1. Tradition has it that cider-makers would fling a dead rat into a vat of fermenting cider - when the rat had completely dissolved, fermentation was complete.

    Wednesday, 22-Aug-12 19:07:59 UTC from web
    1. @thelastgherkin Those... RAT cherriesS. *Bah-dun-tis*

      Wednesday, 22-Aug-12 19:08:54 UTC from web
      1. @nixter I don't get it. Also, please don't swear.

        Wednesday, 22-Aug-12 19:09:54 UTC from web
        1. @thelastgherkin I didn't know kiwi counted as a swear word... Well there is a saying when people would do something without others knowing that would be hindering or otherwise unpleasant and then when they found out they would call them 'rat grapess' so I figured since they threw in a dead rat into their cider it would be fitting.

          Wednesday, 22-Aug-12 19:12:06 UTC from web
          1. @nixter Oh, right. I thought you were having a go at dead rats for some reason. Talk about kicking them while they're down.

            Wednesday, 22-Aug-12 19:13:36 UTC from web
            1. @thelastgherkin Naw, man. I love rats! And mice.

              Wednesday, 22-Aug-12 19:15:12 UTC from web
    2. @thatonestocking It also has something to do with kickstarting the fermentation process by adding that delicious dead rat protein.

      Wednesday, 22-Aug-12 19:12:53 UTC from web