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Bread made from 40 million year old yeast?

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austintexican

Bread made from 40 million year old yeast?

I was reading about this scientist who was able to revive some 40 million year old yeast and is currently partnered with a brewer to make beer from it. He said he considered making bread, but chose beer instead.

I did some googling, but was unable to find out if he let someone else try to make bread from his yeast cultures. I think it would be amazing if there was actually bread out there using prehistoric yeast!

Has anyone here heard about this or know if there have been any attempts?

Here's the article

arlo's picture
arlo

I haven't heard of this particular circumstance, but I did read years ago about someone using a wild yeast strand from the Egyptians to make bread again.

Interesting article though, thank you!

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AnnaInMD

in Scientific American.  Even a search here might show something.

anna

 

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jcking

In the beginning of the article yeast is mentioned. Yet in the petri dish he found bacteria. Yeast and bacteria are two different things; I'm confused.

Jim

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RonRay

But, did you read the whole 2 page article?

Ron

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jcking

no

Jim

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jcking

Sorry I didn't realise there was a page two (too early in the morn?). From other articles I've read there are thousands of wild yeast, very few identified. There would be, at this time, no way to say if the yeast they found is still around.

Jim

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RonRay

But, given the "questionable" patent laws of today, any unregistered genetic sequence can be patented... :(

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jcking

Any thoughts of using the dregs in Trapist Ale for a sourdough starter?

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AnnaInMD

a CA trip :)

 

 

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jd

Should we also use Jurassic salt? :-D

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austintexican

Sure, why not? :D