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 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.

  • Episode 138: Steeping: The Fulcrum Between Good and Bad Malt

    July 22nd, 2019  |  43 mins 29 secs

    Tyler Schoales of Country Malt Group takes us on a deep dive into the most important step in malting.

  • Episode 137: How a Beer Comes to Life

    July 15th, 2019  |  47 mins 37 secs

    Jason Perkins talks about beer development at Allagash Brewing Co.

  • Episode 136: Birra Nursia

    July 8th, 2019  |  34 mins 52 secs

    During the 2016 World Brewing Congress, MBP host John Bryce met a couple of beer-brewing monks from Italy. Fr. Martin and Br. Augustine join us to talk about monastic brewing, their brewery, and their beers.

  • Episode 020: Kvass

    July 1st, 2019  |  26 mins 2 secs

    Alex Gertsman talks about brewing the traditional Russian beverage known as Kvass.

  • Episode 135: Musings on a Malt COA

    June 24th, 2019  |  59 mins 41 secs

    Mary-Jane Maurice (the only American with a diploma from the Maltsters' Association of Great Britain) arms us with more knowledge about malting and malt COAs so we can all make better beer.

  • Episode 134: Is PCR Right for your Brewery?

    June 17th, 2019  |  27 mins 1 sec

    Kevin McCabe talks about how PCR works, how he uses it at Full Sail, the different types of instruments available, their cost, and more.