Beer Brewing Q&A with Jamil Zainasheff – BeerSmith Podcast #258

by Brad Smith on May 24, 2022 · 0 comments

Jamil Zainasheff from Heretic Brewing joins me this week for a beer brewing question and answer session.

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Topics in This Week’s Episode (43:16)

  • This week I welcome back Jamil Zainasheff. Jamil is owner and founder of Heretic Brewing near San Francisco, as well as an award winning professional and home brewer.  Jamil authored the books “Brewing Classic Styles” and “The Practical Guide to Beer Fermentation” and also co-hosts the “Brew Strong” podcast on the Brewing Network.
  • We start with a discussion of what is new at Heretic Brewing.
  • I ask Jamil why he decided to make the leap from homebrewing to pro-brewer.
  • We discuss how Jamil creates a new beer when starting from scratch.
  • Jamil explains how he often iterates a beer to perfect it.
  • We talk about a few of Jamil’s less successful brews.
  • Jamil gives us his thoughts on decoction and whether it is worth it for certain styles of beer.
  • I ask Jamil what he orders when he visits a new craft brewery.
  • We discuss the overuse of Caramel/Crystal malts by some brewers.
  • Jamil covers some of the new interesting hop techniques that have come into popularity the last few years.
  • We talk a bit about mixed yeast fermentations, and some of the new yeast strains coming out.
  • Jamil gives us his closing thoughts.


Thanks to Jamil Zainasheff for appearing on the show and also to you for listening!
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