220 Year Old Yeast Used to Create Shipwreck Beer

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A shipwrecked brew made with yeast from a 1796 merchant ship has finally reached its destination, more than 200 years later.

The brew which was contained on a ship in 1796 left Calcutta, India for Sydney with rum, wine and beer, more than 30,000 litres of it.

The ship ran aground in 1797 just north-east of Tasmania and was only discovered in 1977, covered in sand.

In the 90s the wreck was salvaged including some of its beer which has been on display at a museum ever since.

David Thurrowgood, a chemist-turned-conservator at QVMAG, realised he could use the live yeast from the 200+ year old beer to make new beer.

After opening the beer and finding that the yeast was still active, they decided to make their own beer and much to their amazement the end result was a success.

Find out more https://www.broadsheet.com.au/melbourne/food-and-drink/article/drink-beer-two-centuries-making

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