Sean Johnson joins me from the Brewing Science Lab at the University of Northern Colorado to discuss brewing the perfect Porter or Stout.
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Topics in This Week’s Episode (38:38)
- Today my guest is Sean Johnson. Sean is Assistant Brewer at the University of Northern Colorado Brewing Science Lab where he works with Dr Mosher teaching a 6 month brewing certificate program. He has a Master’s degree in Hop Chemistry and worked at Annheuser-Busch’s Barley Research team before joining UNC.
- We briefly discuss Porters and Stouts as well as their history which has some shared roots.
- Sean explains how Porter and Stouts evolved to become distinct styles.
- We talk about the popularity of Porters as well as their decline in the 1800’s as lighter beers became popular.
- He discusses some of the different styles of Porters and Stouts that have become popular today.
- We talk about brewing a complex English Porter and where the flavors come from- starting with the grain bill.
- He shares thoughts on good hop varieties to use in a Porter.
- We discuss hop/malt balance and how to achieve the right balance.
- Sean shares his recommendations for brewing yeasts to use with Porters and Stouts.
- We talk about which water profiles are most appropriate to these styles.
- Sean shares some tips for adding flavor complexity to a stout or porter.
- We spend a few minutes discussing the UNC brewing certificate program.
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