Thursday, October 16, 2014
We all know we shouldn’t drink too much beer. But one glass per day is safe.
Scientists have recreated a beer found on a ship that sank in 1842.The beer was found on a shipwreck in the Aland archipelago between Finland and Sweden in 2010. Divers recovered 145 bottles of champagne and five beer bottles from the ship. The bottles had been down 165’ underwater.
Led by Professor Guido Aerts and Master Brewer Gert De Rouck, the team worked for a year to reconstruct the centuries-old brew.
‘Based on the micro-organisms in the bottles, we were able to figure out which type of yeast and bacteria were used by the beer’s nineteenth-century brewers,’ said De Rouck.
‘This information allowed us to trace the beer back to Belgium.’
The team says the beer is as close to the original as possible.
One difference, though, is that malt was produced differently in the 19th century. This would have meant the beer back then was sweeter.
The more recent version has a low bitterness and an alcohol content of 4.7 per cent.
University of Leuven's Brewing Technology Research Group were then asked to study and reconstruct the beer.
A Finnish brewery has brought the replicated beer to market for $145 a bottle, so beer lovers can get a taste of the 19th century brew In total the brewery produced 1,500 litres of the beer, creating 1,700 bottles made of hand-blown glass like the originals.