Porter beer recipes and brewing Porter is the subject of this week’s interview with Grandmaster Beer Judge Gordon Strong. Beer author and BJCP President Gordon shares some of his top tips for brewing an award winning Porter beer at home.
This week my guest is Jamil Zainasheff from Heretic Brewing. Jamil is an icon in the homebrewing community – author of two books, a podcast of his own and very active in the AHA and other home brewing organizations. Last year Jamil quit his day job in software to found his own brewery called Heretic Brewing Company. He talks today about his experience in the first year as a pro-brewer.
This week I interview Dan Morey and we talk about how to brew Abbey and Trappist Ales.Trappist (or Abbey Ales) are a popular Belgian style that has become very popular and is widely duplicated by microbreweries here in the United States. Dan walks us through the variations of the Trappist styles, their character and how to brew them at home.
Beer foam and head retention are the topics for this week’s podcast with Dr Charles Bamforth, the Anheuser-Busch endowed Professor of Brewing Science at the University of California, Davis. Known as “the Pope of Foam”, Charlie has been studying beer foam since 1979. He provides a complete overview of carbonation, how foam forms in a beer, how you can enhance the head retention in a beer, and much more.
This week my guest is Mike Tonsmeire, aka “The Mad Fermentationist”. Mike walks us through the fine art of designing and brewing very low gravity beers called “Session Beers”. Session beers are eminently drinkable beers that are still full bodied and enjoyable, without weighing you down.
This week my guest is “The Homebrew Chef” Sean Z. Paxton. Sean is arguably the most famous beer chef in the world – and has been the chef for the last several National Homebrew Conference banquets. He is also an active author, has a new podcast on cooking with beer and cooks for major beer events around the country.
This week I bring back prolific beer author and tasting authority Randy Mosher to talk about tasting beer. Tasting beer and sensory evaluation are important topics for anyone who wants to brew better beer, and Randy is an expert on both. The best beer brewers are often also beer judges.
This week we talk about methods for making sour and wild beers using Brettanomyces yeast (Brett). Brett is used in many sour beers styles including Lambics, Gueze, Oud Bruin, Berliner Weisse, and others. My guests are Drew Beechum and Nathan Smith – both of whom have done extensive brewing using Brett.
This week we go all grain with Grandmaster brewing judge Gordon Strong. Gordon tells you how to make the leap from extract brewing to all-grain, including basic equipment, how to do a simple infusion mash, and sparging. All grain beer brewing gives you more control over your finished beer. Gordon also shares his thoughts on his new book “Brewing Better Beer” which was just released.
This week my guest is Dave Wills of Freshops and we talk about how to grow your own hops in your garden. Dave is a long time brewer, hop grower and also microbrewer at the Oregon Trail Brewery and he provides some great advice on how you can start your own hop garden.
This week I interview Dr Charles Bamforth, the Anheuser-Busch endowed Professor of Brewing Science a the University of California at Davis. We talk about the entire all grain mashing process for beer brewing from start to finish. Charlie explains how mashing actually works, how changes in the process affect the finished beer, and the role that multiple step mashing, decoction mashing and lautering play in brewing beer.
This week I interview popular brewing author Randy Mosher and veteran brewer Dan Listermann about brewing with grains other than barley. We explore the full range of alternatives – everything from common grains like wheat and corn to more exotic options like gluten-free beer, unmalted grains, sorghum, oats, rice, rye, and even cicada beer.
This week I interview the co-organizers for the 33rd annual AHA National Homebrewer’s Conference which is scheduled for San Diego from June 16-18 of this year. We talk about what the conference is all about, many of the key events and how to register to attend. I will be attending this year’s conference as well – so I hope to see you there!
NOTE: The full episode with show notes is here.
Just in time for St Patrick’s day, John Palmer is back as my guest and we go into depth on the Irish Stout beer style. Irish Stout is a favorite of mine, so I pulled in the co-author of “Brewing Classic Styles” to talk about this famous beer from Dublin. John is the author of “How to Brew” at HowToBrew.com, the co-author of “Brewing Classic Styles” and the co-host of Brew Strong on the Brewing Network.
From half a world away in Australia, Patrick Hollingdale is my guest for this week’s episode. We talk about the Brew-in-a-Bag (BIAB) all grain brewing technique that started in Australia but has become popular worldwide. BIAB lets an all grain brewer start with nothing more than a large pot and grain bag and brew a full all grain batch in a single vessel (the boiler).