Home Brewing Equipment with John Blichmann – BeerSmith Podcast #92

by Brad Smith on November 17, 2014 · 3 comments

PodNew200John Blichmann, the President of Blichmann Engineering is my guest this week to discuss intermediate and advanced Brewing Equipment. John tells us about basic three tier all grain systems, RIMS/HERMS systems, heating your wort and using hybrid techniques like BIAB or his new BrewEasy system.

Subscribe on iTunes to Audio version or Video version

Download the MP3 File – Right Click and Save As to download this mp3 file


Topics in This Week’s Episode (38:45)

  • John Blichmann, the President of Blichmann Engineering is my guest this week to discuss intermediate and advanced Brewing Equipment. Blichmann Engineering is a world leader in dedicated home and craft brewing equipment and his products can be found in most major brewing retail stores.
  • Thank you to our sponsor Craft Beer and Brewing Magazine who is still offering a 20% discount with your subscription when you use the offer code beersmith when you purchase. Also thanks to the AHA – they are running a Gift Membership promotion from now until 31 December 2014, which includes a free book or video along with your membership card you can use for yourself or give it to a fellow brewer.
  • Also check out the new DVDs John Palmer and I filmed – How to Brew with Malt Extract and How to Brew All Grain are both available now!
  • John tells us some of the things going on at Blichmann Engineering which has been growing rapidly as home brewing has taken off.
  • We start by discussing what a traditional three tier all grain system looks like, and some of the features of their brewing pots.
  • Next we have a short discussion about both propane burners and also electric heating elements for brewing indoors.
  • John explains what a RIMS/HERMS system is and why they are often used for larger systems. We also discuss the advantages of pumping wort – especially when you move to larger brewing sizes.
  • We talk about some of the advantages of a RIMS/HERMS system, and also discuss adding temperature control which allows you to precisely dial in your mash and boil temperatures
  • John discusses his new BrewEasy system which is a hybrid two piece mash and boil system, and what its advantages are – particularly for those who want to go all grain without limited storage space
  • We briefly talk about conical fermenters and some of the advantages of using conicals instead of traditional carboys
  • I ask John to share what he’s working on next

Thanks to John Blichmann for appearing on the show and also to you for listening!

iTunes Announcements: I launched a new video channel for the BeerSmith podcast on iTunes, so subscribe now! At the moment it will only feature the new widescreen episodes (#75 and up). Older episodes are available on my revamped Youtube channel. Also all 81 audio episodes are on iTunes now – so grab the older episodes if you missed any.

Thoughts on the Podcast?

Leave me a comment below or visit our discussion forum to leave a comment in the podcast section there.

Subscribe to the Podcast on iTunes or BeerSmith Radio

You can listen to all of my podcast episodes streaming live around the clock on our BeerSmith Radio online radio station! You can also subscribe to the audio or video using the iTunes links below, or the feed address

And finally, don’t forget to subscribe to the blog and my newsletter (or use the links in the sidebar) – to get free weekly articles on home brewing.

Related Beer Brewing Articles from BeerSmith:

Enjoy this Article? You'll Love Our BeerSmith Software!
  Don't make another bad batch of beer! Give BeerSmith a try - you'll brew your best beer ever.
Download a free 21 day trial of BeerSmith now

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

Beth H. June 4, 2015 at 8:11 pm

Great information on equipment. Thank you!

sbrewing company October 10, 2023 at 5:50 am

I completely loved John Blichmann’s interview on the Beersmith podcast. His information in domestic brewing gear is evident, and his insights into the craft are precious for each novices and professional brewers. It’s high-quality to hear from any individual so devoted to improving the domestic brewing experience. Cheers to John and Beersmith for this enlightening conversation!

Leave a Comment

{ 1 trackback }

Previous post:

Next post: