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The Pub / Re: Beer Experiments
« on: February 18, 2016, 09:19:18 AM »
It's disappointing to see people tout the conclusions of a single experiment as conclusive, universal facts that have settled all questions about a particular issue but I am seeing that with increasing frequency across the internets.

Yeah, I think a lot of people look to things "scientifical" in nature for their certainties and to reinforce what they already believe is true. Plus a lot of lay people have been trained to react this way by breathless media reports about the current likelihood that eggs will kill you.

One of the things I like about what we're doing is we've built into the setup the notion of a repeated trial. It's imperfect, what with the lack of precision inherent to homebrewers, but the results are only part of the reason to do these things. The discussion is the fun part and the thinking scientifically is good for the brain.

Plus, we do try to encourage people to take the results with a notion towards figuring out if they agree and if they see the same thing.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Suggest an experiment!
« on: February 18, 2016, 09:04:36 AM »
Science always bears repeating!

That's an interesting evaluation - I don't feel like we did anything different. Well, wait, we did add a new segment - the Brewery/Ingredient segment. We were both fretting that the thing was too long, but try as we might we couldn't find a naturally cutting point for the Southern interview that didn't leave things all catty wumpus.

The Pub / Re: Beer Experiments
« on: February 17, 2016, 09:37:19 PM »
By the very nature of these things - it's going to be hard to get a clear answer from a matter that's so inherently subjective.

I still want to setup an experiment that's the whole "doing everything the 'correct' way vs. the 'wrong' way" and see the results of the tasting.

Episode 8 of our podcast is now up! On this episode we discuss beer news, beer politics, beer conferences and actual science. Then we talk about beer ingredients and Marshall Schott joins us to discuss the results of our newest experiment about hop whirlpool temperature - does it matter? We go to the Tampa Bay Area and talk with Brian Fenstermacher of Southern Brewing & Winemaking about how to run a home-brew shop and a 24 tap nano-brewery with a never ending variety. Seriously, you’ll want to listen to hear how Brian has structured the brewery to run multiple simultaneous brews without getting lost! Then it’s Q&A time, a quick tip and Marshall drops a little jam on the something non-beery side of the house to close us out.


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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: NHC Cat26
« on: February 12, 2016, 10:20:24 AM »
There will always be me. (at least for the second round)

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Radiating beer experiment
« on: February 11, 2016, 10:55:52 PM »
We're getting in those results right now!

This is how we teach people to do this sort of thing. (

Usually just a short tasting form is needed.

The Pub / Re: in trouble again :(
« on: February 11, 2016, 10:22:28 PM »
That's the spirit!

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Radiating beer experiment
« on: February 11, 2016, 07:36:07 PM »
Interestingly, not the first mention of beer and radiation. The US Govt exposed beer to nuke tests to determine if beer and soda remained safe to drink after an explosion (aka emergency potable water)

Yeah,  I odn't think it's a bad thing to do and it has the added benefit here at least of showing other governmental groups we deal with (like the park folks) that we're on the up and up and not just a bunch of n'er do wells.

We are 501 c 7 and we file every year, but as long as you're under whatever the mark is (I think currently 50k) you're fine.

I think when we filed, we put together a basic packet of actvities culled straight from our bylaws.

The Pub / Re: in trouble again :(
« on: February 08, 2016, 12:13:49 AM »
I have faith! (I should, right?)

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Experimental Brew - Episode 7 is now up!
« on: February 06, 2016, 08:15:31 AM »
All I can say is if you excited by the uke, you'll really love some of the changes that we're discussing for the podcast.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Experimental Brew - Episode 7 is now up!
« on: February 04, 2016, 09:14:43 AM »
Drew I love the suggestions for things outside of beer. I listened to The Message after the first episode and I love the book suggestions (except for the heart breaking cheap shot at the Foundation trilogy).

Thanks - I really love that segment because I want to grab hold of the wider spectrum of who brewers are/can be. As for the shot at Foundation - it comes from a place of disappointed love. Same thing with Dune. :)

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Experimental Brew - Episode 7 is now up!
« on: February 03, 2016, 10:19:35 PM »
Kept having flashbacks of Dax Shepard on Idiocracy

Good podcast, great job guys

On my part? Denny's part? or Rodger's part? or all 3? :)

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