World’s ‘oldest beer’ to be analysed, brewed again

February 9th, 2011 - 1:03 pm ICT by ANI  

London, Feb 9 (ANI): Samples of the world’s oldest beer-found in 2010-have been taken for a scientific study to be conducted to determine its recipe - and brew it again.

In July last year, a Baltic Sea shipwreck-dated between 1800 to 1830-yielded many bottles of what is thought to be the world’s oldest champagne. Five of the bottles later proved to be the oldest drinkable beer yet found.

The local government of the Aland island chain where the wreck was found has now commissioned a scientific study to unpick the beer’s original recipe, reports the BBC.

Divers found the two-mast ship at a depth of about 50 metres in the Aland archipelago, which stretches between the coasts of Sweden and Finland in the Baltic Sea. The ship was believed to be making a journey between Copenhagen in Denmark and St Petersburg, then the capital of Russia.

“They said that it did taste very old, which is no surprise, with some burnt notes. But it was quite acidic - which could mean there’s been some fermenting going on in the bottle and with time it’s become acid,” said Annika Wilhelmson of the Technical Research Centre of Finland (VTT).

“We’re going to try to see if we can find any living yeast or other microbial cells, because that would be very interesting with respect to reproducing the beer.

“If we can’t find living microbes, we will look at the DNA and try to compare it to brewing yeasts that we know today, to see how similar or different the yeasts are,” said Wilhelmson. (ANI)

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