Brewing – cherry brew

For the past six months or so I’ve been experimenting with homebrewing beer, using an old Finnish recipe (talouskalja) as a basis. Some attempts have turned out well, other less so, but its been fun. I was inspired to attempt this by some of my dissertation research. One of the Roman artifacts found in northern Europe is a Roman kettle found in a grave in Jyllinge, Denmark, which when it was excavated contained some residue from the liquid it was buried holding. Analysis of the residue found barley, wild rosemary, cranberry, and lingonberry, which suggests a beer made using local plants. The interesting thing about this is that the beer was probably dark red in color, from the berries, which would have made it superficially resemble Roman wine.

One of my goals with this homebrewing project is to ultimately make a recreation of this ancient Danish beer, but mostly I’m just enjoying myself playing around in the kitchen and drinking the results.

Last night I made a batch of beer using ripe cherries for flavor. I haven’t tried this before, so in a few days we’ll see how the experiment turned out.

Cherry homebrew

Two bottles of cherry homebrew

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2 Responses to “Brewing – cherry brew”

  1. KHJ Says:

    You didn’t tell me you were home-brewing!!!!!

  2. Mom Says:

    You get beer in only a few days? Tell us more.

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