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The Brew is Out There! 

One of our favorite yeast people is back and he's got big news! Nick Impelitteri is going full time and moving to Beervana - aka Portland - aka the new "Bay" City? In addition we talk about new toys he's bringing to bear including a nectar loving critter that might change how you experience hops.


Who knew that leading a Rock & Roll life, could be the path to a thorough beer education? That's what happened with Dan Regan who left touring with Reel Big Fish to open a brewery with brewing partners, Eric McLaughlin and Michael Clements. Drew sits down with Dan and Eric and to talk their newly opened Liberation Brewing Company in Long Beach. Before that we dig into the news, competition tips and changes Denny's going to have to make because his hip is going cyborg.

Episode Links:

    Australian National Homebrewers Conference (10/25-10/27) -
    Sydney Meetup at Batch Brewing (Tues 10/30) -
    BYO Boot Camp with Denny & Marshall -
    Lagunitas Layoffs -
    NJ Special Rules for Tasting Rooms -
    The Return of the Schaerbeek -
    Carlsbergs Magic Glue -
    Beer and Wine Journal - Contest Karate -
    Liberation Brewing Company -
    3 Girls & Their Buddy -
    John Prine's Summers End -
    Nowzad -
    Patreon Remember even a buck is good for charity:
    Experimental Brew Store -


The Brew is Out There!  RECIPE SHOW

Just how many curveballs can you throw at a brew and still make an award winning beer? Today we find out as we talk with IGOR Eric Pierce and explore all the craziness around his 2018 Sam Adams Longshot winning Grisette. Sit back and learn how a beer can come together!

Ingredients / A chance to win Veteran's Blend hops!
« on: October 02, 2018, 05:07:41 PM »
Yakima Cief Hops has released their Veteran's Blend for Veteran's Day.  They're a blend of Cashmere, Centennial, Ekuanot, Mosaic and Simcoe.  What's even cooler is that a portion of the proceeds will go to the Semper Fi Fund, which is dedicated to providing urgently needed resources and support for post 9/11 combat wounded, critically ill and catastrophically injured members of the United States Armed Forces and their families.  Pretty cool, huh?  You can read bout the whole thing here...

What's even cooler is that Experimental Brewing bought a bunch to support the project and we're gonna give some away!   All you have to do is come up with an idea for a recipe that you want Drew, Denny, or both to come up with spontaneously, off the top of their heads.  It's our version of "Stump the Chumps"!  The 2 recipes we choose will each get 1/2 lb. of Veteran's Blend.

For info on how to enter the contest, go to

includes an interview and tasting with forum member riceral!

We should call this a follow up episode because we've got a bunch of follow up to previous shows, including your feedback on the Brew Files water show and a chance to taste listener Ralph Rice's Altbier that he sent in thanks to our Alt show. One of our own just won a big award! We also announce our next experiment before diving into the beer world, both new and old, including a cool new blend of hops from sponsor Yakima Chief Hops that we're going to give away to the two challenge recipes we choose!


The Brew is Out There!  TECHNIQUE SHOW

Water is an important chemical - without it we wouldn't have beer! And for something that comprises so much of our beer, the chemistry we need to know to brew our best beer is Daunting - with a capital D. Drew sits down with Martin Brungard, creator of Bru'n Water, to demystify water chemistry and realize the functionality of Martin's mathmagical spreadsheet.


It's no secret that craft brewers and homebrewers alike love their hops. On this weeks episode, Denny sits down with our friends at Yakima Chief Hops and talks what's coming for us to play with! And then we get the whole run down of Hop & Brew School and why you should get to Yakima next year! Oh and plans for Australia! (Listen to the show!)

General Homebrew Discussion / Brew Files Podcast Ep. 44 - A Crumby Stout
« on: September 06, 2018, 05:24:00 PM »

Due to an attack on our website, we're a day late with this.  Thanks for your patience!

The Brew is Out There! 

Every year the Maltose Falcons help the Los Angeles County Fair with their homemade beer competition. This year's winner Mike Hale of the High Desert Home Brewers Anonymous won for his beer called Crue's Crumbs, a Pecan Coffee Cake Imperial Stout. We sit down and try his beer, break down the recipe and break down the hype train that is the Pastry Stout.

General Homebrew Discussion / Brew Files Podcast Ep. 43 - An Old Secret
« on: August 22, 2018, 06:33:00 PM »

The Brew is Out There! 

On this week's episode, while last week we explored the new, this week we're taking a look at one of Denny's favorite "old" styles - Altbier. Come join as we try and explain exactly what makes an alt, an alt and how you can brew what we think is one of the best beers for the pending fall even if sometimes it's a secret.


As summer wends it's way to it's end - sometime around the fifth of never here in Los Angeles - we start thinking about bigger, better beers for those cold winter days. Friend of the podcast,  Jim Leininger, joins us (after our usual shenanigans) to talk about making his very amazing Imperial Stout with reiterated mashing. But first, the news...

General Homebrew Discussion / Brew Files Podcast Ep. 42 - The Sour Cat
« on: August 08, 2018, 05:50:10 PM »

The Brew is Out There! 

On this week's episode, we're exploring the Catharina Sour with Ronaldo Ferreira of Cervejaria Bruxa in Florianopolis Brazil about how this style evolved from an educational tool to a style brewed around South America and how to brew one of your own, for your own city..



It's time for us to answer a bunch of questions to the best of our ability (and our ability to research). Sit back and relax we've got 32 questions and about 63 answers! We'll cover your Fermentation, Ingredient, Packaging, Recipe and Technique questions. (Don't forget you can always drop us a line and get questions answered in a regular episode).

Note to Steve Ruch:  You're our poster boy!


We like to Brew. We like to Party. We like to Parti... <needle scratch>. This week we're going to dive into an old fashioned technique that allows you to brew beautifully strong beers without wasting any left over malty goodness! Two Beers for the Price of One Mash

Parti-Gyle Equations:
        Gravity Points batch 1 = Gravity PointsTotal × SugarPercentage1 / (Volume Batch 1)
        Gravity Points batch 2 = Gravity PointsTotal × SugarPercentage2 / (Volume Batch 2)

        Sugar Percentages for 1/3-2/3rd Splits (e.g. 5gallons/10gallons)
            SugarPercentage1 = 0.67
            SugarPercentage2 = 0.33

        Sugar Percentages for 1/2-1/2 Splits (e.g. 5gallons/5gallons)
            SugarPercentage1 = 0.58
            SugarPercentage2 = 0.42

        To figure out what the "Total Batch" gravity needs to be from a desired Batch 1 gravity

            Gravity PointsTotal = (Gravity Points Batch 1 x Volume Batch 1)/(TotalVolume x SugarPercentage1)


It's our annual post conference wrapup and we hit the latest in beer news, look at some new books and revisit some really old brews. And then in the lounge, Drew sits down with the iconic craft brew veteran, Alan Sprints of Hair of the Dog. We taste some beers and talk about his unqiue take on building beers. There's even one beer that Drew thought should be a mess, but was amazingly sublime.


We're continuing the session theme, but this time we're going the honey route, because sometimes you want something other than a beer. Kiley Gwynn of the Cascade Brewers Society walks us through her process and thoughts about how to make a session mead that goes from honey to glass in 2-4 weeks! Sit back and learn all the fun things you can make with just a bit of the bee stuff.

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