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Strong drink at the time of St John the Baptist

The Quotation Firstly, I shall examine the passage in the original Greek: ἔσται γὰρ μέγας ἐνώπιον τοῦ Κυρίου, καὶ οἶνον καὶ σίκερα οὐ μὴ πίῃ, καὶ Πνεύματος Ἁγίου πλησθήσεται ἔτι ἐκ κοιλίας μητρὸς ...
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Do wines from grafted vine stock taste different from non-grafted?

Oh... something I am a real expert at! You are mixing your context when calling vines hybrids. There are three ways you can grow grapes for fruit. 100% original "own rooted" vines, grafted vines and ...
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When and why did wineries start diluting wine?

There are several factors at play here. If we think about how grapes were maintained hundreds or thousands of years ago, it was kind of a slapdash affair. In the beginning they probably just grabbed ...
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What is "Five Fruits" in this 1920s cocktail recipe?

Old advertisements show that it was made starting in 1900 in Portland, Maine. It consisted of a syrup made of pineapple, orange, lemon, raspberry, and strawberry juices with sugar, red food coloring, ...
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Why do steins have lids?

The steins with their lids seem to have come about as a result of the bubonic plague to serve as sanitary measure and thus keep flies and other insects (fleas) out of the beer. From about 1340 ...
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Has Prohibition ever worked?

Prohibition was an Era in American history from 1920-1933 - and - it failed miserably. If anything, it made alcohol more popular. Prohibition, in general, also means to prohibit something via law ...
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Strong drink at the time of St John the Baptist

There were two types of drinks back in that time. Beer and Wine. Both hardly resembled what they are today. Beer was very weak, under 4% alcohol, while wine was probably in the normal range of 12-14%. ...
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Can wine be made from all edible fruits?

Yes, wine can pretty much be made from all edible fruit, including tomatoes. But the reason we make wine out of grapes is three fold. Sugar, tannins and acids. Sugar. Grapes produce the highest ...
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Is Budweiser really the most expensive beer to brew?

The answer may be in the question you asked: it’s brewed in enormous quantities If you look at the aggregate cost, it is indeed almost certainly the most expensive beer in the world to brew and ...
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Strong drink at the time of St John the Baptist

Surely mead, honey wine, should be considered. Okay, I had to google this one: Wiki says that residual evidence has been found in northern Chinese pottery vessels dating from 6500–7000 BC, and in ...
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What wine did people drink during the Roman empire?

You have a lot of information right out of Wikipedia when searching for Ancient Rome + wine, and too much for it to be copied or gathered here. But here is some information I also learnt from History ...
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What kind of alcoholic beverages would've been common in a 1950s-1960s USA home?

What kind of alcoholic beverages would've been common in a 1950s-1960s USA home? As far as beer goes in 1950, the top brewer was Jos. Schlitz Brewing Co., produced 3.4 million more barrels than the ...
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Is the saying true that drinking absinthe drives a person insane?

The answer is no; drinking traditionally prepared absinthe causes no more brain-damge or insanity than any other alcoholic beverage... ...absinthe languished in exile for nearly a century, a ...
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How did South Australia come to have smaller measures of beer?

In short, it's because of taxation. In the Commonwealth of Australia's Parliamentary Debates of 1904 (p.8534), The Honourable Chris Watson (who went on to become the 3rd Prime Minister) made a ...
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What was the most common hard liquor of the Late Middle Ages?

I finally did a little digging. The Late Medieval Period is generally considered from 1300-1500. Whisky, did not become wide spread until the 1700s. The first recorded instance of Whisky production ...
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When, where and why did the tradition of clinking glasses and saying "cheers" or "to your health" first start?

There is the usual great stuff relating to 'Toasting'. From wikipedia - which is normally correct. I then had a quick look at snopes.com, they proclaim the following to be false: Q: Why do people ...
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What is a “Boston Particular?"

What is a “Boston Particular?” First of all here is the exact quote in question: It is almost certain that “the first Americans and Persians to interact in person” were not missionaries but “rum ...
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The King's Shilling

The origins of the King's Shilling seems to have appeared about the time of the War of 1812, because of the need for recruitment was so necessary due to the fact that the English were already at war ...
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Does anyone here still use bitters as medicine? Which ones do you use and for what ailments?

I usually use either Jägdbitters (a Jägermeister-like bitters sold at Aldi) or my family's version of Bärenjäger (which I prepare at home - nope, it's not bitters, but it was also used historicaly for ...
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Who made or makes spirits from poisonous Heracleum?

This book "Reise Um Die Erde Durch Nord-Asien und Die Beiden Oceane ..., Part 1, Volume 3 By Adolph Erman", available on googleBooks, which describes a trip to Russia in 1828-30 quotes yet another ...
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Japanese beers historic evolution

What is the evolution of brewing beer in Japan? Beer in Japan seems to have had its start in the 17th century during the Edo period when Dutch traders stationed at Dejima in Nagasaki opened a beer ...
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What is the strongest alcoholic drink that existed during the Middle Ages in Europe?

In the History and Taxonomy of Distilled Spirits There is ample evidence that distilled spirits were available during the time period you mentioned in a variety of places. We know that that Greek ...
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Is there a modern wine that is designed to resemble Noah's wine?

These guys aren't claiming that it's Noah's wine, but they are saying they are using the same methods that they used 8000 years ago to make wine and you can buy it in the Republic of Georgia. Is ...
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Is there a modern wine that is designed to resemble Noah's wine?

Karasì is not designed to resemble that of Noah's wine, but it may have some small characteristics of the grapes Noah used. Karasì, is a tribute to the 6100 year wine tradition of Armenia. Aged in ...
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How did the phrase "beer me" originate?

In the opening scene of Three's Company, S07 E20 · Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow | Apr 5, 1983, character Larry Dallas walks into the Regal Beagle and shouts to Mike the Bartender, "Beer me!"
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Carrying alcohol deep into the wood?

A bottle made of leather seems to have been commonly used, for example in Ivanhoe, by Walter Scott "The hermit only replied by a grin; and returning to the hutch, he produced a leathern bottle, ...
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Does anyone here still use bitters as medicine? Which ones do you use and for what ailments?

When I tended bar, I had several regulars who would drink club soda with a couple splashes of bitters to calm an upset stomach. But it never did anything for me personally. I don't know if it's ...
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Traditional drinks for celebrating the Feast of the Epiphany?

According to the wiki that you linked: The earliest reference to Epiphany as a Christian feast was in A.D. 361, by Ammianus Marcellinus. So, it would be pertinent to drink wines made from Italian ...
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Does anyone here still use bitters as medicine? Which ones do you use and for what ailments?

I use it when my thorat is hurting. But I also like it just by the taste of it. My favorite one is called "Hopfenbitter" example
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Has Prohibition ever worked?

No In Gujarat , A state of India There is prohibition since 1958 which has never worked and also created lots of illegal troubles as well as loss of taxes on booze. Bombay State had prohibition ...
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