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Tim Dennis and Aaron Williams are talking to the people who make the southeast's craft beer industry great! New shows are uploaded every Saturday.

Mar 10, 2018

We're broadcasting from Monday Night Brewing's Garage this week. 

Does your homebrew blonde ale continually have an underripe apple taste? Or is there a rancid butter taste in your porter? Does your IPA taste more like band-aids than tropical hops? 

This is the show for you. BJCP Grand Master beer judge Mike Castagno was an award-winning homebrewer before going pro at Decatur, GA's Twain's Brewpub. And BJCP Certified beer judge Nate Watkins is another award-winning prolific homebrewer. We talk about some of the mistakes homebrewers make, the off-flavors that can crop up, and how to fix them.

We discuss some of the things you can do before you brew to minimize the risk of off-flavors as well as sharing some details on common off-flavors such as acetaldehyde, diacetyl, chlorophenol, fusel / alcoholic, DMS (dimethyl sulfide), esters, oxidation, and the much-dreaded skunking.  Mike and Nate also share some info on homebrew clubs and ways you can train your palate to recognize off-flavors.  

Plus, we talk to Michael Lowenberg of Modern Hops about the upcoming Day of the Juice festival.