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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Episodes

  • Episode 077: Quality Systems - Part 1

    February 26th, 2018  |  20 mins 29 secs

    No brewery is too small to take a systematic approach to quality. Gary Nicholas has some great advice for aligning your breweries priorities, data collection, and decision-making process. This week's content was curated based on a listener request.

  • Episode 076: Revolutionary Dry-Hopping Techniques for Larger Beer Volumes

    February 19th, 2018  |  22 mins 14 secs

    Inefficient extraction. Beer loss. These are problems that have to be solved, even when centrifuging dry-hopped beer. Alyce Hartvigsen is looking for dry-hoppers to trial Alfa Laval's prototype Iso-Mix External Drive Rotary Jet Mixer. 

  • Episode 075: How Isinglass Works

    February 12th, 2018  |  22 mins 35 secs

    Andrew Fratianni explains how isinglass works, how to optimize results, when and why to use auxiliary finings (such as silica solutions), and more.

  • Episode 074: Potential Causes for Loss of Extract in a Brewery

    February 5th, 2018  |  22 mins 26 secs

    During the MBAA Brewing & Malting Science Course, students are put into groups to work through hypothetical scenarios. The winning case study is then published in the Master Brewers Technical Quarterly. Simon Nielsen joins us to...

  • Episode 073: Dry Hopping's Correlation with Diacetyl

    January 29th, 2018  |  19 mins 59 secs

    Have you ever noticed that diacetyl seems to rear its head more often in hoppy beers? Is dry hopping to blame? Kara Taylor & Devin Tani from White Labs join us to discuss a presentation given during the 2017 Master Brewers Conference.

  • Episode 072: Yeast Propagation

    January 22nd, 2018  |  37 mins 1 sec

    Understanding the basics of yeast propagation is critical for commercial brewers of all sizes. With 50 years of experience researching yeast, Graham Stewart joins us to talk about the basic principles of brewer's yeast propagation.

  • Episode 070: Malting & Brewing Naked...Oats

    January 8th, 2018  |  20 mins 27 secs

    Jordon Geurts joins us from Briess Malt & Ingredients to give us a behind-the-scenes look at product development for malted, naked oats, which can be used to enhance mouthfeel or to produce gluten free beers.

  • Episode 069: Diastaticus - Part 2

    January 1st, 2018  |  33 mins 26 secs

    Over-carbonation. Exploding bottles. Lawsuits. Super-attenuation caused by diastaticus contamination is a hot topic in the brewing industry. We bring you interviews with brewers, yeast suppliers, and independent microbiologists to talk about...

  • Episode 068: Diastaticus - Part 1

    December 25th, 2017  |  26 mins 21 secs

    Over-carbonation. Exploding bottles. Lawsuits. Super-attenuation caused by diastaticus contamination is a hot topic in the brewing industry. We bring you interviews with brewers, yeast suppliers, and independent microbiologists to talk about...

  • Episode 067: In the Blink of an Eye

    December 18th, 2017  |  34 mins 54 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...

  • Episode 066: Sulfate to Chloride Ratio

    December 11th, 2017  |  25 mins 27 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...

  • Episode 065: Troubleshooting Off-flavors

    December 4th, 2017  |  25 mins 3 secs

    Anna Sauls walks through 4 real-life off-flavor scenarios, how each issue was discovered & remedied, and the role that sensory data played in each case.

  • Episode 064: Yeast Fundamentals

    November 27th, 2017  |  27 mins 1 sec

    John Giarratano talks yeast pitch rates, how to manipulate esters and higher alcohols, and other fundamentals for the craft brewer.

  • Episode 063: Utilizing Predictive Analytics to Improve Quality & Maximize Capacity at Deschutes Brewery

    November 21st, 2017  |  29 mins 27 secs

    Brian Faivre explains how one of the largest craft brewers is using data and tools (accessible to breweries of any size) to improve their process.

  • Episode 062: Co-fermentation Trials with S. cerevisiae & B. bruxellensis and the Organoleptic Benefits of Mixed Culture Fermentations

    November 13th, 2017  |  20 mins 34 secs

    Nick Mader is on a mission to eliminate "black box syndrome" in regards to mixed culture fermentations. Learn how inoculation rate impacts esters and phenols.

  • Episode 061: Glycol Systems for Breweries

    November 6th, 2017  |  36 mins 14 secs

    Dan Stromberg discusses industry best practices for glycol system piping. You'll learn how to balance your system, how to size headers for correct flow rates & velocity, which pipe materials to consider, why the ubiquitous solenoid valve is a bad...