Lager Yeast with Randy Mosher – BeerSmith Podcast #254

by Brad Smith on March 30, 2022 · 0 comments

Randy Mosher, the author of Radical Brewing and Mastering Homebrew, joins me this week to discuss lager yeast flavors and tips.

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Topics in This Week’s Episode (55:48)

  • This week I welcome back Randy Mosher. Randy is author of the updated second edition of Tasting Beer as well as two of my favorite brewing books: Mastering Homebrew and Radical Brewing (Amazon Affiliate Links for books). Randy is also partner in two breweries in Chicago and runs as web site at
  • We start by discussing the elusive nature of lager yeast and why Randy finds lager yeasts to be elusive.
  • Randy explains some of the history of lager yeasts, where they first emerged and how they have evolved over the years.
  • We talk about the characteristics of lager yeast and importance of fermentation temperature.
  • Randy discusses the other elements of a good lager like the malt bill, gravity, attenuation and balance also play a critical role in beer balance.
  • We discuss some of the flavors that come from lager yeast and role these play.
  • Randy shares some of the considerations for picking a good lager yeast.
  • We discuss the rise of Lagers in craft breweries.
  • Randy talks about flaws in lagers and how to minimize them.
  • We close with a discussion on the future of lager yeasts and lagers in craft brewing.


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