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What does beer from 170 years ago fished out of the Baltic Sea taste like?

There is a lot going on in the diving world and we are not able to write about everything at once. However, this does not mean that such news is doomed to be forgotten. Today we return to information that appeared in the spring of 2015 and concerned beer fished out of the Baltic Sea
Published: June 3, 2015 - 18:52
Updated: July 22, 2023 - 10:54
What does beer from 170 years ago fished out of the Baltic Sea taste like?

There is a lot going on in the diving world and we are not able to write about everything at once. However, this does not mean that such news is doomed to be forgotten. Today we return to information that appeared in the spring of 2015 and concerned beer fished out of the Baltic Sea after 170 years!

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To be able to imagine the potential taste of beer from almost two centuries ago, the researchers decided to test the contents of 5 bottles found in the Gulf of Finland on a wreck dating back to the 19th century.

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Unfortunately, with the passage of time, salty seawater got inside the flasks and, as a result, their contents spoiled. Nevertheless, this has not prevented scientists using modern methods to determine the probable composition of brews weighed 170 years ago.

As a result, it turned out that beverages based on hops at that time did not differ much in their recipes and taste from those available today on shop shelves. Circumstantial evidence provided by the examination of a beverage diluted with sea water indicates that it could have been ~3% stronger than today’s lager beers.

According to the divers, who decided to open two bottles while still on the ship, and the scientists who opened another two bottles (one of which broke during extraction), the stench after uncorking the bottles was enormous. This was the result of processes which occurred as a result of seawater getting inside and the work of bacteria contained in the beer.

Source: sueddeutsche.de

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