Homebrewing Basics, Hops For Aroma, Carbonation Techniques and More

Today on Grow Edible I talk homebrewing with NW Edible’s very own Homebrew Husband. Nick covers the four basic steps of homebrewing and talks about how to use hops to get your ideal blend of aroma and bitterness. He explains the importance of temperature control in mashing and how brewers select for short chain or long chain sugars through temperature control. This podcast is full of great advice on how to craft a truly great DIY beer.

Four Steps Of Homebrewing

Show Notes

Today we discuss:

  • The four steps to making great beer.
  • What the heck is malt?
  • The importance of hops for adding flavor and aroma to beer, and how to control the bitterness and aroma in your beer by properly timing your hop additions.
  • Some of the history of beer and how the male dominated hobby of homebrewing used to be “woman’s work.”
  • Why carbonation is critical to the overall experience of drinking beer.
  • Homebrew as a living, developing ferment .

Additional information and resources for today’s episode:

  • Radical Brewing by Randy Mosher, the book Nick describes as his biggest brewing inspiration.
  • How To Brew by John Palmer, Nick’s favorite brewing reference guide to everything from “your first brew” to advanced all grain techniques. The second edition is for sale here on Amazon, the first edition has been made available for free online by the author on his website.
  • Freshops, Nick’s preferred whole-leaf hop provider.
  • Wyeast 1098 Liquid Yeast, Nick’s go-to yeast for most ale-style brews.
  • The carbonation and kegging system Nick uses to turn his beer nice and bubbly, then dispense it “on tap.”

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The theme music for the Grow Edible is Rodeo, graciously provided by the supremely talented Kristen Ward. You can find Kristen’s music on iTunes and AmazonRodeo is off the Last Night on Division album – it’s one of my favorites!

Perpetual hat tip to Erik and Kelly of Root Simple, the cool Godparents of the urban homesteading movement. Erik and Kelly put out a sharp and edutaining podcast in addition to writing great books, running a fantastic blog and generally spreading their urban farm wisdom far and wide. They graciously allowed me to steal their phrase “audio companion.”


  1. Kyle says

    I’d been meaning to get around to listening to this for quite some time and finally got to it this evening. I love these podcasts!

    One side note, growing up in Alaska, dry villages really were (are?) a thing, not just some archaic law: http://commerce.alaska.gov/dnn/abc/Resources/DryDampCommunities.aspx

    I think in small communities where alcoholism may be more prevalent or be felt more in close-quarters where the modes of transportation are ATVs and bush planes, dry or damp communities may still have a place.

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