Low Calorie Beer and Seltzer with Mitch Steele – BeerSmith Podcast #225

by Brad Smith on November 18, 2020 · 0 comments

Mitch Steele joins me this week to discuss brewing low-calorie and low carbohydrate beer as well as seltzer.

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Topics in This Week’s Episode (53:22)

  • This week I welcome back Mitch Steele. Mitch is the COO and Brewmaster at New Realm Brewing Company and former brewmaster at Stone. He is also the author of the book on IPAs called “IPAs: Brewing Techniques and the Evolution of India Pale Ale.” (Amazon Affiliate Link) Mitch holds a degree in fermentation science from the University of California at Davis.
  • Mitch shares with us some of the challenges they’ve faced running New Realm during the pandemic and how they have adapted.
  • We start with a discussion of Seltzer – specifically what it is and a brief overview of how it can be made.
  • Mitch provides us with the ingredients he uses and how it is fermented and finished.
  • We talk about some of the challenges that come with making Seltzer including removing color and haze that can form during fermentation.
  • Mitch shares his thoughts on flavors to use for Seltzer as well as which flavors have been selling best for him.
  • We discuss the fact that many beer brewers look down upon seltzer, but why it can make sense from a commercial perspective.
  • We next move on to low calorie and low carbohydrate beers.
  • Mitch explains how you need to use enzymes to achieve low carb/low cal beers and discusses what he uses. We also talk about the best time to use these enzymes (in the mash).
  • We talk about the challenges in achieving proper balance in a beer that is very low-carb/low-cal.
  • He shares his thoughts on creating other styles in a low carb format.
  • Mitch shares his thoughts on the popularity of these beers as well as his closing thoughts.


Thanks to Mitch Steele for appearing on the show and also to you for listening!
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