Talk by Mika Laitinen

Mika Laitinen will be doing a talk at the festival this year. This time about «Taari, Karelian Farmhouse Ale», a type of farmhouse ale that used to be brewed in Karelia (eastern Finland) using the great Finnish oven.

Mika has been experimenting with this type of beer to understand the brewing process and the use of the oven, and now thinks he knows how to brew it correctly.

Mika is a Finnish author and home brewer who has written several books about beer in Finnish, and in 2019 he published Viking-Age Brew. He also runs the Brewing Nordic blog, and is an authority on Finnish farmhouse brewing and medieval brewing.

Below a photo of the oven-baked taari mash, and the bucket used for lautering.