Scientific analysis of a historic brewing process (dating from 1750)

   A variety of historic publications tell us that our ancestors were serious beer-drinkers: per capita beer consumption, from the 14th to the 18th Century, was: 0.6 litre per day (by way of comparison: in 1998 we drank only 0.27l per day) . But whether they drank 'skull-attack' or strong beer, or a beverage more like 'liquid bread', drunk more for its health-giving effects than for its taste, is now a matter of educated guesswork.