Ss Brewing Technologies Giveaway!

Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > Recipes/Ingredients > Sahti beer: Use the right Juniper!
LinkBack Thread Tools
Old 01-13-2013, 02:56 PM   #1
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Cremella (Italy)
Posts: 147
Liked 5 Times on 5 Posts
Likes Given: 1

Default Sahti beer: Use the right Juniper!

Hi everybody!

I've recently saw one episode of brewing tv regardind the production of sahti, a finnish beer made with juniper. This video scared me a lot when I saw what kind of juniper they were using!
Than I saw also here that some people posted picture of the same kind of juniper, so I want to share you this information because I think is very important.

there are two kind of juniper that makes berry:

1- Juniperus communis: is the one used in kitchen or for the production of Gin,They are evergreen with needle-like and scale-like leaves. This one is good!

2- Juniperus virginiana is one variety of Juniperus Sabina and is compleatly different. You can easly recognise it by looking at the shapes of the leaves:

Compleatly different compared with the first one.

Pay attention that Juniper Sabinas is POISONOUS! You mustn't use it in any kind of recipe. it can cause: violent irritation of the digestive tract with sore mouth and throat, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain.

Please pay attention of what kind of juniper you are using, the Sabina one and the Virginiana are very similar! I don't know if the Sabinas doesn't grow in USA but here in Europe It's very common. We call It "witch plant" because of its dangerousness.

SamBrewer is offline
BorealBrewer Likes This 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 01-13-2013, 04:13 PM   #2
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Reno_eNVy's Avatar
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Reno, Nevada
Posts: 6,220
Liked 195 Times on 164 Posts
Likes Given: 62


I've been brewing Sahti for a couple years now using the juniper available in the Great Basin and Sierra Nevada area, which is Juniperus californica which also produces berries.

My recipe even won it's category and came in 2nd place in Best in Show last year. If you're looking for a tried and true recipe, check it out here

Primary: air and sadness =(

Kegged: Cascadian Dark Ale

Bottled: English Barleywine (brewed 9/26/09 -- bottled 5/5/10)

Reno_eNVy is online now
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 01-13-2013, 04:56 PM   #3
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Join Date: Nov 2012
Location: Winnipeg, MB
Posts: 244
Liked 51 Times on 39 Posts
Likes Given: 102


Thanks for sharing the juniper info, SamBrewer!

Here in MB, we've got two species, j. communis, and j. horizontalis. Horizontalis is closely related to j. virgianus, making me think communis is the way to go as I look forward to brewing some springtime sahti!


Boreal Brewer

-"Son, you can't sing or dance, I don't like your writing, and you can't draw a picture to save your life. But you make a fine beer!" An 80 year old friend

BorealBrewer is offline
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message

Quick Reply
Thread Tools

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
All-Grain - Sahti (Finnish Juniper Ale) -- 1st Place Cat. 23, 2nd place Best in Show Reno_eNVy Specialty Beer 102 09-15-2014 01:55 PM
The Sahti Saga: Brewing a Finnish Traditional Beer shanecb General Beer Discussion 6 10-07-2011 04:18 PM
All grain Juniper Smoked Malt Rye Beer BODWB All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 3 07-20-2011 01:49 PM
Juniper berries in a dark beer Polifemo Recipes/Ingredients 9 11-23-2009 01:06 AM
Rye beer w/ Juniper...Like Finnish Sahti? Kitchi Gumee Recipes/Ingredients 8 09-12-2008 12:00 AM