Beer Brewing Secrets with Michael Tonsmeire – BeerSmith Podcast #95

by Brad Smith on January 7, 2015 · 3 comments

PodNew200Michael Tonsmeire joins me to share some of his top pro beer brewing secrets. Michael provides 12 tips from the top brewers and shares his experience as an author and contributor to Modern Times brewery.

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Topics in This Week’s Episode (53:36)

  • Today my guest is Michael Tonsmeire, the author of the recent book “American Sour Beers” (Amazon affiliate link), beer designer for the “Modern Times” craft brewery, and author of the “Mad Fermentationist” blog at Michael has been on the show four times before, most recently in episode #85 discussing sour beers.
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  • 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 and you can also find my BeerSmith software on CD or BeerSmith Mobile which great gifts for the New Year!
  • Michael shares some of his recent projects and also his thoughts on his book American Sour Beers which was released last summer.
  • We talk about his recent post Secrets of the Best Brewers which formed an outline for this particular podcast.
  • Michael shares his first tip regarding judging and developing a beer palate
  • Hs covers new flavor combinations for beer and also where he finds inspiration for new beers
  • We discuss beer styles and their proper role in brewing, as well as why its important to brew a beer more than once
  • Michael tells us about using natural ingredients, as well as the importance of balancing mash pH
  • We talk about why its important to dump some bad beers, and why he strives to develop house strains of yeast
  • Michael discusses finished beer flavor and the importance of eliminating oxidation
  • We discuss how to serve beer at its peak and finally the importance of commercial beer marketing

Thanks to Michael Tonsmeire for appearing on the show and also to you for listening!

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pctbrewer June 17, 2015 at 4:35 pm

I really enjoyed this podcast with the Mad Fermentationist. Michael Tonsmeire is very knowledgeable and I continue to learn new brewing techniques from him and your site.

Hop Goblin July 15, 2015 at 2:48 am

Beer is one of those effortless enjoyments in life, I have seen this video and got best beer brewing ideas. Thanks for sharing valuable information with us.

sbrewing company December 23, 2023 at 9:12 am

Insightful podcast! Tonsmeire’s brewing secrets and techniques are a treasure trove for homebrewers. The hints on yeast blends and fermentation manipulation have been particularly enlightening. Cheers to a superb resource!

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