Welcome to the inaugural episode of Alcohol by Volume: a new podcast dedicated to the homebrew community. In this episode, Josh Carr and Dennis Niedfeldt start us off with our first series called “Beer Basics.” They discuss the various types of beer and the ingredients involved in the brew process. Think of it as a beginner’s discussion of homebrewing.
If this show ends up being a little too basic for you, hang with us for a while. We’ll move into more complicated discussions in the future. If you’re just entering the homebrew community, this “Beer Basics” series is a great way to get started. Josh wanted to make it educational for even the most novice homebrewers.
Our hosts, Josh and Dennis, are avid homebrewers that wanted to take their interests to the podcast format. Dennis has been brewing for a few years already. Josh is really just getting started. Together, they make a great team: a rookie and a veteran with questions and answers that will (maybe) keep you listening each week.
As we move forward with the podcast, we’ll step out of the “Beer Basics” series and into recipes, interviews, Q&A from our listeners, etc. We want your feedback. Sure, we’re doing this show because we love it, but we’re also doing it for you. If we mess up, we expect you to tell us. If you want us to answer a question, ask it. Feel free to leave a comment and we’ll get back to you.
Episode 1 – Beer Basics Show Notes
All of our podcasts include show notes. If we reference something in the show that you need to know, we’ll put a link here. The notes may include stories we reference, definitions we think you should know, companies we like, or other cool stuff.
Fat Tire – A beer from New Belgium Brewing Company in Fort Collins, Colorado.
India Pale Ale – We’re putting this here because Josh incorrectly referenced IPAs as “Indian” instead of India. Josh is a noob.
Beer – Yes, it’s general… but if you want to get a good understanding of the various terms we’re using in this show, check out this link.
Wort – Josh is including wort because it was a little confusing to him during the show.
Hops – An ingredient that adds flavor to beer. It’s bitter and tangy in flavor.
Fermentation – Converts sugars into alcohol using yeast.
Hydrometer – An instrument that tells you how much sugar has been eaten: that’s how you know the beer is finished fermenting.
Craft Brew – Usually reserved for small, independently-owned breweries that focus on flavor and quality.
Join us next week as we continue our “Beer Basics” series and discuss the equipment you need to start making beer at home. If you have questions or comments, just leave them below. Thanks!