50 – Dark Age Drunks

Today we’re talking about monks getting about one to two gallons of ale a day per monk. And common people potentially brewing in a modest household brewing 200 gallons of ale every month. That’s 1600 pints (in a modest 16th century household). While it isn’t clear how much early anglo-saxon households would brew, we don’t have records indicating that the early anglo saxons engaged in temperance so they were probably brewing quite a bit at home as well. So we’re going to have a lot of drunks in this week’s episode!

3 Responses to “50 – Dark Age Drunks”

  1. We know there were apples, and probably grapes–didn’t anyone just drink plain juice?

    • That’s a great question. But I don’t know… maybe? Juicing is actually a bit of a pain, and produces a lot of waste. My guess is that if someone was going to have juice, they’d just eat the apple. But maybe Ulfgar or Unferth were pressing apples and drinking the juice. I really just don’t know. But it’s a great question! :)

      • Randy Mehling says:

        We take refrigeration for granted, but in medieval times the ability to store and keep cool drinks would have been severely limited. I listened to an NPR podcast on medieval wine which stated that wine was preferable to water (for reasons you mentioned in the podcast) and because the storage barrels weren’t airtight, the taste was affected for the worse. I would imagine this would also compromise the ability to store juices as well.

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