Beer Process Control with Colin Kaminski – BeerSmith Podcast #269

by Brad Smith on November 7, 2022 · 0 comments

Colin Kaminski joins me this week to discuss his experiences with professional brewing process control and how it applies to the home brewer.

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Topics in This Week’s Episode (49:24)

  • This week I welcome Colin Kaminski. Colin is the co-author of the Water: A Comprehensive Guide for Brewers (Amazon affiliate link) as well as a former professional brewer. He has been brewing since 1998.
  • We open with a discussion of Colin’s role at Morebeer where he develops a lot of their professional line of brewing equipment.
  • Colin introduces the concept of process control in brewing and describes why its important for the home brewer.
  • We explore process control for home brewers.
  • Colin explains his views on water adjustment and how it has evolved since he wrote the Water book quite a few years back.
  • We discuss mashing and which aspects of the mash process are most important to control.
  • Colin tells us his thoughts on mash pH.
  • We discuss the importance of the boil and how he measures his boil off rate to maintain a consistent boil.
  • We talk about pitching yeast and some factors to control during fermentation.
  • Colin discusses his strategies for dry hopping and how to avoid problems like excessive contact time and hop creep.
  • We discuss clarity and ways to improve clarity in the finished beer.
  • Colin gives us some tips on packaging and limiting oxygen contamination.
  • He gives us his closing thoughts on process control for the homebrewer.


Thanks to Colin Kaminski for appearing on the show and also to you for listening!
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