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Provisional Beer Styles with Gordon Strong – BeerSmith Podcast #178

Provisional Beer Styles with Gordon Strong – BeerSmith Podcast #178

This week Gordon Strong joins me to discuss the new provisional BJCP beer styles including New England IPA, Burton Ale and Catharina Sours along with his travels in South America.

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Topics in This Week’s Episode (54:57)

  • Today my guest is Gordon Strong. Gordon is President of the Beer Judge Certification Program (BJCP), a three time Ninkasi award winner as top home brewer, the top rated beer judge in the world and also author of the books Brewing Better Beer and Modern Homebrew Recipes (both Amazon affiliate links).
  • We start with a discussion about the new provisional beer styles including what a BJCP provisional beer style is?
  • Gordon explains the three new styles, starting with the New England IPA style.
  • We discuss the second provisional style which is Burton Ale – and captures an older version of Burton Pale Ale
  • Gordon tells us about Catharina Sour, which originated in Brazil.
  • We talk about the final new style which is New Zealand Pilsner.
  • Gordon and I discuss how the BJCP style guide is now being used worldwide.
  • We talk about his recent travels in South America as well as what type of beers are being brewed down there.
  • Gordon provides his closing thoughts.

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Modern Print Dog Bandanas from TigerPig & Co.

Modern Print Dog Bandanas from TigerPig & Co.

Modern Print Dog Bandanas from TigerPig & Co.

TigerPig & Co. is a company with a mission — as they state it, to “be a good friend to dogs.” How do they fulfill their mission, aside from outfitting dogs with awesome handmade bandanas cut from sweet modern prints? Well, they donate a portion of every sale to nonprofit organizations that help dogs in need, switching up sponsored organizations every month to spread the love around. We think that’s pretty cool. And, make no mistake, the bandanas are cool, too: they’re designed and cut to fit comfortably and stylishly (in small, medium, and large sizes) and sporting a sewn-in label for writing in your pup’s name. Check them out at their website, on Insta, and on Etsy, too.


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Horizon Pet Teepee from P.L.A.Y.

Horizon Pet Teepee from P.L.A.Y.

Horizon Pet Teepee from P.L.A.Y.

Even dogs need a little downtime away from the hustle and bustle of life sometimes, and the Horizon Pet Teepee from P.L.A.Y. is the perfect spot to get away from it all! Inspired by the rich colors of Mother Nature, this teepee is made from the same durable woven fabric as P.L.A.Y.’s popular Horizon Beds and Horizon Chill Pads. Designed for easy set-up and comfort, the Horizon Pet Teepee will provide the ultimate chill zone for your dog (or cat!). See more on www.petplay.com.

Horizon Pet Teepee from P.L.A.Y.

Horizon Pet Teepee from P.L.A.Y.

Horizon Pet Teepee from P.L.A.Y.


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Kilned vs Caramel/Crystal Malts in Homebrewing – Understanding Malt Flavors

Kilned vs Caramel/Crystal Malts in Homebrewing – Understanding Malt Flavors

This week I take a look at Caramel/Crystal malts and how it is different from kilned specialty malts from a flavor perspective. While most homebrewers are very familiar with caramel and crystal malts, few have a well developed understanding of the flavors provided by kilned malts.

The Malting Process

Malted barley starts by taking raw barley grain and germinating it by soaking in water. The barley seeds begin to sprout and are allowed to grow for a few days sprouting tiny leaflets and an internal sprout called an acrospire. When the acrospire is approximately the length of the grain, the grain is dried slowly in a kiln down to about 10% moisture.

If dried slowly you can make pale or Pilsner malt. Darker colored base and kilned malts are made by heating the grains to a higher temperature part way through the drying process which can create grains of various darkness depending on the temperature used. This process can produce malts like pale malt, mild, vienna, munich, amber, bisciut, melanoidin and even brown malt.

Crystal malts go through a different process. Instead of being dried and then lightly toasted they are left wet and heated close to mash temperatures where the temperature is held. This effectively mashes the sugars grain husk, converting them into a simpler, sweet form, They are then dried and if desired heated to higher temperature to produce the range of crystal malts from the very light Carafoam to very dark crystal like Special B. They are inherently sweeter, have more dextrines and produce very different flavors than the comparable kilned malts.

Flavor Profile of Caramel/Crystal vs Kilned Malts

Because of the different processes used, the two malts produce a very different flavor profile. Crystal malts in general produce many fruity flavors that are characteristic of English styles including caramel, apricots, raisins, fig and prune flavors. In contrast the kilned malts tend to be malty, bready, cookie-like, biscuity, toasted and sometimes a light caramel but they lack the fruity/raisin flavors.

As we get to the dark caramel and kilned malts near the harsh zone (above 70 L), both malts take on a toasted and even burnt character but again the caramel malts will add dark fruit flavors, while something like a brown malt will tend to be more mocha-coffee like. I do urge you to avoid using harsh zone malts in large quantities for the reasons outlined in this article.

Here’s a flavor summary for the major Crystal/Caramel malts:

  • Cara-Pils (1.8-2.5L) – ◦Neutral flavor – mainly adds body/foam
  • Pale Caramel/Crystal (10-30L) – Intense caramel aroma, apricots, raisins, figs
  • Medium Caramel/Crystal (40-80L) – Intense toasted, caramel, burnt sugar, toasted marshmallow, dried fruit (raisin, fig, prune)
  • Extra Dark Caramel (100-140L) & Special B – Intense roast sugar, toasted raisins, Turkish coffee, bitter (use sparingly)

And also the major kilned malts:

  • Pale Ale Malt (2-4 L) – Clean, malty aroma with slight hints of toast. Variants like “Maris otter” offer a bit more character.
  • Pilsner Malts (1.4-2.2 L) – Clean, malty aroma, white bread or cracker qualities
  • Mild Ale Malt (3.5-5.5 L) – Dry, caramel like aroma, the British version of Munich malt
  • Vienna Malt (3-4 L) – Clean, caramel character without toastiness
  • Munich Malt (6-12.5 L) – Malty, caramel with a cookie bite, sweet
  • Amber Malt (20-30 L) – Amber biscuit with a sharp toasty, brown chocolate flavor – but lacks caramel notes
  • Melanoiden Malt (15-33 L) – Soft cookie/cake maltiness, not toasty, light caramel notes but without fruity/raisin flavor of caramel malt

I encourage you to get more familiar with the flavors these malts produce. One great way to do this is by doing sensory analysis of your malts using the new ASBC method outlined here. It is a fantastic project for a brewing club meeting, or you can do a few at a time at home.

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Halloween Dog Tags from Bad Tags

Halloween Dog Tags from Bad Tags

Halloween Dog Tags from Bad Tags

Halloween is only a few weeks away (side note: this year has gone by so fast it’s almost spooky), but Bad Tags has made it easy for your favorite four-legged gremlin to celebrate the festivities! Their Halloween collection features frightfully fun and trendy sayings, such as “Lick or Treat”, “Don’t Feed me after Midnight”, “Basic Witch” and many more! Seriously, there are over a dozen different Halloween-specific tag designs to choose from, you guys. And! Each tag is also available in 24 different colors. SO MANY OPTIONS. If Halloween isn’t your thing, be sure to check out the rest of their tags — there are loads of hilarious and cute options! See ’em all in the Bad Tags’ Etsy shop.

Halloween Dog Tags from Bad Tags

Halloween Dog Tags from Bad Tags

Halloween Dog Tags from Bad Tags


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