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Austrian brewer revives 300-year-old beer | The Raw Story

VIENNA (Reuters) - An Austrian brewery is offering beer lovers a trip back in time by reviving a 300-year-old recipe it found in the town archives.

The family-owned Hofstetten brewery in the Upper Austrian town of Saint Martin recreated the "Neuhauser Herrschafts Pier" from ingredients listed in an invoice for the local Neuhaus castle in 1720, when Austria was one of Europe's big powers.

Using small crops of emmer and malting barley grown from ancient seed varieties agricultural historians had preserved, owner Peter Krammer was able to reproduce the mix of barley, wheat and hops that marked the brew made three centuries ago.

"We thought that old kinds of grains must have more taste," he said, adding it took five tries before he was satisfied.

by Fran on Mon Aug 19th, 2013 at 05:02:55 PM EST
Yes, it's one of those things that the large breweries would try to stamp out; grains which are inefficient at providing fermentable sugars often create nice flavours.

It's why, with the exception of guinness, every industrial global brand, is a light golden beers, made with pale malts (and/or sugar and/or rice). And they're tasteless.

Old varieties of barley also fall into this category. The preferred barley of the UK real ale industry, maris otter, dates from 1966. the global industry prefers even newer ones

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Tue Aug 20th, 2013 at 02:49:46 AM EST
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Old varieties of grains are generally tastier, because the efforts of modern agriculture have gone into selection of cultivars that combine high yield with resistance to diseases. Flavour has not been a criterion.

Bread or pasta made with old varieties of wheat, for instance, can be surprisingly tasty.

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Tue Aug 20th, 2013 at 03:30:12 AM EST
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Link added to the Beer Blog.
by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Tue Aug 20th, 2013 at 04:01:16 AM EST
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Ach crap. Now I'll have to research an article on barley. Sorry, been out of it since my bike crash, just tired all the time

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Tue Aug 20th, 2013 at 08:18:49 AM EST
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