Irish Stout Recipes with John Palmer – BeerSmith Podcast 11

by Brad Smith on March 10, 2011 · 2 comments

Just in time for St Patrick’s day, John Palmer is back as my guest and we go into depth on the Irish Stout beer style. Irish Stout is a favorite of mine, so I pulled in the co-author of “Brewing Classic Styles” to talk about this famous beer from Dublin.

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Topics in This Week’s Episode (35:00)

  • John Palmer makes his second visit to the show as my guest. John is the author of “How to Brew” at, the co-author of “Brewing Classic Styles” and the co-host of Brew Strong on the Brewing Network.
  • John explains the history of Irish (Dry) Stout (Guiness stout) and its distinctive character
  • We talk about the basic grain bill for an Irish Stout.
  • Stout Roast is a key ingredient – which is actually one of the only dark malts made from unmalted barley.
  • We talk about how to pasteurize a bit of soured mash to give your beer a bit of zing.
  • Why Irish or English ale yeast is better for this relatively dry stout
  • Guiness and their use of Nitrogen for carbonation including the unique Stout tap
  • Alternatives to Flaked Barley for the extract brewer (Maltose Dextrin)
  • For further reading, I have a detailed articles on Brewing an Irish Stout and Soured Beer if you want to learn more.

Thanks again to John Palmer for agreeing to do the interview!

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