Alcohol Free Beer with Ted Fleming – BeerSmith Podcast #212

by Brad Smith on April 15, 2020 · 1 comment

Ted Fleming joins me this week from Partake Brewing to discuss how to brew alcohol free beer at home.

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Topics in This Week’s Episode (42:13)

  • This week my guest is Ted Fleming. Ted is the owner of Partake Brewing in Toronto. Partake specializes in producing high quality non-alcoholic beers.
  • We discuss a bit about Ted’s story and how he got into making non-alcoholic beers.
  • Ted tells us about his experience with the commercial non-alcoholic beer market and how he started originally with a web site selling non-alcoholic beers.
  • He explains some of the factors that motivated him to start producing his own non-alcoholic beers.
  • Ted shares his early days home brewing in an effort to perfect recipes for his brewery.
  • We discuss briefly Ted’s use of “Gypsy brewing”, which is a specific brewing term (not related to Gypsies) which means that he sources his brewing to an existing commercial brewery where they produce Partake’s recipes on their equipment.
  • We talk about some of the methods a homebrewer could use to produce non-alcoholic beer at home including arrested fermentation and also alcohol separation.
  • The simplest method involves heating the beer to a temperature below the boiling point of water, but above that of alcohol so the alcohol will boil off. Unfortunately heating the beer also affects the flavor.
  • We discuss how you can try to maintain the right flavor balance in the beer in the absence of alcohol.
  • We briefly discuss bottling options, though most non-alcoholic beer makers will force carbonate (keg) their beer.
  • We discuss the styles that work best for non-alcoholic beer and challenges working with the delicate flavors.
  • Ted finishes with a bit more about Partake brewing including how much beer they produce and where you can find their products online.


Thanks to Ted Fleming for appearing on the show and also to you for listening!
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Free Beer July 10, 2020 at 5:44 am

This was a great episode, and I learned much about the methods involved in removing the alcohol/making sure it’s not there in the first place!

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