Schwarzbier Brewing with Jason Jaworowicz – BeerSmith Podcast #76

by Brad Smith on February 24, 2014 · 1 comment

microphoneThis week on the BeerSmith podcast we talk about brewing the perfect German Schwarzbier (Black beer). Jason Jaworowicz from Rivertown Homebrewers is my guest, and he provides a detailed walkthrough on how to brew this rich German lager.

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Topics in This Week’s Episode (42:14)

  • Jason Jaworowicz is my guest this week. Jason is President of the Grandville Michigan based home brewing club Rivertown Homebrewers. Jason is a process engineer with Stryker in Portage Michigan, and has been brewing since 2009.
  • Jason explains what the Schwarzbier style is and a bit about the history of German Black beer.
  • We talk about the style itself including BJCP guidelines and what Schwarzbier looks and tastes like.
  • Jason explains how to brew a Schwarzbier starting with the grain bill.
  • We talk about the mash profile he prefers, as well as the hop schedule.
  • Jason tells us which yeast he prefers and how to cold ferment this beer style.
  • We discuss carbonation and serving considerations.
  • Jason spends a minute talking about his new home brew club Rivertown Homebrewers.
  • We talk about the upcoming AHA National Homebrew conference which will be in his home town of Grand Rapids Michigan in June.
  • Jason adds a thumbs up for his local brewer supply shop Siciliano’s Market.

Thanks to Jason Jaworowicz for appearing on the show and also to you for listening!

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