View Single Post
  #14  
Old 01-27-2017, 08:46 PM
silenus silenus is offline
The Turtle Moves!
Charter Member
 
Join Date: May 2003
Location: SoCal
Posts: 48,553
Quote:
Originally Posted by Kimera757 View Post

What about what they drank? The water couldn't be trusted, so people had to drink light beer, whose alcohol content would kill at least some of the bacteria. Not very alcoholic, but it's literally homebrewed beer.
It wasn't the alcohol that killed the germs so much as it was boiling the wort, although they didn't know it yet. The time period specified would be pre-hops, so they would add gruit to the beer as an additional flavoring and preservative. And don't knock homebrew. There are a number of us here who turn out some killer brews.