Resurrecting 400-year old Ecuadorian beer

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  1. Ranbot

    Ranbot Defender (668) Nov 27, 2006 Pennsylvania

    Interesting article about a beer historian and bioengineer who resurrected a 400-year old yeast and beer believed to be the oldest beer brewed in Latin America, dating back to 1566.

    https://phys.org/news/2022-08-year-old-ecuadoran-beer-resurrected-yeast.html

    See the article for more info.
     
  2. dcotom

    dcotom Poo-Bah (2,958) Aug 4, 2014 Iowa
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    Why go to all that trouble? Just go to the imports section at Total Wine.
     
  3. JackHorzempa

    JackHorzempa Poo-Bah (5,562) Dec 15, 2005 Pennsylvania
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    Because those beers are 400 years old too!?! :grimacing:

    Cheers!
     
  4. HouseofWortship

    HouseofWortship Meyvn (1,348) May 3, 2016 Illinois
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    I wouldn’t put it past some of those shelf turds.
     
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  5. unlikelyspiderperson

    unlikelyspiderperson Poo-Bah (2,079) Mar 12, 2013 California
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    Very cool. The prospect of the recreated beer is interesting but the prospect of the resurrected yeast strain is even more fascinating. Quito sits at nearly 2 miles above sea level. I imagine that the yeast that was endemic to that area had some interesting characteristics compared to the yeasts that have predominantly come from much lower elevation European brewing centers
     
  6. QuakeAttack

    QuakeAttack Crusader (725) Mar 19, 2012 California

    "Not only have we recovered a biological treasure but also the 400-year-old work of silent domestication of a yeast that probably came from a chicha and that had been collected from the local environment," Carvajal told AFP.

    Chicha is a fermented corn drink brewed by the Indigenous people of the Americas before Spanish colonization.

    So, sort of from beer, possibly, may be...
     
  7. JackHorzempa

    JackHorzempa Poo-Bah (5,562) Dec 15, 2005 Pennsylvania
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    “What is Beer?

    In the broadest sense, “beer” is any alcoholic beverage made by the fermentation of grain, just as wine is any alcoholic beverage made by the fermentation of fruit. In the vast majority of the world’s beers, the grain base is barley.”

    https://allaboutbeer.com/learn/beer/

    From the above is sure seems like chicha is a beer to me.

    Cheers!
     
  8. DCH

    DCH Aspirant (232) Jun 12, 2013 New York

    If he does all of this work and it just ends up tasting like Corona…
     
  9. SILVER

    SILVER Initiate (195) Jan 3, 2007 Florida

    The yeast in chicha comes from the spit of the women who chew the corn and then spit it out into a vat for fermentation. So it would seem that batches would be different from family to family and village to village and/or region.
    Eh?
     
  10. crazyspicychef

    crazyspicychef Disciple (381) Sep 27, 2012 Pennsylvania

    It couldn't be that bad, lol.
     
  11. JackHorzempa

    JackHorzempa Poo-Bah (5,562) Dec 15, 2005 Pennsylvania
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    The "spit" (or saliva more appropriately) provides enzymes to convert the starches in the corn to sugar.

    You are mixing things up here.

    Cheers!
     
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  12. Braunmeister_1943

    Braunmeister_1943 Devotee (403) Nov 22, 2020 Pennsylvania
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  13. HouseofWortship

    HouseofWortship Meyvn (1,348) May 3, 2016 Illinois
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    So the main difference between Budweiser and Chicha is that with Chicha you spit it out before fermentation?
     
  14. Squire

    Squire Poo-Bah (2,803) Jul 16, 2015 Mississippi
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    Because it's easier to brew something different than to brew something good.
     
  15. MNAle

    MNAle Poo-Bah (2,381) Sep 6, 2011 Minnesota
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    The business mantra of too many craft brewers. :wink:
     
  16. bbtkd

    bbtkd Poo-Bah (14,340) Sep 20, 2015 South Dakota
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    Can we get that Rum Barrel Aged? How about a nice s'mores variant too? :wink: