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General Homebrew Discussion / Experimental Brewing podcast Episode 13
« on: April 27, 2016, 09:52:16 AM »
Episode 13 is up!

Another episode and this time we're here with Olive Oil "aeration"results!

In the pub, we talk our "plans" for Homebrew Con in Baltimore in June - a live Q&A, a Troubleshooters Corner, Book Signings and more! We talk some gluten free barley, a new name for an old country and why some trademark fights make us sad.

A new room is added to the house as we sit down in the library to discuss the imminent release of Homebrew All-Stars!

Then to the lab where Marshall joins the guys as they discuss the IGOR's results of their Olive Oil vs. No Aeration efforts. Can you use Olive Oil to cheaply replace aeration?

We go to Dallas where Drew talks with Barrett Tillman of both Black Man Yeast and Deep Ellum Brewing Company about his experiences as a brewer, his love of all things sour and funky and why he decided to start a mini-yeast company.

After that, we're off to the books as we try and answer more listener questions.

Drew adds a quick tip about immersion circulators and brewing

Lastly, the guys hit the kitchen as Denny offers some sourdough advice and Drew deals with a bunch of nut sacks.

General Homebrew Discussion / Experimental Brewing podcast Episode 12
« on: April 13, 2016, 09:28:23 AM »

It's Episode 12 and we're announcing our next experiment amongst other things! We start with listener feedback - everyone was intrigued by and puzzled by the results of our First Wort Hop experiment. So were we! Also, apparently y'all didn't mind Drew getting weighty on you for a moment.

At the pub, we talk about how the results of the GC election with lots of teasing that's not meant to be taken seriously! We announce that we have "plans" for Homebrew Con in Baltimore in June. (Ever wanted to ask us a question live and see if we know the answer? Now's your chance!) Denny gets to rant and rave at the moon with his latest pet peeve and Drew shares an awesome example of how sometimes the customer isn't right at all.

We make a quick stop in the brewery to talk about getting your beer can on and how Drew's club just canned a judge gift beer and Denny talks about his local canner's efforts with homebrew.

Then to the lab where we dig into every homebrewer's experience. You go to the homebrew shop full of good intentions, buy some grain and mill it. Then you can't brew for a month or two - is your grain still good? Oh bother - guess we'll find out, won't we? We also talk a little about our experiences with the whole issue.

We go to the Pacific Northwest Homebrewers Conference where Denny interviews Annie Johnson - one of our favorite brewers. Not only has she won two amazing brewing achievements - AHA Homebrewer of the Year and Pilsner Urquell's Masterhomebrewer, but she manages to keep a playful side to her brewing. Listen and learn! (Including her secret obsession)

After Annie, we hit the books for a couple of questions, including one that really made us do some research to avoid our knee jerk "are you kidding us?" reaction. That was awesome!

Denny drops his quick tip about being a yeast abuser.

And then Denny talks about his soon to be assembled chicken coop and the artisans behind it. Drew then drops two things - Billy Dee is back as Colt 45's spokesman and Sweden has a phone number. Yup, Sweden. It's awesome.

This episode can be downloaded directly at

Podcast RSS Url:

General Homebrew Discussion / My latest peeve....
« on: April 03, 2016, 12:00:31 PM »
"Juicy" the hell did this descriptor come about?  What does it mean?  I hear about a "juicy" aroma, which just seems like a total oxymoron.  I hear a beer described as "juicy"...what, it tastes like say, orange juice?  I think I know what people who use the term are getting at, but it seems so incredibly wrong.  Why is juicy used?  WTF does it mean?

General Homebrew Discussion / Experimental Brewing Ep. 11
« on: March 30, 2016, 08:37:56 AM »
It's Episode 11 and experimental results are back! We start with listener feedback - namely, y'all really loved the Session Beer Recipe collection and the Q&A episode. Looks like we're going to have to keep answering questions!

At the pub, we talk about how hops are being explored as actual medicine and why sadly this doesn't mean your Quadruple IPA is about to become "healthy", how our sponsor PicoBrew went to 11 for Denny and discuss why we feel that bars and breweries should offer samplers (and why the money crunchers back us up on this assertion).

Then to the lab where we comb through the results of Denny's favorite experiment - First Wort Hopping vs. 60 minute bittering. First though we start with listener Tim Hagan's fairly clear explanation of the meaning of P-Value. We also talk about why some folks are encouraging a move away from P-Value as the end all be all of science. And then we dig into the experiment! What new and interesting twists did our IGORs find this time? Is there an actual impact here or are we living in a land of make believe?

We go to the Pacific Northwest Homebrewers Conference where Denny interviews Rodney Kibzey, multiple award winning brewer - no seriously, the man won the Sam Adams Longshot Competition twice. Rodney talks up his "secrets" for winning. So you might want to listen to the man.

Denny drops another quick tip from our AHA Forum friends - Don't Get Caught Up With The Shiny Gear!

Drew then leaves us with two something other than beers - Falcons nesting at Briess and then, because you, the listeners, asked Drew talks about how he lost 112 lbs in 13 months and still drank beer.

Episode Links:

    Freedom Service Dogs -
    Hops as Medicine -
    The Value of Fractional Pours -
    Rethinking P-value -
    Am Stats of P-value -
    Briess Falcon Nest Cam -
    Images of Drew's Weightloss -

Episode Contents:

00:00:00 Our Sponsors

00:03:28 Theme and Intro

00:05:20 Feedback

00:08:41 Beer Life from the Experimental Brewing Pub - Hops as Medicine, Pico Goes to 11, The Boon of Sampler Flights

00:20:59 Casa Verde Labs - Exploring P-Value and Experimental Results - FWH vs Bittering

00:42:05 The Uke

00:42:36 Medal Secrets with Rodney Kibzey

01:05:37 Q&A wth Denny & Drew

01:25:38 Quick Tip - Don't Get Caught Up

01:27:42 Something Other Than Beer - Briess's Falcon's Nest & Drew's Weight Loss

01:40:04 Question of the Week, Wrap up and Coming Attractions

Ingredients / Time to brew some Belgian beers....
« on: March 18, 2016, 12:16:50 PM »

General Homebrew Discussion / PNWHC16 seminars posted
« on: March 14, 2016, 11:06:39 AM »

All Grain Brewing / My mash in and batch sparge process
« on: March 07, 2016, 03:09:47 PM »
I get a lot of questions about how I do these, so I made a short video.

All Grain Brewing / 20 minute beer
« on: March 07, 2016, 01:49:24 PM »
In another thread Dave Taylor suggested I try a 20 minute mash for my American mild.  Seemed interesting but I kinda dismissed it as to far outside the norm....Yeah, I know.  Well, at Club Night at PNWHC last weekend, a guy asked me if I wanted to try his 20 Minute IPA.  So I did...WOW!  It was an amazing beer. 20 min. mash, 20 min. boil!  Heavy FWH then a buttload of hops at flameout.  Fantastic beer!  I wish I would have gotten his name, but if anybody out there knows him, please have him contact me!  This is something I fully intend to try.

General Homebrew Discussion / Experimental Brewing podcast Episode 9
« on: March 02, 2016, 09:50:38 AM »

It's Episode 9 - last call for questions before the big Q&A episode! (Send your questions to We run off to the pub and discuss feedback abut the potential canning crisis, the unbearable BS of science, the now sold out Pacific Northwest Homebrewers Conference and Hops in Drew's hometown.

And then to the lab where the guys launch the next experiment. Is there a detectable difference between adding Olive Oil as an aeration replacement and just not adding any aeration/oxygen at all! We go into the history of the whole Olive Oil excitement and why they think everyone has it a little wrong.

With the approach of Session Beer Day - April 7th - we get beer writer extraordinaire and Session Beer Project creator, Lew Bryson on the phone and go through the history of the project, the beer day and what Lew ultimately wants to achieve!

We take a brief detour to provide everyone with some homebrew advice so you can have a session beer of your own on tap for Session Day!

Denny drops another quick tip from our AHA Forum friends - this time all about the tool box

Drew then leaves us with a musical clip for the ages!

Episode Links:

    Freedom Service Dogs -
    Pacific Northwest Homebrewers Conference -
    The Unbearable Asymmetry of Bulls*** -***/
    Florida Hops -
    The Experiment -
    The Session Beer Project -
    Seen Through a Glass -
    Why the PLCB Should Be Abolished -
    Andrews Sisters with the Supremes -

Episode Contents:
00:00:00 Our Sponsors
00:02:13 Theme and Intro and Listener Feedback
00:07:50 Beer Life from the Experimental Brewing Pub - Can Shortage, THE BS of Science, Pacific Northwest Homebrewers Conference, Hops in Florida
00:24:30 Casa Verde Labs - Experiment: Olive Oil vs. No Aeration
00:33:18 Session Beer Project with Lew Bryson
01:12:45 Brew A Session Beer!
01:22:17 Quick Tip - The Tool Box
01:24:25 Something Other Than Beer - The Andrew's Sisters
01:27:06 Question of the Week, Wrap up and Coming Attractions

General Homebrew Discussion / YCH Hop and Brew School
« on: February 19, 2016, 02:24:24 PM »
Jeff Rankert (hopfundmalz) and I have sung the praises of the YCH Hop and Brew School.  It's truly a great experience...seminars in the morning, farm and processing tours in the afternoon, meeting the hop farmers and getting to ask them questions.  But for some reason, it seems like they don't get the word out about registration so some people miss it.  I just checked and hedre's the deal...Registration for Hop & Brew School is always the 1st Monday in June.  This year, that’s the 6th at 8:00 am PST.  IIRC, it's $150 and that includes food and beer...LOTS of beer!  The School for homebrewers is 9/1-2.  If you're able to make it, you won't regret it!

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