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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.
 
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After multiple years and over 50 episodes Cal and Mike have decided to shake things up a bit with a brand new season and a brand new format. But before starting that we thought we'd tie up some of the loose ends of Season 1 by trying some of our finished brews. In this Final Gravity Extravaganza we combine the self indulgence of the Christmas Speci…
 
Oktoberfest didn't really happen for many of us this year, so why not bring a little bit of that celebratory spirit into your homes regardless. Märzens are crisp refreshing amber lagers with a easy dry biscuity finish, and go perfect at this time of year. Mike decided to do a session version of this famous yearly style as well as dipping his toes i…
 
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…
 
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 tryi…
 
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 gr…
 
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 th…
 
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…
 
If you have a hankering for something big, sweet and strong but subtle enough to give delicate floral flavours, then you might have the need for mead. In the second of our "Fermentation Variation" specials, Mike visits mead brewer Simon Claybourn who has not only brewed lots of mead in his time but also knows a lot about bees! We brew a mead, as we…
 
A tradition in that there London for hundreds of years Porter was designed to be dark, rich, and yet easy going. A good version will let you know you're drinking it without slowing you down. We brew one ourselves and talk about our recipe before trying these other examples: Mike's Old Homebrew - Smoked Porter Meantime - London Porter - https://www.…
 
In this slightly festive (yearly?) episode, Mike and Cal take a break from brewing and reflect on the past year. We discuss our favourite brews and which beers we learned the most from, as well as taking some time to really appreciate the beers in front of our faces. We try "Holly Cutter" by West Berkshire Brewery, that was featured in episode 34, …
 
In the first of our new series on fermented bevarages other than beer, Cal and Mike take a look at a potentially delicious way of using up a lot of spare fruit. Fruit Wines can be quick and simple to make, and most of the kit needed will already be owned by most homebrewers. So why not try something against the grain? In the episode we also try oth…
 
If you're a fan of sour beers, then you've probably already heard of Berliner Weisses. Crisp and refreshing they go down easy, but are these clean modern takes authentic? In this episode Mike tries to brew (to the best of his knowledge) a somewhat traditional take on the Berliner Weisse, something with a mellow sour funk that may end up taking quit…
 
It's easy to look down on American Lagers. They're popular and have flavours so subtle that some would argue slip into the relms of being bland. In reality, brewing something as clean and neutral can be very difficult and as a homebrewer creating something this flawless is possibly the ultimate challenge of your abilities. As usual, we brew one our…
 
When choosing hops for your recipe, location and "terroir" can be just as important as variety. Hops from New Zealand in particular are highly regarded not only for having unusual intense flavours but also keeping things deliciously subtle in a well balanced beer. What better style to try them out than a New Zealand Pilsner, a crisp refreshing lage…
 
One of the key parts of beer is the delicious grain that gives it its body, sweetness, colour and potentially many of its other attributes, the malted barley. If you're a fan of a big malt character in your beers, then Old Ale might be a great style to try, since it's packed full of big, biting and tasty malt flavours. In this episode Mike chats wi…
 
Many people relish getting nerdy about homebrewing (maybe you’re one?), but there is also another type of brewing that gets equally deep, and that's coffee. Coffee has been well studied and well enjoyed by many nerds and can add fantastic flavours to your beers, from dark lingering roasty bitterness to big rich fruity notes. In this special on-loca…
 
When it comes to hops usually fresh is best. So what could be better than fresh undried hops straight from the bine! Some say it gives grassy and "green" notes, so if you're looking for the freshest hop flavour you can get, why not celebrate harvest season with a beer? We brew a Green Hop Pale Ale in the episode and try these delicious hopped bever…
 
Mike and Cal join award winning homebrewer Daren Fearon a few days after he brewed one of the biggest styles homebrewers can try, the American take on Barleywine. By taking all that is good about beer (the malt bite, the hoppy finish, the yeasty esters and a touch of alcohol), pushing everything as high as it will go and with ABVs ranging from 10% …
 
Ever wandered what happens when you take the massive fruit punch of a New England IPA and push it even further? If you're adding actual fruit and other ingredients to boost that body into a creamy and sticky mess, you might be venturing towards an Icecream Pale Ale. Big in hops, fruit and body, this beer style may not be traditional, but it sure is…
 
For people who like their dark beers both very strong and very rich, the Imperial Milk Stout takes all the body of a powerful stout and cranks it up further with additions of lactose. Being an unfermentable sugar, the yeast leave the lactose alone during fermentation giving the beer an extra luxurious sweetness. As usual, we brew one ourselves and …
 
Episode 26 - Spruce Beer with Wild Weather Ales Cal and Mike go to visit their friends and local brewery Wild Weather Ales. In the episode we learn about the brewery itself, and their experience brewing with the fantastic extra ingredient of Spruce Tips! We try another Spruce Beer "Sprucy Banger" by Adnams and Northern Monk https://www.adnams.co.uk…
 
Dating back to at least 800BC, Schwarzbier (otherwise known as Black Lager) is the oldest known style of European beer. Black in colour, but with the crisp refreshing body of a lager, this beer gets its popularity from its intricate balance mixed with delicious drinkability! As usual, we brew one ourselves and talk about it, then try these commerci…
 
By The Mash Tun go to Craft Theory 2019! Cal and guest host Chris MacLennan (from The Space Jam Continuum) interview as many brewers/beer people as they could find and demand to know about one of the beers they’ve brought to the festival. In the bumper second part of this two-part special, they interview these lovely people: Anne-Marie from The Gru…
 
By The Mash Tun go to Craft Theory 2019! Cal and guest host Chris MacLennan (from The Space Jam Continuum) interview as many brewers/beer people as they could find and demand to know about one of the beers they've brought to the festival. In part one of this two-part special, they interview these lovely people: Tom from Little Earth Project https:/…
 
In the third part of our Back To Basics series Mike and Cal meet up with Rob and Martin from www.themaltmiller.co.uk to chat about equipment. We cover all the kit you'll need from the lowest level all the way up to the top tier stuff, all whilst chatting about our own setups and how they've changed over time. No setup is right for everyone so if yo…
 
If you like your beer to have a big sweet chocolaty malt backbone behind a luscious citrus hoppy aroma, you may very well enjoy the American Brown style. This beer doesn't mess around and gives you big flavours whilst still being refreshing enough to have you asking for more. Newcastle Brown this ain't! If you're interested in brewing this beer you…
 
Join Mike and Cal as they discuss the basics of brewing! If you’ve ever wanted to brew or are new to homebrewing, the Back To Basics episodes may be a good place to start! In the second of these glossary episodes, we spend a bit more time going into the fermentation process (where wort turns into beer) including general advice, pitfalls to avoid an…
 
Dark and complex, but easy going and very sessionable, the Traditional Dark Mild has been a staple of English Beer for a very long time. Don't let the colour fool you, this is not a sipper, so get it down yer! As usual, we brew one ourselves, talk about the style and our recipe, before trying out these commercial examples: Boutilliers - Sleep Delay…
 
In this episode we travel to The Grumpy Goat in Reading (http://thegrumpygoat.co.uk/), the bottleshop where Cal and Mike buy 90% of the beers reviewed in other episodes. We talk to owners Anne-Marie and Charlie about the shop and their upcoming beer festival "Craft Theory" http://crafttheoryfestival.co.uk/ We also review these beers from previous e…
 
Cal loves a lager, but sometimes the wait for that perfectly clean crispy beverage is just too long. One option? Brew a Steam Beer (AKA a California Common), a rough and ready lager yeast beer fermented high and rushed into your glass. We did find one example of the style, but had a bit of trouble getting the archetypal Anchor Steam Beer. So, inste…
 
Join Mike and Cal with new homebrewer Dave Ashmore as we discuss the basics of brewing! If you've ever wanted to brew or are new to homebrewing, the Back To Basics episodes may be a good place to start! In Episode 1 don't expect a thorough scientific view or a weighing up of the pros and cons of various methods. Instead it's a quick and simple over…
 
In this episode Cal gets to revisit one of his earliest brews, the Coconut Brown. Combining the sweet malty robustness of a Brown Ale with the unique creaminess of Coconut, it's a style not seen very often but enjoyed by most that try it. We try some commercial examples of beer with Coconut in: Mongozo - Coconut https://www.mongozo.com/Siren Craft …
 
As the sweet, roasty, yet smooth drinking evil twin of the Black IPA, the White Stout is lesser known but just as beloved to its fans. Is the illusion great enough to justify the "Stout" name, or is it just a Coffee Pale Ale? In this episode we're joined by Kieran Johnson (who recently brewed one with BlackJack Brewery) as we delve into what makes …
 
In this special episode we visit Reading's newest brewery "Double-Barrelled" as they brew an Imperial Stout due to be double barrel aged! We also review these Imperial Stouts: Elusive Brewing - Invisible Wall https://www.elusivebrewing.com/ Gipsy Hill - HFO https://gipsyhillbrew.com/ Omnipollo - Noa Pecan Mud Cake http://www.omnipollo.com/…
 
In Final Gravity we take a look at the various beers we’ve brewed after they’re completed. Find out what went right, what went wrong and most importantly what we’ve learned on our journey to learn by brewing. This episode we're joined by beer reviewer James Moore as he gives his opinions on our beers and talks about his quest to drink all "1001 Bee…
 
In this episode we hit the hybrid between the classic German style of sweet wheaty Hefeweizen and the Belgian style of spicy zesty Witbier. A wheat heavy hazy pale beer flavoured with orange peel and honey! We delve into the two styles, talk about our own take and try some of these commercial examples: Paulaner - Hefe-Weissbier https://www.paulaner…
 
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