Vegemite beer could be good for society.
There is a myth about Vegemite. It is assumed by many Australians to be unique. This isn't the case. Marmite and Bovril are the same product. It is yeast residue, the stuff at the bottom of the container when you brew your own beer with a lot of salt added.
Of course, the yeast is dormant and can still be activated. This is the case despite Vegemite spread being sterilized. The tasty "treat" is banned in Victorian prisons because it can be used to make an alcoholic concoction loosely called beer. Scientists actually made beer with Vegemite to prove that this is possible. Vegemite acted as a booster in the fermentation process. This made it possible for basic raw materials to be used to make beer.
There is one proviso: some natural yeast has to be obtained from somewhere else. Yeast naturally occurs on the skin of fruit and berries, so it is easy to get. Just get some flour and add water. It will start fermenting in a few days, so the prison ban is meaningless.
Ironically, a liter of Vegemite beer costs $0.24 to make. This compares to $1.28 for commercial beer. There could be a whole new market out there for an entrepreneur to begin manufacturing Vegemite beer for the ordinary consumer.
◆ Chemistry by Ty Buchanan ◆
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