By The Mash Tun

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.

Mike Harrison-Wood – Mike has worked in the ale trade for nearly 10 years, and as a cellarman as well as a home brewer he knows a thing or two about not only how to make beer, but also keep it in perfect condition. Over these years he’s honed his tastebuds into surreal description machines often talking about beers in ways that don’t make sense, but kind of do. Favourite style – Black IPA

Cal Noble – Cal has been homebrewing much longer than Mike and has learned first hand many of the pitfalls on the way to consistent and delicious home brewed beer which he now achieves with ease on a regular basis. Watch out for his giant mug of tea, his wondrous cooking and flavour matching skills, and his meticulous attention to detail. Favourite style – currently West Coast IPA

Recent Episodes:

39 – Self Indulgent Christmas Episode! - 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…
38 – Fermentation Variation – Fruit Wine - 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…
37 – Berliner Weisse - 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…
36 – American Lager - 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…
35 – New Zealand Pilsner - 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…
34 – Old Ale with West Berkshire Brewery - 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,…
33 – Coffee Stout with Siren Craft Brew - 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…
32 – Green Hop Pale Ale - 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…
31 – American Barleywine - 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…
30 – Kveik Helles - In recent years strains and cultures of yeasts from Norway have started to get a lot of attention in the brewing world. Unlike other strains they ferment clean even at temperatures as high as 40°C! But can it make a…