Viking Food Guy

Recreating the food and drink of the Viking Age (and others)

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If you have any interest in brewing in general, or Viking brewing specifically, check out the awesome work that Magnus is doing at The Draughts Are Deep.  So cool.  I’m hoping to be able to try his method for both small beer (brauð) and a stronger ale (öl) soon.  I might be able to get […]

As those of you who have read my past postings surely know, I think that fermentation is not only a) really neat but b) key to understanding what Viking food was like.  One of the best resources for those wanting to learn about fermentation at home is Sandor Katz’s book Wild Fermentation: The Flavor, Nutrition, […]

Projects

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Right now I’m planning on trying some new bread and dairy projects.  Last year I tried making some Ålandskt svartbröd, and just recently I found a reference to it having been described as sour “in the old days” as opposed to the sweet bread that is made today.  The modern version uses molasses and treacle, […]

Almost there

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I think I’m just about ready for the camping event this weekend.  I got a new batch of sahti started over the weekend (actually two, a strong and a “small” sahti from the first and second runnings).  The Aland black bread is baked, I’ve got lots of hard tack, and a new batch of pickled […]

In this article on traditional sahti brewing, the author mentions that some very traditional “sahti masters” do all their mashing in wooden tubs, and use heated stones added directly to the mash to raise it’s temperature rather than heating the water.  Hmmmm.  Given the typical sizes of the vessels found in a Viking context, this […]

My class is tomorrow, and I think I’m as prepared as I’m going to be.  The skyr, sauerkraut, bread, and beer are done.  I’ve got stuff to make more kraut for the class, as well as to cook up some salt fish with leeks.  The class handout is done, and posted here as a new […]

Over the weekend I started my third batch of sahti, which is essentially the folk small-beer of Finland, and what at least one author refers to as one of the oldest living beer styles.  I haven’t had a chance to try and construct the traditional mash tun made from a hollow log, so I had […]

Brewing

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In the last few months, I’ve started trying to do some brewing, in ways that fit with the Viking aesthetic.  I started thinking about what modern craft brewing (which I’ve done, and I love) does or doesn’t have in common with brewing as the Vikings must have done it.  The reality is, I don’t think […]