Master Brewers Podcast

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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 060: WW Pilot Study at Holy City Brewing Co.

    October 30th, 2017  |  28 mins 54 secs

    Matt Huddleston and Kevin Campbell of synTerra collaborated with Holy City Brewing Co. and the College of Charleston on a brewery effluent treatability study using a microcosm-scale constructed wetland system.

  • Episode 059: Process Control Through Enzyme Understanding (Natural & Commercial)

    October 23rd, 2017  |  35 mins 28 secs

    Mark Sammartino discusses some important tools every brewer should have within reach, as we all struggle to deal with increasing competition, costs, variability in raw materials, and strive to operate more sustainable breweries.

  • Episode 058: What Yeast has taught me about Brewing over the years

    October 16th, 2017  |  32 mins 13 secs

    Tom Eplett joins us to talk about some anecdotal fermentation problems, lessons learned, and his go-to papers, books, etc. for troubleshooting and learning about brewing. If you still think the best yeast is in the middle of the cone, you should...

  • Episode 057: The 2017 Hop Harvest

    October 9th, 2017  |  24 mins 38 secs

    Many hop farms in Yakima operate 24/7 during much of September. Now that the bales are off the farms and hop selection is over, we catch up with Roy Johnson to get some perspective from one of the world's largest hop merchants.

  • Episode 056: The Craft Malt Revolution

    October 2nd, 2017  |  39 mins 19 secs

    In 2010, Christian & Andrea Stanley built one of the first craft malthouses in the US. Today, they produce 8 tons per week at Valley Malt. In this episode we catch up with the husband & wife team to hear about their challenges, successes, and...

  • Episode 054: Stuff You Should Know About Keg Valves

    September 18th, 2017  |  34 mins 25 secs

    Steve Bradt from Micro Matic joins us to talk about keg valve design, function, maintenance, safety, and...hamburgers. If you work with kegs, this episode is for you, regardless of your experience level.

  • Episode 053: Improved Flavor via Trub Removal at Dogfish

    September 11th, 2017  |  26 mins 45 secs

    In today's competitive craft beer market, if you're standing still, you're dead. Continual improvement is a required survival skill. This episode tells the story of how Dogfish Head Craft Brewery went about reducing perceived mercaptan via fermentor...

  • Episode 004: Dry Hopping & Its Effects on Bitterness and the IBU Test

    September 4th, 2017  |  19 mins 16 secs

    John Paul Maye of S.S. Steiner explains the unintended consequences of dry hopping and why the standard IBU test doesn't work for dry hopped beer.

  • Episode 052: Let Your Process Evaluate Your Malt - Part 2

    August 28th, 2017  |  26 mins 18 secs

    Joe Hertrich continues discussing how to establish your own criteria for malt performance on your specific recipe, process, and equipment rather than relying on theoretical "good" values on a malt COA. Joe explains how to track brewhouse yield, lauter...

  • Episode 051: Let Your Process Evaluate Your Malt - Part 1

    August 21st, 2017  |  26 mins 47 secs

    Fan favorite, Joe Hertrich, is back with an extremely practical approach to evaluating malt performance based on his experience at breweries of drastically different sizes over a 50-year period.

  • Episode 050: The Relationship Between Wort Gravity and Water-to-Grist Ratio

    August 14th, 2017  |  24 mins 19 secs

    Author & MBAA Publications Director, John Palmer, revisits a fundamentals topic that most brewers have learned but may not think about during daily operations. Explore this topic with us for a renewed understanding so you can better plan...