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Short and Shoddy Brewing with Marshall Schott – BeerSmith Podcast #217

This week Marshall Schott joins me to discuss how many “short and shoddy” shortcuts you can take when Brewing beer and still produce good beer.

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Topics in This Week’s Episode (45:41)

  • This week my guest is Marshall Schott from Brulosophy. Marshall runs the web site which features a wide variety of interesting Beer Experiments where common brewing beliefs are tested experimentally.  In addition Marshall has a number of projects we’ll be talking about including the Brulosophy podcast, and “Short & Shoddy”.
  • We talk about Brulosophy and some of the challenges they’ve had getting experiments done during the current pandemic.
  • Marshall introduces the concept of “Short and Shoddy” brewing which involves taking as many shortcuts as possible while still making good beer.
  • We talk about an abbrevitated mash and how modern malts actually convert the sugars/starches in grains very quickly due to high levels of modification/enzymes.
  • Marshall also tells us about experiments using an abbreviated boil and how he has not had significant issues with DMS.
  • We discuss the direct pitch of yeast and how it can work even without using a starter.
  • Marshall explains how he sometimes gets away with pitching yeast slightly warm and without added oxygen.
  • We discuss brewing lagers at ale temperatures which can actually be successful if you choose the correct lager yeast strain.
  • We talk about gelatin from the grocery store and how it is a great clarity aid that is inexpensive and easy to use.
  • We talk about burst carbonation and he provides his closing thoughts.


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Thanks to Marshall Schott for appearing on the show and also to you for listening!
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