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Penn Profs Make Corn Spit Beer


Oh, this is gross. Our buddies at the New York Times wrote about a pair of Penn professors who joined a Delaware brewery to make some chicha, an obscure corn beer popular in South and Central America. Dr. Patrick E. McGovern, the scientific director of the Biomolecular Archaeology Laboratory, and anthropology professor Dr. Clark Erickson chewed and spit out corn into trays, converting the corn into fermentable sugars with the natural enzymes in their spit and ewwwwwwww.

The upside here is that if you've always hoped that your beer drinking would land you in the ole Gray Lady, keep that dream alive, my friend! But if you've been waiting for your corn regurgitation to get your name in print, sorry, that probably won't happen now because they just did that. Check the link for some funny mid-chew quotes, a picture of a purple corn-stained mouth and repeated use of the phrase "salivated corn"