a reply to: MerkabaMeditation
Hops was orignally used as a preservative for brews making long oceanic vogages to British Colonies. Yes, and homebrew tastes nothing at all like the
commericalized stuff they sell in the stores.
As far as ancient antibiotics go, here's my take: Soon after the advent of agriculture, some grain was left out in a container, and got rained on.
And it sat, and fermented naturally with wild bacteria involved. While sanitation is vital in modern production to repeat consistancy between
batches, (hey, even homebrewers are anal about sanitation!) back then they didn't really understand the fermentation process thoroughly, and kept a
small portion of the previous batch to "start" the next one. There was no refrigeration back then, and brewing was hit and miss, but incorporated
all the local bacteria that could possible make you sick. Call it the all-natural version of a modern flu shot on a regular basis. Their bodies
developed the antibodies to fight off the minor bugs simply because they were imbibing them in various dosages.
To answer your question, is filtration bad? I have an old
homebrewing thread on here somewhere, and I never filter. It's not that I am
against filtering, it's because a wee bit of sediment is perfectly natural, and with siphoning, you don't really disturb the fermentation bed, but
it's only a preference. Sometimes with dry-hopping you'll get the sediment, but that only adds to the flavor, not detract from it. It's not about
the filtration at all.
The REAL problem with modern beer production is the use of GMO grain. They use tonnes of it in a modern sanitary facility, and here's why: Modern
GMO grain is killing off the naturally occuring gut bacteria that process the vegetable fiber in our diets. We need that fiber for three essential
amino acids, and it's why we are omnivorous. Enter the Shikimate Pathway.
The shikimate pathway is a seven step metabolic route used by bacteria, fungi, algae, parasites, and plants for the biosynthesis of
aromatic amino acids (phenylalanine, tyrosine, and tryptophan). This pathway is not found in animals; therefore, phenylalanine and tryptophan
represent essential amino acids that must be obtained from the animal's diet (animals can synthesise tyrosine from phenylalanine, and therefore
is not an essential amino acid except for individuals unable to hydroxylate phenylalanine to tyrosine).
Glyphosate, the active ingredient in the herbicide Roundup, kills plants by interfering with the shikimate pathway in plants. More specifically,
glyphosate inhibits the enzyme 5-enolpyruvylshikimate-3-phosphate synthase (EPSPS). "Roundup Ready" genetically modified crops overcome that
In plain english, they use herbicide to control weeds, which would kill the crops we need to eat, so they altered the genetic structure of the plants
to survive the herbicide. All well, and good, until you realize that they have done nothing to alter the naturally occuring bacteria
digestive tracts that process the food we eat and that we need to survive. As the levels of healthy bacteria die off from shikimate inhibition, the
overall health of the population declines. Increases in obesity, autism, and other "disorders", in my opinion, are all related to this. I suppose
I should make a separate thread for this research.....
Of course, our ancestors didn't have this problem, because they still farmed with non-GMO crops.