Modern Homebrew Recipes with Gordon Strong – BeerSmith Podcast #130

PodNew200Gordon Strong, President of the Beer Judge Certification Program, joins me this week to discuss Modern Homebrew Recipes and his philosophy for designing beer recipes. Gordon provides a unique perspective on how he creates award winning beer recipes.

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Topics in This Week’s Episode (54:57)

  • Today on the show I welcome Grandmaster beer judge and author Gordon Strong. Gordon is the President of the Beer Judge Certification Program and their highest rated beer judge. Gordon is also the only three time Ninkasi award winner (top US home brewer) and author of the book “Brewing Better Beer” and “Modern Homebrew Recipes” (Both Amazon affiliate links).
  • We start with a discussion of the typical homebrew recipe and what it looks like
  • He explains how pro brewers have a different approach to listing a recipe that reflects their approach to brewing
  • Gordon tells us why the pro and homebrew approaches are different
  • We talk about using percentages and specific malts and how this approach is not entirely new
  • Gordon shares his approach for designing a new recipe starting with a clean sheet of paper
  • We discuss his “brewing blocks” approach to recipes
  • He explains how creativity involves linking existing concepts and ideas (blocks) together
  • Next Gordon introduces several different approaches to developing recipes including working with styles and scaling recipes
  • He also talks about designing a beer that does not fit neatly into exising categories
  • We talk about the final tips he has for beer recipe design


Thanks to Gordon Strong for appearing on the show and also to you for listening!

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