If you want to make beer, you’re going to need yeast. But what is yeast? This week on Fuhmentaboudit! Mary Izett and Chris Cuzme are joined in the studio by Chris Lovrich of Brooklyn Homebrew to demystify the fungus. Listen in to hear how Chris harvests yeasts from the air, and its role in the brewing process. How can you ensure that you’re “pitching” properly? Chris gives you the ABC’s of lagering, and the importance of consistent temperature in making a good lager. How do dry yeast and liquid yeast compare? Find out how yeast is affected by temperature, and how heat can alter your homebrew. This episode has been sponsored by Hearst Ranch.

“Even though I’ve been brewing for a long time, it took me a while to realize all the bad things about my beer came from not using enough yeast.” [10:15]

“If you increase the amount of water, you’re going to slow your temperature change.” [26:00]

Chris Lovrich on Fuhmentaboudit!