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Sean White, cofounder of Little Fish in Athens, Ohio, is committed to mixed-culture beer. It’s not the only thing they brew, but it’s part of the soul of the brewery and a founding pillar that they’ve continued to develop—and improve—over the past eight years. Over that time, they’ve been recognized a number of times for these beers—including medals from the World Beer Cup in 2016 and 2018 and from GABF in 2020 and 2022. But, if you ask White, he’ll tell you that they’re still figuring it out. They haven’t settled, and they’re still learning.
In this episode, White discusses how they brew these compelling beers, from timing ingredient additions to parameters around their spontaneous beer program. Along the way, he discusses:
- maintaining multiple cultures via solera and brink
- minimizing beer waste to promote sustainability by reducing failure
- balancing acidity in award-winning beers
- neutralizing aged hops to manage funky flavor components
- sourcing and processing local fruit
- adding fruit in the barrel
- bottle-conditioning with an acid shock starter to reduce yeast stress
- topping up barrels to prevent the development of off-flavors
- not drinking beer for the past eight months, while still brewing it
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