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:

17 – Brut Pale - Brewing has existed for millennia so when something truly new comes along people tend to pay attention. Brut IPAs are so new and have captured so many imaginations that we had to try it out for ourselves! Focusing on more…
16 – Coconut Brown - 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…
15 – White Stout with Kieran Johnson - 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…
14 – Imperial Stout with Double-Barrelled - 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…
Final Gravity – Episode 2 - 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…
13 – Hefeweizen/Witbier - 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…
12 – Saison (with Mike Bates) - Guest homebrewer special! In this episode Mike heads north to York to brew with award winning homebrewer Mike Bates, as he recreates the Saison that won him the award. Afterwards, Mike and Cal return to Reading to try these fantastic…
11 – Rauchbier - In this episode we embrace the smoke and brew a "Rauchbier", a big smoky delicious and malty style from Bamburg. We're also joined by Chris MacLennan, Cal's co-host from The Space Jam Continuum, also part of the Kaiju.fm Network. As…
10 – Jasmine Green Tea Pale - In this episode Mike and his lovely wife Rachael have a look at the floral, delicate and yet rich flavour found by adding Jasmine Green Tea to pale ale. As usual, we brew one ourselves, talk about the style and…
9 – Pancake Beer - In this episode we use up all the little bits of leftover ingredients from other brews to make a "Pancake Beer", a usually amber yet hoppy style that always changes (depending on what you have left). Good for those that…