorganism getting in first.
In the early days, narrow necked containers would do it, as the layer of CO2 was enough - as long as the good yeast got in first. I guess very early on they probably got into saving yeast cultures to use in future brews.

Sometime this year I want to try malting some millet to make a (GF) beer. Isn't it nice we can now buy amylase, instead of having to spit into the wort?
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From:drdoug
Date:January 27th, 2011 06:23 am (UTC)
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Ben Franklin is rumoured to have said that "Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy." Of course, whisky, gin, brandy and so on are also proof, although these days the abv is usually given instead.
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From:k425
Date:January 27th, 2011 01:06 pm (UTC)
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I'd like to see some actual cites for that, rather than a bunch of webpages that say the same thing. Because there was an OE word for yeast - ist or est, so people were aware of it. And the word was in use in the ME period. It strikes me as an eskimo-snow kind of thing...
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From:nomme
Date:January 27th, 2011 12:47 pm (UTC)
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I got given a bottle of parsnip wine for Xmas. I'll let you know what it tastes like when I get round to drinking it.
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From:oldbloke
Date:January 27th, 2011 09:27 pm (UTC)
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When was it made? They reckon it can take a year to become drinkable.
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From:nomme
Date:January 28th, 2011 09:54 am (UTC)
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Don't know off-hand. I'll have a look later.

My brother picked it up when he was on holiday in Devon/Cornawall last year.
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From:oldbloke
Date:January 28th, 2011 10:05 am (UTC)
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Oh if it's commercial it wouldn't be on the shelf if it wasn't ready.
I suspect mine will taste mostly of the brown sugar.
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