Brewing India Pale Ale (IPAs) with Mitch Steele – BeerSmith Podcast #49

by Brad Smith on November 13, 2012 · 7 comments

This week my guest is Mitch Steele from Stone Brewery. Mitch is the author of a new book called IPA: Brewing Techniques, Recipes and the Evolution of India Pale Ale. Mitch tells us how to brew the perfect India Pale Ale.

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Topics in This Week’s Episode (43:26)

  • Mitch Steele is my guest this week. Mitch is the author of the new book IPA: Brewing Techniques, Recipes and the Evolution of India Pale Ale (Amazon affilliate link). He’s also the brewmaster at Stone Brewing Company and has a degree in Fermentation Science from the University of California at Davis.
  • Mitch starts by talking about the history of India Pale Ales in the 1700s
  • We talk about how the style has evolved with the Burton IPA style in the 1800’s and also how it has enjoyed a huge resurgence through microbreweries here in the US over the last 30 years
  • Mitch talks about the popular IPA substyles and variations
  • We discuss the grain bill for a modern English IPA
  • Mitch explains the hop varieties and hop schedules he prefers for brewing an IPA including dry hopping
  • We talk about brewing water and its role in creating a classic IPA
  • Mitch recommends some yeasts to use for IPA
  • We talk about fermenting, mashing and finishing an IPA
  • We spend a few minutes talking about what is needed to brew popular variations like the Double IPA, Imperial IPA and dark IPA
  • Mitch talks about his new IPA book and what it includes

Thanks to Mitch Steele for appearing on the show and also to you for listening!

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