Fruity IPAs with Randy Mosher – BeerSmith Podcast #218

by Brad Smith on July 20, 2020 · 0 comments

Randy Mosher joins me this week to discuss brewing fruity IPAs and using fruit in your IPAs.

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Topics in This Week’s Episode (52:20)

  • This week my guest is Randy Mosher. Randy is the author of Mastering Homebrew, Radical Brewing, and Tasting Beer.  He’s also partner in two breweries near Chicago Five Rabbit and Forbidden Root.
  • We start with a short discussion of the new book Randy’s working on as well as the re-opening of his two breweries Five Rabbit and Forbidden Root.
  • Randy starts with a discussion of hops and how hops itself can be used to promote fruity flavors and aromas in an IPA.
  • We talk about the recent research into hops thiols, geraniol and linalool and how they can be used when dry hopping to promote tropical fruit flavors in IPAs.
  • Randy provides some advice on fruity IPA hop selection as it is critical for getting the flavor profile.
  • We next switch to the use of fruit in an IPA and how you can approach the correct flavor balance with an IPA. Randy also mentions citric fruits which do well with IPAs.
  • We discuss how fruit flavors change dramatically during fermentation which drives your fruit selection and also the level of sweetness needed in a beer to achieve balance.
  • Randy talks about acidity and how it can provide structure but can also easily upset the flavor balance especially in an IPA
  • We talk about backsweetening and the use of ingredients like lactose to sweeten a beer to replace sugars lost during fermentation.
  • Randy provides advice on using fruit in the primary vs secondary and also his preference for fruit juice versus whole fruit or puree.
  • Randy gives his closing thoughts on fruit beers.


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