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Brewing for Kids- A recap from Youth RUM 2015

This past weekend I taught one of the best classes I have ever taught in the SCA.
Down at the first Youth RUM I taught half a dozen kids how to brew beer and all about medieval drinks.

We covered:

  • Why they didn’t drink much water in the Middle Ages (and how the drinking water got polluted)
  • What “small beers” were, why they drank them, and why the 1% alcohol wouldn’t hurt them compared to common day beers their parents drank
  • How small beers were made
  • What root beer is made from
  • Why Sarsaparilla was exported from the new world to Europe in the 16th century
  • What yeast is and how it works.
  • What the bubbles are in soda and how much sugar really are in sodas (and why we should not drink them constantly)
  • How yeast farts out CO2 and pees out alcohol

imageIt was amazing to hear them recite back facts about medieval drinking and yeast. I especially loved the facebook posts from parents saying how their kids would talk about drinking beer and telling them all about yeast.
By donating 1 hour of my time for a class and under $40 in supplies I helped encourage the appreciation of a medieval art in the youth of our society… That was the most rewarding hour I have spent.
When was the last time you did something to help, inspire or educate the youth of our society to ensure the SCA will last till the next generation?