This week I discuss how to design a beer recipe with Denny Conn. Denny shares some of his tips on creating a home brewing recipe from scratch including imagining the beer, selecting ingredients, applying techniques and iterating to perfect the beer.
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Topics in This Week’s Episode (37:36)
- Denny Conn is this week’s guest. Denny is a member of the American Homebrewer’s Association governing committee and a member of the Cascade Brewer’s Society. He has a web site on batch sparging at DennyBrew.com
- Denny wrote an article on beer recipe design for the May/June 2012 edition of Zymurgy magazine. We discuss many of his main points here on this episode.
- We start by discussing how one starts with a blank sheet of paper and begins imagining a beer.
- Denny shares his philosophy on researching beer styles and also ingredients.
- We talk about the next step which is developing the grain bill and selecting ingredients
- Denny shares some tips for “knowing your ingredients” well
- We talk about sugars and some unique flavors you can get from sugars
- Denny shares his thoughts on misc ingredients such as spices and flavorings (including mushrooms and vanilla beans)
- We discuss process issues like selecting mash temperatures, and applying hop techniques
- Denny shares a few tips for brewers just starting to design their first beer
- The American Homebrewers Association Conference which we discussed is June 27-29th in Philadelphia
Thanks to Denny Conn for appearing on the show and also to you for listening!
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