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Old 03-09-2012, 12:42 AM   #1
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Man I've been looking forward to brewing this beer for months. The juniper around the Truckee Meadows usually produce the best berries around February... but I ended up waiting until now because we got hosed in the snow department.

I've got my branches littered with berries ready to go for 4 gallons of goodness. Tomorrow is going to be warm so that's when we will brew. I'll be taking plenty of photos along the way.

The Recipe:

5# US 2-row
2# Rye Malt
1# Munich Malt
0.75# Crystal 120L

0.5oz Cascade (6.9%) 60min
0.25oz Juniper Berries 60min
0.25oz Juniper Berries 15min
0.25oz Grains of Paradise 5min

1.5L starter of Wyeast 1272 Am. Ale II


The Process:

- Go to the hills and collect a backpack full of juniper branches

- Boil the majority of the branches with some berries in cheese cloth in your mash liquor... 15-30 minutes is sufficient

- Dough-in with the juniper liquor, mash 60min

- Take a couple extra branches and push them down onto the SS braid manifold so you lauter through the branches as tradition dictates

- Sparge with juniper liquor

- Follow 60 min boil schedule

This year I won't be doing salt additions and just letting the juniper liquor chemistry dictate the balance.



Sour Sahti

To make this rendition of Sahti even more experimental and awesome I will be pulling 1 gallon of the beer when it's almost at final gravity and adding wild yeast I will harvest from the juniper berries.


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Old 03-09-2012, 12:43 AM   #2
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Juniper branches from a tree that was just loaded with berries.



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Old 03-09-2012, 12:45 AM   #3
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Old 03-09-2012, 12:45 AM   #4
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Very cool. Looking forward to pictures.

 
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Old 03-09-2012, 12:51 AM   #5
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Wow very quick responses! I'll be sure to provide plenty of viewing awesomeness!
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Old 03-09-2012, 03:10 AM   #6
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Cool deal. This is one of those beers that I've been putting on the backburner.

 
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Old 03-09-2012, 04:51 AM   #7
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Cool deal. This is one of those beers that I've been putting on the backburner.
DO IT! You won't regret it.

Does juniper grow in Virginia?
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Old 03-09-2012, 08:14 AM   #8
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Why do you use Wyeast 1272? Authentic sahti has a very distinct yeasty, banana/banana bread flavor that would be hard to duplicate with 1272. Not criticizing your recipe or anything, just curious

 
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Old 03-09-2012, 11:15 AM   #9
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Sounds fantastic...good luck!

 
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Old 03-09-2012, 04:10 PM   #10
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Why do you use Wyeast 1272? Authentic sahti has a very distinct yeasty, banana/banana bread flavor that would be hard to duplicate with 1272. Not criticizing your recipe or anything, just curious
Yeah I've had it with bread yeast... but I feel that the rye, juniper and grains of paradise go so well together that I want neutral yeast that will highlight that flavor combination.

Plus I have some washed 1272 so it's free. Actually I spent $10 on supplies for this brew this year


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