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Researchers Developing Cancer-Fighting Beer 283

CWmike writes "Ever picked up a cold, frosty beer on a hot summer's day and thought that it simply couldn't get any better? Well, think again. A team of researchers at Rice University in Houston is working on helping Joe Six Pack fight aging and cancer with every swill of beer." Thank you science! Now we just need cigarettes that cure baldness.
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Researchers Developing Cancer-Fighting Beer

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  • by Joce640k ( 829181 ) on Wednesday October 22, 2008 @08:19PM (#25476749) Homepage

    Guinness is full of yummy flavonoids which zap oxidants and help protect against cancer.

  • by pushing-robot ( 1037830 ) on Wednesday October 22, 2008 @08:29PM (#25476845)

    Because they're using yeast to produce resveratrol, beer seems a logical choice of beverage. Besides, I think they're targeting that vast group of Americans who think it's unpatriotic to drink water.

  • Re:Obligatory. (Score:1, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday October 22, 2008 @09:03PM (#25477115)
  • Re:So true (Score:2, Informative)

    by diskofish ( 1037768 ) on Wednesday October 22, 2008 @10:25PM (#25477655)
    Guinness is more than that. It's the beer that all other Irish stouts are compared against. Sure there are always better examples of the style out there, but there are also a lot that are worse. As for the home brew thing, I've had a lot of really terrible home brew.
  • Re:Baldness (Score:3, Informative)

    by schon ( 31600 ) on Wednesday October 22, 2008 @10:26PM (#25477663)

    We were going to give you the blue shirt, but that wouldn't tell the audience that you're about to die.

    To boldly go, don't you see?
    It's just a ploy, it's a fucking conspiracy!

    The final frontier is just a lie
    that kills thousands every year!

    You and me, don't you see?
    Brain washed at the fucking Academy.

    This red shirt, I'll say it loud -
    It ain't nothing but a fucking death shroud!

    The red shirts are dying
    The red shirts are dying

    The red shirts are dying
    I ain't lying
    What they're selling you're buying
    While the Captain's satisfying his itch in a ditch
    with some green-skinned bitch
    And the Federation grows increasingly rich!

    From Warp 11 []

  • by rrhal ( 88665 ) on Wednesday October 22, 2008 @10:56PM (#25477881)
    You can buy their Yeat strain from any well stocked Home brew supply - one of the promenent Yeast labs has it.
  • Re:Rice? (Score:5, Informative)

    by UncleFluffy ( 164860 ) on Wednesday October 22, 2008 @11:13PM (#25477981)

    The brewer posted the recipe online some time ago (Free as in Beer Speech) so you can always make your own:

    All Grain Recipe - Pliny the Elder ::: 1.074/1.012 (6 Gal)

    Grain Bill

    • 12 lbs. - 2 Row Pale Malt (American)
    • 1 lb. - Corn Sugar
    • 1/3 lb. - Crystal Malt (45L)
    • 1 lb. - CaraPils Malt

    Hop Schedule

    • 1.5 oz - Chinook (First Wort or Mash Hop)
    • 2.75 oz - Warrior (90 Min.)
    • .5 oz - Chinook (90 Min.)
    • 1 oz - Simcoe (45 Min.)
    • 1 oz - Columbus (30 Min.)
    • 2.25 oz - Centennial (Flameout)
    • 1 oz - Simcoe (Flameout)
    • 3.25 oz - Columbus (Dry Hop)
    • 1.75 oz - Centennial (Dry Hop)
    • 1.75 oz - Simcoe (Dry Hop)


    • White Labs California Ale Yeast (WLP001) - 1800 ml starter


    • Mash at 150 to 152 for 60 min.
    • Sparge as usual
    • Boil for 90 minutes (remember to compensate your water if you normally do 60 min boils)
    • Cool and ferment at 66 to 68
  • by KiloByte ( 825081 ) on Thursday October 23, 2008 @04:39AM (#25479461)


    Yeah, Budweiser from Budweis (sometimes called Budvar), not watered horse piss from Anheuser-Busch.

  • by laughing_badger ( 628416 ) on Thursday October 23, 2008 @04:40AM (#25479469) Homepage

    Do not underestimate the potential of nanobears with regards to their ability to fight diseases like cancer. I for one welcome our microscopic ursine overlords.


  • by Sloppy ( 14984 ) on Thursday October 23, 2008 @10:42AM (#25481901) Homepage Journal

    That's a great example of an obsolete joke. It was funny in the 1970s, because it was true. Nowdays it makes you go "huh?" instead of laugh, because it doesn't make any sense. When you sip on some of those west coast IPAs or barleywines, you sometimes wonder if there's any water in it at all. "Geez, did they just put some malt and hops into a hydraulic press?"

    Some say it was because of Carter repealing the homebrew prohibition in 1978, but I think America went from one of the worst countries for beer to one of the best, because of that joke. It was just too damn embarrassing and our national prestige was at stake. It's like the Monty Python guys accused us all of having small penises or something, but instead of going out and buying a big truck or fast sportscar, we bought a bigger penis.

    But anyway, anyone who doesn't realize how hopelessly obsolete the joke is, needs to try some American beer again. It's been 30 years: go ahead and have a second sip.

  • Re:Bread? (Score:3, Informative)

    by Guido von Guido ( 548827 ) on Thursday October 23, 2008 @11:05AM (#25482237)
    Even if heat didn't break it down, yeast in bread does not have a lot of time to produce reservatrol. There's also not a lot of free sugar in bread for the yeast to eat. So you're probably not going to get much reservatrol out of bread even before it breaks down from the heat.

Machines that have broken down will work perfectly when the repairman arrives.