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General Homebrew Discussion / Experimental Brewing podcast Episode 34
« on: February 15, 2017, 09:56:19 AM »

In the feedback we gather reactions from listeners about the love we gave to Cream Ale and the city of Rochester and doing to triangle tests.

Episode 36 is an all Q&A episode - so get your questions in at (or call us at 626-765-1ALE)

In the pub, we talk Nebraska's efforts to legalize what we think of as normal homebrew use and what's the government's role in alcohol control and also how it's not just a US problem.

In the lab, we announce our next experiment that explores how your method of carbonation affects your beer. Also we tease a new experiment with our sponsor Wyeast.

From the lab we swing out to West Fargo, ND and talk with Frank Clemens of Flatland Brewing about the upcoming brewing scene in the Fargo area.

For our quick tip, we get really cold and small!

And then lastly, Drew talks about an amazing sporting event that had an incredible finish. Watch and be wowed.

All Grain Brewing / Out of my comfort zone
« on: February 12, 2017, 09:56:01 AM »
Today I'm brewing my 511th batch.  It's 11 gal. of Rye IPA.  Out of those 511 batches, I bet 500 of them have been 5-5.5 gal., but I need to crank out a lot of beer quickly right now.  I've been kludging together various equipment I have around, but for some reason I'm feeling a bit of trepidation at how it's all gonna work.  Silly, huh?  I'll split it into 2 5.5 gal. batches.  Both will be fermented with a slurry of 1450, but one half will also get some "special" brett that Wyeast is sending to me to test.


The Brew Is Out There!


On this week's episode of the Brew Files, Drew sits down with Mike Tonsmeire, aka Old Sock, aka The Mad Fermentationist and author of American Sour Beers. The focus of their talk - Mike's love of and attempt to brew in the vein of De Dolle's Oerbier Reserva. He talks about what went right and what went wrong and how to respond when things don't quite go to plan.

General Homebrew Discussion / Experimental Brewing podcast Episode 33
« on: February 01, 2017, 10:03:17 AM »

In the feedback we take a moment to not only reflect on the launch of the Brew Files, but to also remind folks about the difference between companies and people particularly when the snark is flying in podcast land.

We donated $688 to the Children's Tumor Foundation in the name of the listeners. Thanks to Robert Allaway for the suggestion. Reminder our charity is now the San Gabriel Valley Humane Society. Let's try and raise enough funds via Patreon to hit a cool thousand by July!

Episode 36 is an all Q&A episode - so get your questions in at (or call us at 626-761-1ALE)

In the pub, we talk Sierra Nevada's Beer Recall from North Carolina and how Firestone Walker is switching to smaller bottles for their "special" beers Hey whatever happened to the nip?

In the library, Denny covers a timely article from Scott Janish looking at the impact of dry hopping on final beer bitterness

In the lab, we get our IGOR on and try to better understand the results that we saw in our IBU experiment. Why were some of the IGORs dead on and others way low? We talk to five IGORs about their brew day experiences and try and see is there a common culprit? Saw Hi to Kevin Kolk, Dave Matson, Ben Myton, Mike O'Toole and Jeremy Wickham.

Lastly, we swing through a super quick suggestion of a not so super quick podcast. They just dropped a six hour episode!

General Homebrew Discussion / Small Batch Brewers - Let's Talk!
« on: January 18, 2017, 04:32:16 PM »
I'm doing some reseach into small batch brewing....3 gal. or less.  If you brew small batches, I'd appreciate your point of view on this stuff...

1. What's your usual batch size?
2. Why do you brew small batches?
3. Do you brew, extract, partial mash, all grain?
4. What's your basic process?  I.E., BIAB, tiny cooler (😉), just stir in the extract, etc.
5. Do you have a favorite piece of equipment that you like to use especially for small batches?
6. If you've brewed larger batches how would you comapre the two in terms of effort?  Time?  Equipment needs?  Recipe consistency?
7. What am I missing that should be known about small batch brewing?

Thanks so much for your time.  I owe you all a beer!


In the feedback we tackle Denny's favorite Myths according to our friends and some early feedback about our new show - The Brew Files!

Reminder our charity of is choice is the San Gabriel Valley Humane Society. Let's try and raise enough funds via Patreon to hit a cool thousand by July!

Episode 36 is an all Q&A episode - so get your questions in at

In the pub, we talk ABI's latest beer "innovations", what Asahi taking over Pilsner Urquell from SAB Miller will mean for the original Pilsner and the annual hop crop report and what we can expect to see.

In the brewery, Denny covers his recent experience with the Grainfather.

In the lab, we finally get to the results of our Great IBU Experiment brought to you by, the AHA, Oregon Brew Lab and the IGORs! First you'll hear from Dana Garves of Oregon Brew Lab describing her journey into Beer Science and how she opened OBL. She'll describe the testing she performed for us and even offer more testing suggestions. And then we bring in special guest star of the episode - the man behind the equation - Dr. Glenn Tinseth.

We tackle a few more of your questions in our Q&A segment and then a listen offers a quickly tips about winter brewing before we close out with Drew's new book - Eight Flavors!

General Homebrew Discussion / Experimental Brewing podcast Episode 31
« on: January 04, 2017, 11:07:14 AM »

Happy New Beer!

In the feedback we talk over a few things, like our missed quick tip last week and what does it mean when a beer is truly awesome.

On a quick personal note from Drew - thanks for your kind words about Cookie. Thanks to your feedback, we're announcing that our charity for the first half of 2017 will be the shelter where I rescued Cookie 6 years ago - the San Gabriel Valley Humane Society. Let's try and raise enough funds via Patreon to hit a cool thousand by July!

Then we hear from you, our listeners, about your Brew Year's Resolutions. What's everyone going to accomplish in 2017?

In the pub, we quickly hit the classroom for a little AI brewing and Sierra Nevada's big contribution to beer science.

In the library, we visit with Lars to talk about his latest research of Norway's brewing practices.

In the lab, we take a moment to drop some results for a quick test of people's judging abilities.

In the lounge, we visit with Chuck Macaluso, a Portland homebrewer of recent reknown. We're sitting in the Hair of the Dog Tasting room, so be warned, the audio is a little "lively".

We tackle more of your questions in our Q&A segment and then Denny quickly tips with a note about id'ing your carboys before we close out with Drew's recent comic book finds (and of course Sherlock is back)

General Homebrew Discussion / Experimental Brewing podcast Episode 30
« on: December 21, 2016, 11:42:51 AM »

Quick Start - Call us at 626-765-1ALE to leave us a quick message about your Brew Year's Resolution or record it on your phone/computer and email us at!

It's listener feedback time and everyone has their favorite glasses. Until the end of 2016 you can use the codes ZYMDENNY and PICODENNY for some serious discounts on PicoBrew's fancy systems. In the pub we talk through loss, Mobcraft's adroit handling of a bad beer name, beer and politics and Denny's time in St. Louis. In the library, we debate beer terms that you should retire. What are your terms?

In the lounge, we visit with Ben Edmunds at Breakside Brewing where we also met Paco the Brew Dog. (Dogs are running through this episode). What did we learn about the fine art of growing up from a brewpub to a rapidly growing brewery with a big barrel room

We tackle more of your questions in our Q&A segment and then Drew quickly tips with a line cleaning trick of forgotten origin before we close out with Denny's recent culinary discovery - New Scandavian Cooking

General Homebrew Discussion / Experimental Brewing podcast Episode 29
« on: December 07, 2016, 10:04:41 AM »

It's listener feedback time (and thanks everyone for your survey responses)! In the pub we talk through the importance of glassware, catching Denny in St. Louis, and hey what are your brew year's resolutions? In the library, we talk about a new Brewer's Alamanc focused on plants and just where do we get beer styles from?

In the lab, we announce our next experiment - the great keg purge! Does the way you purge your kegs impact the way your beers age?

In the lounge, we visit with Van Havig, brew master at Portland's Gigantic Brewing where we talk Gin IPAs, MixBot and the Plague.

We tackle more of your questions in our Q&A segment and then Denny quickly tips with Kai's Conversion Efficient Calculation before we close out with two of Drew's recent favorite podcasts - LifeAfter and Crime Town.

General Homebrew Discussion / Experimental Brewing podcast Episode 28
« on: November 23, 2016, 09:49:13 AM »

On this pre-Turkey Day here in the US, we found ourselves back in Portland in this episode and we're at a brewery right up Drew's alley!

We start in the pub with a brief discussion of what fine beers we'll be supping on while we're stuffing ourselves silly. We also look at some charity from No-Li Brewing, a rather "innovative" beer addition to the Not Your Father's lineup and Mike Tonsmiere's Kveik experiments.

In the brewery, we examine the speciality malt market and what it means for the tide of craft beer styles from a global perspective and Drew talks about revisiting one of his favorite projects from the past with White Labs Zurich Lager strain.

In the lounge, we visit with Sean Burke at Common's Brewing where we explore their farmhouse centric approach and how they grew into a beautiful space with strange equipment.

For a quick tip, we share a brief note on using Hop Extracts efficiently and cleanly. (And what not to do with them!)

We tackle more of your questions in our Q&A segment before closing you out with two of Drew's latest finds - HBO's Westworld and a Beastie Boys / Daft Punk Mashup that is pretty damn awesome.

Episode Links:

    No-Li Brewing's Charity Fundraiser -
    Not Your Father's IPA -
    Mad Fermentationist Kveik Experiments -
    Specialty Malts -
    Falconsclaws (The Original) -
    White Labs Zurich Lager - (Specialty Order!)
    Commons Brewery -
    Westworld -
    Daft Science -
    Patreon Remember even a buck is good for charity:
    Experimental Brew Store -

General Homebrew Discussion / Experimental Brewing podcast Episode 27
« on: November 09, 2016, 10:43:31 AM »
It's our 1 year anniversary show!

Has it really been one year? Yup - The first episode of Experimental Brewing appeared on November 11th of 2015. The tricky part is we taped that first show at least three times. We wanted to get it right as possible coming out of the gate. We're still not there yet, but with your help, we can do it! Take our survey, leave us a review on iTunes,etc.

But first, in this episode we revist some of our favorite pieces of the first year of Experimental Brewing. We talk briefly at the pub about some recent news and happenings and then straight into the dream sequences as we revisit the world of data outliers, talk to Lew Bryson about Session Beers, Denny and Drew getting their learning on, talk weird beers with Russell Everett, Saisons, prove we can't taste anything with Marshall at HomebrewCon and close out with less than laconic Rodger Davis of Faction Brewing. We think we even got all the beeps in place for him this time!

General Homebrew Discussion / Hop utilization vs. boil gravity
« on: November 07, 2016, 12:05:37 PM »
I seem to remember that in the last year or so there was some info that contradicted the long held belief that hop utilization is affected by boil gravity.  However, I haven't been able to turn anything up.  Does this ring a bell for anyone or am I delusional?

General Homebrew Discussion / Experimental Brewing podcast Episode 26
« on: October 26, 2016, 09:20:52 AM »

One full year of Experimental Brewing is in the books! (So much editing, so much umm and ahhs)

But that’s beside the point - on with the show! We tackle some user feedback around Drew’s keg purging methods and Denny’s feelings on Nugget hops. And then it’s into the pub where we tackle the big news about ABI’s acquisition of Northern Brewer/Midwest. We’re puzzled - are you puzzled? Join us in being puzzled! Drew talks about his experience with Cask Marque and finding righteous beer bargains.

In the brewery, we talk about the beauty and performance of JaDeD Brewing’s chillers. Seriously, these things are great.

In the library, a little comedy courtesy of McSweeney’s from a listener and a new podcast from the Master Brewers Association of America for your actual knowledge.

In the lab, we discuss the results of our first New England IPA experiment - Wyeast 1056 vs. Wyeast 1318. Can tasters taste a difference? What about the haze? The Hop character? Where do we go from here.

And it’s a twofer in the lounge as we just finished a quick trip to the Portland/Vancouver area to talk at our sponsor Brewcraft USA’s RetailerCon. So we started our trip by talking with the folks at FH Steinbarts about their shop and their community’s recent speakeasy loss. And then we get into a Pineapple Kolsch with Larry Clousner, great friend of the show and partner at Pono Brewing.

We close out the show with Drew’s recent reading about some of the deep seated organized crime and corruption of LA in the 1920’s and 30’s with “A Bright and Guilty Place” by Richard Rayner.

Episode Links:

    Hoppy Halloween - See Drew on 10/29 -
    Cask Marque -
    McSweeney's -
    MBAA Podcast -
    JaDeD Brewing -
    New England IPA Experiment -
    FH Steinbart -
    Dean's Scene -
    Pono Brewing -
    A Bright and Guilty Place -
    Patreon Remember even a buck is good for charity:
    Experimental Brew Store -

Events / Denny & Drew After Dark
« on: October 15, 2016, 01:17:53 PM »
If you're in the Portland OR/Vancouver WA area, you have a chance to see Drew and me being sillier than usual!  On Tues. 10/18, we'll be onstage at the Kiggins Theater in Vancouver WA at an event called "Denny & Drew After Dark" presented by Brewcraft USA.  Free tix at Bader Beer and Wine, F.H Steinbart and Above the Rest.

General Homebrew Discussion / Experimental Brewing podcast Episode 25
« on: October 12, 2016, 09:45:47 AM »

Second half of the Q&A episode is now ready for your listening and "learning" pleasure!

But first, before we dive into your questions, we're back with your feedback from the first Q&A episode and some Barley Crop Reports that we've cribbed from our friend Teri Fahrendorf and Denny reports on his eggs, because they're expensive!

Then we grabbed a chance to talk with multiple (no, really, multiple) award-winning homebrewer Joe Formanek. Normally we'd subject Joe to the whole twenty questions routine because seriously the man's impressive, but you can go read his profile in Homebrew All-Stars until we get back to that. Why the wait? Because Joe has an interesting new brewing product that he's helping spread the word on - Brewtan B. What is Brewtan B? Well, listen to the episode and find out.

Speaking of finding out - we're happy to announce our next experiment - this one is completely focused on figuring out if Brewtan B does what it says on the tin. (And in that spirit we're giving our IGORs some time to have some fun as well)

Then we get into your questions. For convenience's sake we've divided the questions into general topic categories. This episode we tackle Packaging and Philosophy Questions.  We even have more "live" callers!

Episode Links:

    BrewTan B -
    Patreon Remember even a buck is good for charity:
    Experimental Brew Store -

Episode Contents:

00:00:00 Our Sponsors

00:04:34 Feedback

00:14:50  Library

00:21:17 Lounge - Joe Formanek and BrewTan B

00:46:37 The Lab - BrewTan B Experiment

00:50:39 Q&A Part Deux - Packaging Questions

01:32:30 Philosophy Questions

02:21:29 Recap

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