Going All Grain with John Palmer and John Blichmann – BeerSmith Podcast #207

by Brad Smith on January 31, 2020 · 0 comments

John Palmer and John Blichmann join me this week to discuss All Grain Essentials and the upcoming BYO Boot Camp in Denver where they will be presenting hands-on classes in all grain brewing.

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Topics in This Week’s Episode (49:41)

  • This week I welcome John Palmer and John Blichmann. John Palmer is author of the best selling homebrew book How to Brew as well as Water and Brewing Classic Styles. (Amazon affiliate links)
  • John Blichmann is President and CEO of Blichmann Engineering, a top supplier of innovative homebrew and professional brewing equipment.
  • For simplicity I’ve used their last names below as both have the same first name.
  • John Blichmann starts with a description of the upcoming BYO Boot camp event where they are both teaching as well as a brief overview of their course designed to aid those transitioning to all grain.
  • John Palmer talks a bit about malt and how the malt you choose is important for your all grain brew.
  • Blichmann talks about the importance of a perfect grain crush, what it looks like and how to get it.
  • Palmer walks us through the basic mashing process and talks about some of the enzymes critical to converting sugars during the mash.
  • Blichmann describes the top level equipment options you can use for all grain brewing including BIAB, single vessel, three tier and hybrid brewing options.
  • Palmer talks about single step mashes as well as some of the other mash step options available to home brewers.
  • Blichmann tells us how he knows that the mash is complete and walks us through the lautering process.
  • Palmer talks about mash and brewhouse efficiency and why it is important for developing future recipes.
  • They both cover some common all grain troubleshooting including if the temperature or gravity is off.
  • Palmer describes what happens once the mash and lauter are complete.
  • They both share their closing tips for all grain brewers as well as where to sign up for the March BYO Boot Camp.
  • I also mention that I will be teaching at the BYO boot camp. I’m presenting both an intermediate and advanced recipe design class.


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