48 – Dark Age Diets Combo Episode

This is a combination episode focusing upon the food and drinks that the Anglo Saxons enjoyed.

10 Responses to “48 – Dark Age Diets Combo Episode”

  1. I wonder if there were cases of brewery branches (wort sticks, maybe?) being stolen and what the subsequent weregild would be.

  2. Had they found out about sugar cane’s yet to add to there drinks

  3. Would they use any type’s of wood for there stiring stick’s or just any old stick

  4. Great episode. Mead is actually fairly sanitary since the honey is a natural antibacterial and it is often added to water that has been boiled. These qualities would have, of course, been unknown to the Anglo-Saxons.

  5. hey jamie,
    When you were talking about how dry the english wine was, I was wondering if you had a source or if it was an inference? the reason i ask is that i know that in previous times, there was very little understanding of fermentation and the roll that temperature had on it. Often in cold climates, the winter would set in before fermentation had completed, and thus the wines stayed semi sweet until spring when the wines would begin to ferment again. If wine was more a fall seasonal beverage it may well have been kinda sweet by our standards.

    We make wine here in the willamette. you should come on by.
    thanks
    tom

    • Hi Tom, Ann Hagen did a lot of work on this one looking at the grapes, temp, and commentary where she could find it and came to the conclusion that it would have been (as I recall) thin and dry.

      I sometimes go wine tasting out in the valley. Which winery are you associated with?

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