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General Homebrew Discussion / Experimental Brewing podcast Episode 28
« on: November 23, 2016, 09:49:13 AM »

On this pre-Turkey Day here in the US, we found ourselves back in Portland in this episode and we're at a brewery right up Drew's alley!

We start in the pub with a brief discussion of what fine beers we'll be supping on while we're stuffing ourselves silly. We also look at some charity from No-Li Brewing, a rather "innovative" beer addition to the Not Your Father's lineup and Mike Tonsmiere's Kveik experiments.

In the brewery, we examine the speciality malt market and what it means for the tide of craft beer styles from a global perspective and Drew talks about revisiting one of his favorite projects from the past with White Labs Zurich Lager strain.

In the lounge, we visit with Sean Burke at Common's Brewing where we explore their farmhouse centric approach and how they grew into a beautiful space with strange equipment.

For a quick tip, we share a brief note on using Hop Extracts efficiently and cleanly. (And what not to do with them!)

We tackle more of your questions in our Q&A segment before closing you out with two of Drew's latest finds - HBO's Westworld and a Beastie Boys / Daft Punk Mashup that is pretty damn awesome.

Episode Links:

    No-Li Brewing's Charity Fundraiser -
    Not Your Father's IPA -
    Mad Fermentationist Kveik Experiments -
    Specialty Malts -
    Falconsclaws (The Original) -
    White Labs Zurich Lager - (Specialty Order!)
    Commons Brewery -
    Westworld -
    Daft Science -
    Patreon Remember even a buck is good for charity:
    Experimental Brew Store -

General Homebrew Discussion / Experimental Brewing podcast Episode 27
« on: November 09, 2016, 10:43:31 AM »
It's our 1 year anniversary show!

Has it really been one year? Yup - The first episode of Experimental Brewing appeared on November 11th of 2015. The tricky part is we taped that first show at least three times. We wanted to get it right as possible coming out of the gate. We're still not there yet, but with your help, we can do it! Take our survey, leave us a review on iTunes,etc.

But first, in this episode we revist some of our favorite pieces of the first year of Experimental Brewing. We talk briefly at the pub about some recent news and happenings and then straight into the dream sequences as we revisit the world of data outliers, talk to Lew Bryson about Session Beers, Denny and Drew getting their learning on, talk weird beers with Russell Everett, Saisons, prove we can't taste anything with Marshall at HomebrewCon and close out with less than laconic Rodger Davis of Faction Brewing. We think we even got all the beeps in place for him this time!

General Homebrew Discussion / Hop utilization vs. boil gravity
« on: November 07, 2016, 12:05:37 PM »
I seem to remember that in the last year or so there was some info that contradicted the long held belief that hop utilization is affected by boil gravity.  However, I haven't been able to turn anything up.  Does this ring a bell for anyone or am I delusional?

General Homebrew Discussion / Experimental Brewing podcast Episode 26
« on: October 26, 2016, 09:20:52 AM »

One full year of Experimental Brewing is in the books! (So much editing, so much umm and ahhs)

But that’s beside the point - on with the show! We tackle some user feedback around Drew’s keg purging methods and Denny’s feelings on Nugget hops. And then it’s into the pub where we tackle the big news about ABI’s acquisition of Northern Brewer/Midwest. We’re puzzled - are you puzzled? Join us in being puzzled! Drew talks about his experience with Cask Marque and finding righteous beer bargains.

In the brewery, we talk about the beauty and performance of JaDeD Brewing’s chillers. Seriously, these things are great.

In the library, a little comedy courtesy of McSweeney’s from a listener and a new podcast from the Master Brewers Association of America for your actual knowledge.

In the lab, we discuss the results of our first New England IPA experiment - Wyeast 1056 vs. Wyeast 1318. Can tasters taste a difference? What about the haze? The Hop character? Where do we go from here.

And it’s a twofer in the lounge as we just finished a quick trip to the Portland/Vancouver area to talk at our sponsor Brewcraft USA’s RetailerCon. So we started our trip by talking with the folks at FH Steinbarts about their shop and their community’s recent speakeasy loss. And then we get into a Pineapple Kolsch with Larry Clousner, great friend of the show and partner at Pono Brewing.

We close out the show with Drew’s recent reading about some of the deep seated organized crime and corruption of LA in the 1920’s and 30’s with “A Bright and Guilty Place” by Richard Rayner.

Episode Links:

    Hoppy Halloween - See Drew on 10/29 -
    Cask Marque -
    McSweeney's -
    MBAA Podcast -
    JaDeD Brewing -
    New England IPA Experiment -
    FH Steinbart -
    Dean's Scene -
    Pono Brewing -
    A Bright and Guilty Place -
    Patreon Remember even a buck is good for charity:
    Experimental Brew Store -

Events / Denny & Drew After Dark
« on: October 15, 2016, 01:17:53 PM »
If you're in the Portland OR/Vancouver WA area, you have a chance to see Drew and me being sillier than usual!  On Tues. 10/18, we'll be onstage at the Kiggins Theater in Vancouver WA at an event called "Denny & Drew After Dark" presented by Brewcraft USA.  Free tix at Bader Beer and Wine, F.H Steinbart and Above the Rest.

General Homebrew Discussion / Experimental Brewing podcast Episode 25
« on: October 12, 2016, 09:45:47 AM »

Second half of the Q&A episode is now ready for your listening and "learning" pleasure!

But first, before we dive into your questions, we're back with your feedback from the first Q&A episode and some Barley Crop Reports that we've cribbed from our friend Teri Fahrendorf and Denny reports on his eggs, because they're expensive!

Then we grabbed a chance to talk with multiple (no, really, multiple) award-winning homebrewer Joe Formanek. Normally we'd subject Joe to the whole twenty questions routine because seriously the man's impressive, but you can go read his profile in Homebrew All-Stars until we get back to that. Why the wait? Because Joe has an interesting new brewing product that he's helping spread the word on - Brewtan B. What is Brewtan B? Well, listen to the episode and find out.

Speaking of finding out - we're happy to announce our next experiment - this one is completely focused on figuring out if Brewtan B does what it says on the tin. (And in that spirit we're giving our IGORs some time to have some fun as well)

Then we get into your questions. For convenience's sake we've divided the questions into general topic categories. This episode we tackle Packaging and Philosophy Questions.  We even have more "live" callers!

Episode Links:

    BrewTan B -
    Patreon Remember even a buck is good for charity:
    Experimental Brew Store -

Episode Contents:

00:00:00 Our Sponsors

00:04:34 Feedback

00:14:50  Library

00:21:17 Lounge - Joe Formanek and BrewTan B

00:46:37 The Lab - BrewTan B Experiment

00:50:39 Q&A Part Deux - Packaging Questions

01:32:30 Philosophy Questions

02:21:29 Recap

General Homebrew Discussion / Experimental Brewing podcast Episode 24
« on: September 28, 2016, 10:13:03 AM »

You know how we said we were getting back to our "usual" format? Ha! Today we blow it up again because y'all sent in so many great questions. So many in fact, that we've split the Q&A into two episodes.

But first, before we dive into your questions, Denny grabbed a seat on a bus next to Gary Glass, Director of the American Homebrewer's Association to talk about the AHA's new phone app - Brew Guru - and why you want to put it on your magical sci-fi pocket computer.

Then we get into your questions. For convenience's sake we've divided the questions into general topic categories. This episode we tackle Fermentation, Ingredients and the Mash.  And hey, we even have our first "live" caller! Aren't we fancy?

Don't forget to come back for Episode 25 when we tackle even more questions (plus some other cool content!)

Episode Links:

    AHA's Brew Guru App -
    Patreon Remember even a buck is good for charity:
    Experimental Brew Store -

Episode Contents:

00:00:00 Our Sponsors

00:03:03  On The Hop Bus with Gary Glass

00:12:43 Fermentation Questions

00:58:08 Ingredient Questions

01:17:27 Mash Questions

Ingredients / Brewtan B experiment
« on: September 21, 2016, 10:43:52 AM »
We're putting together a Brewtan B experiment for the podcast and we have 2 signups left if anyone here is interested.  You need to go to and sign up to be an IGOR before you can sign up for the experiment.  Once you're in, I'll send you some Brewtan.  You'll have to brew 2 batches of a favorite recipe you know well, one with and one without Brewtan.  Then you'll have to set up a blind tasting and report the results on the website.  We hope to get a total 15 brewers and have each one get at least 6 tasters so we have close to or above 100 data points.

General Homebrew Discussion / Experimental Brewing podcast Episode 23
« on: September 14, 2016, 08:39:57 AM »

Busy Episode this time! Crammed with like - additional feedback to last episode's Staling results. Seems like some of you have been using scary old grain! In the pub we stop and talk a while about Denny's Hop School experiences (more on those later), the law in California and the crushing "loss" of Bosteels Brewery to ABI. (Maybe they should be Boo-steels now?) and one brewery's response to the recent PR campaign to try and make everyone feel better about the buyouts.

We swing by the brewery to talk about Drew's recent Saison yeast tasting - which you can find online. In the library we visit a couple of papers on yeast genetics.

In the lab, we're happy to announce our next great experiment - brought to you by our sponsors, the American Homebrewer's Association and We're going to get a whole squad of homebrewers making up some hoppy beers and having them analyzed and tasted! See the recipe and experiment writeup for details. We're super stoked for this!

Then Denny goes and talks to the folks out of Whirlpool's W Labs about their soon to launch all in one fermenter, fridge, kegerator - the Vessi. Then he heads off to the posh environs of Bainbridge Island WA to talk with Russell Everett of Bainbridge Brewing. Listen and find out what stout and noodles have to do with each other.

Then in Something Other Than Beer - we lament 2016's continuing losses - this time with Gene Wilder. Then Drew shares Sia's new video for "The Greatest" which is a bit of a gut punch. Lastly, to leave on a happy note - Drew also mentions Comixology for all your comic enjoyment.

Finally Denny drops a tip about how best to dry your hops. The key - a little bit of heat, but not too much if you want to preserve all the good oils!

General Homebrew Discussion / Got Questions?
« on: August 22, 2016, 12:11:07 PM »
We're gearing up to do another all Q&A episode of Experimental Brewing and we need your questions!  Ask us about, brewing, Drew's weight loss plan, why Denny won't stop playing that damn ukulele...ANYTHING!  Send your questions to  We'll pick what we think are the 3 best questions and call you so you can talk to us on the show!  Wow, wotta treat!  Well, send 'em in anyway!  :)

General Homebrew Discussion / Experimental Brewing podcast Episode 21
« on: August 17, 2016, 09:02:33 AM »
This episode we talk about two of our favorite online communities and their upcoming distributed competitions. We stop in the pub to do a little talk about mashing obsessions and the law and homebrewing. We head to the library to talk about Scott Janish's article on DMS, causes and cures and his test. Denny and I talk about his favorite homebrew myths before he heads to the land by the waters - Milwaukee - where he talks to Mino Choi, a homebrewer with a culinary obsession and a couple of 50 point entries under his belt. Mino talks his process, his designing and some agressive techniques he uses to drive his fermentations.

We come back to our "Something Other Than Beer" segment with Denny enjoying spending time with Cecilia Chiang, the Chinese cuisine equivalent to Julia Child and we close out with Drew circling back to a lesson from earlier in the show!

Going Pro / Congrats Majorvices!
« on: August 13, 2016, 01:28:46 PM »
Apparently Keith has learned to brew!  :)

General Homebrew Discussion / 6 Common Homebrew Myths
« on: August 08, 2016, 08:49:37 AM »

General Homebrew Discussion / Ya gotta have choices....
« on: August 07, 2016, 02:27:55 PM »
48 qt. cooler mash tun, Pico and Zymatic from Picobrew, and The Grainfather.....70 and 152 qt. cooler mash tuns not pictured.

General Homebrew Discussion / Any Grainfather users?
« on: August 07, 2016, 09:00:08 AM »
Grainfather just sent me one of their systems to mess around with.  I have a question concerning its assembly and was wondering if anybody here uses one and could help me.  Also any tips you might have.  TIA!

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