Viking Age Brew with Mika Laitinen – BeerSmith Podcast #192

by Brad Smith on May 22, 2019 · 0 comments

Mika Laitinen joins me this week to discuss his new book Viking Age Brew about ancient farmhouse brewing techniques including Sahti beer.

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Topics in This Week’s Episode (43:53)

  • This week my guest is Mika Laitinen, author of the new book Viking Age Brew (Amazon affiliate link) about Nordic and Sahti Farmhouse Ales.
  • We first discuss the tradition of farmhouse ales, which were traditionally brewed throughout Europe using local ingredients going back 1000 years.
  • Next Mika explains the Sahti farmhouse beer style which is native to Finland and Nordic countries, and has survived in Finland due to its association with certain festivals and ceremonies.
  • We explore the handful of commercial breweries that still brew Sahti.
  • We discuss some of the unique aspects of Sahti including its lack of hops, no boil during the brewing process, and use of herbs and rye malt.
  • Mika explains how Sahti was traditionally brewed in wooden vessels using hot stones. He also shares typical ingredients used including juniper.
  • We talk about the use of herbs, particularly juniper in the mash.
  • He shares with us techniques for brewing ancient farmhouse ales at home, along with a sample recipe.
  • Mika shares some resources where you can learn more on this topic.


Thanks to Mika Laitinen for appearing on the show and also to you for listening!
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