Thanks for straightening that out
Posted by Carolyn B on February 27, 1998 at 21:30:37:
In response to Small beer, Heather Beer, Spruce Beer, written by Caroline on February 27, 1998 at 16:46:06
] You are right, many beers were made with low alcohol ratings (not that they measured the S.G. in those days, I don't think!#-) Remember , too, that some "beer" drinks were not really alcoholic at all- gignger beer, for example can be completely non-alcoholic. Somewhere in the archives is Carolyn's posting of Colonel Amherst's Spruce Beer which is quite a good example.
That would make sense, since it would be very hard for society to function if everyone was drunk all the time! (Of course, I had to read a book in grad school called "Bread of Dreams" that claimed that a lot of medieval peasants spent their lives stoned from eating bad grain in their bread - similar to the moldy rye theory of the Salem Witch Trials!)
However, for those of us with a genetically programmed low tolerance for alcohol, even the small beers would probably had done a number on us ; )
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