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General Homebrew Discussion / Brew Files Podcast Ep. 13 - Grisette
« on: June 28, 2017, 08:58:56 AM »

The Brew Is Out There!


On this week's episode of the Brew Files, we're going deep with Dave Janssen of Hors Catégorie Brewing as we dig into the city cousin of Saison - Grisette. Just what the heck was it, how did it get it's name and how it ties into the larger realm of beer history. Dave walks you through the info he's discovered over the past few years and why he thinks so many "grisettes" really aren't all that grisettey!

General Homebrew Discussion / Win free yeast and swag!
« on: June 22, 2017, 08:36:28 AM »

Win a Wyeast and Experimental Brewing Swag Bag!

For Q3, Denny and Drew have chosen a bunch of yeast strains to take advantage of the summer heat to make some damn fine beer! Here are the Q3 strains (releasing to homebrew shop in July 2017!)

    This well-balanced strain from northern Belgium will produce moderate levels of both fruity esters and spicy phenols while finishing dry with a hint of malt. Flanders Golden Ale is a robust and versatile strain that performs nicely in a broad range of Belgian styles.


    A unique blend of Belgian Saccharomyces and Brettanomyces for emulating Trappist style beer from the Florenville region in Belgium. Phenolics, mild fruitiness, and complex spicy notes develop with increased fermentation temperatures. This blend will produce subdued but classic Brett character.


    This unique Belgian ale yeast is a high acid producer with balanced ester and phenol production allowing a good expression of malt profile, especially the strong flavors of darker malts and sugars. Spicy, tart, and dry on the palate with a very complex finish.

Now the question is - what would you make with these strains? Winners get to brew them!
The High Level:

Pick a yeast, generate your recipe, give it an awesome name and email by July 31st!. Denny, Drew and folks from Wyeast will evaluate the entries for quality, fun and expression of the best of Wyeast's strains characters!
The Rules:

    Send entries to
    Entries must be received by 11:59PM on July 31st 2017
    One entry per person
    Winners of each yeast will be picked Drew, Denny and representives from Wyeast.
    Three (3) winners will be chosen, one per yeast strain, and will receive swag and prizes from Experimental Brewing & Wyeast
    Winners agree to let Wyeast use, distribute and publish the recipes
    Judging is completely subjective and winners will be chosen by the judges opinions of the entries quality and expression of the fun and interest of brewing. (aka it looks good to the judges!)


Another year, another Conn appearance at the best homebrew party on the planet - HomeBrewCon! Live from the Expo booth of our sponsor BrewCraftUSA, we sit down and visit with a number of folks and vendors you know and talk to them about where they see the homebrew world going. We announce our new Wyeast Contest - Get your recipes in! We have a visit from a homebrewer Corey, who brewed a beer that's the perfect synthesis of Denny and Drew - shudder at the thought of their beery love child! We even have a visit from Mr. Water - Martin Brungard - on the importance and ease of water controls. And we closed out with a visit from our friends at BrewCraftUSA and their new toys including some primo wine kits from Mosti Mondiale.


Hey, guess what - it's our first repeat guest! (We think - who can keep track?)

But first, an announcement:

Homebrew Con (15-17)
        14th - 6:00 PM Trivia at Chop & Bru Party - See for ticket details
        15th - Hold My Beer and Watch Me Science
        16th - Panel: Building a Great Homebrew Club / Craftmeister / Book Signing / Podcast at BrewCraftUSA Booth
        17th - Denny Rests, Maybe

In the feedback, we take a moment to re-visit some questions about Bio-Transformation and address some very pointed criticism about our Brew-Tan experiment.

In the pub, we enjoy a pint or two we raise a pint to Peter Simpson,  talk a big beer slide, how to avoid selling out to the IPA-borg and a Chinese Bud Bust.

Inspired by the MBAA Master Brewers podcast, we stop by the library and look at Barth-Haas's latest dissection of hop flavor and aroma as spurred by all these fancy new hops we have at hand.

We stop in the brewery to review Drew's reviews of several malts, including those from our sponsor, Mecca Grade Estate. Which malt will reign supreme?

Then in the Lounge, it's a double dose of interviews - first, live from the Southern California Homebrewers Fest, Drew and Marshall Schott (Brülosophy) interview Kevin Baranowski about his attempt to wake everyone up at the Fest with a Sweet Stout served through a Randall stuffed with Bourbon soaked coffee beans. Then, with podcast magic, we blink our eyes and suddenly Drew swings up to the Bay Area and catches up with Nick Impellitteri about what's happening with the Yeast Bay.

Finally we tackle questions we can answer. Drop a quick tip from a listener and inspired by our last Brew Files episode and Denny talks about his newest PBS obsession!


The Brew Is Out There!


On this week's episode of the Brew Files, we're hanging with the homebrew video master - Chip Walton and we talk about how he came to brew, create BrewingTV and finally become an All-Grain brewer with the help of a bag.


We're loaded up and trucking right through your feedback.

In the pub, we enjoy a pint or two while looking back at a big retirement, talking some new guidelines and wondering maybe we've been looking at the whole "bubble" thing wrongly.

We stop in the brewery to look at Sierra Nevada's Ruthless Rye recipe and why Denny gave them a bunch of guff for it when they were making it. (Plus Drew's weird feelings about late additions of Magnum)

Then in the Lounge, Denny talks to Rebecca Schranz - the Queen of Getting s*** Done- at St. Louis's Earthbound Beer about expansion, taking over an old brewery space and what happens when you find a hand to god Bat Cave in your cellar.

Finally we tackle questions we can answer. Drop a quick tip on ya and Drew reveals he's deeply weird about notebooks.


The Brew Is Out There!


On this week's episode of the Brew Files, we're exploring the controversial style of the moment - New England IPA. And since Denny spits nails about anything "hazy" and "juicy", Drew's bringing in Ed Coffey of "Ale of the Riverwards" to talk the style he's been brewing since before he knew it was a style. Together they talk about the ingredients, the hops, the flavors and of course the haze and it's meaning.

General Homebrew Discussion / Wondering what to do at Homebrewcon?
« on: May 15, 2017, 01:34:32 PM »
Just in case you don't already have your schedule planned for HBC, I wanted to mention a couple things we're doing...on Thur. at 3:15, I'll be doing a seminar called "Hold My Beer and Watch Me Science" along with Drew, Marshall Schott, and Malcolm Frazer.  We'll be talking about how we choose and set up experiments, how we interpret the results and more importantly, how YOU should view our results!  Then on Fri. Drew and I will be book signing at 1:30 at the Brewers Publication both.  And because we're not tired yet, we'll be recording a live podcast from the Brewcraft booth on the trade show floor from 2:30-4:30 on Fri. afternoon.  We'll be doing live Q&A, so come on by and try to stump us!  Not to mention the ukulele sing along....

Equipment and Software / Spiedel Braumeister
« on: May 13, 2017, 01:04:39 PM »
Anybody here using one of these?  Could you fill me in how it works?


New opening to the show this time through. Let's see how you like it (let us know!)

In the pub, we stop by and take about brewery charities and one in particular for Denny's area. We talk about one previous guest's new "kid" rules and the response, before we tackle the big Wicked news of the week and the really insidious piece that virtually no one is talking about behind the scenes.

We stop in the brewery to talk the latest malt report from our good friend Teri Fahrendorf and Denny reminisces about the good old cow and hog reports of his youth.

In the lab, we announce our latest experiment - the IGORs are taking a stab at the Brulosophy gang's Biotransformation ale - aka can you tell a difference between a beer dry hopped at high krausen and one dry hopped in secondary. Of course, we're adding an extra special twist to the whole thing because we're required to by law. Twist one, testing two different strains with some IGORs pulling out Wyeast 1318 and some pulling Wyeast 1056. Twist two - we're going to have some visually blind trials vs visual trials. Woo...

Then in the Lounge, Denny talks to Jessica Davis of the Bruery about what it means to do QA work for a brewery with as many on going projects as they have. It's seriously interesting to learn what it means to work in the beer world and be tasked with keeping an eye on things

Finally we tackle questions we can answer. Drop a quick tip on ya and explore just why Drew wants to subject one of his chihuahuas to dangerous acrobatics.

General Homebrew Discussion / I'm in the library....
« on: May 05, 2017, 10:11:49 AM »

A few months back, I was contacted by Tiah Edmunson-Morton of Oregon State University and the Oregon Hops and Brewing Archives. In an interesting turn of events, they wanted to talk to me about Oregon, homebrewing and my part in the whole scene. They are even archiving all the work we've done and adding it to their collection which includes the pioneering and humbling work of Fred Eckhardt. Watch below to learn about me, Iowa, concert touring, how close I came to corrupting America's youth as a teacher and, well, the whole brewing thing (as well as my partnership with Drew and where we differ)

After you're done there, go listen to the other pieces that Tiah and company have collected - including some of our favorites like Dave Wills of Freshops, Lisa Morrison of Belmont Station (amongst other efforts) and see previous guests like our favorite lab guru, Dana of Oregon Brew Lab and Teri Fahrendorf. Seriously, go spend a few days on their interview page and learn a ton!


The Brew Is Out There!


On this week's episode of the Brew Files, it's time to pour one out for the parents in the brew world. Drew sits down with Tiffany Ashrafi, a Los Angeles area homebrewer, beer fanatic and mom-to-be, about her unique spin on making a beer for mom. With Mom covered, Denny and Drew sit down to talk about a beer for dad to have when tots are all grown up.


In the pub we congratulate our new members of the  Governing Committee; explore what we think of the Brewer's Association recent announcement regarding sexist beer names and celebrate the sort of beery fool hardiness that lead one "intrepid" soul to attempt a beer half-marathon.

In the lab, we take a piece of feedback from a listener about what we did wrong with our BrewTan announcement and then, like a dog with a bone to worry, we decide to revist the results thanks to some new IGOR reports and watch how the numbers change. We'll discuss new directions that we want to explore as well.

Then in the Lounge we visit one of Drew's favorite brewers - Bob Sylvester of St. Somewhere Brewing in Tarpon Springs, FL. Learn just why we have a photo of a pump and a skateboard in the show notes and just how Bob produces "Florida terrior" and what measures he took to preserve it when the brewery moved.

Finally we tackle questions we can answer. Drop a quick tip on ya and explore Drew's new found home companion.

The Pub / Santiago Chile
« on: April 22, 2017, 07:39:46 AM »
I realize this is a long shot, but has anyone been to Santiago and have tips for me?  I've been invited to go in July.

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