Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Secret Ingredient to New Beer: Beermaker Saliva

Sam Calagione, the founder of Dogfish Head Craft Brewed Ales, has announced that he's going to replicate an ancient Peruvian beer recipe based on corn that somebody has chewed up and spat out. "There are enzymes in human saliva," he says, "and by chewing on corn, ancient brewers learned that the enzymes would convert the starch in corn into sugar, so it would ferment.”

Great. Beer that's already been spat in. Now what are bartenders going to do?

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