Evaluating Your Beer with Denny Conn – BeerSmith Podcast #102

by Brad Smith on April 27, 2015 · 0 comments

PodNew200Denny Conn joins me this week to discuss a number of experiments he has made on evaluating and improving your beer. Specifically he addresses decoction mashing, first wort hopping and biases in evaluating your beer.

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Topics in This Week’s Episode (39:17)

  • Denny Conn, the author of Experimental Homebrewing (Amazon affiliate link) joins me this week to discuss decoction mashing, first wort hopping and biases in evaluating your beer. Denny has some interesting and unexpected results based on his blind tasting experiments.
  • I apologize for the audio/video quality this week. Denny had some connection issues, and we only had a limited time to complete the interview.
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  • We start with a discussion of some of Denny’s recent projects including a new book he’s working on.
  • Denny discusses his approach to evaluating beer and also how you can make incremental improvements.
  • We talk about his philosophy of creating the best beer with the least amount of effort.
  • Denny shares his first experiment which compares decoction and non-decoction brewed beers with blind taste tests.
  • He provides some interesting results which show that decoction may not provide a huge payoff for the effort involved in brewing the beer
  • We discuss his next experiment which attempts to quantify the benefits of first wort hopping
  • Denny has mixed results with evaluating first wort hopping, but still concludes that the technique has value
  • We discuss some additional experiments in evaluating beer conducted by Dr Bamforth and Dr Smythe using professional beer evaluators
  • They find significant problems and biases in evaluating beer. They conclude that serious unbiased beer evaluation is very hard to do
  • Denny provides some thoughts on evaluating beer and how you can improve when evaluating your own beer
  • Denny closes with some final words

Thanks to Denny Conn for appearing on the show and also to you for listening!

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