Kveik (click here for pronunciation) is a dialect word for "yeast" in Norwegian ("gjær" is the common word for "yeast" in Norwegian ), and today specifically refers to non-purified yeast that has been reused for generations in traditional Norwegian farmhouse brewing. The term "kveik" does not refer to a style of beer, but only the yeast used in traditional Norwegian farmhouse brewing (Garshol has encouraged brewers brewing non-farmhouse styles with kveik to call them "X Style Beer Brewed with Kveik" or something similar ). The word "kveik" is specifically used in the western part of Norway for family-owned, non-purified yeast, while other words such as "gjester" are used by central Norwegians, "gong" is used by locals in eastern Norway, "family yeast" is used by some Lithuanian brewers, and "hemjäst" is used by locals in Gotland. The term "landrace yeast" has been proposed to refer to kveik as well as other non-kveik farmhouse yeast cultures (for example, Simonaitis) . Kveik yeast are extremely diverse genetically, presenting characteristics that are not typical in other brewing yeasts . Most farmhouse brewers have started buying their yeast, but some kveik cultures have been passed down from generations and inherited by modern farmhouse brewers in Norway who still use this yeast today and brew with traditional farmhouse methods. Much of the knowledge about kveik and historical farmhouse brewing in Norway has been researched and publicized by Lars Marius Garshol on his blog, Larsblog, and in the book Beer and Brewing Traditions in Norway by Odd Nordland (1969). In recent years kveik cultures have been sent to yeast labs for propagation and distribution to brewers around the world . The use of kveik is one of the many traditional methods still used by a few farmhouse brewers and homebrewers in Norway, along with other historical methods such as infusing the mash or boil with juniper, not filtering, using short fermentations to achieve low carbonation, the use of wood-fired copper or iron kettles, and sometimes not boiling the wort (Raw Ale) .
Farmhouse yeasts from other countries such as Lithuania and Russia have been found to be both genetically different and express different fermentation profiles than the kveik yeasts of Norway, and are therefore not referred to as "kveik". We include those yeasts on this wikipage and refer to them for now as "landrace yeasts". See the Farmhouse Yeasts in Other Countries section below.
For another comprehensive list of kveik and other landrace farmhouse yeasts, see also the Farmhouse Yeast Registry maintained by Lars Garshol.
"I see this is about to become a myth, so just to clear things up: kveik is not a style of beer. It's farmhouse yeast." ~ Lars Marius Garshol, December 29, 2016 
- 1 Brief History and Description of Kveik
- 2 Recent Yeast Lab Analysis and Commercial Availability
- 2.1 Sigmund Gjernes's Voss Kveik
- 2.2 Svein Rivenes's Voss Kveik
- 2.3 John Nornes's Voss Kveik
- 2.4 Bjarne Muri's Olden Farmhouse Yeast
- 2.5 Stein Langlo's Stranda Kveik
- 2.6 Terje Raftevold's Hornindal Kveik
- 2.7 Olav Gausemel's Hornindal Kveik
- 2.8 The Lida kveik
- 2.9 Lars Andreas Tomasgard, Hornindal
- 2.10 Dagfinn Wendelbo's Lærdal kveik
- 2.11 Hans Haugse's Granvin kveik
- 2.12 Sigurd Johan Saure's Sykkylven kveik
- 2.13 Ebbegarden, Stordal
- 2.14 Framgarden, Stordal
- 2.15 Midtbust, Stordal
- 2.16 Jarle Nupen, Eidsdal
- 2.17 Jakob Torp Årset, Geiranger
- 2.18 Eitrheim-kveiken, Hardanger
- 2.19 Wollsæter
- 3 In Other Countries
- 4 Relevant Larsblog Posts and MTF Content
- 5 Kveik Ring/Kveikstokk
- 6 Videos
- 7 See Also
- 8 References
Brief History and Description of Kveik
Kveik was passed down from generation to generation within the family, and also shared among fellow brewers in the region. In this way, kveik evolved differently than the two major beer yeast genetic groups that are used in industrialized brewing. While mostly POF-, a trait that is selected for in many beer yeast strains that prevents the yeast from producing 4-vinylguaiacol phenol, other traits are reflective of how this yeast was used by traditional farmhouse brewers of the region. For example, as far back as 1621 (and probably prior), kveik was often stored dry on wooden logs called "kveikstokker" for up to a year or longer. Kveik was typically inoculated directly into the wort by submerging the kveikstokker into the wort at 30-40°C. The wort was often high gravity of around 1.080 SG, and the beer was served just after 1-2 days of fermentation beginning at this hot inoculation temperature. The kveik was then taken from the fermenter and dried until its next use. If the kveik went sour or died, brewers would borrow kveik from their neighbors, which was another way of preserving kveik through the centuries. Kveik was sometimes also used to ferment bread. It has been proposed by Preiss et al. (2018) that this treatment has produced yeast strains that are genetically distinct phenotypically from other domesticated yeast strains used in industrial brewing in Europe .
Farmers seemed to have different preferences for top or bottom collecting their kveik for storage . Kveik was stored in many ways. It was often stored in bottles with water or in a well. It was also dried on straw rings, on linen, or pieces of wood with holes drilled through them called "yeast logs". Often ashes were used to help dry the kveik quickly, or in the case of yeast logs, were lowered into the fermentation vessel to collect the yeast and then rolled in flour and allowed to dry for a few minutes, then dipped again to repeat the process. The log was then hung to dry. Although dried kveik was said to last for months or maybe longer, fresh kveik was always preferred and often given away to those who needed new kveik (moldy kveik was thrown away) .
At one time kveik was the only available form of yeast in Norway (and, of course, similar methods for reusing yeast were used all over the world prior to Emil Chr. Hansen's introduction of the pure-yeast system in 1883). However, the existence of kveik has mostly disappeared in recent times. Today kveik remains in the districts of Hardanger, Voss, Sogn, Nordfjord, and Sunnmøre, at least. Kveik is only used by homebrewers who still brew in the traditional methods of Norwegian farmhouse brewing, although the recent spreading of kveik throughout the world has led to a resurgence in its usage to make various types of beer, including non-farmhouse style beers .
Sensory and Fermentation Profile
Kveik is not a single type of yeast. In fact, very likely the different kveik cultures don't even belong to the same species. So the term "kveik" means "ancestral non-lab yeast" rather than any specific strain of yeast or any specific characteristic of the yeast itself. Further, only a small fraction of the kveik cultures that exist have been sampled so far, so what is described here applies only to the cultures explored so far. The ones that still exist only "in the wild" may not fit this description.
The general flavor profile of kveik yeast is ester-driven, although a wide range of differences exist between strains. Kveik in its traditional form is usually a blend of closely related strains. The "Stranda" kveik was described as "lemon, nuts, grain, and straw" by Lars Marius Garshol. The "Hornindal kveik" with bacteria was described as "fruity, milky caramel, honey, and mushroom with a very unique aroma". The "Muri kveik" was described as "earthy on the nose, and fruity tasting with hints of rubber and sulfur and a thinner mouthfeel than the others" .
Omega Yeast Labs describes their two isolates as being non-phenolic and fruity, and complimenting of American citrus hops. They also note that the yeast has a very high temperature range (~68-98°F or ~20-37°C), attenuates high, tends to flocculate well, and also tends to ferment faster at the mid to high temperature ranges, while producing similar ester profiles throughout the entire temperature range.
Richard Preiss from Escarpment Laboratories shared his sensory notes after doing trial fermentations with various kveik strains/cultures. Fermentations were at 30°C in standard wort (1.050, 20IBU) with single strains, not the mixed cultures. 2/3 tasters were blind to the beers and order prior to tasting. This is a single data point on sensory information :
- Sykkylven 1 - clean, fruity, malty, rum-like. big, round, malty, slightly hot
- Sykkylven 2 - subtle fruit, malt accented, slightly lagery-sulfury, lightly floral. medium body
- Laerdal 2 (Laerdal 1 - data not available) - Lightly fruity, slight rubber, floral, sweet taste
- Stranda 1 - citrus, red apple, very clean and dry, balanced
- Stordal (framgarden) 1 - big citrus ester, slightly hot, red apple, floral, malty
- Stordal (framgarden) 2 - red apple, slight crisp/sulfury (pleasant) lagery character, floral, slight tropical fruit, slight tartness
- Stordal (ebbegarden) 1 - rum-like, slightly hot, medium mixed esters, round and malty
- Stordal (ebbegarden) 2 - Christmasy, citrus, red apple, floral, clean and balanced flavour
- Muri 1 - Earthy, herbal, sulfury, apple, pear, very slight clove, not super dry despite ridiculous attenuation (~95%)
- Voss (Gjernes) 1 - Orange, floral, balanced flavour, good body
- Voss (Gjernes) 2 - Cidery, floral, slight earthiness, slight orange, clean, dry
- Hornidal 1 - Tropical, pineapple, rum-like, caramel, citrus, balanced malt/hop
- Hornidal 2 - Floral, rose-like, sulfury, orange, rum-like, very malt accented
- Hornidal 3 - Orange, red apple, rum-like, caramel, balanced
- Granvin 1 - Lower intensity orange, red apple, slight pineapple, textbook “Kveiky”, balanced
- Granvin 2 - Balanced esters, not as intense - citrus, slight (pleasant) sulfur, dry and thin
- Granvin 3 - very muted aroma, clean flavour
- Granvin 4 - floral (rose), honey, slight diacetyl, medium-low esters, complex but not necessarily good
- Granvin 5 - light fruit, light floral, rubber, sweet taste.
- Granvin 6 - fruity, floral, rum-like, citrus, slight diacetyl, balanced flavour
- Granvin 7 - Slight fruity, very thin and astringent
- WLP001 (control) - very fusely/hot, subtle floral note.
Note regarding Granvin strains: Preiss is still trying to sort out which Granvin yeasts are duplicates and which are unique.
- MTF thread with tips and experiences with various low pitching rates with different kveik cultures.Archive
- MTF thread on dry hopping at warmer temperatures when fermenting with kveik.
- MTF thread on getting nail polish from some kveik cultures and where that might come from.
- Richard Preiss recommendations on avoiding sulfur in kveik fermentations.
Lactic Acid Bacteria Contaminations
Some of the kveik cultures that are not isolated cultures have reportedly been contaminated with lactic acid bacteria. These contaminations probably occurred during handling of the yeast at some point. See Justin Amaral's statements regarding this issue. The lactic acid bacteria found in contaminated kveik cultures can be inhibited by ~10 IBU .
Recent Yeast Lab Analysis and Commercial Availability
Thanks to efforts by Lars Marius Garshol and Håken Hveem, and Norwegian farmhouse brewers Svein Rivenes, Sigmund Gjernes, Bjarne Muri, Terje Raftevold, and others, kveik has been made commercially available to brewers around the world. Much of the analysis has been performed by the National Collection of Yeast Cultures (NCYC). See also the Kveik Registry being maintained by Lars Marius Garshol.
- MTF feedback on the NTNU analysis.
- Updates to the Escarpment Laboratories (Preiss et al.) analysis on MTF. and their published paper "Traditional Norwegian Kveik Are a Genetically Distinct Group of Domesticated Saccharomyces cerevisiae Brewing Yeasts".
In general, most of the cultures of kveik that have been analyzed contain more than one strain of S. cerevisiae, which was the only species in all of the kveik cultures analyzed by Preiss et al. (2018) except for the Muri kveik. The Muri kveik contains a single isolate of what appears to be a domestic (human produced) hybrid between S. cerevisiae, S. eubayanus, and S. uvarum. Of the 9 kveik cultures analyzed by Preiss et al. (2018), only Muri, Simonaitis, and Stranda contained only one strain of S. cerevisiae, while all of the others contained more than one strain of S. cerevisiae up to 9 strains in the case of Granvin (see this table from the paper). Genetically, kveik yeast strains form their own group of closely related domesticated ale strains that are a subgroup of the "Beer 1" yeasts (Belgian/Germany/UK/US yeast strains) from the Gillons/White Labs (2016) study that sequenced previously known ale strains and found them to make up two genetically related groups called "Beer 1" and "Beer 2" (see Saccharomyces History of Domestication and "A family tree for brewer's yeast" by Lars Marius Garshol). The closest related domesticated strains were 3 German hefeweizen strains, however, this relation is likely just due to both groups being hybrids rather than having any historic relation .
Although whole genome sequencing of more kveik strains is needed in order to fully flesh out a family tree of kveik , based on the 6 strains that were analyzed, kveik strains seem to be divided into two related genetic groups, with the Muri, the Simonatis Lithuanian strain, and a Norwegian bread yeast falling outside of these two groups completely, which arguably categorizes them to not actually be considered "kveik". The two groups of kveik probably originated from two ancestors that were hybrids between a "Beer 1" yeast and wild yeast. Interestingly, the kveik cultures that have multiple strains have strains from both genetic groups of kveik. For example, Hornindal, Granvin, Laerdal, and Stordal Ebbergarden all contained strains from both genetic groups of kveik. Overall, their genetic diversity is wider than the genetic diversity of other "Beer 1" subgroups . See this updated family diagram of yeast.
Preiss et al. (2018) also measured the fermentation characteristics of individual kveik strains in their study, the first published data in this regard for kveik. At 86°F (30°C) they found that 11 of the 24 pure strains of kveik outperformed the best control strain (WLP002) in fermentation rate. There was still a very wide range of attenuation rates between the kveik strains (60-90%). Of the 6 strains that had their DNA sequenced, all but one of the Granvin strains fermented maltotriose. All of the strains tested were POF- (meaning they did not produce significant 4-vinylguaiacol phenol) except the Muri strain which is not genetically related to kveik. One of these Stordal Ebbegarden strains also contained a unique mutation on the FDC1 gene that results in the inability to produce phenols and has not been reported before in science. They also found that kveik strains tend to produce fatty acid esters at levels that are typical for other domesticated yeast strains, such as ethyl caproate (pineapple, tropical; threshold 0.21 ppm), ethyl caprylate (tropical, apple, cognac; threshold 0.9 ppm), and ethyl decanoate (apple; threshold 0.2 ppm). The kveik strains studied did not produce high levels of the isoamyl acetate ester (banana) and generally lower levels of the fusel alcohol isobutanol compared WLP001 and WLP002. Strangely, 5 of the 6 strains that were analyzed could form spores, which is not typical for brewers yeast .
The kveik strains studied by Preiss et al. (2018) displayed unique abilities as far as withstanding stress in their environment. Most of the strains at least doubled their growth at 43°C and grew to their maximum potential at 40°C, while the control strains WLP001, WLP002, and WLP029 showed limited growth at those temperatures. This demonstrates kveik's ability to withstand high-temperature fermentations. All strains tested died at 45°C .
Kveik strains were also demonstrated by Preiss et al. (2018) to have a higher tolerance to alcohol than some of the domesticated strains tested (WLP001, WLP002, and WLP029), as well as unique flocculation characteristics. Most of the kveik strains doubled in growth in media with 14% ABV ethanol, and about half of them doubled in growth in 16% ABV ethanol media. Half of the strains of kveik were highly flocculant, but some other strains were very poor flocculators. It is possible that since kveik is a mixed culture of several strains of yeast that the highly flocculant strains assist the others in flocculation thus diminishing for the other strains to evolve flocculation properties .
- "Where kveik comes from", an analysis of the Preiss et al. study by Lars Marius Garshol.
- MTF thread post by Richard Preiss summarizing the study's findings.
Sigmund Gjernes's Voss Kveik
The NCYC found that a sample of Sigmund Gjernes's kveik was made up of three strains of S. cerevisiae. No bacterial contamination was found. DNA fingerprinting found the strains to be closely related . See Larsblog Kveik analysis report for more information.
- NCYC 3995 - original sample of kveik containing three strains of S. cerevisiae.
- NCYC 3996 - 1st isolate in the 3995 blend.
- NCYC 3997 - 2nd isolate in the 3995 blend.
- NCYC 3998 - 3rd isolate in the 3995 blend.
Omega Yeast Labs and The Yeast Bay independently isolated one of the strains from the Voss Kveik. It is not known if these are the same strains, or which NCYC strain they correspond to. However, they are thought to be similar in their flavor profile .
- Omega Yeast Labs as "Voss Kveik" OYL-062 (commercial pitches only).
- The Yeast Bay Sigmund's Voss Kveik.
The full culture with all strains is available from Mainiacal Yeast.
Tips For Use
- Tips from Andrew Rathband and Lars Garshol on MTF.
- Ryan Brews Blog; Norwegian Table Beer review using The Yeast Bay's Voss Kveik.
- See also the Saccharomyces page for vendor tips.
- Richard Preiss recommends that Voss Kveik can go as high as 13% ABV, but also needs high nitrogen nutrients (especially for a wine fermentation) .
- Experiences with high ABV/braggots.
- Tips for using kveik in hoppy beers.
Svein Rivenes's Voss Kveik
Brewer Svein Rivenes deposited a sample of kveik in 2009 via Håken Hveem. No bacterial contamination was found . Seven strains were isolated from the blend.
- NCYC 3545 - original sample of kveik containing seven strains of S. cerevisiae.
- NCYC 3546 - 1st isolate in the 3545 blend.
- NCYC 3547 - 2nd isolate in the 3545 blend.
- NCYC 3548 - 3rd isolate in the 3545 blend.
- NCYC 3549 - 4th isolate in the 3545 blend.
- NCYC 3550 - 5th isolate in the 3545 blend.
- NCYC 3551 - 6th isolate in the 3545 blend.
- NCYC 3552 - 7th isolate in the 3545 blend.
John Nornes's Voss Kveik
Martin Warren collected a sample from brewer John Nornes in Voss in 2015. The kveik has been analyzed by NCYC, but the strains have not been assigned numbers yet.
Bjarne Muri's Olden Farmhouse Yeast
"Muri is an interspecies hybrid between S. cerevisiae and S. uvarum. Hybrids of this combination have previously been isolated from wine fermentations, but there are limited reports of any from brewing environments. S. uvarum is closely related to S. eubayanus, one of the parents of lager yeast (which is also a hybrid).
Phylogenetic analysis of the two parental genomes of Muri revealed that the S. cerevisiae parent appears to belong to the Beer2 group, and is most closely related to various English ale strains. The parent strain was therefore not related to any of the other (sequenced) kveik isolates. It is not included in the paper, but Muri is also different to e.g. the S6U S. cerevisiae × S. uvarum hybrid that was isolated from wine, where the S. cerevisiae parent groups in the Wine clade. The S. uvarum parent was most closely related to Central European S. uvarum strains used for cider making (unfortunately S. uvarum strains haven't been sequenced as much as S. cerevisiae strains).
The S. uvarum genome of Muri also contains a lot of introgressions from S. eubayanus. This is common in domesticated S. uvarum strains. Muri, for example, appears to have a chimeric chromosome 7, where half is from S. uvarum and half from S. eubayanus.
We then obtained some of the closely related S. cerevisiae and S. uvarum strains, as well as some other hybrids, and compared their phenotypic properties (with focus on those related to brewing).
Muri is POF+, diastatic (STA+), has a wide temperature range of growth, good flocculation and good ethanol tolerance.
The S. cerevisiae and S. uvarum strains that were genetically most similar to Muri also were the most similar phenotypically. These are named A241 and C995 in the paper, respectively.
We then attempted to recreate the Muri hybrid by creating new hybrids between A241 and C995.
We then compared the newly created hybrids with Muri, and found that the new hybrids were more similar to Muri than either of the parent strains. However, they still differed in some respects (e.g. low temperature wort fermentations). There are several potential reasons for this, e.g. the heterozygosity of the parent strains, the sequence divergence between Muri and the parent strains, the effect of the S. eubayanus introgressions, and the mitochondrial inheritance.
This approach of creating new hybrids that mimic an existing one might not be very valuable for the average brewer, but it is something that could be useful in researching how yeast hybrids adapt and change. For example, one could try to recontruct lager yeast in a similar fashion, and see what kind of conditions give rise to similar genetic changes that have occured in the lager yeast during the hundreds of years the hybrids have existed.
So to sum up, Muri is a hybrid and is not related to other kveik strains (there is the possibility of contamination when Bjarne tried to revive his kveik culture, but the strain is nevertheless interesting and unique). The S. cerevisiae x S. uvarum combination is rare in brewing. Muri is POF+ and diastatic, so might work well for saisons or other beer styles where 4VG and a dry finish is desired." ~ Kristoffer Krogerus summary of his published study , A Unique Saccharomyces cerevisiae × Saccharomyces uvarum Hybrid Isolated From Norwegian Farmhouse Beer: Characterization and Reconstruction.
- NCYC 4045 - One strain of Saccharomyces cerevisiae.
- Also packaged by White Labs as WLP6788 and available from Bryggselv.no. US customers can send an email to "post @ bryggselv.no". See source information on Lars Garshol's blog for brewing notes. Species currently unknown, but most closely related to bayanus / pastorianus / uvarum / arboricolus .
- As noted above, this strain is genetically not related to the other kveik strains, and thus arguably is not actually classified as "kveik" .
Stein Langlo's Stranda Kveik
- NCYC 4021 - Only one strain of S. cerevisiae could be revived from this kveik. 
- Also available from Omega Yeast Labs as "HotHead Ale" OYL-057.
Terje Raftevold's Hornindal Kveik
Terje's kveik was mixed with 2-3 other kveiks. This probably explains the wider variety of isolated strains. It also contains bacteria, and these bacteria seem to be contributing positively to the aroma (and they don't sour the beer). See "Kveik testing" and "Hornindal: interviews and collecting kveik" on Larsblog for more information.
- NCYC 4051 - the original sample of kveik containing eight strains of S. cerevisiae.
- NCYC 4058 - 1st isolate in the 4051 blend.
- NCYC 4060 - 2nd isolate in the 4051 blend.
- NCYC 4063 - 3rd isolate in the 4051 blend.
- NCYC 4064 - 4th isolate in the 4051 blend.
- NCYC 4067 - 5th isolate in the 4051 blend.
- NCYC 4068 - 6th isolate in the 4051 blend.
- NCYC 4069 - 7th isolate in the 4051 blend.
- NCYC 4070 - 8th isolate in the 4051 blend.
Two strains are packaged together as a blend by Escarpment Laboratories as their Hornindal Kveik Blend. Mainiacal Yeast Labs (contains lactic acid bacteria from the original sample) and Omega Yeast Labs (does not contain lactic acid bacteria)  sell the native blend.
Olav Gausemel's Hornindal Kveik
This is the kveik Terje Raftevold's kveik branched off from in the 1990s. Olav says he has mixed it with other kveiks 1-2 times in the meantime. It was collected for comparison purposes. Little is known about this kveik, but it is described in Rasmussen's thesis.
The Lida kveik
From Samuel Lien in Grodås, Hornindal. Collected by William Holden. Samuel got the kveik from Hans Øen, who moved from Hornindal from Faleide in Stryn, so the yeast is originally from Stryn. Øen is dead, but Lien is alive. Pitch temperature 30.
Lars Andreas Tomasgard, Hornindal
Lars Marius Garshol collected this from Lars Andreas at the Kornøl Festival. More information needed.
Dagfinn Wendelbo's Lærdal kveik
Arvid Solheim collected this kveik from Dagfinn Wendelbo at Ljøsne in Lærdal. Wendelbo lost his own kveik a couple of years ago, and got this from Per Gjermann. As far as I understand it originates with Gjermann, from the farm Stødno in Lærdal.
Hans Haugse's Granvin kveik
Originates from Hans Haugse from Granvin, Hardanger, via Einar Vestrheim and Lars Olav Muren. NCYC analysis indicates that it contains both Pichia and Saccharomyces.
Commercially available from Mainiacal Yeast.
Sigurd Johan Saure's Sykkylven kveik
Originates with brewer Sigurd Johan Saure, at Tormodgarden in Aurdal in Sykkylven. Sigurd says the yeast has definitely been reused since his great-great-grandfather's time. His great-grandfather mixed it with another yeast from a friend in the 1950s, after the yeast "got weak". Collected, but not sent to the NCYC yet.
This kveik comes from Jens Aage Øvrebust, and was collected by William Holden. Jens originally brewed raw ale, but started boiling the wort because his beer became sour now and then. Pitch at 28C, harvest yeast from the top after a couple of days. Prefers not to let the yeast go over 30. Usually ferments 4-6 days. Sent to NCYC and NTNU, but no results yet. Jens usually ferments down to an SG of 1010, because he doesn't want the beer sweet. He says the yeast has always been in the valley as far as he knows.
Appears to have an unusual relationship with hops, so beware that this yeast may accentuate the hop bitterness in your beers. Jens says he only dry-hops himself.
One strain from this kveik is available from Sleight Beer Lab.
From Petter B Øvrebust at a neighbouring farm in Stordal. Collected by William Holden. Petter still brews raw ale, pitches at 30C, ferments 2-3 days.
From Odd H Midtbust at a third farm in Stordal, collected by Lars Marius Garshol. Jens Aage Øvrebust says this yeast is pitched at 33C, and that it should be kept at this temperature during fermentation. Usually ferments about 3 days. Midtbust harvests the yeast from the top.
Commercially available from Mainiacal Yeast.
Jarle Nupen, Eidsdal
Jarle brought this kveik to the Kornøl Festival, where he gave it to Lars Marius Garshol. Jarle originally got the yeast from Tore Hjelle in Eidsdal in 1979-1980, so the yeast comes from Eidsdal. Jarle has kept the yeast ever since, and he says "I've watched it like gold." Jarle pitches at 31 degrees, and doesn't want the fermentation to go above 36 degrees. He ferments roughly 30 hours.
Jakob Torp Årset, Geiranger
Jakob brought this kveik to the Kornøl Festival, where he gave it to Lars Marius Garshol. More information needed.
Jakob Eitrheim, born 1920, has been using this kveik in Bleie since the 1950s. He says he got it from his grandfather, who lived at Eitrheim (now part of the town of Odda), but he doesn't know where it came from before that. So he claims to know the history of the yeast back to the late 19th century. Jacob ran out of yeast in the late 1950s, and got new yeast from his brother, who had the same kveik.
The yeast is pitched at 37C, and harvested from the bottom. The Eitrheim family dry it and keep it in glasses. They usually ferment 3-4 days.
Jørgen Wollsæter's kveik culture.
In Other Countries
Until the introduction of Emil Chr. Hansen's pure-yeast system in 1883, all yeast was treated in effectively the same way as kveik. However, pure lab yeast generally replaced the ancient cultures all over the world. In farmhouse brewing, the old practices continued until quite recently in several Nordic and Baltic countries. Farmhouse brewing still continues in Denmark, Finland, Sweden, Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania. As far as is known, Lithuania is the only country other than Norway in which the old yeast cultures are still alive, and used in the same way as they were in the past. See Lithuanian beer - a rough guide for more information. Genetically speaking, these yeast cultures are generally not in the same family as kveik, and thus are not referred to as "kveik". The alternative nomenclature of "landrace yeast" has been suggested by Richard Preiss.
Julius Simonaitis's yeast
One yeast has been collected from farmhouse brewer Julius Simonaitis in Joniškelis, Lithuania. It's a communal yeast that's been shared with the neighbors since time immemorial. NCYC says the yeast consists of 5 different strains. Four of these are closely related, while the fifth is quite different, and is probably a completely different strain. All seem to be Saccharomyces cerevisiae. Technically, this culture is not considered to be "kveik" because it genetically falls outside of the kveik families and because it is POF+ (phenolic producing) .
Julius pitches the yeast at 35C and top-harvests it. He ferments 12-16 hours, depending on activity.
People trading this culture have reported that there are lactic acid bacteria present in the culture. It is not known if this lactic acid bacteria was present from the source, or if it was introduced during trading. Julius Simonaitis's beers are reported to not be sour, but he uses a lot of hops in his beer and his beer is reportedly fairly bitter. DeWayne Schaaf reported that the lactic acid bacteria present in the culture he was given produced a favorable acidity. Lars Garshol is waiting on lab results to see if the lactic acid bacteria were present in the original culture .
- See this MTF thread by DeWayne Schaaf for tips and experiences with brewing with this culture, as well as links to more information about Lithuanian farmhouse brewing.
- Simonaitis "Data Collection" thread by Zach Taggart, gathering experiences with this blend from MTF'ers.
- See this MTF thread for culturing and trading project.
This is another Lithuanian strain from the Jovaru Alus brewery in the small community of Jovarai. The brewer, Aldona Udriene, discusses the history of this true farmhouse brewery in this article. She expressed in the article that she was reluctant to give up the yeast, but Omega Yeast Labs reached an agreement with her to bank the culture and offer it for sale as the product OYL-033. Omega Yeast Labs describes the yeast as, "citrusy esters and restrained phenols..." and having the, "character of lemon pith, black pepper, and a soft mouthfeel." The Omega Yeast Labs culture is a single isolate, and Lance Shaner says that there was no evidence of more than one strain of S. cerevisiae in the culture that they recieved, although there was a Lactobacillus contamination which they removed from the commercially offered Omega Yeast Labs product .
Two strains of landrace farmhouse yeast cultures from Russia were analyzed by Richard Preiss of Escarpment Laboratories referred to by the family names "Rima" and "Marina" (see this tweet and this tweet by Lars Marius Garshol pending a write up by Lars). The lab performed ITS sequencing, PCR fingerprinting, and mini 7 day ferments with these strains. Unlike kveik, all of the S. cerevisiae strains were POF+ (phenol producers).
According to the PCR fingerprinting, Rima contained at least two strains of S. cerevisiae but maybe more, as well as a strain of Pichia kudriavzevii (a fairly common beer contaminant). The first strain of S. cerevisiae was described as "fruity, relatively clean, and fermented similar to WLP001". The second strain of S. cerevisiae produced high amounts of diacetyl and under attenuated. The Pichia was described as "pretty gross and didn't attenuate much".
Marina contained what appears to be three closely related S. cerevisiae strains. They all showed pretty low attenuation after one week, but subsequent fermentations can be carried out longer. The flavors were described as "pretty neutral". There is a fourth yeast strain in the Marina that has yet to be identified .
Relevant Larsblog Posts and MTF Content
MTF "The Podcast"
- "Kveik" - what does it mean?
- How To Use Kveik.
- Kveik Registry.
- A family tree of kveik - Summary of Richard Preiss and Carolina Tyrawa's genetic research on kveik strains.
- Analysis of farmhouse yeast (kveik) - overview of master thesis by Truls C. Rasmussen that characterizes several kveik yeast species/strains.
- Kveik: Norwegian farmhouse yeast - An introduction to kveik and an initial report of DNA analysis by NCYC from 2009.
- Kveik analysis report - 2014 DNA fingerprinting of two more kveik samples sent to NCYC; one sample could not grow in the lab. The other found three closely related strains of yeast and no bacterial infection (Sigmund Gjernes's Voss Kveik).
- Brewing with kveik - Sigmund Gjernes, a homebrewer in Norway, brews traditional Norwegian farmhouse ale with kveik.
- Hornindal: interviews and collecting kveik - An attempt by Lars to collect three more samples of kveik which would not grow in the lab.
- Kveik testing - Lars brews using 5 different samples of kveik he's collected, and compares tasting notes.
- Raw ale - Definition of "raw ale", and the methods used to brew it in historical and traditional farmhouse brewing.
Norwegian Farmhouse Ale (Maltøl)
- My book on Norwegian farmhouse ale - Garshol's book on kveik and Norwegian farmhouse ale (currently available in Norwegian only).
- Norwegian farmhouse ale styles - An overview of the different styles of Norwegian farmhouse ale.
- Norwegian farmhouse ale - A brief history of traditional Norwegian farmhouse brewing (Lars refers to it as "homebrewing"), and what it is like today.
- Maltøl, or Norwegian farmhouse ale - An updated description of Norwegian farmhouse ale (broadly called "Maltøl"), substyles (Vossaøl/Hardangerøl, Råøl, Stjørdalsøl, and others), where they are being brewed today, and to what extent they preserve traditional processes,
- Norwegian Ethnological Research - Garshol's own research of the data that formed the basis for the definitive book on Norwegian farmhouse ale, Odd Nordland's "Brewing and beer traditions in Norway," published in 1969.
- Herbs in Norwegian farmhouse ale - Survey analysis of herbs used in traditional Norwegian farmhouse ale.
- Norway: climate and ingredients - Survey analysis of the distribution of brewing malts in traditional Norwegian farmhouse ale.
- MTF thread on species of juniper to use for farmhouse styles beers, and which are poisonous.
Farmhouse Ale in Other Countries
- Traditional farmhouse brewer, maltster, and Gotlandsdricke from Gotland. For farmhouse yeast in other countries, see In Other Countries above.
These are wooden carvings used to store dried kveik. Their use is simple: drag the kveik ring/kveikstokk through the krausen of a fermenting beer, and then hang the ring/kveikstokk to dry. On the next batch, the ring/kveikstokk is dunked into wort to reactivate the yeast . Note that not all yeast reacts well to drying. Kveik has this exceptional ability. For example, Brettanomyces is known to not be tolerant of drying/desiccation .
Kveik rings for sale:
- Tim Oelke of Suds n' Sawdust offers kveik rings in the US for sale.
- William Holden offers kveik rings for sale in EU.
- MTF thread on building a kveik ring.
- MTF thread with images of using a kveikstokk.
- Poppyland Brewer instructions on how to build a kveik ring.
- Instructions on building a kveik ring and history information by George Hart.
- "Brewing with kveik" by Lars Garshol, with an example of using a yeast ring.
- "Kveik: Norwegian farmhouse yeast" by Lars Garshol, with images of ancient kveikstokk.
- MTF thread on an old kveik ring from Vågå that was sent to hopefully revive the old dried kveik on the ring.
- Matt Spaanem's blog post on using a smaller kveikstokk for a wild caught yeast culture.
- Antonio Golia's write up on making and using a kveikstokk (in Italian; use an online translator).
- List of videos maintained by William Holden in the Kveik Facebook group.
- Terje Raftevold in Hornindal brewing raw farmhouse ale with kveik.
- "Drink friends old and dear, my ale shall bring good cheer". (video is about brewing traditional Norwegian Farmhouse beer in Hardanger, audio is in Norwegian)
- Steps to making a Kornøl (Norwegian farmhouse ale) with Terje Raftevold (English subs):
- Traditional farmhouse malting and brewing, from Aurland, Sogn (audio is in Norwegian, but the imagery is still worthwhile if you do not understand Norwegian):
- Brewing with the elusive Hornindal-strain, done old school, no boiling, 2 days fermenting:
- RåØl (Raw Beer) Brewday with John Palmer at EIK og TID:
- Presentation by Lars Marius Garshol (in Norwegian):
Additional Articles on MTF Wiki
- Norwegian wiki on kveik.
- MTF thread on Lars Garshol sending Richard Preiss several strains of kveik for isolation and analysis.
- MTF thread on Alcolyzer readings (original gravity, final gravity, and ABV) of various farmhouse ales taken at Norsk Kornølfestival 2017. See also this spreadsheet.
- Beer and Brewing Traditions in Norway by Odd Nordland, Universitetsforlaget, 1969.
- Gårdsøl - det norske ølet by Lars Marius Garshol, Cappelen Damm, 2016. More info.
- "Making a yeast ring", Poppyland Brewer blog. See also these instructions.
- "Lithuanian Countryside Yeast Tales," by ramtyns, 2012.
- Short History of Beer in Lithuanian, by Alastair Philip Wiper.
- "Characterization of genotype and beer fermentation properties of Norwegian Farmhouse Ale Yeasts," masters thesis by Truls C. Rasmussen.
- "Chain letters for Kveik" and Kveik flavor profiles.
- Kveik yeast pitching rates discussion on MTF.
- Norwegian brewer Ivar A. Geithung discusses his brewing process with kveik yeast on MTF.
- Sui Generis Blog on using Kveik for a black IPA recipe.
- "Kveik World Order" blog, by DeWayne Schaaf.
- Tony Yates video playlist on YouTube on brewing traditional Norwegian farmhouse ale with various Kveik yeast strains.
- Presentation notes and slides from a Lars Garshol presentation, by Ed Wray, 2018.
- Kveik Buy/Sell Group on Facebook.
- MBAA podcast interview with Richard Preiss of Escarpment Labs on Kveik.
- Richard Preiss. Milk The Funk Facebook group thread on kveik. 06/19/2018.
- Bab.la Dictionary. Retrieved 01/21/2016.
- Lars Marius Garshol. Milk The Funk Facebook group reply on the meaning of the word "kveik". 12/29/2016.
- "Kveik" - what does it mean?. Lars Garshol. Larsblog. 10/29/2017. Retrieved 10/29/2017.
- "Analysis of farmhouse yeast (kveik)." Larsblog. Lars Marius Garshol. 09/06/2016. Retrieved 09/06/2016.
- Kveik: Norwegian farmhouse yeast. Larsblog. 11/07/2013. Retrieved 01/14/2016.
- Maltøl, or Norwegian farmhouse ale. Larsblog. 10/11/2016. Retrieved 01/14/2016.
- Traditional Norwegian Kveik Are a Genetically Distinct Group of Domesticated Saccharomyces cerevisiae Brewing Yeasts. Richard Preiss, Caroline Tyrawa, George van der Merwe, Kristoffer Krogerus, Lars Marius Garshol. 2018.
- Norwegian farmhouse ale. Larsblog. 10/27/2013. Retrieved 01/14/2016.
- "Kveik testing". Larsblog. 05/05/2014. Retrieved 01/20/2016.
- Sensory data on kveik strains shared by Richard Preiss on MTF. 09/15/2016.
- Justin Amaral. Milk The Funk Facebook group thread about lactic acid bacteria in kveik cultures and sensitivity to IBU. 06/05/2018.
- Richard Preiss. Milk The Funk Facebook group comment about the two families of kveik yeast. 09/13/2018.
- Analysis of Sigmund Gjernes Voss yeast sample for Lars Marius Garshol, RÆLINGEN NORWAY. September 2014. Retrieved 01/20/2016.
- Conversation with Lance Shaner and Lars Marius Garshol on MTF. 01/04/2016.
- Lars Marius Garshol and Richard Preiss on Voss alcohol tolerance. Milk The Funk Facebook group. 08/04/2017.
- Kristoffer Krogerus. Milk The Funk Facebook group post on the whole genome sequencing results for Muri. 09/24/2018.
- Accugenix Report from White Labs on WLP 6788. Posted by Eskild Alexander Bergan on Milk The Funk. 6/4/2015.
- Lars Marius Garshol. Private correspondence with Dan Pixley. 07/11/2018.
- Richard Preiss. Family tree diagram of kveik cultures (Simonaitis is called "Joniskelis" in the diagram). Retrieved 07/11/2018.
- Private correspondence with Adi Hastings of Omega Yeast Labs by Dan Pixley. 03/27/2018.
- Justin Amaral. Milk The Funk Facebook group post about Mainiacal Yeast kveik. 08/21/2018.
- Lars Garshol, James Thor, and DeWayne Schaaf. Milk The Funk facebook group. 06/22/2017.
- Lance Shaner. Milk The Funk thread about the Jovaru yeast strain from Omega Yeast Labs. 09/26/2018.
- Richard Preiss. Milk The Funk Facebook group thread update about Russian landrace farmhouse yeast. 09/21/2018.
- Lars Marius garshol. Milk The Funk Facebook group post about using a kveik ring. 2017.
- Justin Amaral. Milk The Funk Facebook group post on kveikstokk and drying Brettanomyces. 08/16/2018.