By The Mash Tun is a podcast hosted by a couple of nerds where we brew some beer, drink some beer and have a chat about beer. Each episode we brew a particular style of beer and during the “mashing in” (when the grains steep in warm water to extract their sugars and delicious flavours in something called a “Mash Tun”) we talk about that beer, how we’ve built our own recipe and drink other commercial examples of the style. All this, recorded whilst we sit By The Mash Tun.
47 - Fruited Porter
As the nights draw in and the evenings get colder, why not turn to something darker, but with a twist? Take a robust English Porter and add a huge boost of dark seasonal fruits and you end up with something deliciously rich and autumnal.
In this episode we brew a Fruited Porter as well as trying these commerical examples:
Weird Beard - Dead By Dawn - https://www.weirdbeardbrewco.com/
Titanic - Plum Porter - https://www.titanicbrewery.co.uk/
St Peter's - Old-Style Porter - https://www.stpetersbrewery.co.uk/
St Peter's - Plum Porter
If you're interested in brewing this recipe yourself, you can find it at https://www.themaltmiller.co.uk
46 - American Stout
What do you get if you cross a traditional Dry Stout with a Black IPA? Why, the American Stout of course! All the rich malty body of a stout balanced but not dominated by the extra addition of new world hops. Mike tries this style with an addition of Sabro, a new(ish) variety of hop!
As usual we brew one ourselves, talk about the recipe before trying these commercial (sort of) examples:
The Kernal Brewery - India Porter - https://www.thekernelbrewery.com/
Chorlton & Alphabet Brewing Co - Dank Matter - https://alphabetbrewing.co.uk/
Siren Craft Brew - Let The Night In - https://www.sirencraftbrew.com/
We also try 3 of the beers that were brewed earlier this year, the Berliner Weisse from Episode 37, The IPL from episode 44 and the Kit Brew from Back To Basics Episode 4. Find out what went right, what went wrong and what we learned by brewing.
If you’re interested in brewing the recipe talked about in this episode, you can find the recipe at https://www.themaltmiller.co.uk/
Back To Basics Episode 4 - Kit Brews
After taking a short break during the ongoing situation, Mike and Cal are back, this time recording remotely!
And in this time, after kicking one of his kegs Mike decided to take a punt going "Back To Basics" by trying out his first ever Kit Brew. Many homebrewers begin their journey with Kit Brews, so we decided to talk about why they're such a great place to start!
We also talk a little about the current beer climate as well as trying something super rare these days, some Cask Beer from Almasty and Pamona Island.
You can find the Kit Brew that Mike brews in the episode here https://www.themaltmiller.co.uk/product/juicy-session-ipa/ as well as the basic bits of kit you'll need here https://www.themaltmiller.co.uk/product/mangrove-jacks-starter-brewery-kit/
45 - Sabro Homebrew Competition
In this episode Mike and Cal were invited to judge for the Reading Amateur Brewers homebrew competition that had one interesting brief, brewing a beer that accentuates Sabro hops. We recorded live on the judging night, chatting to the organisers of the event, the people who won third, second and third place about the beers they brewed as well as the other two judges about how they found the experience.
If you're interested and are local to Reading, please check out Reading Amateur Brewers http://readingamateurbrewers.co.uk/ who have built a fantastic community in a relatively short space of time, and that we are particularly pleased to be a part of.
Please note this was recorded a few weeks ago before the current lockdown was in place. For those who are bored self isolating or working from home, The Malt Miller (https://www.themaltmiller.co.uk/) are a fantastic resource for homebrew ingredients and equipment and are currently stocking Sabor hops, so get involved!
44 - IPL
Are you a big fan of hops, but love the refreshing ease of a lager? Why not have both? An India Pale Lager (or IPL) takes the subtle complexity of a lager and boosts those fruity hop notes with liberal additions of delicious hops.
As usual we brew one ourselves, talk about the recipe before trying these commercial examples:
Lost & Grounded - Running With Sceptres - http://lostandgrounded.co.uk/
Siren Craft Brew - Santo - https://www.sirencraftbrew.com/
Weird Beard - Kill Pils - http://www.weirdbeardbrewco.com/
Camden - Show Off - https://www.camdentownbrewery.com/
If you're interested in brewing this beer for yourself, you can find the recipe at https://www.themaltmiller.co.uk/
43 - Table Beer
Table Beer is a fantastically versatile beer. It’s the perfect beer to enjoy at the table with a meal, to have all day if you’re settling in for a long session, or maybe if you’re just warming up and want something to whet your whistle before taking the plunge in the deep end. Lower in abv, this style stays pale, crisp and refreshing whilst keeping a notable hop hit.
We brew one ourselves and talk about our recipe before trying these other examples:
Double-Barrelled - Elbow https://doublebarrelled.co.uk/
Cloudwater - Light Lager https://cloudwaterbrew.co/
We also try the Green Hop Pale Ale from episode 32 and the New Zealand Pilsner from episode 35. Find out what went right, what went wrong and what we learned by brewing.
If you're interested in brewing the beer from this episode, you can buy the recipe kit from https://www.themaltmiller.co.uk/