Beer Fermentation with Chris Graham – BeerSmith Podcast #91

by Brad Smith on October 28, 2014 · 0 comments

iTunesAudio200Chris Graham, the President of MoreBeer, joins me this week to discuss beer fermentation, fermenters, temperature control and how to get the most out of your fermentation. Chris provides some great advice on the equipment to use, methods, and control of your home brewed fermentation.

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Topics in This Week’s Episode (59:34)

  • Chris Graham, the President of MoreBeer, joins me this week to discuss how to get the most out of your beer fermentation. Chris teaches brewing at the world renowned Seibel Brewing Institute, and has appeared three times before on BeerSmith episodes #16, #63 and a great episode on Kegging #79
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  • Chris starts with a discussion of why fermentation is critical in the beer brewing process
  • He explains why most people start fermenting beer in a plastic bucket and also tells us about some of the limitations of fermenting in buckets
  • We next discuss carboys – both glass and plastic carboys and what the advantages and limitations of carboys are
  • Chris talks about conical fermenters and why most professional brewers use conical fermenters for their beer
  • We talk about sanitation and what to use for both cleaning and sanitation of your fermentation equipment
  • Chris explains why a strong starter is important when working with liquid yeast, and why pitching enough yeast is important in all cases
  • He shares his thoughts on aeration, and discusses three methods for getting more oxygen into your wort before yeast it added to it
  • We talk about temperature control and some methods for controlling or moderating the temperature of your fermenter
  • Chris shares a few more tips on fermentation process control
  • We discuss how to tell when a fermentation is finally complete
  • Chris shares his thoughts on how long you can store your beer in a fermenter and we also talk about secondaries
  • He shares his final thoughts on fermentation
  • We briefly discuss some of the new things going on at MoreBeer

Thanks to Chris Graham for appearing on the show and also to you for listening!

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