Advanced Home Brewing with Gordon Strong – BeerSmith Podcast 39

by Brad Smith on May 31, 2012 · 12 comments

This week my guest is Gordon Strong, three time Ninkasi award winner (best in the US) and a Grandmaster Beer Judge. We discuss advanced homebrewing techniques – specifically for all grain brewers who have the basics of beer brewing down but want to do more.

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Topics in This Week’s Episode (51:41)

  • Gordon Strong, the author of “Brewing Better Beer” a book for advanced home brewers, as well as a three time Ninkasi award winner, and President of the BJCP joins us this week to talk about advanced beer brewing,
  • We start by discussing some of the things you need to consider once you have the basics of all grain brewing down and are designing your own recipes.
  • Gordon shares thoughts on brewing water and how too many water additions can ruin your beer.
  • We discuss the best use of dark grains – steeping them instead of mashing in most cases to reduce harshness in darker beers.
  • Gordon shares some tips for increasing the maltiness of your grains.
  • We talk about a few of his favorite hop techniques including first wort hops and late addition hops, and also why Gordon does not do much dry hopping.
  • Gordon shares a few examples of how he goes about designing beer and why he makes certain choices with his beers.
  • Gordon’s Recipes he mentioned can be found here: Gordon’s American Pale Ale and Gordon’s Brown Porter

Thanks to Gordon Strong for appearing on the show and also to you for listening!

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