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Recipe: Wunderkammer Sumac Wheat

The beers of Wunderkammer get their own rustic character via locally foraged ingredients, mixed cultures that include Brett, and a stripped-down, old-fashioned process featuring direct-fired kettles and fermentation without strict temperature control.

Vasilios Gletsos Mar 12, 2024 - 4 min read

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Foraged sumac. Photo: Vasilios Gletsos/Courtesy Wunderkammer.

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“This is a base wheat beer recipe I use when I am looking to make a nice cushion for a [tarter] adjunct, such as staghorn sumac,” says Vasilios Gletsos, founder-brewer of Wunderkammer Biermanufaktur in Albany, Vermont. The sumac, or Rhus typhina, “has its own lemony character, complemented with deeper red-fruit notes.”

For more on different technical approaches to brewing beers with rustic character, see Brewing Saison: The Taste of Rustic.


Batch size: 5 gallons (19 liters)
Brewhouse efficiency: 72%
OG: 1.044
FG: 1.002
IBUs: 18
ABV: 5.5%

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Vasilios Gletsos is the owner and brewer at Wunderkammer Biermanufaktur in Albany, Vermont.