Image: Tablet of the Hymn to Ninkasi
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This beverage is a recreation of a Sumerian ale based on the Hymn to Ninkasi, Goddess of Brewing. The hymn is from Sumer, circa 1800 BCE and serves as both a prayer to the goddess and a chant by which to recall the recipe for brewing ale. There exists no actual known recipe for ale from Sumer, so to approximate the beverage I had to compare the hymn to modern brewing techniques, research the technology available in Sumer at the time, and redact a plausible recipe. My goal with this project was to recreate as accurate a beverage as possible, using the technology of the time, starting only with the hymn as my initial source. Where the translation was unclear I researched and experimented to determine the most logical meaning, based on brewing fundamentals and the technology available in Mesopotamia. I hope you enjoy reading my paper as much as I enjoyed researching and brewing the ale.