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Master Brewers Podcast

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. Thank you, sponsors!

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Episode 157: Hop Oils & Haze Stabilization

Two presenters from the hops technical session during the 2019 Master Brewers Conference in Calgary discuss the use of beta acid products in haze stabilization, as well as some practical aspects of using hop oils in the brewery.Special Guests: Horace Cunningham and Margaux Huismann.Sponsored By:Hopsteiner: ABS: Proximity Malt: BSG: Links:2019 Master Brewers Conference Proceedings — New member benefit!Calgary Presentation 34 - Improving the stability of hazy beer stylesCalgary Presentation 35 - Specialized hop oils: A tool for brew design and profitabilityContact your District Officers — (and offer to help get those district presentations uploaded!)Suggest a district presentation we should highlight on the showUpcoming Events - Master Brewers Calendar2020 World Brewing Congress

23mins

20 Jan 2020

Rank #1

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Episode 084: Brewing Hoppy Beer with CRISPR Instead of Hops

As recently reported in Nature Communications, Charles Denby used CRISPR-Cas9 to successfully engineer brewers yeast to produce linalool and geraniol. We interview both Charles and Bryan Donaldson (Lagunitas) who oversaw the sensory analysis for this groundbreaking study.Special Guests: Bryan Donaldson and Charles Denby.Sponsored By:Mueller: Hopsteiner:

45mins

16 Apr 2018

Rank #2

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Episode 142: What's In Your Can?

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.Special Guests: Jamie Fulton and Mark Bagazinski.Sponsored By:Hopsteiner: ABS: Proximity Malt: BSG: Malteurop: Links:District Texas 2019 Spring Conference: What's In Your Can? (slides)District Presentation Archives2019 Master Brewers ConferenceMaster Brewers Live!

28mins

2 Sep 2019

Rank #3

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Episode 133: IPA

Mitch Steele talks about the evolution of IPA. We go all the way from IPA's early history to modern times, as well as hear about some of Mitch's strategies for brewing IPA at New Realm. Special Guest: Mitch Steele.Sponsored By:Hopsteiner: ABS: Proximity Malt: White Labs: BSG: Links:IPA: Brewing Techniques, Recipes and the Evolution of India Pale Ale — By Mitch SteeleExplore the evolution of one of craft beer’s most popular styles, India pale ale.Loaded with brewing tips from some of the country’s best brewers, IPA covers techniques from water treatment to hopping procedures.District Mid-South 2018 Fall Meeting: IPA Evolution (slides)

50mins

10 Jun 2019

Rank #4

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Episode 070: Malting & Brewing Naked...Oats

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.Special Guest: Jordon Geurts.

20mins

8 Jan 2018

Rank #5

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Episode 104: The Hidden Secrets of New England IPA

John Paul Maye discusses results from the analysis of haze in a dozen New England IPAs and how the haze traps non-polar hop compounds to create the unique flavors of this beer style. This work was recently presented at the 2018 Brewing Summit , where Dr. Maye was awarded best presentation.Special Guest: John Paul Maye.Sponsored By:ABS: Barnum Mechanical: DraughtLab: Hopsteiner:

24mins

17 Sep 2018

Rank #6

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The Six-rowification of North American Two-row (Part 1: Concept & history)

Since 1972 North American 2-row barley has slowly but steadily evolved into something that has more in common with 6-row than traditional European 2-row barley. Find out why this is great news for adjunct brewers and problematic for all-malt brewers.Special Guest: Joe Hertrich.Sponsored By:Mueller: Hopsteiner:

24mins

14 May 2018

Rank #7

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Episode 015: Simplifying the Understanding of Malt COAs

Industry veteran Joe Hertrich talks about what matters most on your malt Certificates of Analysis.Links:  MBAA Courses: Brewing & Malting Science Course Master Brewers Mobile App Special Guest: Joe Hertrich.Sponsored By:Hopsteiner: ABS: Proximity Malt: WSM Law:

1hr 11mins

25 Mar 2019

Rank #8

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

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 talk about the approach his group took during the 2017 course.

22mins

5 Feb 2018

Rank #9

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Episode 154: Juicy Dry Hopping

This week on the show, presenters from the Juicy Dry Hopping workshop in Calgary join us to talk about their quest to maximize flavor, aroma, and efficiency in heavily dry hopped beers.Special Guests: Ben Edmunds, Daniel Sharp, Evan Partridge, and Ryan Dunnavant.Sponsored By:Hopsteiner: ABS: Proximity Malt: BSG: Links:2019 Master Brewers Conference Proceedings — New member benefit!Ryan's presentationBen's presentationEvan's presentationDaniel's presentationContact your District Officers — (and offer to help get those district presentations uploaded!)Suggest a district presentation we should highlight on the showUpcoming Events - Master Brewers Calendar2020 World Brewing Congress

24mins

23 Dec 2019

Rank #10

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Episode 129: Beer Flavor Stability (Live Episode)

Pattie Aron and Xiang Yin join us (live from CBC19) to talk about beer staling mechanisms and preventative measures that are important in malting and brewing.LINKS: 2018 MBAA ETC: FAN and Flavor Impacts - The Fundamentals of a Brewers Dilemma 2019 Master Brewers Conference Special Guest: Xiang Yin.Sponsored By:Hopsteiner: ABS: Proximity Malt: WSM Law:

37mins

29 Apr 2019

Rank #11

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Episode 132: Yeast at Founders Brewing Co.

Back in January, Wade Begrow gave a great presentation during the annual conference District Michigan puts on together with the Michigan Brewers Guild. Master Brewers members can download Wade's Yeast 101 presentation (both slides & audio) or any of the other 781 (and counting) files in the District Presentations Archive at MBAA.com. Thanks to the efforts of volunteer district officers (like Debbie Neustifter-Smith) members have ongoing access to presentations given at Master Brewers District meetings, both near and far.LINKS: Yeast 101 (slides & audio) District Presentations Archive Become a Master Brewers Member 2019 Master Brewers Conference Special Guest: Wade Begrow.Sponsored By:Hopsteiner: ABS: Proximity Malt: White Labs: BSG:

45mins

27 May 2019

Rank #12

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Episode 024: Malt Flavor Development

Industry veteran, Joe Hertrich, talks about malt flavor development, why lower color expectations are the enemy of malt flavor, and why the standard base malt used by lots of US craft brewers isn't the best choice for all-malt beers.LINKS: MBAA Brewing & Malting Science Course Become a Master Brewers Member 2019 Master Brewers Conference Special Guest: Joe Hertrich.Sponsored By:Hopsteiner: ABS: Proximity Malt: White Labs: BSG: Malteurop:

56mins

3 Jun 2019

Rank #13

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

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.Special Guests: Scott Lafontaine and Tom Shellhammer.Sponsored By:Hopsteiner: ABS: Proximity Malt: BSG: Malteurop: Links:MBAA TQ 2019 - Investigating the Factors Impacting Aroma, Flavor, and Stability in Dry-Hopped BeersMBAA TQ 2019 - How Hoppy Beer Production Has Redefined Hop Quality and a Discussion of Agricultural and Processing Strategies to Promote ItBrewing and Malting Science Course2019 Master Brewers ConferenceMaster Brewers Live!

46mins

30 Sep 2019

Rank #14

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Episode 137: How a Beer Comes to Life

Jason Perkins talks about beer development at Allagash Brewing Co.Special Guest: Jason Perkins.Sponsored By:Hopsteiner: ABS: Proximity Malt: White Labs: BSG: Links:District Michigan 2019 Winter Conference: How a Beer Comes to Life (slides)District Michigan 2019 Winter Conference: How a Beer Comes to Life (Audio)District Presentation Archives

47mins

15 Jul 2019

Rank #15

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Episode 123: Tracking IBU Through the Brewing Process: The Quest for Consistency

Aaron Justus is back to lead us on an awesome journey tracking IBUs throughout the brewing process. This episode is full of surprises, and I guarantee you're going to learn something.Links:  MBAA TQ: Tracking IBU Through the Brewing Process: The Quest for Consistency Master Brewers Mobile App Special Guest: Aaron Justus.Sponsored By:Hopsteiner: ABS: Proximity Malt: WSM Law:

33mins

11 Mar 2019

Rank #16

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Episode 042: Kilned vs. Roasted: A Differentiation of Caramelized Specialty Malts

Cassie Liscomb and Bob Hansen of Briess Malt & Ingredients Co. explain the various methods of production of caramel malts, as well as some fast/easy/affordable sensory methods for evaluating caramel malts in the brewery for QA and R&D.Links:  MBAA TQ: Kilned vs. Roasted: A Differentiation of Caramelized Specialty Malts Master Brewers Mobile App Sponsored By:Hopsteiner: ABS: Proximity Malt: WSM Law:

24mins

25 Feb 2019

Rank #17

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Episode 098: Dry Hop Creep

Luke Chadwick (Bell's), Andy Farrell (Bell's), Tom Shellhammer (OSU), and Jason Perkins (Allagash) take a deep dive into the phenomenon known as Dry Hop Creep.  LINKS: ASBC: The Freshening Power of Centennial Hops Special Guests: Jason Perkins and Tom Shellhammer.Sponsored By:ABS: Barnum Mechanical:

37mins

30 Jul 2018

Rank #18