Marzen and Helles with Thomas Miller – BeerSmith Podcast #229

by Brad Smith on January 26, 2021 · 0 comments

Thomas Miller joins me this week to discuss brewing the Marzen and Helles German beer styles.

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Topics in This Week’s Episode (47:38)

  • This week I welcome Thomas Miller to discuss two German beer styles. Thomas has been part of the brewing industry since 1990. He has been widely published across a variety of print and internet media serving America’s craft beer scene, including “BrewPub” and “Brew Your Own” magazines.  He published his first novel, “An Oktoberfest Death,” (Amazon affiliate link) in 2020. You can also visit his web site here.
  • We start with a discussion of Thomas’ background in beer brewing and writing about beer. We also talk briefly about his new book.
  • We next move to the Oktoberfest and Marzen beer styles associated with the Munich Oktoberfest. We start by talking a bit about the culture surrounding the festival and beer style.
  • Thomas tells is a how to brew the beer starting with the grain bill and hops.
  • We talk about yeast and fermenting this lager style.
  • Next we move on to the Helles beer style which is also a drinkable German lager.
  • We discuss the grain bill, hops and finish on Helles.
  • Thomas finishes with a discussion on his new fictional book “An Oktoberfest Death” (Amazon affiliate link) and tells us where to find it.
  • Thomas also shared his “Tips from the Pros” BYO article on Munich and Vienna malts.


Thanks to Michael Tonsmeire for appearing on the show and also to you for listening!
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