Five : First?

A lovely issue brought up by Amanda over at http://stellarwordsofmind.wordpress.com/

In researching the history of bread, I stumbled upon what appears to be a debate similar to the “chicken or egg”.  Which came first, beer or bread?  After reading many articles there I still don’t have a definitive answer.  According to a few sources, over a thousand years ago when our migrant ancestors began to settle into civilizations, they started make beer.  This is where the debate gets heated.  For some the story begins with these newly found civilizations settling for the goal of brewing beer with their spoiling grain.  As if these newly settled nomads knew that their grains would produce beer.  On the other side of the debate are those who believe that the beer brew was a mishap of spoiling bread.  Can you see why this is a cyclical debate.  A thousand years ago, nomads would not have had very effective storage for their grains, so the chance that some water leaked into their earthenware containers then became heated in the beating sun, this could have been the first discovery of beer.  Yet, who’s to say that a mishap with spoiling bread wasn’t the first brew.  No one may ever know.  But if you are still interested check out these links:

http://beeradvocate.com/articles/595

http://www.lewrockwell.com/featherstone/featherstone52.html

http://www.farmgirlfare.com/2005/11/beyond-easy-beer-bread.html  (Beer Bread Recipe)

Thanks Amanda!

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