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Scientists study beer from seafloor

Baltic Sea ( The VTT Technical Research Center, Northern Europe’s biggest multi-technological applied research organization, hopes to re-create the original recipe used to brew beer 200 years ago. About 70 bottles of the rare beer were recovered from a shipwreck in the Baltic Sea in 2010.

Scuba divers found the beer together with what is believed to be the world’s oldest Champaign while exploring a wreck close to the Finnish Aland Islands. Scientists believe that the ship was on its way from Copenhagen, Denmark, to St. Petersburg, Russia, sometimes between 1800 and 1830 when it was hit by a storm and sank. The precious cargo was well preserved due to the outside pressure, dark environment, and cool water temperatures at depths from 160 to 185 feet (49 to 56 meters).

It is very interesting to find out what kind of yeast was used in beer brewing in the early 1800s. What the beer’s quality was like. Was it perhaps very strong and bitter? After that the role of yeast in beer brewing was not yet fully understood in the early 1800s.

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research lab says in a press release that it has decades of experience in malt and brewery research. It plans to publish the results of the study in a scientific paper in May 2011.

“What we want to do first of all is to analyze the contents of the bottles. After that, we hope to be able to recreate the original recipe so that it can be used to make beer”, says Rainer Juslin, Department Head at the Provincial Government of Aland.

Firstly Divers recovered about 70 bottles of beer from a shipwreck in the Baltic Sea. The beer is believed to be about 200 years old.

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