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Matthias Trum of Schlenkerla Is not Preserving the Ashes, He is Retaining the Rauchbier Fireplace Burning


Matthias Trum is the sixth-generation brewer at Bamberg’s Heller-Trum Bräu—higher referred to as Schlenkerla—and he’s as obsessive about native historical past as he’s with producing world-class smoked lagers through their old school strategies.

Bamberg has an extended historical past of brewing, and Trum is a good pupil of that historical past—and his household has performed an necessary function in it. On this episode, he immerses us in that story, discussing:

  • outdated household brewing logs that element robust beers in addition to lower-strength ones constructed from second runnings
  • the true story of rauchbier, and Schlenkerla’s function in preserving its legacy
  • particulars on Schlenkerla’s personal wood-fired malting course of, and the outdated follow of utilizing several types of wooden
  • the non-linear depth of the smoky character in Schlenkerla’s beers
  • the significance of decoction to fermentation and taste
  • the flavour contribution of their direct-fire copper kettles
  • the trick of balancing smoke and malt with evident hop bitterness
  • experimenting with malts smoked by completely different woods and paired with completely different aroma hops
  • balancing the non-smoked but subtly smoky Helles Lagerbier
  • how hyper-inflation led to the event of the Helles

And extra.

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