Brewnology: The Podcast
By Jason Johnson and Dean Wiensch
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A bi-weekly homebrewing podcast dedicated to helping you learn to evaluate your beer and start down the path to judging beer. But also help you learn basic and advanced brewing concepts. In every episode we cover Beer Judging topics, we cover a beer style and review a commercial example you can sample along with, we also cover either a home brewing technical topic or a common flaw in beer and how to fix it.
||CleanEpisode 39 German Helles Exportbier and Positive attributes||In this episode we talk a bit about German Helles Exportbier, formerly known as Dortmunder Export. Then we try to tackle a listener suggestion of talking about what we should be looking for in a beer as opposed to what we shouldn't find in a beer.||2/21/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 38 English Brown Ale and Mouthfeel||In this episode we look at English Brown Ale and then expand on Mouthfeel per a listener request.||2/7/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 37 Irish Red and Scoring Accuracy 2||In this episode Dean and I talk about Irish Red, then take a second run at talking about scoring accuracy on your BJCP scoresheet as suggested by a listener.||1/24/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 36 -Imperial Stout and 2016 in Review||In this episode we look at Imperial Stout, review Old Rasputin, and talk about key points of 2016.||1/10/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 35 -Cream Ale and Secondary Aging||In this episode we examine the Cream Ale style and review a commercial example of the style (MKE's Boathouse). We then talk about secondary aging.||12/27/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 34 - Oatmeal Stout - Brewery organization||In this episode we take a look at Oatmeal stout (Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout), and talk about how to organize your brewery and brew day.||12/13/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 33 - International Amber Lager and unsolicited feedback||In this episode of Brewnology we take a closer look at International Amber Lager as review a commercial example of the style. We then tackle a listener suggested topic of how to handle unsolicited feedback.||11/28/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 32- International Dark Lager - Home Roasting grains||In this episode we take a close look at category 2C, International Dark Lager. We examine the style, a recipe, some water suggestions, and more before moving on to talking about home roasting your own malts and how to make caramel malt.||11/14/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 31- Belgian Dubbel and More on Malts||In this episode we take a close look at Belgian Dubbel as well as evaluate a commercial example. After that we continue with our in-depth discussion of common malts and their various attributes.||10/31/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Cleanepisode 30 - ESB- Malts Part 2||In this episode we take a close look at ESB and evaluate a commercial example, we then look closely at base malts, their flavor, aroma, and characteristics.||10/17/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 29- Reading Style Guidelines 2- Weizen Bock - How we adjust our water||In this episode of Brewnology we revisit a topic we feel we didn't really cover all that well earlier. Reading the guidelines. We then take a look at Weizenbock. Finally we get personal with our own personal water adjustment processes.||10/3/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 28 Entering Competition - Kellerbier - Head Retention||In this episode we talk about how to find and enter a homebrew competition. We then take a look at a new reveiwing style where only one of us knows the brewery and the beer and we start off with Kellerbier. Finally we talk about everything you really...||9/19/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 27 Flavor and Aroma Descriptors - International Pale Lager - Clarity||In this episode of Brewnology we talk about flavor, aroma, appearance, and mouthfeel descriptors to help with judging vocabulary. We then take a look at International Pale Lager, and finish things out talking about beer clarity.||9/5/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 26 - Exam Grading Timeline - American Light Lager - Malts Part 1||In this episode we are taking a look at why it takes so long to get your grades back from your tasting exam.We then look at American light lager as our style review. Finally we start to talk malts by discussing what malts do not need to mashed and why.||8/22/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 25 - American Barleywine vs American Strong Ale - Dopplebock - Phenols||In this episode we help distinguish the difference between American Barleywine and American Strong ale. We then dissect a commercial example of Dopplebock with Spaten Optimator. Finally we talk the basics of phenols.||8/8/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 24 - Witbier vs Saison - English Porter - Malting||In this episode, we compare and contrast Witbier and Saison. We then look at Fuller's London Porter as we talk English Porter with the taste along portion. Finally we talk malting and the process it takes to turn barley into malted barley.||7/25/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBrewnology Special Edition- Listener Beer Reviews -Keith and Alex||In this special edition we evaluate 3 homebrews submitted by listeners. If homebrew evaluation is not your cup of tea, then this episode may not be your cup of tea. But not to worry, a regular show will be released on our regular scheduled day, July 26th.||7/20/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 23 - Stout and Porter, Vienna lager, and Alcoholic Beer||We compare Irish Stout and English Porter, the style review is Blonde Ale, and we talk about overly alcoholic beers.||7/11/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBrewnology Episode 22 - Style Comparison Cream Ale and Kolsh - Vienna Lager - Stages of Fermentation||In this episode we start to do style comparisons. We chose to compare and contrast Kolsh and Cream Ale in this first episode. We talk about the differences and similarities between the styles. We then pick apart Schell's firebrick while we look at...||6/27/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 21 - Entrance Exam Tips- Dunkelweisse - Yeast Starters||In this episode of Brewnology we give you 5 tips for passing the BJCP online entrance exam. We then look at Dunkleweizen as our style of the episode, and we round things out with a discussion of yeast starters.||6/14/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBrewnology Special Listener Beer Episode - Brent||In this Special episode we evaluate and give critiques on another listener beer, Brent this episode is for you.||6/6/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBrewnology Episode 20 -To Judge or Not To Judge- Witbier - Troubleshooting Method - Harsh Bitterness||In this episode of Brewnology we talk about whether you should become a certified judge or maybe just be content to take a BJCP course for your own personal knowledge. We then take a look at Witbier with Hoegaarden Belgian Wit. Finally we have 2 short...||5/30/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBrewnology Episode 19- Doctoring Beer - Saison - Brewery Upgrades||In this episode of Brewnology we tell you how you can doctor your own beers for sensory evaluation. We then look at Saison Dupont for our style evaluation. Finally we talk about logical brewery upgrade paths.||5/16/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBrewnology: Special Listener Beer Episode-Keith||This episode is a special release, that we will look at publishing Monthly. As we get listener beers the plan was to incorporate them into the main show, but things end up running long. So if we get listener beers during a given month, we will...||5/9/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBrewnology Episode 18- Scoring Accuracy, Oud Bruin, and Tinctures||In this episode of Brewnology we finish out our score sheet topic by talking a bit about how the scoring accuracy is measured, we then evaluate an Oud Bruin, we finish up by discussing tinctures.||5/2/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBrewnology Episode 17-Perception - Scottish Export - Infections||In the 17th episode of Brewnology we cover what graders are looking at when they grade your perception on the judging exam. We then take a look at Scottish Export with Belhaven Scottish Ale. We round out the topics by discussing infections and...||4/18/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBrewnology Episode 16- Scoresheet Feedback - American Wheat - Dry Yeast - Listener Beers||In this episode we continue our in depth description of the 5 elements on a scoresheet that you are graded on, Feedback. Then we take a look at American Wheat with Bell's Oberon. We have a quick discussion about dry yeast before we delve into the...||4/4/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBrewnology Episode 15- Completeness-American Brown IPA -Brewhouse and mash efficency||In this episode of brewnology we take a look at our second segment of understanding the BJCP exam criteria, Completeness. We explain why completeness means more than just filling white space. We then look at DFH's Indian Brown Ale as we talk about...||3/21/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBrewnology Episode 14 Descriptive Ability-Helles Bock-Lightstruck||In this 14th Episode of Brewnology we start the first of a 5 part series where we look at the graded components of a scoresheet more in depth to help you understand not only how to score well on your judging exam, but also fill out a respectable...||3/14/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBrewnology: Episode 13 - Scoring Beer-American Barleywine-Fermentation Temperature||In this episode we talk about the 0 to 50 point BJCP homebrew scale and what the ranges mean. For our style discussion and taste along we look at American Barelywine as we sample Avery's Hog Heaven. Finally we wrap things up by talking about...||2/29/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBrewnology: Episode 12 - Rank Intimidation - English IPA - Esters in Homebrewing||In this episode, we take a look at table rank intimidation, it's rare but it happens. We discuss how it's happened to us and how to handle it. We take a look at Samuel Smiths India Ale in the English IPA category. Finally we talk about esters and how...||2/15/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBrewnology: Episode 11 - Listener Beer Review - Retaking the exam too soon - Belgian Golden Strong - Hops part 2||In this episode of brewnology we start out by tasting a listeners submission for review, a Baltic Porter. After that we talk about doing retakes too soon after your initial exam. For the style examination and taste along, we jump in Belgian Golden...||2/1/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBrewnology: Episode 10 - Shipping Beer - American Premium Lager - Hops Part 1||In Episode 10 we ring in the new year with a discussion on how how to ship beer for either competition or for beer trades. We take a look at the ever so unpopular style of Premium American Lager. We then kick off our 2 part discussion on hops||1/18/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBrewnology: Episode 9 - BJCP Ranks - American Porter - Oxidation||In Episode 9, Dean and Jason discuss the criteria required to advance in rank in the Beer Judge Certification Program (BJCP), they take a look at Black Butte Porter as they discuss the American Porter category from the 2015 BJCP Guidelines, and then...||1/4/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBrewnology: Episode 8 - Modern Oktoberfest-Schwarzbier-Chilling Wort||In Episode 8 of Brewnolgy, Dean and Jason tackle a listener request to examine the difference between Traditional Oktoberfest and Modern Oktoberfest. For the style of the episode they take a look at schwarzbier. And for the homebrewing technical topic...||12/21/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBrewnology: Episode 7 - Specialty Beers/Oatmeal Stout/Astringency||In this episode of Brewnology, Dean and Jason talk about ways to handle judging specialty beers, they take a look at an oatmeal stout from New Holland Brewing Co, and they talk about astringency in beer. Brewnology the Podcast is a bi-weekly podcast...||12/7/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBrewnology: Episode 6 - Judging Kit-Czech Pils-The Mash||In this Episode of Brewnology, we talk about what to bring with you to homebrew competitions in your beer judging kit, for the beer style discussion we take a look the Czech Pils and Sierria Nevada's Nooner. Finally we talk about the mash and the main...||11/23/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBrewnology: Episode 5- BJCP Exams Recap-Naming issues-Summit Sticke Alt-Acetaldehyde||In this fifth episode we talk about the BJCP exams we took this past weekend. Dean took the Judging (Tasting) exam for the first time and Jason retook the written. We also cover the controversy that prompted the change to the spelling of our name, we...||11/9/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBrewnology: Episode 4 - BJCP Judging Exam Tips-Anderson Valley Gose- Water for Extract Brewers||In this episode we cover some last minute judging exam tips before Dean heads off to take the BJCP judging exam. We also take a look at category 27A in the 2015 BJCP guidelines with Anderson Valley Gose, we also try to do the extract brewers some...||10/26/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBrewnology: Episode 3 - Entrant Questions/American Brown Ale/Diacetyl||In This episode we take a look at some common questions and complaints asked on homewbrew forums from entrants who enter competitions, we evaluate an American Brown Ale, and discuss the flaw diacetyl.||10/12/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBrewnology: Episode 2 - 2015 Guidelines/Oktoberfest/The Boil||In Episode 2 we briefly discuss the 2015 guidelines, evaluate an Oktoberfest, and talk about the importance of the boil in brewing.||9/29/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBrewnology: Episode 1 Introductions/Basics of Evaluation/English Barleywine/DMS||This is the inaugural episode of Brewnology: The Fusion of Beer and Knowledge. In this first episode, you are introduced to the hosts, Dean Wiensch and Jason Johnson. The focus of this series is how to evaluate your homebrew for troubleshooting and...||9/15/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
Exactly What I Needed! Awesome!
Jason and Dean have the most thorough podcast (and other resources) regarding Craft Beer. They do an excellent job sharing their extensive knowledge of beer knowledge including; home brewing, BJCP training, beer styles, and tips & tricks. One of the most informative podcasts that I've heard if you want to understand evaluating beer and how it might appy to home brewing.
Awesome beer tasting knowledge!!
Hey beer lovers and homebrewers! Drink good beer. Help fight against bad beer while listening to BJCP judges, Jason and Dean, give quidance to proper technical tasting as well as a back stage glimpse of beer competitions. Brewnology allows beer enthusiasts to point out flaws and make corrections. Dean and Jason really start to fall into a comfort zone as each episode rolls along. Quality sponsors. Looking forward to many more episodes. Malters for life!!!
No nonsense podcast
Straight up, enjoyable podcast. I really enjoy this one.