Alcohol Free Beer with Ted Fleming – BeerSmith Podcast #212

by Brad Smith on April 15, 2020 · 0 comments

Ted Fleming joins me this week from Partake Brewing to discuss how to brew alcohol free beer at home.

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Topics in This Week’s Episode (42:13)

  • This week my guest is Ted Fleming. Ted is the owner of Partake Brewing in Toronto. Partake specializes in producing high quality non-alcoholic beers.
  • We discuss a bit about Ted’s story and how he got into making non-alcoholic beers.
  • Ted tells us about his experience with the commercial non-alcoholic beer market and how he started originally with a web site selling non-alcoholic beers.
  • He explains some of the factors that motivated him to start producing his own non-alcoholic beers.
  • Ted shares his early days home brewing in an effort to perfect recipes for his brewery.
  • We discuss briefly Ted’s use of “Gypsy brewing”, which is a specific brewing term (not related to Gypsies) which means that he sources his brewing to an existing commercial brewery where they produce Partake’s recipes on their equipment.
  • We talk about some of the methods a homebrewer could use to produce non-alcoholic beer at home including arrested fermentation and also alcohol separation.
  • The simplest method involves heating the beer to a temperature below the boiling point of water, but above that of alcohol so the alcohol will boil off. Unfortunately heating the beer also affects the flavor.
  • We discuss how you can try to maintain the right flavor balance in the beer in the absence of alcohol.
  • We briefly discuss bottling options, though most non-alcoholic beer makers will force carbonate (keg) their beer.
  • We discuss the styles that work best for non-alcoholic beer and challenges working with the delicate flavors.
  • Ted finishes with a bit more about Partake brewing including how much beer they produce and where you can find their products online.

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Thanks to Ted Fleming for appearing on the show and also to you for listening!
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