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 212: Yeast Nutrient: Hard Seltzer vs Wort

    May 31st, 2021  |  55 mins 15 secs

    What does a brewer who is new to brewing hard seltzer need to know about yeast & fermentation? And more importantly, what the heck is actually in yeast nutrient? Which type of nutrient do you need and how much should you be using?

  • Episode 067: In the Blink of an Eye

    May 24th, 2021  |  37 mins 39 secs

    When Keith Miller got blasted in the face with caustic, he was blinded instantly. This could happen to any brewer. Imagine yourself crawling on the brewery floor, completely blind, in desperate search of a safety shower. What happens in the seconds immediately following an injury like this determines whether or not you'll be blind for the rest of your life. Understanding the risks and being fully prepared for an accident like this greatly increases the odds of regaining your eyesight.

  • Episode 211: The Sweet Spot

    May 17th, 2021  |  46 mins 21 secs

    Dextrose, cane sugar, beet sugar, corn syrups, back sweetening with stevia, and more

  • Episode 210: Benchmarking Sustainability

    May 10th, 2021  |  1 hr 4 mins

    3 different perspectives from breweries large & small. You'll hear about the BA's Benchmarking tool, other resources to support your sustainability journey, and how to take some baby steps if you haven't made any progress yet.

  • Episode 209: How Bells Brewery Significantly Reduced its Electrical Bill & Carbon Footprint

    May 3rd, 2021  |  59 mins 25 secs

    The story of how Bell's brewery reduced its electrical consumption 5% while growing production more than 3%.

  • Episode 065: Troubleshooting Off-flavors

    April 26th, 2021  |  27 mins 24 secs

    4 real-life off-flavor scenarios from Highland Brewing Company, how each issue was discovered & remedied, and the role that sensory data played in each case.

  • Episode 208: Understanding Thiol Precursor in Hops & Malt

    April 19th, 2021  |  47 mins 8 secs

    We catch up with a guy who's been studying thiols since before most of us understood why they matter. If you're chasing tropical flavors in beer, this episode is a must listen.

  • Episode 207: Spent Hops Disposal Dilemma

    April 12th, 2021  |  44 mins 25 secs

    How The Matt Brewing Company deals spent hop material & other things you wish you knew before you built a brewery.

  • Episode 206: Practical Sustainability

    April 5th, 2021  |  43 mins 37 secs

    We take a look at the carbon footprint of barley and hear about how a maltster's procurement contracts have drastically reduced that carbon footprint at no cost to farmers. We'll also hear about some case studies from the malthouse, as well as how & why every brewery should take a practical approach to sustainability.

  • Episode 066: Sulfate to Chloride Ratio

    March 29th, 2021  |  28 mins 5 secs

    Aaron Justus from Ballast Point discusses targeting sulfate to chloride ratios to enhance hop & malt character. This research, which informed recipe development for gold medal winner Manta Ray, was presented during the 2017 Master Brewers Conference.

  • Episode 205: Brewing vs. Distilling

    March 22nd, 2021  |  55 mins 9 secs

    We explore some of the similarities and differences between brewing & distilling.

  • Episode 204: Confined Space Entry

    March 15th, 2021  |  47 mins 1 sec

    Is your brewery prepared to rescue a team member from an FV or other confined space? Do you train & practice rescue regularly or do you plan to just wing it when seconds matter?

  • Episode 203: Cloudy with a Chance of Production

    March 8th, 2021  |  51 mins 40 secs

    Our friends at Highland Brewing talk about the network of people, tools, forecasts, and workflows that build their production schedule.

  • Episode 079: Brewhouse Efficiency for the Small Brewer

    March 1st, 2021  |  42 mins 31 secs

    How a simple case study conducted at 35 Rock Bottom breweries more than 10 years ago can inform your process to increase brewhouse efficiency and make better beer.

  • Episode 202: The Omission Story + New Gluten-Free/Reduced Regs

    February 22nd, 2021  |  49 mins 48 secs

    The father of the gluten-removed beer category joins us to discuss recently updated federal regulations that may affect your gluten-free or gluten-reduced claims. That's the first part of today's show. After the break, stay tuned to hear the story of how the first commercial gluten-removed barley brew came to life.

  • Episode 201: Wort Separation

    February 15th, 2021  |  1 hr 7 mins

    Perhaps the most practical guide to wort separation on planet earth.