Monthly Archives: November 2005

The Brew Site is a source for Topix.net news

This is very cool: this site is being used as a news source for Topix.net, a news aggregator site that pulls news from sources all over the web—and just added blogs recently as a source. I saw my Stone Age Beer article show up on the Topix.net Beer News page (screen grabbed below). I don’t know why, but this seems to add a feeling of legitimacy to this whole blogging thing. :)

Medieval Ale

The last several posts have taken an historical theme, so I thought I’d throw in another: Binge-drinking an age-old problem (via A Good Beer Blog). Experts have uncovered evidence that 12th century Londoners drank ale by the gallon, starting at breakfast time, due to poor quality drinking water…. Looking back only 700 years, London had over 1,300 alehouses – one for every 50 people living in the city. John Clark, curator of the Medieval London … Continue reading →

Stone Age Beer (from Discover)

November’s issue of Discover Magazine has an article titled "Stone Age Beer" (unfortunately, the full article is only available to subscribers) about Dogfish Head Brewery‘s attempt at brewing a 9,000 year-old beer from China. (Other articles are here and here.) It’s a pretty interesting story, beer brewed with rice, grapes, hawthorn berries, honey, and such, emulating as closely as possible the conditions they guess the beer was brewed under. But I found myself wondering about … Continue reading →

Corny keg setup

One of the things on my list to do someday with homebrew is kegging. Several years ago, I picked up a cornelius keg, CO2 tank and the necessary hoses and regulator from a garage sale, and as near as I can tell it’s all in usable condition. I’d simply have to clean the equipment and recharge the CO2 tank, and then learn how to use it all, of course. There’s a decent primer here: Introduction … Continue reading →

Pre-Columbian brewery

Picked this article up off the wire: Brewery offers glimpse at pre-Columbian civilizations along Andes. Pretty interesting stuff, concerning an early American brewery circa 600 BC. The brewery serviced the earliest known diplomatic embassy in the Americas, a palace complex atop a steep-sided mesa in southern Peru built by the Wari empire around 600 B.C. When the empire collapsed 400 years later, residents of the mountaintop abandoned the place – but not before holding a … Continue reading →