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There is a Taz on the topic of yoshon (old grain) that says something to the effect of:

כי עיקר חיינו תלוי בשכר

While it's an awesome quote out of context, the basic pretense is that since the water might be toxic where they lived, he permitted the drinking of beer despite the concern of yoshon. I just can't seem to find the actual source, but I know that it exists. Any help with this?

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    The Taz meant that this was a staple of their diet, not that they had to drink beer because the water was unsafe (which seems to be a myth: history.stackexchange.com/a/12755). – Fred Jul 12 '15 at 18:41
  • @Fred Thanks for that info! Didn't know that... – WhoKnows Jul 12 '15 at 22:28
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Taz Yoreh Deah 293 (s'if kattan 4):

דחייו של אדם תלוי בשתית שכר

  • שכר means beer or wages? – Dude Jun 2 '16 at 5:22
  • @Dude yes. [char] – mevaqesh Jun 2 '16 at 5:28

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