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This ebook examines grain construction and processing in a variety of early agricultural societies in addition to the technological advances in Western societies. The ebook is prepared into 3 elements. the 1st half (chapters 2-6) examines historical past details and discusses the fundamentals of cropping and nutrients construction that needed to be resolved through all societies. half II (chapters 7-11) is an exam of nutrition construction through the Golden Age of 5 old societies (the Sumerians, Egyptians, chinese language, Mayans, and the Bantu of Africa) that developed more-or-less independently, each one with detailed agricultural practices. issues mentioned contain the environmental stipulations that existed to permit considerable crop creation, the expertise that was once utilized in turning out to be the vegetation, and the equipment utilized in baking and brewing throughout the Golden Age of every society. half III (chapters 12-16) examines a succession of western societies which mirrored a development in expanding crop creation expertise. It considers the Golden a while of 5 societies during this series: Athenian and Roman Empires, feudal Europeans, British, and americans. An epilogue discusses the way forward for grain fermentation. on hand In Print

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Yeast again introduces fermentation into the mixture. The key product in yeast fermentation in dough is not ethanol, but rather carbon dioxide. Carbon dioxide, released from yeast fermentation and trapped in the dough, causes the dough to expand or “rise”; this results in leavened bread. The amount of sugar needed to generate the required carbon dioxide in leavened dough is much less than necessary in brewing beer. Hence, enough sugar is usually directly available from grinding of the wheat grain so special procedures to increase dough’s sugar content are not essential.

Bread, of course, was not the only source of calories; fermented grain accounted for a large part of the caloric intake. The actual caloric content of the beer would have varied a great deal depending on the fermentation process, whether dissolved materials were filtered out or consumed, and alcohol content. If we assume approximately 50 kilocalories per 100 milliliters (slightly less than half a cup), which is common for modern beers, to obtain 4000 kilocalories a person would need to drink 8 liters (2 gallons) of beer each day.

A saddle quern consists of a top rubbing stone that was pushed and pulled over the grain placed on the base stone. ) 32 Bread, Beer and the Seeds of Change with water causing the starch granules to unwind, much as they did in the gruel mixture. If the dough was allowed to sit in a warm environment, gelatinization of the starch would be enhanced. Once the dough had reached a satisfactory texture, it could be flattened into thin cakes and baked on a hot surface or in an oven. Such flat breads were the staple in many societies, especially those that did not grow wheat.

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