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The Pub / Santiago Chile
« on: April 22, 2017, 07:39:46 AM »
I realize this is a long shot, but has anyone been to Santiago and have tips for me?  I've been invited to go in July.


On this week's episode of the Brew Files, Drew sits down with Peter Symons, the author of Bronzed Brews - a collection of recipes and research of Australia's fascinating history of brewing. We talk about the experience of delving into brewery archives. Why Foster's isn't Australian for beer. How historical Australian beers were brewed (what their goals were, etc) Lastly, we'll even grab some tips and tricks for making your recreations spot on!


 Stand back everyone and hold our beer - we're going for a shorter show today! (Suspect Denny might need a temporary break from editing or something)

We do the feedback circuit, including a visit to the Correctional Department of Corrections, and then hit the pub for our recollections of Session Beer Day, some of our favorite April Fool's pranks from brewers (including one that wasn't actually a prank) and the upcoming Big Brew

In the lab, we finally have our results in from our BrewTan B experiment that we started last year. What do the guys make of the results and we talk with Joe Formanek of Anjinomoto about what they mean.

Then in the Lounge we actually visit a question that came in from a listener about her challenges making truly gluten free beer. Since neither of us are gluten free experts, we rope in an actual expert - James Neumeister of Portland's Ground Breaker Brewery, a gluten free brewery.

Finally we tackle questions we can answer. Drop a quick tip on ya and explore one reason Drew would have something positive to say about the New York Yankees. (No, hell has not frozen over and yes, it involves dogs.)


The Brew Is Out There!


On this week's episode of the Brew Files, Drew and Denny hit the phones with Jay Ankeney, a long time homebrewer in Los Angeles who's been brewing longer than most of us. And interestingly - Jay still brews with extract and grains. Why does he still brew with extract? What are some of his tips and tricks and what does he do that either agrees or disagrees with prevailing wisdom. Well, you're going to have to listen!

General Homebrew Discussion / New Beer Style
« on: April 01, 2017, 10:40:22 AM »
I'm proud to be quoted in this scholarly article discussing a new beer style....


A little different show this week and we warn you - it's a long one! We hit three main topics today, but first feedback.

With April Fool's Day right around the corner, it's time to explore how foolish we brewers are with a bunch of disasters stories! Stay safe people!

Then it's back to the Jeopardy stage where we questions answers about Recipes, Water and Troubleshooting - wait, strke that, reserve it.

And then - we talk with Gary Glass of the AHA about the Governing Committee and the election. Final votes are due by 3/31! So stick around and listen to the candidates! (Special Thanks to the Brewing Network for providing the statements!)

Beer Recipes / Recipe Design Webinar
« on: March 23, 2017, 02:47:03 PM »
I'll be doing a Zymurgy Live webinar covering recipe design and evaluation on Tues. 3/28 at 6 PM PDT.  It's available to all AHA members and if you can't make it that night there will be a recording available.  During the live webinar you'll be able to ask questions.  For more info, check out


On this week's episode of the Brew Files, Drew and Denny tackle a question dropped on Facebook by listener Dan Tomkins. Dan asked just how do we tackle a new recipe - something we've never brewed before? Well, sit back and we'll walk you through just how we do the voodoo that is recipe creation.  Plus, Drew has an epic meltdown while while Denny plays the ukulele.


To start the show, we hit the feedback slush pile, including a voicemail feedback about the Walmart lawsuit.

In the pub, it's a little different today as we sit down with Nick Arzner of Block 15 to drink one of Denny's favorite beers - Sticky Hands IPA. We discuss the origins of the beer and the secrets behind the powerful hop character the beer carries (pro tip - new fancy hop powders)

From there - it's Question time and once again y'all provided so many questions- we're splitting it up! Today we cover Malts, Mashing, Hops and Yeast!

Next episode - even more Questions along with your brewing disasters!

Episode Links:

    Block 15 Brewing -
    San Gabriel Valley Humane Society -
    Patreon Remember even a buck is good for charity:
    Experimental Brew Store -

Equipment and Software / OK, this is cool....
« on: March 08, 2017, 09:37:22 AM »
I usually kinda pooh pooh things like this, but for some reason this strikes me as really cool....

General Homebrew Discussion / Experimental Brewing podcast Episode 35
« on: March 01, 2017, 10:57:56 AM »

We start with a round of feedback including a question about a potentially new style guideline and a reflection on one listener's experiment in making Cool Ranch Beer!

In the pub, rumblings are a foot about the Return of the Wrath of Conn at this year's HomeBrewCon in Minneapolis.  We tackle the problematic notion of "fake craft" beer and All About Beer's newly announced policy on sexist beer names.

Over in the library, a brief look at one of Drew's favorite malts - Maris Otter

And in the lounge it's a twofer as we talk again with over favorite Lew - Lew Bryson about 2017's Session Beer Day (April 7th). We encourage you to get ready for it by brewing up a batch of something "small". And then we leave the land of the small and head back to Fargo where Drew sits down with our good friend and long time BJCP/AHA leader, Susan Ruud, at her meadery - Prarie Rose.

Quick tip comes with video evidence this time - careful when you're degassing folks! And Denny closes us out with a PBS show all about music.

General Homebrew Discussion / Got a brewday disaster story?
« on: February 23, 2017, 11:58:58 AM »
You know how it goes. Drop a carboy, burn the mash, put 3 eyes of newt instead of 1. What's your disaster story?  OK, we've all had those brewing days where nothing seems to go right. Not just running out of know, the kind of day where you wonder why you're doing this! But we power through and keep brewing. For our April Fools show, we're looking for stories of brew days gone wrong..really wrong. Something to make us all feel better about our own brewdays from Hell! Email your brewday disaster stories to or call our Beer Hotline at 626.765.1ALE and tell us your story!

General Homebrew Discussion / Session Beer Day April 7
« on: February 23, 2017, 10:36:05 AM »
Session Beer Day is just around the corner!  The Session Beer Project ( has declared April 7 as Session Beer Day!  On episode 35 of the Experimental Brewing podcast (3/1/17), we'll be talking to Lew Bryson, its founder, about what it is and how to celebrate it.  To make things complete, we'd like to see your session beer recipes.  If you have a low alcohol (~4.5% ABV or less) recipe you'd like to share, please send it to  We'll publish it on our website so that the whole world can get into session beer!

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