Historic Beer Brewing – BSHB Podcast Episode 8

by Brad Smith on January 27, 2011 · 1 comment

This week I feature a trio of brewers with expertise in historic brewing techniques – including Chris Bowen, Dan Morey and Mike Tonsmeire. We cover a range of historic brewing topics including why we brew historic beers, traditional equipment, ingredients and various historic styles.

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Topics in This Week’s Episode (40:54)

  • This week we focus on historic and ancient brewing techniques
  • Guests include: Chris Bowen from Arctic Alchemy, Dan Morey (author of the Morey equation) at his personal website, and Michael Tonsmeire from the Mad Fermentationist.
  • We discuss what historic brewing is and why we do it
  • Historic equipment and how it was different from modern variants
  • Spontaneous fermentation (using naturally occurring yeast)
  • Ingredients used in historic beers including alternatives to hops and brewing from bread
  • Tips for brewing historic beers
  • Historic beers our guests have brewed
  • Where people can find more information about historic brewing? Some other references include: Ron Pattison’s site, Marty Cornell’s site, Randy Mosher’s Lacambre site and Radical Brewing site, Babble Belt on spontaneous fermentation, Ron’s website on British and European Beer, and the books “Sacred and Herbal Healing Beers” by Stephen Buhner and “An Introduction to Old British Beers and How to Brew Them”, by Dr John Harrison

Thanks again to Chris, Dan and Michael for taking time out to participate in the podcast!

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