Podcast Episode 170: Jonathan Moxey of Rockwell is a Friend of the Foeder

The head brewer of St. Louis upstart Rockwell Beer shares his experience brewing everything from mixed-culture beers to Baltic porter in wood.

Jamie Bogner Jan 22, 2021 - 5 min read

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Jonathan Moxey cut his teeth at St. Louis craft trailblazer Perennial Artisan Ales before leaving in 2018 to head the brewing program at Rockwell Beer. Over the years, he's developed a love for finely tuned mixed-fermentation, wood aging, session beer, and lager—all things for which he’s developed different but equally compelling takes in his new digs.

In this episode, Moxey discusses:

  • Designing Baltic porter for aging and conditioning in a foeder
  • The clearing effect of fermenting in wood
  • Building bigger beers while downplaying ethanol expression
  • Yeast choices in high-gravity lagers
  • Maintaining proper fermentation health
  • Building complex malt layers in big, dark beers
  • Developing unique beer character by using unique Brett strains
  • Building and developing a culture
  • Foam retention in tart and sour beer
  • The beauty of Michigan Crystal hops
  • Hopping regimens for mixed-fermentation beers

And more.

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