Podcast: Rodbo is Punished

On this long-awaited episode of the Ale Evangelist Show, Rodbo returns, only to be accosted with a Double IPA from Revision Brewing.  Will this be the hop-laden elixir that finally convinces Rodbo that hops are not the demon-plant he has made them out to be? Will he actually admit that he was misguided and fooled by the hop-haters? Will he finally step into the light?  Listen and find out.

Because the beer world won’t stop talking about it, neither will the Ale Evangelists, so on this episode they discuss whether hazy IPA is really heralding the end of the golden age of craft beer.

And because it wouldn’t be the show without some levity, they read some reviews on the biggest swiss army knife you’ve ever seen! (Pictured above.)

Finally, the Scotsman answers a listener question in great detail about whether you should do a primary and secondary fermentation for your beers.

Packed with information and fun, you don’t want to miss this episode of the Ale Evangelist Show!

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Pastoral Counseling (Q&A): If IBU’s are a rating describing how bitter a beer is, why don’t high-IBU beers always taste really bitter?

Hello, Congregants.  Welcome to the Pastoral Counseling feature of Ale Evangelism. In this feature, we will attempt to answer the questions asked by friends and readers to bring us all to a better understanding of beer appreciation.

Today’s question is one that I usually don’t get asked until after more in-depth craft beer discussions with friends and family. Craft brewers are blessedly starting to put more information about their beers onto their labels these days, which helps those of us attempting to copy their great successes in our own homebrewing attempts. The IBU (International Bitterness Unit) rating of a beer describes (sort of) how bitter a beer is. It is derived from a formula which objectively attempts to describe how bitter a beer is by taking into account the alpha acids present in the hops used, which is further modified by when said hops were added to the boil. The scale goes from about 5 or so IBU’s to 100 IBU’s. Light lagers will generally be in the neighborhood of 5 IBU’s, while India Pale Ales can be upwards of 100 or more IBU’s. The question, however, is this: Why don’t high-IBU beers always taste super bitter? Read more to find the answer…
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