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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Experimental Brewing podcast
« on: November 12, 2015, 11:40:58 PM »
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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Experimental Brewing podcast
« on: November 11, 2015, 10:27:26 PM »
Any idea how to download it for us Android tablet users? I can stream it if I want to burn up all of my data. But the rss link doesnt work. Something about google reader not being able to read it. I have no troubles downloading from Brewing Network or Beersmith...

What program are you trying to use? iTunes is like the finickiest of the bunch and we've got her working through there. In the meanwhile for this episode you can directly download from here:

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Experimental Brewing podcast
« on: November 11, 2015, 10:25:35 PM »
Thoroughly enjoyed it, Denny, despite all the gourd talk  :P

blah, blah, blah, blah... :)

The Pub / Re: Ugggh
« on: November 04, 2015, 09:28:39 AM »
Everyone loves to talk about castoreum (the excretion of a beaver anal gland that happens to be very vanillay/strawberry) - looking at the stats, here in the states less than 300 pounds of castoreum is used per year for consumable purposes as opposed to 2.6 million pounds of vanillin. It's mostly used in the perfume industry which is where I suspect you get the initial use.

Good on the big G for responding to their market and removing isinglass. The vegetarian/vegan market is a much greater concern over in Europe than it is here, but it's nice to see some things shifting around.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Experimental Brewing podcast
« on: October 30, 2015, 07:29:05 PM »
Again - it's all jokes, but man look at all the books out there they all have that chapter so consistently you would think it was actually required by law.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Experimental Brewing podcast
« on: October 30, 2015, 02:10:23 PM »
Yeah, I tend to throw "required by law" around a lot whenever something seems to just be a thing you need to have to be official. For instance, in the next book, there's a big long spiel in the super abbreviated "how to brew" chapter that basically lays out that the Federal law legalizing homebrewing mandated that all books about brewing beer have to include a primer on brewing beer.

I don't know why it amuses me so - it just does.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Experimental Brewing podcast
« on: October 29, 2015, 09:25:28 PM »
Bunch of different segments including (at the moment) - Beer News (required by law), 1 or 2 main content segments covering some topic either ingredients, design, recipe, experiments, etc, q&a from listeners (questions to, quick tips, our recommendations, yada yada yada.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: soaking oak cubes in red wine
« on: October 22, 2015, 09:43:20 PM »
This has been asked before, but no answer was given. We're brewing the base beer in a week or so, so here's the question again: what happens if you soak oak cubes in red wine for - say - two weeks? Will the wine in the cubes spoil? Would it be better to add red wine at bottling time? This is for a Russian River Supplication clone.

I've soaked cubes in wine for 2 years with no ill effects. two weeks will be fine!

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: The Hop You Hate
« on: October 15, 2015, 10:27:01 AM »
Cluster - cat pee and blackberries - yum!

The Pub / Re: MillerCoors opposing Ohio ABV increase
« on: October 12, 2015, 09:58:15 PM »
Interestingly - the beverage of moderation bit harkens way, way back in American brewing tradition. When the income tax was reinstituted here breweries felt they were better positioned to ride out the inexorable rise of prohibition because they could proclaim themselves (and did repeatedly) as a moderate beverage for responsible consumption.  Prior to the 16th Amendment, alcohol companies felt relatively immune from governmental interference because the taxes they paid made up a surprising part of the Federal budget.

Didn't do them a fat lot of good, but they used the same line again when Prohibition was on it's way out as a stepping stone back into full boozification of the country.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Competing in the Heartland and Research
« on: October 11, 2015, 02:09:06 PM »
Man, that Ploughshare taproom looks really nice.

It really is. Matt and Monica have put together a great place

General Homebrew Discussion / Competing in the Heartland and Research
« on: October 09, 2015, 08:30:27 PM »

So here's a little writeup I just did of my trip last week to go visit and speak at the Lincoln Lagers' Sower's Cup Competition. Had a great time and they're doing a bang up job.

Makes me wonder- what do you see going right and wrong around you?

Competing in the Heartland

The Pub / Re: AB Acquires Golden Road
« on: September 28, 2015, 11:31:00 AM »
The hate for GRB goes a bit beyond the usual ABI bashing. There was a lot of oddness to the way they launched that was antithetical to what I suppose a lot of people consider the "craft way" with basically coming in with a crap ton of capital, initially sizing to 15 barrels and then purchasing a 50 BBL system before they even opened. A lot of blustery rhetoric about how they were LA's biggest craft brewery and they were different than other craft brewers because they weren't just a couple of homebrewers opening a brewery, but folks with professional experience, etc. All in all, very much a Saint Archer profile with slick marketing and meh beer quality for the longest time.

Damn shame, because I really like a few of the players in the business and a number of their employees who were shocked at the acquisition.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Wyeast 3726 fermentation time
« on: September 16, 2015, 09:11:24 AM »
Because I'm trying to pass a Federal law to share this with all Saison brewers

I should really try to make it to one of those Pacific Gravity meetings.

You would also be welcome to come up into the deep dark heart of the Valley this Sunday and hang with the Falcons!

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