Podcast Episode 196: Figueroa Mountain’s Kevin Ashford Does More Using Less
For Kevin Ashford, master brewer at Figueroa Mountain Brewing in Buellton, Calif., Every beer can always be improved. After winning two medals for their Danish Red Lager, Ashford and his team made the difficult decision to simplify the malt bill, dry it out a bit and add a decoction step, important gestures for a beer that has had an audience and that wowed the judges. But for Ashford, truly great beers are created through a process of subtraction – by iterating and removing anything that doesn’t need to be there, while using all the tools in the brewing manual to maximize the expression of. what’s left.
In this episode of the podcast, Ashford shares his optimization strategies, primarily in the lager area. These include:
- Mexican-style lager decoction to strengthen malt character and create “weight” in light lagers
- Using Contessa hops for a classic yet fresh feel
- Use of multiple strains of lager yeast in the production brewhouse
- Cellar with a combination of cylindro-conical fermenters and brite tanks to optimize clarity
- Understanding the importance of time in brewing lager beer
- Using contemporary hops like El Dorado and Strata in lagers
- The benefit of cold fermentation on the retention of hop aromas
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