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Old 04-18-2012, 09:41 PM   #11
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Hmmm.. well it's not Juniperus virginiana, those don't grow that far North.

I have to run out for a bit but when I'm back I'll find the map that intersects your area.
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Old 04-20-2012, 01:27 AM   #12
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I talked with Seppo today...he has not seen juniper around here. Maybe it was ornamental, the stuff I saw up north. I'll pay for shipping and your time Reno. When is best for harvest?

I plan to harvest some wintergreen this fall. Not sure if you have/want that but...trade?

*edit* Seppo told me a Sahti party story from the old country when I brought it up. Sounds like they drank it flat and amongst many well endowed rather loose women. Does that match your experience?

 
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Old 04-20-2012, 04:17 AM   #13
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I talked with Seppo today...he has not seen juniper around here. Maybe it was ornamental, the stuff I saw up north. I'll pay for shipping and your time Reno. When is best for harvest?

I plan to harvest some wintergreen this fall. Not sure if you have/want that but...trade?

*edit* Seppo told me a Sahti party story from the old country when I brought it up. Sounds like they drank it flat and amongst many well endowed rather loose women. Does that match your experience?
Well SWMBO is well endowed and loose for me but we don't drink it flat. Just low carb, just more than it would be naturally when they would drink it young at weddings.
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Old 04-23-2012, 10:30 PM   #14
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So, is it best to wait until fall to harvest the juniper, or is it fine to go at it in the spring?

 
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Old 04-23-2012, 10:54 PM   #15
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In my experience the juniper is awesome late-winter through spring. And being in Boulder I'm sure you could find some good looking ones no problem.
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Old 05-12-2012, 02:21 AM   #16
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I am thinking of brewing a Sahti for my holiday brew this winter. However I wanted to try and use the Finnish bakers yeast. Problem is, I can not seem to find anyplace online to buy it. Has anyone every tracked this stuff down? Where can I get it?

 
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Old 05-12-2012, 02:47 AM   #17
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I am thinking of brewing a Sahti for my holiday brew this winter. However I wanted to try and use the Finnish bakers yeast. Problem is, I can not seem to find anyplace online to buy it. Has anyone every tracked this stuff down? Where can I get it?
That's a good question. I believe this is one of those incredibly hard to find ingredients. Maybe if you know any Finnish families who like doing traditional dishes? Or a Scandinavian store (seems more probable if you live in the midwest.)
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Old 05-23-2012, 04:40 AM   #18
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Good luck searching it. I tried to find it from the finnish webstores, but there just isn't any, because you can get your bakers yeast from every store around here.
I should probably start doing business and selling cheap bakers yeast for high price abroad.

Actually I'd suggest that you guys first try to brew it with your local baking yeast with traditional methods including: very short to none boiling, multirest and long mashing and no carbonation. Juniper branches are ok, some brewers use them and some doesn't. Same goes with the ryemalt.
Remember to drink it young and keep it cold, it goes infected very, very easy.
Oh and don't forget to build your own "kuurna", here's some pictures (yes it's finnish I know) http://sahti.vuodatus.net/blog/category/KUURINA+MALLEJA

 
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Old 05-23-2012, 03:59 PM   #19
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Thanks for the info, Arska! I've given consideration to using bread yeast, multirest mashing, and no carb. The issue there for me is that my batches never go fast. It takes a while to go through 5 gallons unless I give a ton away so infection would be a near guarantee. Maybe I'll try a 1 gallon side batch next time.

And yes, I most certainly plan on making a kuurna once I have a place to work on it and store it. I'm currently in a townhouse apartment, so that's not happening.
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Old 06-15-2012, 10:29 PM   #20
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Hey Reno, I'd love to take you up on the offer to ship juniper boughs. How much would it cost? I'm Swedish and I want to try brewing this.
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