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Once more it's feedback - this time on the safety of canned starters and our cider episode. Denny gets his mushroom correction on. We stop by the pub to talk a whole bunch of beer news, including GABF breweries, more water canning, how a Ninkasi winner got his brewing shut down and how one restaurant stepped in to save a whole bunch of breweries from losing their kegs. In the brewery, Drew walks through a little math and a spreadsheet for brewing that he uses. In the lab we revisit the keg purge experiment with a couple of listeners feedback. In the Lounge, Drew sits down last year with John Wilkinson, the organizer of the Prarie Homebrewing Companions' Hoppy Halloween Competition and would you look at that - entries are open for this years comp! Then we hit a few questions , a quick tip, and we remember Tom Petty because seriously.


The Brew Is Out There!

On this week's episode of the Brew Files, we sit down in the pre-GABF mayhem to talk Pro-Am Competitions with Oleg Shpyrko, winner of the 2017 Romancing the Beer Competition, and Shaun Smith of Camarillo's Institution Ale Company about why Pro-Am's are a thing and what it takes to transform a potent homebrew (a 9.3% abv Imperial Stout with Cocoa, Peppers and Vanilla) into a commercial brew.


Festivus Feats of Strength Recipe:

T'Oaked's Romancing the Beer Competition:

Institution Ales:


Once more it's feedback - this time some tacos and some Q&A feedback. Do you want to help us transcribe some Q&A? - email us! ( We stop by the pub to talk the dangers of yeast and clean beer lines and what radical move CAMRA might need to take in the new beer world. In the lab we drop the results of our first Keg Purge experiment - does purging your kegs of homebrew make a detectable difference to our tasters? In the Lounge, Denny sits down with craft maltser (and sponsor of the show), Seth Klann of Mecca Grade Estate Malt. They talk Seth's long family connections, the challenges of growing barley and just why would you decide to add the complication of malting on top of it? Find out about liquid nitrogen, barley varieties and the future of craft malt. Then a few questions from the other side of the world, a quick tip, and Denny gets to Oontz'ing.

Episode Links:

    PicoBrew - Save $$ on a Zymatic with the code PICODENNY at
    Overpressured Wine Cask -
    Man Burned By Caustic -
    Roger Protz on CAMRA -
    The Great Purge Experiment -
    Mecca Grade Estate Malt -
    Oontz Angle -
    Desi Strong -
    Patreon Remember even a buck is good for charity:
    Experimental Brew Store -

General Homebrew Discussion / Brew Files Podcast Ep. 19 - The Bad Apple
« on: September 20, 2017, 09:07:45 AM »

The Brew Is Out There!

On this week's episode of the Brew Files, we get ready for the fall with a quick lesson in making America's founding beverage - cider. We come at it from two different points of view (surprise!) since Denny has actual apple trees and Drew has a giant city surrounding him (but apple orchards a short drive away!) But together, we'll get you to the right answer about to make great cider from some bad apples!


The Everything Hard Cider Book -

Drew's Cider Cheat Sheet:

Correll Cider Presses: (Denny has a Medium Plus)

Equipment and Software / Genesis Fermenter
« on: September 17, 2017, 11:26:08 AM »
Trying out one of these for the first time today....


Back to our regularly scheduled programming as we stop by the pub to talk the newly updated Brew Guru App from the AHA, a bit of beer business, including something positive about ABI and a reason Drew is proud of his mom. We jaunt quickly through the library for a funny article about goldfish and a BrewTan B announcement  (spoiler: it's coming soon from our sponsor BrewCraft USA!). In the Lounge, Drew sits down with Roberto Hernandez of the Monrovia Homebrew Supply store and Ray Ricky Rivera and Luis Martinez of LA's first Latino focused homebrew club - the SoCal Cerveceros about why having a Latino club is important to the hobby and what their cultural heritage brings to the hobby. Then naturally we swing out with a few questions, drop a quick tip, Drew raves about a new book triology he found and finished between recording and publishing.

Episode Links:

    Brew Guru 2.0 -
    Extra Yard For Teachers - Drew's Mom -
    Scott Janish - The New IPA -
    ABI Canning Water for Harvey -
    Commons Brewery Shuts Down -
    Goldfish Need Booze -
    SoCal Cerveceros -
    The Brilliance Triology - Book 1 - Marcus Sakey -
    Desi Strong -
    Patreon Remember even a buck is good for charity:
    Experimental Brew Store -


The Brew Is Out There!


On this week's episode of the Brew Files, we sit down with two brewers - Ketchen Smith and Chase Wilson - the top two award winners of the AHA National Homebrew Competition in the category we sponsored - American IPA. We'll sit down and walk through Ketchen's Marshall Nose IPA and Chase's Sunsphere IPA and just how they made the best IPA they could for the world's biggest homebrew competition.

Ingredients / Brewtan B availability
« on: September 05, 2017, 10:51:57 AM »
After a year of working on it, I'm pleased to tell everyone that Brewtan B will be available from wholesaler Brewcraft starting in about a week.  Your LHBS will be able to order it from them.


Like the swallows returning to San Juan Capistrano - it's time for us to  return to answering your questions and boy are there a lot and we try and stay on point and not ramble - we try at least! Naturally we have business to conduct as well, but otherwise, we're making like Jeopardy champions and questioning our answers!


We're back at it in our last to go show before the Q&A! (!)

In the feedback section, Drew eats a big ole helping of crow for failing to hold to his stated principles.

In the Pub - we talk about our Wyeast Q3 Private Collection Strains Contest and reveal the three winners and their recipes. Link below for the recipes themselves. Thanks to everyone who entered and our good sponsors at Wyeast! Then it's back to the business of beer with the latest round of acquisitions including Funky Buddha, Anchor and the really interesting combination of New Belgium, Dick Cantwell, Oud Beersel and Magnolia. Are we finally at that same tipping point where over expansion is pinching some brewers like Magnolia and the recently annouced to close Rubicon?

In the lab, we actually invite in a guest as BrewTube's Short Circuited Brewers (Brian Huntley) makes us do a triangle test on the mics. What experimental madness is he up to and can Denny or Drew get it right? You're just going to have to listen to find out!

And then in the lounge, Drew sits down with Devon Randall of Arts District Brewing and talks about leaving LA to become a brewer and coming back to the city and landing in a warehouse formerly run by a crazy man (Crazy Gideon). Devon's making a hell of a spread and you should give it a try.

We race over Q&A because hey - you should be getting us questions for Episode 48!

But we do take a moment to hit a quick tip about exploring your different varieties of specialty ingredients and Drew drops two things in Something Other - a hysterical set of Game of Throne recaps from BlackNerdProblems and the ongoing constantly moving CA Pinkham column "Off the Menu" with awful wonderful stories from the world of restaurants and bars.


The Brew Is Out There!


On this week's episode of the Brew Files, we sit down with one of the giants of homebrewing - Randy Mosher - about how he got started, why the library is super important and just how he plays with all the crazy ingredients he finds to bring in the brewhouse. (And why story is super important)

The Pub / Guess I'm not gonna be a star....
« on: August 04, 2017, 11:18:56 AM »
just turned down an offer from Beerland


It's time to swing way South of the Border and head to Chile with Denny as he attends the 2nd Annual South American Cup in Santiago, but first we look at your canning feedback. In the pub, we sit down with a couple of special beers (and Drew gets to be right!), talk about Ostrich boot based silliness, bootleggers in Peru (Indiana) and what the new model of acquisitions seems to be currently with Lagunitas buying part of Shorts and Brooklyn, 21A and Funkwerks teaming up.

In the library, we take a swing around Dr. Charlie Bamforth's recent speech in Australia about Craft Beer and the things he thinks brewers really need to be focusing on. While in the Brewery we talk about the upcoming Green Hop extravanganza from YCH Hops.

And then in the lounge, we sit back and listen to Denny's memories of his trip to Chile and we even hop in the back of a crowded vehicle shepharding Denny to the foot of the Andes mountains and Tübinger Brewery in the middle of some of the world's premier wine country. While there Denny talks with Chris Flaskamp about the brewery and his beers.

Finally we race over Q&A because hey - you should be getting us questions for Episode 48!

But we do take a moment to hit a quick tip about saving your beer for review and Drew drops two things in Something Other - a podcast about interviewing (The Turnaround with Jesse Thorn) and the return of last year's mention from youtube - the very charming "Alice in Paris".

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