Sour Beers with Michael Tonsmeire – BeerSmith Podcast #255

by Brad Smith on April 13, 2022 · 0 comments

Michael Tonsmeire joins me this week to discuss sour beer brewing and his experiences creating sour Craft beers.

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Topics in This Week’s Episode (58:47)

  • This week I welcome back Michael Tonsmeire. Michael is a founder of the brewery Sapwood Cellars in Columbia, MD. He is also author of the book “American Sour Beers“(Amazon Affiliate Link) as well as the blog The Mad Fermentationist online. He’s a certified beer judge.
  • We discuss briefly some of the news from Sapwood Cellars.
  • We dive into their Sour Beer program which has in some cases taken years to come to fruition. Michael specializes in many barrel aged sour beers.
  • Michael discusses some of his favorite souring bacterias to use in beer, as well as what he’s using now for microbes.
  • We talk about cross contamination and their move to a dedicated sour beer brewing system.
  • Michael tells us how his hop schedule has evolved over the years for sour beers.
  • We discuss carbonation and packaging for aged sour beer.
  • Michael talks about some of the sour beers that have worked out best.
  • He discusses some collaborations he has ongoing with other breweries.
  • Michael provides his closing thoughts.


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