• 03.11.2015

Scientists analyze beer from a shipwreck

What did beer taste like in the 1840s?

Some breweries have taken to resurrecting the flavors of ages past. Adventurous beer makers are extrapolating recipes from clues that archeologists have uncovered from old and even ancient brews found at historical sites. Now scientists have analyzed some of the oldest preserved beer samples from an 1840s' shipwreck to try to provide insight into how they were made. They report their findings in the <i>Journal of Agricultural &amp; Food Chemistry.</i>

Beer from the 1840s shipwreck: chemical analyses yield clues to an old brew's recipe.
Beer from the 1840s shipwreck: chemical analyses yield clues to an old brew's recipe. (Photo: Antonin Halas / VTT)

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