Ancient Egyptians loved beer. Here’s the recipe they used to brew it

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Artwork depicting ancient Egyptians brewing beer. Image: Trustees of the British Museum

The ancient Egyptians loved beer. According to Mohamed A. Farag, a Professor of Chemistry at The American University in Cairo:

“Together with bread, beer was considered a staple food for the ancient Egyptians. Moreover, it was an essential provision for their afterlife as shown by numerous depictions and models of brewing found in their tombs.”

In a new paper published to the journal Scientific Reports, Dr. Farag and an international team of colleagues sought to provide an in-depth chemical recipe of ancient Egyptian beer. They conducted detailed chemical analyses with infrared and mass spectrometry on residues found in large, 5,600-year-old vats discovered at the world’s oldest-known large-scale brewery, unearthed in Hierakonpolis, Egypt. The site could have produced 325 liters of beer at one time, equivalent to about 650 modern bottles, the researchers say.

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