Specialty Beer Brewing with Randy Mosher – BeerSmith Podcast #202

by Brad Smith on November 2, 2019 · 0 comments

Randy Mosher joins me this week to discuss brewing beers centered around unusual specialty ingredients including spices, fruits and more.

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Topics in This Week’s Episode (49:24)

  • This week I welcome back Randy Mosher to talk about brewing beers with “specialty” ingredients including unusual spices, fruits and vegetables. Randy is the author of Radical Brewing, Mastering Homebrew, Tasting Beer (all Amazon affiliate links) and partner in two Chicago area breweries: Five Rabbit and Forbidden Root.
  • We start with Randy defining what he means by a “Specialty Beer” typically built around special ingredients.
  • Randy provides some basic principles for brewing a beer centered around specialty ingredients.
  • We discuss how to get layers of flavor rather than a one dimensional beer by using complementary flavors.
  • Randy shares his thoughts on the psychology of beer and how it can often trick us into experiencing flavors that may not precisely be there.
  • We talk about ingredients – including the importance of understanding flavors for the basic beer ingredients.
  • Randy talks about working with herbs and spices which can be very powerful cues for certain flavors.
  • We discuss working with fruits including different forms of fruit available and how to best brew with them.
  • Randy shares his thoughts on ingredients that don’t fall into the fruit or herb/spice cateogry.
  • We talk about prototyping beer to get the appropriate flavor balance up front and how the prototype can be scaled up to create a final beer.
  • Randy shares his closing thoughts on working with specialty beers.


Thanks to Randy Mosher for appearing on the show and also to you for listening!
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