Brewing Sour Beers with Michael Dawson – BeerSmith Podcast #108

by Brad Smith on July 24, 2015 · 1 comment

PodNew200Michael Dawson, former cohost of Brewing TV joins me this week to discuss brewing the perfect sour beer. Michael shares some amazing tips for quickly brewing a Berliner Weisse as well as Lambic in this special episode recorded at the National Homebrew Conference in San Diego.

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Topics in This Week’s Episode (41:52)

  • Michael Dawson, former cohost of Brewing TV and brand manager for Wyeast Labs joins me this week to discuss how to brew a variety of sour beers.
  • This week’s show was recorded on the noisy National Homebrew Conference show floor in San Diego, so there is some crowd noise in the background
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  • Michael starts with his experience with sour beer brewing and an overview of many of the sour beer styles people may be familiar with.
  • We share some commercial examples and some of the major methods for brewing sour beers.
  • We discuss using a sour mash to make beer and how that can be an effective technique for adding a sour twang to your stout.
  • Michael covers some of the bugs used in brewing sour beers including Lactobacillus, Pedio and Brettanomyces
  • We talk about the proper time to add bugs to your beer and some fermentation techniques
  • Michael walks us through brewing a Berliner Weisse in great detail including tips to brew this beer quickly by adding the Lacto before fermentation
  • He also covers brewing a Lambic in detail including techniques used and aging this rare beer
  • He provides some closing tips on sour beer brewing
  • We discuss some of the new products coming out of Wyeast labs, and Michael’s closing thoughts

Thanks to Michael Dawson for appearing on the show and also to you for listening!

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