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Topics in This Week’s Episode (32:11)
- Today my guest is Conner Trebour. Conner is CEO of Sensorshare LLC and maker of the BrewPerfect digital hydrometer. He is also an avid home brewer.
- We start with a discussion of pumpkin beers beginning with what makes a great pumpkin beer.
- Conner shares what kinds of pumpkins work best in pumpkin beer as the typical “Jack-O-Lantern” variety is not ideal for beer.
- We discuss preparing fresh pumpkin as well as how to use canned pumpkin.
- He explains some of the difficulties in brewing with pumpkin including its sticky/messy nature as well as how to contain the pulp.
- Conner shares his thoughts on a base beer recipe to use for pumpkin ale as well as use of hops and malts.
- We discuss spices that belong in a pumpkin beer and reflect the flavors of the season.
- We next move on to holiday or Christmas ales which a strong ales that reflect the flavors of the holiday season.
- He shares some of his favorite flavors to use as well as what to look for in a base recipe.
- We discuss the use of seasonal fruits like cranberry.
- Conner shares his thoughts on spices for a holiday ale.
- We spend a few minutes at the end discussing his BrewPerfect business and some upcoming changes.
- Thank you to our sponsor Craft Beer and Brewing Magazine for sponsoring this episode. I encourage you to subscribe to their great magazine!
- And also Anvil Brewing Equipment. Anvil is a new line of kettles, burners and accessories from John Blichmann at Blichmann Engineering. They make top quality brewing equipment built to last a lifetime.
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Thanks to Conner Trebour for appearing on the show and also to you for listening!
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