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Wednesday, January 30, 2013

K is for KVAS

The Rogue Speaks:


A replacement for "afternoon tea"?
 
Fifty Centuries ago(yes, FIFTY!),a bag of rye grain got wet in a Russian farmer's barn, and the grain started to grow. The farmer tried to save it to make flour. He couldn't use it to make bread, but instead he accidentally invented malt. He added some water, then he let the mixture ferment, and created the beverage known as kvas, which literally means "leaven." Kvas(kbac in Russian) is made in a manner similar to making beer, but it has a very low alcohol content. The main ingredient, of course is rye bread. Kvas is loaded with vitamin B, and is considered a healthy source of energy. This slightly fizzy beverage is so healthy that it is even given to children, and is recommended for increasing muscle weight. It is even a germicide!

Started drinking kvas as a child!
 
Kvas has been drunk in most Slavic countries as well as in ex-Soviet states since ancient times. In some countries, it is sold on the street by kvas vendors. There is a famous saying, "Bad kvas is better than good water."
"Get your icy cold kvas here!!!"
 
Coca Cola has begun bottling and selling kvas in New York, in hopes that it will catch on in America.

 
That's the end of my lesson for this week's Alphabe-Thursday! I hope you will remember the word KVAS, and use it the next time you play Scrabble. I've been playing a lot of Scrabble online lately because I can play with only one hand. It will never replace golf as my favorite pastime, though. Oh, and by the way,  there is an ART to brewing, and the first photo is a lovely ARTistic still life, so once again, ART+ART=ART!!

23 comments:

Splendid Little Stars said...

yes, that is a beautiful still life!
I've never heard of kvas, but I'd certainly try it!

Tracy said...

It never ceases to amaze me how I learn from blogging. I hope some day to experience Kvas thank you for sharing

Tracy said...

It never ceases to amaze me how I learn from blogging. I hope some day to experience Kvas thank you for sharing

Naperville Now said...

excellent K post! who knew from rye bread?

JDaniel4's Mom said...

I have never heard of this before. I will have to look for it.

Lola said...

Hi Judie!

What a kool idea - must look out for it!

Have a great Alphabe-Thursday and weekend too,

Visiting from Alphabe-Thursday

Gattina said...

What an interesting post ! I had never heard of Kvas, but I know the drink under another name and they use to drink it in Germany too.

Sarah~Magnolia Surprise said...

I hadn't heard of Kvas, but it sounds like it would be a good replacement for those awful energy drinks!

Carol L McKenna said...

What a great post for K ~ sounds yummy and I want one ~ soon ~ Great shots ~

Carol of A Creative Harbor ^_^

Rocky Mountain Woman said...

I will look for it, but I'll bet it will be about five years before it gets to Utah...

EG CameraGirl said...

I love it when I learn something new. I wonder when kvas will be available in Canada. Hmmm.

Jo said...

and the kvas label is fabulous art as well!

JJ said...

I have not heard of KVAS, but I have a tiny microbrew station in my home. I brew stouts, porters, and brown ales, and they are loaded with vitamin B!

Judy SheldonWalker said...

I have never heard of Kvas so was thrilled to learn something new.

storybeader said...

Sounds great! I love Russian rye bread! I'll have to keep my eyes out for it in the stores. Things are slow to arrive in Oklahoma though... {:-Deb

Pondside said...

I'll try most anything once - but I don't know about this!

Scudds Harrison said...

If we have this here in Thailand, I will definitely try them but who knows;)

Thanks for sharing such a wonderful post.

hugs,
scudds

st said...

i want to be that post menopausal lady on the balance beam!

Jamie said...

Interesting "K" post. I have never heard of KVAS before!

Annesphamily said...

I always learn something fun here! Thanks for your terrific share! Good to see you and wish you a wonderful weekend! Hugs Anne

Neil said...

I saw a Discovery Channel program on how Western civilization was built on beer, starting in ancient Egypt. Now I've never heard of Kvas before, but it sounds like it has the same health giving properties as ancient beer.
I'll drink to that!

Jenny said...

How kool!

I've never heard of Kvas...I love how 'up' on everything you are, Miss Judie!

It would be fun to try a sample...I'm not always a fan of 'malt' type drinks but it sounds like it would be worth a try!

Hope you're feeling a little better!

Hugs and A+

Ames said...

Hey,

I've made my own wine before...called it hooch and it would knock yer socks off. But beer is not my drink of choice. If Kvas is like vodka, sign me up for the taste test.

Hey. How you doing up there?

:)