Master Brewers Podcast

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About the show

Each week, thousands of brewers download The Master Brewers Podcast to hear interviews with the industry's best & brightest in brewing science, technology, and operations. The show is known for featuring technical deep dives, a bit of brewing history, cutting edge research, hard lessons learned, important industry contributors, and no fluff. If you make beer for a living, this show is for you.

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  • Episode 150: TPO Gone Wild? Managing Oxygen Ingress on Smaller Scale Canning Lines

    November 11th, 2019  |  21 mins 28 secs

    Our friends at Goose Island talk about their journey reducing TPO on small scale canning lines. This episode was recorded live during the 2019 Master Brewers Conference.

  • Episode 149: Sourvisiae

    November 4th, 2019  |  29 mins 41 secs

    The Lallemand Brewing team joins us to talk about their new bioengineered, lactic acid-producing Saccharomyces cerevisiae (ADY).

  • Episode 148: OSHA in Your Brewery

    October 28th, 2019  |  48 mins 55 secs

    If OSHA shows up at your brewery tomorrow, are you ready?

  • Episode 043: The Hop Quality Group

    October 21st, 2019  |  27 mins 34 secs

    An elite group of brewers working behind the scenes to improve hop quality in the US.

  • Episode 147: Dry Hop Geyser Survivors

    October 14th, 2019  |  34 mins 27 secs

    Dry hop geyser survivors talk about their experiences and how you can avoid repeating their dangerous mistakes.

  • Episode 146: Fermentation Consistency

    October 7th, 2019  |  41 mins 14 secs

    What if you could postpone buying new fermentors by reducing variability during fermentation? This week on the show, you'll hear about how this was accomplished at New Belgium while eliminating inaccurate measurements like yeast cell counts & viability.

  • Episode 145: Investigating the Factors Impacting Aroma, Flavor, and Stability in Dry-Hopped Beers

    September 30th, 2019  |  46 mins 4 secs

    We dig into a couple of peer-reviewed papers from the Master Brewers Technical Quarterly that help us navigate the complexities of hop aroma and make better beer.

  • Episode 032: It Malt Not Be Extractly What You Think

    September 23rd, 2019  |  30 mins 21 secs

    A diverse group of commercial brewers work together to chase down the source of extract loss in a hypothetical brewhouse.

  • Episode 144: Dr. Lewis

    September 16th, 2019  |  45 mins 22 secs

    Dr. Michael Lewis has trained thousands of brewers since launching the UC Davis Brewing Science program in 1962. We talk about his journey, his love affair with stout, "extreme beer," why you're using the wrong beer glass, and the responsibilities we all have as brewers.

  • Episode 143: Improving Process Steam Systems

    September 9th, 2019  |  30 mins 32 secs

    Tips for improving your process steam system from a longtime Master Brewers district officer, contributor, and course lecturer, Steve Huffman.

  • Episode 142: What's In Your Can?

    September 2nd, 2019  |  28 mins 36 secs

    To rinse or not to rinse - what's in your can? Our friends at Community Beer take us on a journey to eliminate microbes @ can filling.

  • Episode 041: Zinc in Fermentation

    August 26th, 2019  |  20 mins 3 secs

    It's no secret that yeast needs zinc for healthy fermentation, but how much and where/when should you add it? What happens when you add too much zinc? Microbiologist Joe Kinney of FX Matt Brewing Co. joins us to help you get the right amount of zinc into your fermentations.

  • Episode 141: Brewery Bots

    August 19th, 2019  |  29 mins 1 sec

    What if you had a brewery bot that monitored for things like out of spec fermentations, glycol reservoir temp & level, or CIP temps & times, and sent your team alerts by text message? This week on the show, Sam McElwee explains how to leverage big data in small breweries.

  • Episode 140: Think Twice Before You Dump: A Journey to Wastewater Compliance

    August 12th, 2019  |  41 mins 36 secs

    Ann Spevacek & Eric Ritchson from Pizza Port Brewing discuss water usage and their journey to wastewater compliance.

  • Episode 139: Hot Side Aeration (HSA)

    August 5th, 2019  |  24 mins 49 secs

    Joe Williams, the Sierra Nevada Brewing Company Endowed Brewer at UC Davis, talks about HSA.

  • Episode 49: Breathe, Breathe, Breathe, Scream

    July 29th, 2019  |  44 mins 26 secs

    Kerry Caldwell suffered severe injuries from an accident in the brewhouse. She was airlifted and overcame the 34% chance of survival calculated by the hospital.