BeerSmith Home and Beer Brewing Podcast

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Home Brewing and How to Brew Podcast for Beer Brewers

Episode Date
Session Mead with Steve Piatz- BeerSmith Podcast #175
38:57
This week Steve Piatz joins me to discuss how to make a low gravity session mead including mead nutrients, backsweetening and how to spice or accent your mead.  Using modern techniques, you can make a great session mead in as little as a few weeks. You can find additional episodes and show notes on my blog here.
Aug 08, 2018
Judging Beer with Mirella Amato – BeerSmith Podcast #174
47:10
Mirella Amato joins me this week to discuss the BJCP beer judge program as well as developing skills as a beer judge to improve your homebrewing. You can find show notes and additional episodes on my blog here.
Jul 22, 2018
Beer and Food Pairing with Sean Paxton – BeerSmith Podcast #173
47:48
Sean Paxton joins me this week to talk about beer and food pairings including hot sauce, BBQ and beer flavors in food. You can find show notes and additional episodes on my blog here.
Jun 26, 2018
Whirlpool Hops Research with Stan Hieronymus – BeerSmith Podcast #172
48:16
Stan Hieronymus joins me this week to discuss cutting edge research into the role hop thiols play in creating fruity, tropical IPA flavors in beer. You can find show notes and additional episodes on my blog here.
Jun 21, 2018
Gluten Free Brewing with Robert Keifer – BeerSmith Podcast #171
43:41
Robert Keifer joins me to discuss brewing using gluten free grains including rice, mullet, sorghum, quinoa, and buckwheat.  Gluten free brewing has expanded greatly the last few years to aid those who may be sensitive to gluten in beer. You can find additional podcasts and show notes for this episode here on my blog.
May 31, 2018
Malt Sensory Analysis with Andrea Stanley and Lindsay Barr – BeerSmith Podcast #170
54:38
Andrea Stanley from Valley Malting and Lindsay Barr from New Belgium join me to discuss recent advances in malt sensory analysis for beer brewing. You can find additional episodes and show notes on my blog here.
May 18, 2018
Hop Biotransformation and NE IPA with Randy Mosher- BeerSmith Podcast #169
48:37
Randy Mosher, author of several top beer brewing books joins me to talk about hop biotransformations that occur during active fermentation as well as New England IPAs. You can find additional episodes and show notes on my blog here.
Apr 24, 2018
Beer Maturation and Yeast with John Palmer – BeerSmith Podcast #168
48:17
John Palmer, author of "How to Brew" joins me to discuss the beer maturation process and the critical role that yeast play in beer maturation.  We also discuss methods to speed up the maturation process. You can view show notes and additional episodes on my blog here.
Mar 31, 2018
New Hop Products for Brewing with Mitch Steele – BeerSmith Podcast #167
44:51
Mitch Steele joins me to discuss the best use of a wide variety of hop products including whole hops, pellet hops, wet hops, hop extracts, hop oils and more. You can find show notes and additional episodes on my blog here.
Mar 09, 2018
Brewing New England IPAs with Michael Tonsmeire – BeerSmith Podcast #166
47:09
Michael Tonsmeire joins me this week to discuss the New England India Pale Ale style along with a few new projects including his brewery "Sapwood Cellars" opening in Columbia, MD. You can find show notes and additional episodes on my blog here.
Feb 26, 2018
Mashmaker and Craft Malts with Michael Dawson – BeerSmith Podcast #165
45:31
Michael Dawson joins me to discuss his new book "Mashmaker" as well as the emergence of some unique craft beer malts. You can find show notes and additional episodes on my blog here.
Feb 13, 2018
Yeast and Beer Flavors with Dr Charlie Bamforth – BeerSmith Podcast #164
53:15
Dr Charlie Bamforth joins me this week to discuss how brewing yeast and yeast health affects flavors in beer. You can find show notes and additional episodes on my blog here.
Jan 26, 2018
Pressure Fermentation with Chris White, John Blichmann- BeerSmith Podcast #163
52:37
Chris White and John Blichmann join me to discuss their experiments in pressurized fermentation of beer in a quest to produce lager-like beers at room temperature. You can find show notes and additional episodes on my blog here.
Jan 17, 2018
Cream Ale with Curt Stock- BeerSmith Podcast #162
34:35
Curt Stock joins me this week to discuss brewing the perfect Cream Ale and a little bit about fruit meads. You can find additional episodes and show notes on my blog here.
Dec 27, 2017
Imperial Yeast and Starters with Owen Lingley, Jess Caudill – BeerSmith Podcast #161
43:37
Owen Lingley and Jess Caudill from Imperial Yeast join me this week to discuss brewing yeast, yeast starters, pitch rates, and caring for your beer yeast. You can find show notes and additional episodes on my blog here.
Dec 10, 2017
Belgian Styles with Tomme Arthur from The Lost Abbey – BeerSmith Podcast #160
44:24
Tomme Arthur, the Director of Operations at The Lost Abbey, joins me this week to discuss Belgian beer styles, producing high end craft beers, sours, barrel aging and more. You can find show notes and additional episodes on my blog here.
Nov 21, 2017
Brulosophy Brewing Experiments with Marshall Schott – BeerSmith Podcast #159
51:59
Marshall Schott from Brulosophy joins me to discuss his ongoing brewing experiments, the Hop Chronicles, Short and Shoddy and his new podcast. You can find show notes and additional episodes on my blog here.
Nov 09, 2017
Lake Anne Brew House with Jason Romano – BeerSmith Podcast #158
47:18
Jason Romano joins me from Lake Anne Brew House in Reston, VA to discuss his experience in opening and running a small nano-brewery and tap-house. You can find show notes and additional episodes on my blog here.
Oct 24, 2017
Porters and Stouts with Sean Johnson – BeerSmith Podcast #157
38:39
Sean Johnson joins me from the Brewing Science Lab at the University of Northern Colorado to discuss brewing the perfect Porter or Stout. You can find show notes and additional episodes here on the BeerSmith blog.
Oct 12, 2017
Brewing Topics with Gordon Strong – BeerSmith Podcast #156
55:19
Gordon Strong, Grandmaster beer judge, joins me this week to discuss brewing in New Zealand Pilsner, Brazil and his new Blichmann home brewing equipment setup. You can find additional episodes and show notes here.
Sep 27, 2017
Session Beers with Jennifer Talley – BeerSmith Podcast #155
36:23
Jennifer Talley joins me to discuss her new book "Session Beers: Brewing for Flavor and Balance".  Jennifer is a professional brewer with over 20 GABF and World Beer Cup awards. You can find show notes and additional episodes on my blog here.
Sep 06, 2017
Tasting Cider with Erin James – BeerSmith Podcast #154
39:31
Erin James joins me this week to discuss her new book "Tasting Cider", the recent surge in craft cider making, styles of cider as well as cider cocktails and food pairings. You can find show notes and additional episodes on my blog here.
Aug 10, 2017
Ancient Brews with Dr Patrick McGovern – BeerSmith Podcast #153
48:58
Dr Patrick McGovern, Director of Biomolecular Archeology at the University of Pennsylvania Museum joins me this week to discuss research into ancient fermented beverages. You can find show notes and additional episodes on my blog here.
Aug 01, 2017
Hop Oils in Beer Brewing with Stan Hieronymus – BeerSmith Podcast #152
43:20
Stan Hieronymus joins me this week to discuss cutting edge research in the use of certain hop oils in beer brewing.  Stan has some interesting results regarding which oils provide key flavors in IPAs and pale ales. You can find show notes and additional episodes on my blog here.
Jul 10, 2017
Building an Electric Brewery with John Blichmann – BeerSmith Podcast #151
53:53
John Blichmann, founder of Blichmann Engineering joins me this week to discuss setting up an indoor electric brewery at home. We discuss electrical, ventilation and water requirements. You can find show notes and additional episodes on my blog here.
Jun 26, 2017
Mead Making with Steve Piatz – BeerSmith Podcast #150
51:45
Steve Piatz, the author of "The Complete Guide to Making Mead" and 2008 mead maker of the year joins me this week to discuss making the perfect mead, melomel, pyment or cyser. You can find show notes and additional episodes on the BeerSmith blog here.
Jun 08, 2017
Barrel Aging Beers and Sours with Michael Tonsmeire – BeerSmith Podcast #149
50:40
Michael Tonsmeire the author of "American Sour Beers" joins me this week to discuss aging beer in barrels as well as how to barrel age sour beers. You can find additional episodes and show notes on my blog here.
May 30, 2017
How to Brew Fourth Edition with John Palmer – BeerSmith Podcast #148
46:10
John Palmer joins me to discuss the release of the fourth edition of his best selling homebrew book "How to Brew" as well as recent trends in beer brewing. You can find additional show notes and episodes on my blog here.
May 15, 2017
India Pale Ale (IPA) Trends with Mitch Steele – BeerSmith Podcast #147
42:39
Mitch Steele, author of the IPA book and former brewmaster at Stone Brewing joins me this week to discuss recent trends in India Pale Ale and the craft IPA revolution. You can find show notes and additional episodes on my blog here.
Apr 21, 2017
Sensory Evaluation of Beer with Randy Mosher – BeerSmith Podcast #146
54:37
This week Randy Mosher joins me to discuss the second edition of his book "Tasting Beer" as well as sensory evaluation of beer, aroma, judging beer and more. You can find show notes and additional episodes on my blog here.
Apr 13, 2017
Pairing Beer and Food with Sean Paxton – BeerSmith Podcast #145
52:47
Sean Paxton, aka "The Homebrew Chef" joins me this week to discuss the pairing of beer and food and how he plans entire multi-course meals around various beers. You can find show notes and additional episodes on my blog here.
Mar 28, 2017
Starting a Small Malt House with Dark Cloud Malting – BeerSmith Podcast #144
50:20
Jesse Kaiss and Danny Buswell from Dark Cloud Malt House join me this week to discuss their experiences starting up a small local malt house.  Jesse and Danny are malting their own barley and selling it locally in central Maryland. You can find show notes and additional episodes on my blog here.
Mar 10, 2017
Mead Making and Melomels with Ken Schramm – BeerSmith Podcast #143
59:06
This week Ken Schramm from Schramm's Meadery joins me to discuss big sweet fruity meads and melomels.  Ken is a founder of the Mazer Cup, author of the book The Compleat Meadmaker, nationally award winning mead maker, and founder of Schramm's Meadery near Detroit. You can find show notes and additional episodes on the blog here.
Feb 22, 2017
Clarity and Haze in Beer with Dr Charlie Bamforth – BeerSmith Podcast #142
58:26
Dr Charlie Bamforth joins me this week to discuss clarity and haze in beer as well as steps you can take to improve clarity through finings, conditioning and brewing techniques. You can find additional episodes and show notes here.
Feb 09, 2017
German Brewing Traditions and Reinheitsgebot – BeerSmith Podcast #141
55:31
Rory Lawton joins me from Berlin, Germany to discuss the tradition of the German Purity Law or "Reinheitsgebot" and some very controversial efforts to challenge it.  Along the way we discuss the history of the law, how it has evolved and how it affects brewing in Germany. You can find additional episodes and show notes here.
Jan 27, 2017
All Grain Beer Brewing Equipment with Chris Graham – BeerSmith Podcast #140
47:00
Chris Graham, President at MoreBeer joins me to talk about large all grain beer brewing equipment for home brewers. Chris and I discuss RIMS and HERMS systems, pumps, chillers and more. You can view show notes and additional episodes on my blog here.
Jan 06, 2017
Hops and Firestone Walker with Matt Brynildson – BeerSmith Podcast #139
43:10
Matt Brynildson, the Brewmaster for Firestone Walker and five time GABF brewer of the year joins me this week to discuss hops and brewing Firestone Walker's beers. You can view show notes and additional episodes on my blog here.
Dec 22, 2016
Making Braggot – Mead and Barley with Michael Fairbrother – BeerSmith Podcast #138
46:24
Michael Fairbrother, the founder of Moonlight Meadery joins me this week to discuss how to make Braggot which is a combination of beer and mead made from both honey and barley grain. You can find show notes and additional episodes on the BeerSmith blog here.
Dec 07, 2016
Brewing Local American Grown Beer with Stan Hieronymus – BeerSmith Podcast #137
47:48
Stan Hieronymus joins me this week to discuss his new book "Brewing Local - American Grown Beer" which includes a history of brewing distinctly American beers and local ingredients. You can find additional episodes and show notes here.
Nov 18, 2016
Experimental Home Brewing with Drew Beechum – BeerSmith Podcast #136
43:44
Drew Beechum joins me to talk about experimental homebrewing, his new book Homebrew All Stars, the launch of his podcast, saisons and more in this week's podcast. You can find show notes and additional episodes here on the BeerSmith blog.
Nov 01, 2016
Brewer John Mallett and Maltster Andrea Stanley – BeerSmith Podcast #135
55:49
John Mallet, Director of Operations at Bell's Brewery and Andrea Stanley from Valley Malting join me to have a discussion about craft malt houses, malt and how small malt and hop houses are changing the face of craft beer. You can find show notes and additional episodes here.
Oct 19, 2016
AHA Update with Brew Guru Gary Glass – BeerSmith Podcast #134
43:08
Gary Glass, the Director of the American Homebrewers Association joins me this week to discuss the Great American Beer Festival, Brew Guru, Pro-Am Beer Competition, homebrew laws, new hop products and more. You can find additional show notes and episodes here.
Oct 01, 2016
Scottish Ale History with Ron Pattinson – BeerSmith Podcast #133
54:40
Ron Pattinson joins me this week to discuss the surprisingly complex history of Scottish beer brewing.  We learn that Scotland had a rich and complex history brewing a wide variety of beers both for internal consumption and export. You can find additional episodes and show notes here.
Sep 14, 2016
Brulosophy Brewing Experiments with Marshall Schott – BeerSmith Podcast #132
44:55
Marshall Schott, author of the Brulosophy blog joins me this week to discuss some of the innovative experiments he and others are doing comparing home brewing techniques and ingredients.  This is one episode you don't want to miss! You can find additional episodes and show notes here.
Aug 25, 2016
Unlocking the Genetic Code of Brewing Yeast with Chris White – BeerSmith Podcast #131
41:56
Dr Chris White, the President of White labs joins me this week to discuss an ongoing collaboration to unlock the genetic code of yeast.  Chris has been working with scientists around the world to categorize various types of yeast and tie their genetic codes to yeast traits. You can view the full episode with show notes here.
Aug 13, 2016
Modern Homebrew Recipes with Gordon Strong – BeerSmith Podcast #130
55:21
Gordon Strong, President of the Beer Judge Certification Program, joins me this week to discuss Modern Homebrew Recipes and his philosophy for designing beer recipes.  Gordon provides a unique perspective on how he creates award winning beer recipes. You can find show notes for this episode here.
Jul 27, 2016
The zerogravity Beer Project – BeerSmith Podcast #129
40:46
William Brennand and Stefan Occhi from the University of Nottingham in the UK join me this week to discuss their Master's level brewing project called "zerogravity".  They are part of a team brewing at a commercial level as a capstone project for their degrees. You can find additional episodes and show notes here.
Jul 07, 2016
Brewing Yeast with John Palmer – BeerSmith Podcast #128
39:17
John Palmer joins me this week to discuss beer brewing yeast, the yeast life cycle and his upcoming new edition of "How to Brew" in a show recorded from the Homebrew Con 2016 show floor in Baltimore. You can find additional episodes and show notes here.
Jun 26, 2016
Wood and Beer with Peter Bouckaert – BeerSmith Podcast #127
55:02
This week it is an honor to host Peter Bouckaert, the brewmaster at New Belgium Brewing to discuss his new book Wood and Beer.  Peter has been at New Belgium for over 20 years, and has just finished his book on wood and barrel aged beers with co-author Dick Cantwell. You can find the full episode with show notes here.
Jun 07, 2016
Jays Brewing with Thomas Boman – BeerSmith Podcast #126
40:27
This week I visit Jay's Brewing shop in Manassas Virginia and interview Thomas Boman on what its like to own and operate a small local homebrew shop. You can find the show notes for this episode here.
May 23, 2016
Trends in Hops and Beer Brewing with Stan Hieronymus – BeerSmith Podcast #125
50:47
Stan Hieronymus, the author of "For the Love of Hops" joins me this week to discuss recent trends in hop varieties, hop techniques and brewing better beer with hops. You can find the show notes and additional episodes here.
May 02, 2016
Embrace Homebrewing with Michael Tonsmeire – BeerSmith Podcast #124
52:40
Michael Tonsmeire, the Mad Fermentationist, joins me this week to talk about embracing homebrewing and shares many of the advantages that home brewers enjoy versus professional beer brewers. You can find additional episodes and the show notes here.
Apr 15, 2016
The AHA and HomebrewCon 2016 with Gary Glass – BeerSmith Podcast #123
45:36
Gary Glass, the Director of the American Homebrewers Association (AHA) joins me to discuss trends in homebrewing, the AHA, and this year's HomebrewCon 2016 conference.  Gary is Director of the 40,000+ member AHA organization representing American home brewers. You can find the full episode show notes here.
Apr 04, 2016
Beer Brewing Ingredients with Jake Keeler and Michael Dawson – BeerSmith Podcast #122
52:48
Jake Keeler and Michael Dawson join me from Brewer Supply Group to discuss some of the new trends in beer brewing ingredients.  Jake and Michael are both active in the home brewing industry as well as brewing supply industry. You can find the show notes for this episode here.
Mar 15, 2016
Boiling Home Brewed Beer with Dr Charlie Bamforth – BeerSmith Podcast #121
56:05
Dr Charles Bamforth, Professor of Malting and Brewing Science at the University of California at Davis joins me this week to discuss boiling your beer and some of the chemical processes involved in the boil. You can find the episode show notes here.
Mar 01, 2016
Quality Management for Beer Brewing with Mary Pellettieri – BeerSmith Podcast #120
49:57
Mary Pellettieri, the author of "Quality Management: Essential Planning for Breweries" joins me this week to discuss how to ensure quality in beer including planning, measurement, consistency and quality control. You can find the full episode blog entry and show notes here.
Feb 05, 2016
Melomel – Meads and Fruit with Michael Fairbrother – BeerSmith Podcast #119
43:50
Michael Fairbrother, award winning mead maker and CEO of Moonlight Meadery joins me this week to discuss making fruit meads and melomels.  Michael uses fruit in many of his top selling meads and has a unique perspective on what fruits to use and how to get the best mead from fruit and honey! You can find the full episode with show notes here.
Jan 20, 2016
Beer Water Testing with Christian Krzykwa – BeerSmith Podcast #118
38:40
Christian Krzykwa from Industrial Test Systems joins me to discuss how to measure your beer brewing water, understanding a water report and also managing your mash pH.  With the introduction of test kits and pH meters you can use at home you can get more control than ever over your brewing water and the beer brewing process. You can find the full episode show notes here.
Jan 06, 2016
Brewing High Gravity Beers with John Blichmann – BeerSmith Podcast #117
40:23
John Blichmann from Blichmann Engineering joins me this week to discuss brewing "big" high gravity beers.  John covers some of the special challenges including reduced mash efficiency, split mashing, balancing your big beer and fermentation and aging. You can find the full episode show notes here.
Dec 14, 2015
German Wheat Beer with John Palmer – BeerSmith Podcast #116
47:07
Author John Palmer joins me this week to discuss German Wheat Beer styles and beer brewing.  John just returned from a trip to Germany and he shares some of his tips for brewing the perfect Weizen or Weisse. You can find the show notes for this episode here.
Nov 30, 2015
Historical Beer Myths with Randy Mosher – BeerSmith Podcast #115
59:58
Randy Mosher tells us why almost everything we've been told about the history of beer is wrong.  In a wide ranging interview, Randy shares why many of our beer stories are actually myths, and shares a history of beer that is much more varied and dynamic than previously thought. You can find podcast show notes here.
Nov 15, 2015
Barley Varieties and Genetics with Dr Pat Hayes – BeerSmith Podcast #114
42:45
Dr Pat Hayes, Professor of Barley Breeding at Oregon State University, is my guest this week to discuss advances in barley breeding, genetics and what beer brewers can look forward to from future barley varieties. The show notes for this episode can be found here.
Oct 29, 2015
Czech Lagers with Chris Lohring – BeerSmith Podcast #113
50:43
Chris Lohring, the founder of Notch Brewing joins me this week to discuss brewing Czech Lagers.  Chris has been brewing Czech Lagers as session beers since 2010 and has some interesting insights on Czech lagers and their variants. You can view the full episode show notes here.
Oct 15, 2015
Barrel Aged Sours with CJ Shamas- BeerSmith Podcast #112
45:49
CJ Shamas joins me this week to discuss his barrel aged sour beer program.  CJ has come up with a method to schedule his beers to maximize the flavor and utilization of oak barrels for making great beer. You can find the full episode with show notes here.
Sep 29, 2015
Speed Brewing with Mary Izett – BeerSmith Podcast #111
40:18
Mary Izett, author of the new book "Speed Brewing" joins me this week to discuss rapid brewing of all grain beer as well as mead, cider, Buch and Kefir.  She provides some great tips on how to create a variety of fermented beverages on a short time scale. You can find the full episode with show notes here.
Sep 18, 2015
Nano-Brewery Startup Tips with John Blichmann – BeerSmith Podcast #110
32:33
John Blichmann, President of Blichmann Engineering joins me this week to discuss starting a nano-brewery including equipment options as well as many of the business considerations that come into play with starting a beer brewery on a shoestring. You can find the full episode with show notes here.
Aug 31, 2015
Electric Beer Brewing Systems with Adam Shake – BeerSmith Podcast #109
49:02
Adam Shake joins me this week to discuss making beer with electric brewing systems, and we cover a wide variety of equipment topics including heating elements, pumps and different types of controllers to automate your brewing system. You can see the full episode with show notes here.
Aug 13, 2015
Brewing Sour Beers with Michael Dawson – BeerSmith Podcast #108
42:17
Michael Dawson, former host of Brewing TV joins me this week to discuss brewing the perfect sour beer.  Michael shares some amazing tips for quickly brewing a Berliner Weisse as well as Lambic in this special episode recorded at the National Homebrew Conference in San Diego. You can find the full episode and show notes here.
Jul 24, 2015
Chilling Your Wort with Chris Graham – BeerSmith Podcast #107
40:33
Chris Graham, the President of MoreBeer joins me this week to discuss methods for rapidly chilling your wort when home brewing beer.  Chris discusses immersion chillers, counter-flow chillers and plate chillers and how rapidly cooling your wort can make better beer. You can find the full episode with show notes here.
Jul 10, 2015
Beer Styles with Stan Hieronymus – BeerSmith Podcast #106
54:30
Stan Hieronymus, brewing author and most recent winner of the AHA Governing Committee award, joins me this week to discuss hops and emerging beer styles.  Stan is the author of "For the Love of Hops", "Brew Like a Monk" and also "Brewing with Wheat". You can find the full episode with show notes here.
Jun 26, 2015
Malt and its Impact on Beer with Dr Charlie Bamforth – BeerSmith Podcast #105
58:04
Dr Charlie Bamforth, Distinguished Professor of Brewing Science from the University of California at Davis joins me this week to discuss malted barley, its alternatives and the huge impact malt has on beer. You can find the full episode with show notes here.
Jun 09, 2015
The 2015 BJCP Beer Style Guide with Gordon Strong – BeerSmith Podcast #104
52:07
BJCP President Gordon Strong joins me to discuss the 2015 BJCP Beer Style Guide update that was just released by the Beer Judge Certification Program. The new, expanded style guide is used worldwide by home and professional brewers for competition and brewing great beer. You can find the full episode with show notes here.
May 29, 2015
Beer Recipe Transformers with Drew Beechum – BeerSmith Podcast #103
55:28
Brewing author Drew Beechum is my guest this week to discuss how you can transform one beer into another with a few simple changes to your recipe.  Drew's approach to recipe design is unique - so join me for another great episode! You can find the full episode with show notes here.
May 15, 2015
Evaluating Your Beer with Denny Conn – BeerSmith Podcast #102
39:17
Denny Conn joins me this week to discuss a number of experiments he has made on evaluating and improving your beer.  Specifically he addresses decoction mashing, first wort hopping and biases in evaluating your beer. You can find the full episode with show notes here.
Apr 27, 2015
National Homebrewers Conference with Gary Glass – BeerSmith Podcast #101
31:14
Gary Glass, the Director of the American Homebrewer's Association (AHA) joins me this week to discuss the AHA and also what is in store for the 2015 National Homebrew Conference which is scheduled for June 11-13 in San Diego.  Gary also tells us about the AHA and Brewer's Association. You can see the full episode with show notes here.
Apr 10, 2015
Beer Brewing Q&A with John Palmer and Randy Mosher – BeerSmith Podcast #100
50:09
Top beer brewing authors John Palmer and Randy Mosher join me for a special episode #100 to answer some of your questions about brewing better beer.  John is the author of the popular "How to Brew" book and video series and Randy Mosher has made a splash with his new book "Mastering Homebrew". You can find the full episode with show notes here.
Mar 23, 2015
Bohemian Pilsner Beer Brewing with Chris Graham – BeerSmith Podcast #99
43:17
Chris Graham, the President of MoreBeer joins me this week to discuss brewing the perfect Bohemian Pilsner.  Bohemian Pilsners are one of the more challenging lagers to brew, but Chris provides some great tips to get started with this great beer style. You can find the full version of the podcast with show notes here.
Mar 06, 2015
Mastering Homebrew with Randy Mosher – BeerSmith Podcast #98
51:20
Randy Mosher just published his new book Mastering Homebrew which I believe will soon become a home brewing classic.  This week I join Randy to talk about his new book which covers a huge number of beer brewing techniques, ingredients, and focuses on the flavor of beer instead of just the technical aspects. You can find the full details including show notes here.
Feb 17, 2015
Nano-Brewery Start Up with Michael Mraz – BeerSmith Podcast #97
48:41
Michael Mraz from Mraz Brewing joins us to follow up on his nano-brewery startup.  Michael launched his own 3 barrel brewery specializing in Belgian beers in a tiny 1000 sq foot shop in the Spring of 2013, and this week he shares some of his lessons learned in moving from amateur to pro-brewer. You can find the full show with video and show notes here.
Feb 04, 2015
Trends in India Pale Ale (IPA) with Mitch Steele – BeerSmith Podcast #96
49:46
Mitch Steele, the Brewmaster at Stone Brewing Co joins me this week to discuss trends in IPAs.  India Pale Ale has exploded the last few years, and is now one of the fastest growing styles in Craft Brewing. Mitch Steele at Stone is leading the trend. You can find full details on this episode including the show notes here.
Jan 20, 2015
Beer Brewing Secrets with Michael Tonsmeire – BeerSmith Podcast #95
53:56
Michael Tonsmeire joins me to share some of his top pro beer brewing secrets.  Michael provides 12 tips from the top brewers and shares his experience as an author and contributor to Modern Times brewery. You can find the full episode with show notes here.
Jan 07, 2015
Malt for Beer Brewing with John Mallett – BeerSmith Podcast #94
48:59
John Mallett, the Director of Operations at Bell's Brewing joins me to talk about his new book "Malt: A Practical Guide from Field to Brewhouse"  This is the final book in the four part Brewing Element series from Brewer's Publications.  John discusses varieties of malt, the malting process and how various malts are used in beer brewing. You can find the full episode with show notes here.
Dec 23, 2014
New Hop Varieties with Nathan Smith – BeerSmith Podcast #93
43:28
Nathan Smith joins me this week to discuss the many new hop varieties coming out for home and craft beer brewers.  Nathan, an award winning brewer, gave a presentation at last year's National Homebrew Conference on some of the great new hops entering the market, and shares this with us today. Note: The full episode with show notes can be found here.
Dec 08, 2014
Home Brewing Equipment with John Blichmann – BeerSmith Podcast #92
39:07
John Blichmann, the President of Blichmann Engineering is my guest this week to discuss intermediate and advanced Brewing Equipment.  John tells us about basic three tier all grain systems, RIMS/HERMS systems, heating your wort and using hybrid techniques like BIAB or his new BrewEasy system. You can find the full episode including show notes here.
Nov 17, 2014
Beer Fermentation with Chris Graham – BeerSmith Podcast #91
59:35
Chris Graham, the President of MoreBeer, joins me this week to discuss beer fermentation, fermenters, temperature control and how to get the most out of your fermentation.  Chris provides some great advice on the equipment to use, methods, and control of your home brewed fermentation. You can find the full episode with show notes here.
Oct 28, 2014
Experimental Homebrewing with Drew and Denny – BeerSmith Podcast #90
58:59
The authors of the upcoming book Experimental Homebrewing Denny Conn and Drew Beechum join me to discuss some of their home brew experiments as well as their upcoming book.  Drew and Denny provide some unusual and unique ideas to spice up your home brewed beer! You can find the full episode with show notes here.
Oct 15, 2014
Tasting Beer with Randy Mosher – BeerSmith Podcast #89
46:18
Randy Mosher, the author of Radical Brewing and Mastering Homebrew joins me this week to discuss tasting beer, beer aroma, judging beer and also his upcoming book.  Its another great episode with one of home brewing's masters! You can find the full episode with show notes here.
Sep 26, 2014
Mead Making with Michael Fairbrother – BeerSmith Podcast #88
46:12
Michael Fairbrother from Moonlight Meadery joins me to discuss how you can make mead with the same equipment you are using now to brew beer.  Michael walks us through the entire mead making process and provides some great tips along the way! You can find the complete episode with show notes here.
Sep 15, 2014
Brewing Lagers with John Bolton, Dave Carpenter – BeerSmith Podcast #87
41:00
John Bolton and Dave Carpenter join me from Craft Beer and Brewing Magazine to talk about brewing lagers.  We cover the major procedures and techniques needed to brew a good lager including considerations like refrigeration, starter size and avoiding off flavors. Note: You can find the full episode with show notes here.
Aug 29, 2014
Yeast with Dr Chris White from White Labs – BeerSmith Podcast #86
31:54
Chris White, the President of White Labs yeast joins me today to talk about his new "Pure Pitch" technology for producing and distributing beer yeast.  He's replacing the entire White Labs line of vials with yeast distributed in the same container it is grown in.  The new technology, 5 years in the making, will hit home brew stores in the next few months. You can find the full episode with show notes here.
Aug 11, 2014
Sour Beer Brewing with Michael Tonsmeire – BeerSmith Podcast #85
50:04
Michael Tonsmeire joins me this week to discuss his new book "American Sour Beers" which was just published by the brewer's association.  Michael shares some great tips on brewing sour beers including both ingredients and techniques. You can find the full episode here including show notes.
Jul 22, 2014
Trends in Home Brewing with Jake Keeler – BeerSmith Podcast #84
28:08
Jake Keeler from the American Homebewers Association and a former Brewing TV cast member joins me this week to talk about the changes we're seeing in homebrewing as well as homebrew supplie.  This episode was recorded directly on the expo floor at the National Homebrew Conference in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Note: You can find the full episode with show notes here.
Jul 02, 2014
Brewing Beer Around the World with Stan Hieronymus – BeerSmith Podcast #83
35:33
Author Stan Hieronymus joins me this week for an interview recorded on the expo floor of the National Homebrewing Conference in Grand Rapids, Michigan.  Stan shares his experiences with homebrewers and craft brewing from a variety of nations including Belgium, Brazil, Argentina, Poland and more.  We also discuss beer styles, techniques and ingredients. You can find the full episode with show notes here.
Jun 20, 2014
Five Tips for Beer Brewers from John Palmer – BeerSmith Podcast #82
46:48
John Palmer joins me this week to discuss his top five tips for new home brewers.  John is the author of the top selling "How to Brew" book as well as his new book "Water", and provides some great tips for brewers just getting into home brewing or even experienced brewers interested in making better beer. You can find the full episode with show notes here.
Jun 03, 2014
Malted Grains for Beer Brewing with Randy Mosher – BeerSmith Podcast #81
41:49
Randy Mosher joins me this week to discuss what different malts and grains bring to your home brewed beer.  He gives us an tour of the most popular malts used in home brewing and explains the flavors they really bring to the beer. Note: You can find the complete episode with show notes here.
May 13, 2014
Beer Freshness and Oxygen with Chaz Benedict- BeerSmith Podcast #80
40:22
This week my guest is Chaz Benedict, who is an expert in commercial beer freshness and reducing oxygen content in finished beer.  We explore beer freshness, oxygen in beer, and ways a home brewer can create beer that is long lasting and has a stable flavor profile. Note: You can find the full episode with audio, video and show notes here.
Apr 25, 2014
Kegging your Home Brewed Beer with Chris Graham – BeerSmith Podcast #79
55:26
This week we discuss how to keg your home brewed beer with Chris Graham from MoreBeer.  I highly recommend watching the video as this week Chris provides a detailed overview on kegging equipment, kegging techniques and how to make the transition from bottles to kegs! Note: You can access the entire episode including show notes and video here.
Apr 09, 2014
Baltic Porter and The Maltose Falcons – BeerSmith Podcast #78
37:08
This week three members from the Maltose Falcons homebrew club join me to talk about Baltic Porter.  We discuss the Baltic Porter style, how to brew it and also their recent Baltic Porter contest.  We also discuss the Maltose Falcons 40th anniversary and their celebratory Baltic Porter brew. NOTE: You can find the full episode including video and show notes here.
Mar 26, 2014
Brew in a Bag (BIAB) with Jake Keeler – BeerSmith Podcast #77
46:55
This week Jake Keeler joins me to discuss how to Brew in a Bag (BIAB). Brew-in-a-bag is a popular alternative to traditional all grain beer brewing methods and saves on both time and equipment needed to get into all grain brewing. Note: You can find the full episode with show notes and video here.
Mar 11, 2014
Schwarzbier Brewing with Jason Jaworowicz – BeerSmith Podcast #76
42:15
This week on the BeerSmith podcast we talk about brewing the perfect German Schwarzbier (Black beer). Jason Jaworowicz from Rivertown Homebrewers is my guest, and he provides a detailed walkthrough on how to brew this rich German lager.  Also subscribe on iTunes for my new video podcast feed! Note: You can capture the full video and show notes for this episode here.
Feb 24, 2014
Vintage English Beer Brewing with Ron Pattinson – BeerSmith Podcast #75
58:26
This week my guest is Ron Pattinson, who is an expert on historical beer brewing. Ron joins us to discuss Vintage English beers and covers a wide variety of topics including English historical styles, classic ingredients and beer brewing techniques. Ron is the author of a new book "The Home Brewer's Guide to Vintage Beer. NOTE: You can find the full video and show notes for this episode here.
Feb 15, 2014
Flavor Stability in Beer with Dr Charlie Bamforth – BeerSmith Podcast #74
44:55
This week we talk about flavor stability in beer with brewing science Professor Charles Bamforth from the University of California at Davis. Charlie has been studying flavor stability in beer for a number of years, and shares with us some of the complexities of keeping beer fresh tasting as it ages. We explore the aging of beer, off flavors, and what can be done to improve the flavor stability of beer over time. The full video and show notes for this episode can be found here.
Jan 31, 2014
Grodziskie Beer from Poland with Stan Hieronymus – BeerSmith Podcast #73
45:49
Stan Hieronymus is my guest this week, and we're talking about the resurgence of the Grodziskie beer style from Poland made from oak smoked wheat malt. This style was nearly lost to us, and out of production in the mid 20'th century, but home brewers and craft breweries have brought this style back to life. The full video and show notes for this podcast can be found here.
Jan 17, 2014
Belgian Strong Ale with Michael Mraz – BeerSmith Podcast #72
38:34
This week I discuss Belgian Strong Ale Recipes with Michael Mraz from Mraz Brewing Company. Michael tells us how to brew the perfect Belgian Golden Strong including the grain bill, hop schedule, fermenting and finishing your beer. The full video and show notes for this episode can be found here.
Jan 04, 2014
Wild Yeast Beer Brewing with Booth’s Homebrewing – BeerSmith Podcast #71
39:56
Francis Booth and Leslie Deppert from Booth's Brewing join me this week to talk about making beer with wild yeast. Wild and native yeasts are used in many Belgian styles, and Francis and Leslie share their experience brewing beer at high temperature with wild yeast. The full video and show notes for this episode can be found here.
Dec 20, 2013
Beer Brewing Water with John Palmer and Colin Kaminski – BeerSmith Podcast #70
47:55
John Palmer and Colin Kaminski join me this week to discuss their new book "Water, A Comprehensive Guide for Brewers". We discuss the best water for brewing beer, mash pH, residual alkalinity, beer brewing water for extract and all grain brewers, water sources and much more. The full video and show notes for this episode can be found here.
Dec 07, 2013
Hops and Malt with John Mallett from Bell’s – BeerSmith Podcast #69
53:48
John Mallett from Bell's Brewery is my guest this week. John joins me to discuss how the changing landscape in hops and malt is driving craft beer and home brewing forward and pushing new frontiers for craft and home brewers worldwide. The full video and show notes for this episode can be found here.
Nov 13, 2013
Modern Times Brewery Follow Up – BeerSmith Podcast #68
48:01
Jacob McKean and Michael Tonsmiere join us again from Modern Times brewery do to a follow up interview on their microbrewery launch and lessons learned from transitioning to pro brewing. They have had some success and some challenges as they moved to producing craft beer. The full video and show notes for this episode can be found here.
Oct 29, 2013
Hop Techniques for Beer with Gordon Strong – BeerSmith Podcast #67
48:46
Hop techniques for beer brewing is this week's topic. Grandmaster beer judge and award winning brewer Gordon Strong joins me this week and shares his thoughts on a wide variety of hop techniques including first wort hopping, aroma hop additions and dry hops. The full video and show notes for this episode can be found here.
Oct 15, 2013
Professional Brewing Education with Burghard Meyer – BeerSmith Podcast #66
32:21
This week Burghard Meyer joins us from the Research and Teaching Institute in Berlin (VLB) to discuss professional brewing education and how you can get the training needed to become a certified brewmaster. The VLB is dedicated to educating master brewers worldwide. The full video and show notes can be found here.
Sep 29, 2013
Making Mead with Michael Fairbrother – BeerSmith Podcast #65
42:10
Making Mead is this week's topic with Michael Fairbrother from Moonlight Meadery as my guest. He shares his thoughts on mead as both a professional and award winning mead maker. The full video and show notes for this episode can be found here.
Sep 16, 2013
Designing Beer with Ray Daniels – BeerSmith Podcast #64
52:32
This week I'm pleased to have Ray Daniels, the author of "Designing Great Beer" as well as the founder of the Cicerone program join me as a guest. Ray and I discuss designing beer recipes, homebrewing, commercial brewing and the Cicerone certification program. The full video and show notes for this episode can be found here.
Aug 31, 2013
All Grain Beer Brewing with Chris Graham – BeerSmith Podcast #63
35:55
This week we talk about how to make the switch into all grain beer brewing. My guest is Chris Graham, Chief Operating Officer of MoreBeer and also a Brewer's Association board member and American Homebrew Association Governing Council member. The full video and show notes for this episode can be found here.
Aug 17, 2013
Beer Cleaning and Sanitation with Jon Herskovits – BeerSmith Podcast #62
42:43
This week my guest is Jon Herskovits from Five Star Chemicals. and we discuss how to properly clean and sanitize your beer brewing equipment. Beer sanitation is critical to making great beer at home! The full video and show notes for this episode can be found here.
Aug 17, 2013
Brewing Water and Mash pH with Bob Hall – BeerSmith Podcast #61
35:58
This week my guest is Bob Hall.  Bob shares with us some great tips for managing your brewing water and mash pH. Bob teaches biology and ecology at the University of Wyoming and has been homebrewing for 23 years. The full video and show notes for this episode can be found here.
Jun 20, 2013
Beer Brewing Water with John Palmer – BeerSmith Podcast #60
51:16
This week my guest is John Palmer.  John joins us to discuss brewing water and pH control for mashing in beer brewing. He explains why understanding your brewing water and controlling your mash pH is very important as well as describes how to calculate residual alkalinity for your local water source. The full video and show notes for this episode can be found here.
May 29, 2013
Malting Barley for Beer with Andrea Stanley – BeerSmith Podcast #59
50:41
This week my guest is Andrea Stanley from Valley Malting. She shares with us some of the challenges in going from home brewer to creating one of the first small malt houses East of the Mississippi, as well as shares with us how you might grow and malt your own barley at home. The full video and show notes for this episode can be found here.
May 10, 2013
Hops and Beer Bitterness with Dr Charlie Bamforth – BeerSmith Podcast #58
48:45
This week I invite Dr Charles Bamforth to talk with us about beer bitterness, isomerization, alpha acids and hops in your home brewed beer. Dr Bamforth is a Professor of Brewing Science at the University of California at Davis, and author of numerous books. The full video and show notes for this episode can be found here.
Apr 26, 2013
Nanobrewing Beer with Michael Mraz – BeerSmith Podcast #57
41:08
This week Michael Mraz joins me to talk about his new project starting a microbrewery. Mike is a nationally award winning home brewer who is now launching his own nano-brewery on a full time basis in El Dorado Hills, CA. We talk about some of the challenges a starting pro-brewer faces including setting up the business, getting the licenses and actually brewing the beer. The full video and show notes for this episode can be found here.
Apr 12, 2013
Brewing a Lager with Erik Schmid – BeerSmith Podcast #56
38:58
This week we discuss how to brew the perfect Lager with Erik Schmid from The Brewmeister homebrew shop. Erik tells us how to overcome some of the challenges with Lager including refrigeration, yeast selection, ingredients, aging and dealing with off-flavors. The full video and show notes for this episode can be found here.
Mar 26, 2013
Designing Beer with Denny Conn – BeerSmith Podcast #55
37:24
This week I discuss how to design a beer recipe with Denny Conn. Denny shares some of his tips on creating a home brewing recipe from scratch including imagining the beer, selecting ingredients, applying techniques and iterating to perfect the beer. NOTE: The full video and show notes for this episode can be found here.
Feb 17, 2013
Pro Beer Brewing Startup with Modern Times – BeerSmith Podcast #54
45:52
This week I interview Jacob McKean and Michael Tonsmeire who are involved in a cross country beer collaboration to build a new brewery in San Diego called Modern Times. We walk through some of the challenges in going from home brewer to pro brewer! NOTE: The full video and show notes for this episode can be found here.
Jan 29, 2013
Eco-Friendly Brewing with Amelia Loftus – BeerSmith Podcast #53
42:44
This week we discuss eco-friendly home brewing with Amelia Loftus. Amelia is an writer on ecologically friendly brewing and also a founding member of Seven Bridges Cooperative, a brewing supply shop that specializes in organic ingredients. NOTE: The full video and show notes for this episode can be found here.
Jan 13, 2013
For the Love of Hops with Stan Hieronymus – BeerSmith Podcast #52
42:07
This week Stan Hieronymus joins me to discuss his new book "For the Love of Hops." Stan has spent the last five years studying hop growing, production, and its use in both home brewing and commercial beer brewing. NOTE: The full video and show notes for this episode can be found here.
Dec 27, 2012
Single Malt and Single Hop (SMASH) with Drew Beechum – BeerSmith Podcast #51
43:55
This week Drew Beechum joins me to discuss SMASH brewing (Single Malt and Single Hops). SMASH brewing is a great way to not only get familiar with brewing ingredient, but also a way to simplify your brewing to create great beer with fewer ingredients. NOTE: The show notes and video for this episode can be found here.
Dec 13, 2012
Brewing Saison Beer with Nathan Smith – BeerSmith Podcast #50
48:42
This week Nathan Smith joins me to talk about how to brew the perfect Saison or Farmhouse Ale. Saison is a light, refreshing beer that is highly drinkable and Nathan shares his secrets on how to brew a perfect one. NOTE: The complete video and show notes for this episode can be found here.
Nov 28, 2012
Brewing India Pale Ale (IPAs) with Mitch Steele – BeerSmith Podcast #49
43:27
This week my guest is Mitch Steele from Stone Brewery. Mitch is the author of a new book called IPA: Brewing Techniques, Recipes and the Evolution of India Pale Ale.  Mitch tells us how to brew the perfect India Pale Ale. NOTE: The video and show notes for this episode can be found here.
Nov 14, 2012
Oktoberfest and Marzen Beers with Gordon Strong – BeerSmith Podcast #48
48:12
This week my guest is Gordon Strong, who is back to talk about the Octoberfest, Marzen and Pumpkin Fall beer styles.  Gordon gives us a great overview on brewing some of the most popular autumn beers. NOTE: The full video and show notes for this episode can be found here.
Oct 31, 2012
How to Brew Beer with Midwest’s David Kidd and Nick Stephan – BeerSmith Podcast #47
41:09
This week my guests are David Kidd and Nick Stephan from Midwest Homebrewing. Beginning home brewing for new beer brewers is the topic of this week's show, and David and Nick give you some great tips on getting started with Extract and also answer some of the most common questions they get from beginning and intermediate home brewers. NOTE: The full video and show notes for this episode can be found here.
Oct 15, 2012
John Palmer on Hops and Home Brewing – BeerSmith Podcast #46
47:23
This week my guest is John Palmer, author of "How to Brew". John shares his thoughts on brewing with hops including some of the newest understanding regarding how to get the most out of high alpha hops, hop freshness and when to best add hop additions to maximize your flavor and aroma. NOTE: The full video and show notes for this episode can be found here.
Oct 02, 2012
Brewing in Brazil with Randy Mosher – BeerSmith Podcast #45
39:57
This week my guest is Randy Mosher, the author of Radical Brewing.  Randy and I discuss his recent trip to Brazil and how breweries there are taking advantage of local cuisine, ingredients and customs to develop their own flavors in beer. In a wide ranging interview, Randy once again opens our minds to a world of interesting brewing possibilities. NOTE: The complete video and show notes for this episode are found here.
Sep 14, 2012
American Homebrewers Association with Gary Glass – BeerSmith Podcast #44
40:38
This week my guest is Gary Glass, the Director of the American Homebrewers Association (AHA). Gary provides us with an overview of the AHA, how it got started and some of the many services and events the AHA sponsors and provides to the homebrewing community. NOTE: The full video and show notes for this episode are here.
Aug 21, 2012
Moonlight Meadery with Michael Fairbrother – BeerSmith Podcast #43
39:32
This week my guest is Michael Fairbrother from Moonlight Meadery. Michael is a national an international award winning mead maker who made the transition from making mead at home to professional only two years ago. Michael is going to share his tips on making great mead at home. NOTE: The full video and show notes for this episode are found here.
Jul 27, 2012
Sour Beer Brewing with Mike Mraz – BeerSmith Podcast #42
47:03
This week my guest is Mike Mraz, an award winning homebrewer who joins us to talk about brewing sour beer styles. Mike will tell you how to brew those distinctive sour beers like Belgian Flanders, Lambics or Sours at home. We also discuss using Brett and Lacto to sour your homebrew. NOTE: The full video and show notes for this episode are here.
Jul 13, 2012
Growing Hops with Jason Perrault – BeerSmith Podcast #41
37:48
This week my guest is Jason Perrault, a fourth generation hop grower from Perrault Farms. Jason joins us to talk about how to grow hops at home, and along the way we also talk about how to store and use fresh hops to enhance your homebrew. NOTE: The full video and show notes for this episode can be found here.
Jun 30, 2012
Pilsner Beer Brewing with Erik Schmid – BeerSmith Podcast #40
39:16
This week my guest is Erik Schmid from "The Brewmeister" home brew shop. Erik is going to teach us how to brew the perfect Pilsner beer this week, and has extensive experience with brewing lager beers. NOTE: The full video and show notes for this episode can be found here.
Jun 15, 2012
Advanced Home Brewing with Gordon Strong – BeerSmith Podcast #39
51:33
This week my guest is Gordon Strong, three time Ninkasi award winner (best in the US) and a Grandmaster Beer Judge. We discuss advanced homebrewing techniques - specifically for all grain brewers who have the basics of beer brewing down but want to do more. NOTE: The full video and show notes for this episode can be found here.
Jun 01, 2012
Hop Chemistry and Beer with James Altwies – BeerSmith Podcast #38
43:33
This week my guest is James Altwies, the President of Gorst Valley Hops. James is an expert in hop chemistry and this week we're going to discuss what alpha acids, beta acids and hop aroma oils are and how they can help you make better beer. James also shares how you can maximize your hop aroma and flavor in beer. NOTE: The full episode video and show notes can be found here.
May 14, 2012
Brewing Like a Monk with Stan Hieronymous – BeerSmith Podcast #37
51:03
This week my guest is Stan Hieronymous - the author of "Brew Like a Monk". Stan joins us to talk about brewing Belgian beers, the history of Belgian Abbey and Trappist ales, and how to brew them at home. NOTE: The full video and show notes for this episode can be found here.
May 01, 2012
Home Brewing Clubs with Drew Beechum – BeerSmith Podcast #36
35:48
This week I invite Drew Beechum back to talk about the merits of homebrew clubs. Drew was president of the Maltose Falcons and is active in the American Homebrewers Association, and provides a unique perspective on what clubs have to offer to homebrewers. NOTE: The full video and show notes for the episode can be found here.
Apr 16, 2012
Malting Barley with Bob Hansen from Briess – BeerSmith Podcast #35
49:00
This week I invite Bob Hansen from Briess malting and ingredients company to talk about beer brewing, malts, malting your own grain and also malt extract. Bob provides a great overview of how malted barley is grain, how specialty grains are made and even how they make malt extract. NOTE: The full video and show notes for this episode are linked here.
Apr 01, 2012
Justin Crossley from The Brewing Network – BeerSmith Podcast #34
32:52
This week I invite Justin Crossley from the Brewing Network to talk a bit about his journey in beer broadcasting, some of his shows and his recent journey into television. Justin is the popular host of the Session (a podcast) and runs a network of several shows centered around homebrewing. NOTE: The full video and show notes are linked here.
Mar 15, 2012
Brewing High Gravity Beers with John Palmer – BeerSmith Podcast #33
40:48
This week I invite John Palmer back to talk about brewing high gravity "big" beers. John shares some of his tips on getting the most from your high gravity mash, scaling recipes up to higher gravities, balancing your big beer and fermentation and aging.  High gravity beers provide a special challenge for many extract and all grain brewers. NOTE: The full episode video and show notes can be found here.
Feb 27, 2012
Developing Hop Varieties – BeerSmith Podcast #32
45:01
This week we talk about American hop varieties and developing new hops.  Al Haunold, a retired genetic engineer from USDA and Dave Wills from Freshops.com are my guests as we talk about how some of the most popular US hop varieties came about, how high alpha varieties are used now and how hops are grown. NOTE: The video and show notes for this complete episode can be found here.
Feb 12, 2012
Diacetyl in Beer with Charlie Bamforth – BeerSmith Podcast #31
33:22
Dr Charles Bamforth, Professor of Brewing Science from the University of California is my guest on this week's show and he shares with us a detailed look at diacetyl (an off flavor) and how to control it in your beer.  Charlie provides insights into the source, and also how to reduce diacetyl. Join us for a detailed look at this interesting bit of home brewing science. NOTE: The full video and show notes can be found here.
Jan 29, 2012
Designing Beer with Randy Mosher – BeerSmith Podcast #30
45:22
This week, we discuss designing beer with brewing author Randy Mosher. Randy shares with us the process he uses for designing beer and also gives us a sneak peek into the new book he's working on. Randy provides some great insights into beer design. NOTE: The full episode video and show notes can be found here.
Jan 11, 2012
Beer Brewing Myths – Holiday Episode – BeerSmith Podcast #29
1:06:39
This week I invite a panel of three of the top home brewers together to talk about beer brewing myths for an extended holiday edition of the BeerSmith podcast. My panel includes John Palmer, Gordon Strong and Denny Conn in a wide-ranging discussion of beer brewing techniques and myths. NOTE: The full episode with video and show notes can be found here.
Dec 22, 2011
Beer Brewing Equipment with John Blichmann – BeerSmith Podcast #28
29:44
John Blichmann of Blichmann Engineering makes some of the highest quality equipment for homebrewing including pots, three-tier systems, high end RIMS and HERMS systems and also his very popular Beer Gun. This week I interview John about everything from simple stainless pots to high end pump and temperature control systems. NOTE: The full episode video and show notes can be found here.
Dec 14, 2011
Batch Sparging with Denny Conn – BeerSmith Podcast #27
36:38
Batch sparging has become a popular technique for all grain home brewers to save time and money. This week I invite Denny Conn who is an expert in batch sparging to provide his advice on the best way to batch sparge your home brewed beer. NOTE: The full episode with video and show notes can be found here.
Dec 01, 2011
Porter Beer Recipes with Gordon Strong – BeerSmith Podcast #26
36:25
Porter beer recipes and brewing Porter is the subject of this week's interview with Grandmaster Beer Judge Gordon Strong. Beer author and BJCP President Gordon shares some of his top tips for brewing an award winning Porter beer at home. NOTE: The full episode with show notes and video can be found here.
Nov 10, 2011
Heretic Brewing with Jamil Zainasheff – BeerSmith Podcast #25
34:51
This week my guest is Jamil Zainasheff from Heretic Brewing. Jamil is an icon in the homebrewing community - author of two books, a podcast of his own and very active in the AHA and other home brewing organizations. Last year Jamil quit his day job in software to found his own brewery called Heretic Brewing Company. He talks today about his experience in the first year as a pro-brewer. NOTE: The full episode with show notes can be found here.
Oct 27, 2011
Trappist Beer and Abbey Ales – BeerSmith Podcast #24
29:36
This week I interview Dan Morey and we talk about how to brew Abbey and Trappist Ales.Trappist (or Abbey Ales) are a popular Belgian style that has become very popular and is widely duplicated by microbreweries here in the United States. Dan walks us through the variations of the Trappist styles, their character and how to brew them at home. NOTE: The full episode with show notes can be found here.
Oct 14, 2011
Head Retention with The Pope of Foam – BeerSmith Podcast #23
37:40
Beer foam and head retention are the topics for this week's podcast with Dr Charles Bamforth, the Anheuser-Busch endowed Professor of Brewing Science at the University of California, Davis. Known as "the Pope of Foam", Charlie has been studying beer foam since 1979. He provides a complete overview of carbonation, how foam forms in a beer, how you can enhance the head retention in a beer, and much more. NOTE: The complete show notes for this episode can be found here.
Sep 28, 2011
Session Beer with The Mad Fermentationist – BeerSmith Podcast #22
43:34
This week my guest is Mike Tonsmeire, aka "The Mad Fermentationist". Mike walks us through the fine art of designing and brewing very low gravity beers called "Session Beers". Session beers are eminently drinkable beers that are still full bodied and enjoyable, without weighing you down. NOTE: The full version of the episode with show notes is here.
Sep 15, 2011
The Homebrew Chef – Sean Z. Paxton – BeerSmith Podcast #21
46:14
This week my guest is "The Homebrew Chef" Sean Z. Paxton.  Sean is arguably the most famous beer chef in the world - and has been the chef for the last several National Homebrew Conference banquets. He is also an active author, has a new podcast on cooking with beer and cooks for major beer events around the country. NOTE: The full episode with show notes can be found here.
Sep 01, 2011
Making Mead with Curt Stock – BeerSmith Podcast #20
38:23
This week Curt Stock is my guest and we talk about mead making.  The leap from making beer to making mead is not a large one, and most brewers have the equipment they need already on hand. Curt was the 2005 AHA mead maker of the year and serving in his second term on the AHA governing committee. He's a member of the Saint Paul Homebrewer's club. NOTE: The full episode with show notes can be found here.
Aug 17, 2011
Brewing on a Budget with Chris Graham – BeerSmith Podcast #19
41:51
This week I interview Chris Graham from MoreBeer.com and we talk about how to save money brewing beer at home. Given the economy, many brewers are working on a tight budget both in terms of time and money so Chris provides some useful tips on how keep within your budget and save a bit of time while still enjoying your home brewed beer. NOTE: The full episode with show notes can be found here.
Jul 16, 2011
India Pale Ale and Carrot Cake – BeerSmith Podcast #18
36:59
This week I bring back prolific beer author and tasting authority Randy Mosher to talk about tasting beer. Tasting beer and sensory evaluation are important topics for anyone who wants to brew better beer, and Randy is an expert on both.  The best beer brewers are often also beer judges. NOTE: You can find the full episode with show notes here.
Jul 05, 2011
Brett and Sour Beer Brewing – BeerSmith Podcast #17
44:44
This week we talk about methods for making sour and wild beers using Brettanomyces yeast (Brett). Brett is used in many sour beers styles including Lambics, Gueze, Oud Bruin, Berliner Weisse, and others. My guests are Drew Beechum and Nathan Smith - both of whom have done extensive brewing using Brett. NOTE: The full episode with show notes can be found here.
Jun 14, 2011
Going All Grain with Gordon Strong – BeerSmith Podcast #16
44:21
This week we go all grain with Grandmaster brewing judge Gordon Strong.  Gordon tells you how to make the leap from extract brewing to all-grain, including basic equipment, how to do a simple infusion mash, and sparging. All grain beer brewing gives you more control over your finished beer. Gordon also shares his thoughts on his new book "Brewing Better Beer" which was just released. NOTE: The full episode with show notes can be found here.
May 26, 2011
Growing Hops with Dave Wills – BeerSmith Podcast #15
43:38
This week my guest is Dave Wills of Freshops and we talk about how to grow your own hops in your garden. Dave is a long time brewer, hop grower and also microbrewer at the Oregon Trail Brewery and he provides some great advice on how you can start your own hop garden. NOTE: The full episode with show notes can be found here.
May 05, 2011
Mashing with Dr Charlie Bamforth – BeerSmith Podcast #14
42:41
This week I interview Dr Charles Bamforth, the Anheuser-Busch endowed Professor of Brewing Science a the University of California at Davis.  We talk about the entire all grain mashing process for beer brewing from start to finish. Charlie explains how mashing actually works, how changes in the process affect the finished beer, and the role that multiple step mashing, decoction mashing and lautering play in brewing beer. NOTE: The full episode with show notes can be found here.
Apr 20, 2011
Beyond Barley Brewing – BeerSmith Podcast #13
39:53
This week I interview popular brewing author Randy Mosher and veteran brewer Dan Listermann about brewing with grains other than barley. We explore the full range of alternatives - everything from common grains like wheat and corn to more exotic options like gluten-free beer, unmalted grains, sorghum, oats, rice, rye, and even cicada beer. NOTE: The full episode with show notes can be found here.
Apr 07, 2011
National Homebrewers Conference Preview – BeerSmith Podcast #12
34:22
This week I interview the co-organizers for the 33rd annual AHA National Homebrewer's Conference which is scheduled for San Diego from June 16-18 of this year. We talk about what the conference is all about, many of the key events and how to register to attend. I will be attending this year's conference as well - so I hope to see you there! NOTE: The full episode with show notes is here.
Mar 25, 2011
Irish Stout Recipes with John Palmer – BeerSmith Podcast #11
35:14
Just in time for St Patrick's day, John Palmer is back as my guest and we go into depth on the Irish Stout beer style. Irish Stout is a favorite of mine, so I pulled in the co-author of "Brewing Classic Styles" to talk about this famous beer from Dublin. John is the author of "How to Brew" at HowToBrew.com, the co-author of "Brewing Classic Styles" and the co-host of Brew Strong on the Brewing Network. NOTE: The full show notes and episode is listed here.
Mar 10, 2011
Brew in a Bag (BIAB) Down Under – BeerSmith Podcast #10
35:14
From half a world away in Australia, Patrick Hollingdale is my guest for this week's episode. We talk about the Brew-in-a-Bag (BIAB) all grain brewing technique that started in Australia but has become popular worldwide. BIAB lets an all grain brewer start with nothing more than a large pot and grain bag and brew a full all grain batch in a single vessel (the boiler). NOTE: The full show notes for this episode are here.
Feb 24, 2011
Beer Bitterness and IBUs with Glenn Tinseth – BeerSmith Podcast #9
36:36
Dr Glenn Tinseth, the author of the Tinseth equation for estimating bitterness is my guest this week. The Tinseth equation is the most widely used equation for estimating bitterness by brewers from around the world. Glenn talks about hops, bitterness, international bitterness units, hop utilization and much more. NOTE: The full episode for the podcast is here.
Feb 10, 2011
Historic Beer Brewing – BeerSmith Podcast Episode #8
40:55
This week I feature a trio of brewers with expertise in historic brewing techniques - including Chris Bowen, Dan Morey and Mike Tonsmeire. We cover a range of historic brewing topics including why we brew historic beers, traditional equipment, ingredients and various historic styles. NOTE: The full episode and show notes are here.
Jan 27, 2011
Beer Brewing Like a Pro – BeerSmith Podcast #7
35:01
This week I feature Scott Hettig, the Brewmaster at St Francis brewery and George Bluvas the Brewmaster at Water Street Brewery. Both are avid home brewers who eventually became full time professional brewmasters, and this week they share a bit of their story and brewing advice. We talk in detail about what it takes to become a professional brewer, how it differs from home brewing and how a passion for brewing is critical for success. NOTE: The full episode and show notes are here.
Jan 14, 2011
Judging Beer with Grandmaster Gordon Strong – BeerSmith Podcast #6
34:23
Gordon Strong, the President of the BJCP is my guest this week. He is the world's only Grand Master Level V beer judge and also one of the top competitive home brewers in the US.  We talk about judging beer, what it takes to be a Grandmaster Level V beer judge, and how an average home brewer can use competition and beer judging skills to improve their beer. Gordon also talks about his new book "Brewing Better Beer" which is being released this Spring. NOTE: The full episode with show notes is here.
Dec 21, 2010
Multiplying Your Home Brewed Beer – BeerSmith Podcast #5
38:32
This week we focus on getting more than one beer from a single batch in a round table discussion with author Drew Beechum and Nathan Smith. We cover popular techniques such as parti-gyle brewing, but also many lesser known techniques such as splitting beers in the boil, at fermentation and even blending finished beers to get more variety from a single batch. It all starts with the mash, but the techniques go well beyond that in this unique episode. NOTE: The full episode with show notes is here.
Dec 07, 2010
Chris White on Yeast and His New Book – BeerSmith Podcast #4
23:46
This week I interview Dr Chris White, the founder of White Labs and coauthor of the new book "Yeast, The Practical Guide to Beer Fermentation". Chris covers a wide range of beer brewing topics including the life cycle of yeast, importance of yeast starters and temperature control, aeration and also says a few words about his new book. Thank you again to Dr Chris White for taking time out of his very busy schedule to do the interview. NOTE: The full episode with show notes is here.
Nov 23, 2010
John Palmer – The Home Brewing Celebrity – BeerSmith Podcast Ep #3
31:05
This week I talk with  John Palmer, author of "How to Brew" which is the top selling Home Brewing book on Amazon. John is also co-host of Brew Strong on the Brewing Network and a popular speaker on home brewing. John shares with us how he got started brewing, how he wrote "How to Brew" as a free book on the internet and eventually (by going door-to-door) turned it into a successful home brewing book. We also chat about what his life is like as a beer brewing celebrity. NOTE: The full episode with show notes is here.
Nov 09, 2010
Beer Bloggers and 365 Beers-BeerSmith Podcast Episode #2
37:27
This week we talk with two of my good blogging friends, Ron and Al from Hop Talk and also Alan Wright who is hosting the first ever Beer Blogger's Conference. In a wide ranging discussion, we talk about beer blogging, Al's experiment to drink 365 beers in a year and blog every day about it, the upcoming blogger's conference, home brewing, social media, and much more. NOTE: The full podcast and show notes are here.
Oct 26, 2010
Arctic Alchemy with Chris Bowen -BeerSmith Podcast Episode #1
36:33
In the first episode of the BeerSmith Home Brewing podcast, I interview Chris Bowen of Arctic Alchemy as he walks us through a story of how a single bottle of beer on eBay led him to a nearly 4000 mile adventure across Canada to brew beer in the arctic! Chris gives a wide ranging interview about his interest in historical beers, his adventure to the arctic circle to brew beer and film a , and his trip to Burton on Trent. NOTE: The full original episode with show notes is here!
Oct 15, 2010