Author John Palmer joins me this week to discuss German Wheat Beer styles and beer brewing. John just returned from a trip to Germany and he shares some of his tips for brewing the perfect Weizen or Weisse.
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Topics in This Week’s Episode (46:59)
- John Palmer, author of the award winning book How to Brew (Amazon affiliate link) as well as the web site HowToBrew.com joins me this week to discuss brewing German Wheat beer styles. John just returned from a trip to Germany and he shares some of his tips. John is also the co-author of Brewing Classic Styles and Water (affiliate links)and also appeared in a How to Brew video series with me (available on DVD and streaming).
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- John discusses his recent trip to Germany and some of the things he learned while there.
- He starts by describing some of the most popular German wheat beer styles.
- We talk about some of the characteristics that make German Wheat beer so unique.
- John explains the differences between Hefeweizen, Krystal and other wheat beers.
- We talk about the profile for a typical Bavarian Weissbier.
- John explains how to brew a typical wheat beer starting with the grain bill.
- We discuss the use of hops as well as why a decoction mash is often used on this beer.
- John tells us how German wheat yeast produces the distinctive banana and clove flavor.
- We talk about aging the beer as well as bottling and carbonation.
- He shares his thoughts on brewing other styles like a Weizenbock and Dunkles Weissbier
- John passes along his closing tips on wheat beer.
- John shares his closing thoughts and recent projects.
Thanks to John Palmer for appearing on the show and also to you for listening!
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