Eco-Friendly Brewing with Amelia Loftus – BeerSmith Podcast #53

by Brad Smith on January 12, 2013 · 1 comment

This week we discuss eco-friendly home brewing with Amelia Loftus. Amelia is an writer on ecologically friendly brewing and also a founding member of Seven Bridges Cooperative, a brewing supply shop that specializes in organic ingredients.

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Topics in This Week’s Episode (42:50)

  • Amelia Loftus is my guest this week. Amelia is an expert on ecologically friendly brewing and also a founding member of Seven Bridges Cooperative, a brewing supply shop that specializes in organic ingredients. She’s also working on a new book on eco-friendly brewing to published in the Spring of 2014. Amelia runs a website at AmeliaLoftus.com and also has started a new eco-friendly brewing discussion forum.
  • We start with a discussion of what eco-friendly brewing is, and why it is important.
  • I ask Amelia about her role as a founding member of Seven Bridges Cooperative, an organic brewing supply store. We also discuss some of the advantages of using organic ingredients in your beer brewing.
  • Amelia describes her experiments with growing her own hops and grains at home.
  • We discuss how to choose equipment for eco-friendly brewing and also what some advantages are of making good purchases up front.
  • Amelia offers some advice on choosing chemicals for cleaning in brewing that will not harm the environment
  • We discuss what to do with spent grains. Amelia has a recipe for spent grain energy bars.
  • We discuss some steps to use in the brewing process to be energy efficient
  • Amelia covers some ways to be efficient with fermentation and packaging
  • We discuss a bit about the upcoming book she is working on in eco-friendly brewing
  • Amelia provides a few closing thoughts
  • Here’s a link to her recipe: Barley’s Bark Brown Ale

Thanks to Amelia Loftus for appearing on the show and also to you for listening!

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