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Beer History: Sahti, A Weird and Wonderful Finnish Beer

perhaps the most distinctive aspect of sahti brewing was its use of juniper. Traditionally made using a hollowed-out log known as a kuurna (in modern brewing parlance, this would equate to a lauter tun, where the grain would be separated out from the liquid wort resulting from the mashing process), the wort would be strained through juniper twigs or boughs, imparting a green, herbal flavor. The addition of hops was usually skipped in favor of this step, although some formulations contained both hops and juniper. Another peculiarity was that baker's yeast was typically used instead of a more common brewer's yeast, often imparting something of a sour flavor. More

Photo of the Day: Salmiakki Ice Cream

Photograph from blinkenpilzen on Flickr While browsing through the Serious Eats Flickr pool, this photo of a bitten chocolate-covered popsicle against a bright blue sky caught my eye as a sign of relief from the sweaty summer days to come. But upon closer look...wait, that's not chocolate-flavored—it's salmiakki-flavored, or salty licorice! And it has a licorice core! Oh sweet Jesus, that poor vanilla ice cream. Of course, if I loved licorice (and I wish I possessed such power; it makes me a bit sad to dislike a whole category of sweets) I would be singing a different tune. Alas, my taste buds have not developed a licorice-loving part yet. I'll give it a try if I'm ever in Finland.... More

Sourdough Starters

Carl T. Griffith gave his 1847 Oregon Trail sourdough starter away for free to anyone who asked or sent a self-addressed stamped envelope; he passed away in 2000 but his friends are keeping the tradition (and the sourdough starter) alive. If for some reason you'd like your sourdough starter younger or slightly more international, this site will sell you cultures from twelve different countries from Finland ("The wonderful and distinctive flavor and aroma it imparts are truly "indescribable".) to Egypt ("The bakery where this sourdough was found dated straight back to antiquity and was literally in the shadow of the pyramids. This culture could be the progeny of the one that made man's first bread and is similar to the... More

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