Full Moon Beer

It won't turn you into a werewolf (we don't think), but you might find a real difference in beer brewed by the light of a full moon. A Belgian brewery is producing a beer called Paix-Dieu in just that way.
"We made several tests and noticed that the fermentation was more vigorous, more active," explained Roger Caulier, the owner of Brewery Caulier, which began in the 1930s when his grandfather started selling homemade beer from a handcart.

"The end product was completely different, stronger, with a taste lasting longer in the mouth," he said.

The full moon speeds up the fermentation process, shortening it to five days from seven, which adds extra punch to the beer without making it harsh, according to connoisseurs.

The resulting beer is 10% alcohol, which is not unusual in Belgium. Link

(Image credit: Reuters/Thierry Roge)

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This sounds bogus. It's often said that hair grows faster during full moons because of a gravitational effect. But that's obviously nonsense, because the moon is in the same place each night - all that changes is the amount of light, and the amount of light reflected onto the moon can't affect fermentation. These people want us to believe in medieval folklore in order to sell us beer.

Of course, the moon's gravity does affect the tides, but those are affected every day in the same way, so there's no way to set up your fermenting schedule to make better use of it.
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