Sahti, an old, home-brewed Finnish beer, characterized for the first time

23 junio 2015

Scientists considered that it’s high time to finally scientifically characterize sahti beer. The sweet and strong sahti with its exceptionally rich combination of fruity flavors has been brewed in Finland for hundreds of years. To successfully recreate sahti-style beer a craft brewer outside Finland should have an idea of what it should taste like. This is complicated by the fact that sahti doesn’t travel well: it’s prone to spoilage. The study clearly shows that sahti beer differs from modern commercial beers in almost every respect. The twelve beers sampled were all very strong, very sweet and had flavors at concentrations as much as 10-fold greater than in the modern beers used as references.