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Attention, attention... this episode is brought to you by an accidentally awesome quirk of fate. After we announced our experiment (Saison Yeast - Airlock vs. Open Ferment - Does it prevent "stall") way back when, our itinerant "Science" co-host Marshall Schott let us know that his site, was running the same experiment!

We waited and coordinated our experimental results release. Marshall released his results earlier this week and now we get together and discuss our results plus his. There are a total of five experimental runs here and what do they say? Well, put yer earbuds in and listen! (And if you think this is the last time we're doing this.. ha, you don't know how all this works! Maybe we'll do it on purpose next time!)

From our time in the Casa Verde labs, we move back to Baltimore and spend some time with the Free State Homebrew Club Guild at HomeBrewCon's "Craft Beer Kickoff" Party. We had a heck of a time with the various club members and we hope you learn a thing or two! (Plus, hey - why do you homebrew?) So come along with as we talk to a raft of clubs and a beer "celeb" or two!

General Homebrew Discussion / Experimental Brewing podcast Episode 17
« on: June 22, 2016, 10:36:42 AM »
First time ever! Denny and Drew and a thousand of their favorite friends are in the same room - the Expo hall at the 2016 American Homebrewer's Association "HomebrewCon". We sat down in the BrewcraftUSA booth and talked with a bunch of different folks including some of our sponsors and some of our very favorite people - including IGOR Nicki Forster who brought us a beer to taste, Marshall Schott who abused us with a triangle test and another listener, Keith Baker, who dropped a beer on Denny to make him crazy! This episode is jammed packed with questions, answers, and really interesting people so give it a listen! (Also this is your last chance to drop some money on the pooches before we get to our next charity!)

Also, a big thanks to listener Chris Nelson for our wonderful "Wrath of Conn" poster that you see on the site.

Interested in helping Denny and Drew with the IGOR program (aka help us run experiments!) - contact them at We want more Citizen Science!

In the meanwhile, subscribe via your favorite podcasting service (iTunes, etc). Like our podcast, review it - talk it up! If you have comments, feedbacks, harassments, etc, feel free to drop us a line at Follow us on Facebook (ExperimentalHomebrewing) or Twitter (@ExpBrewing). If you have questions you'd like answered in our Q&A segment, send an email to!

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Beer Recipes / Dog related beer recipes
« on: June 20, 2016, 10:44:29 AM »
Love beer?  Love your dog? Of course you do!  Podcast listeners have been donating money for Freedom Service Dogs and at the end of June we'll donate over $400! Thank you listeners! Help us celebrate by sending your dog related homebrew recipe to!

Events / Here's what you missed...
« on: June 15, 2016, 09:17:38 AM »
if you weren't at the seminar Drew and I did at HomebrewCon....

As we get ready to head to the NHC, our schedules get a little screwy (we have one more episode before the Wrath of Conn Con)

In feedback we hear about some fun experiences and a nice gesture on the part of a listener. Also we hear from others about Denny and Marshall's recent commentary about skipping over aeration/oxygenation

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! The Brewers Association gets their history on with one of America's great institutions - The Smithsonian. Denny talks his overwhelming experience at the Craft Brewers Conference. And lastly we ask "Has Craft Beer Gone Too Far?"

In the library we discuss a great article from the Counter Brew website that does a really excellent job laying in the ground work for your knowledge about Brett.

At the lab where we talk the recent obsession with the hazy style called "New England IPA". Specifically we cover the history and the theories behind the style and the infamous, hotly debated murk. And so we're going to launch a full series of explorations, because of course we will. For this first time, we're going to look at yeast impact - namely Wyeast 1056 and Wyeast 1318 in the same wort. Is one murk-tastic? And to back it up, listener Jason Faylor sent in a pair of beers with exactly this same premise so we get our tasting on (and prove that Denny and Drew can really disagree about things)

For the interview segment, we grab some time with John Holl - editor of All About Beer Magazine. We offer him a chance to lay down his opinions and his colorful New Jersey beliefs. It's an interview that exercised Denny's bleeping finger. We think we got them all!

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

Denny reminds us all to test your thermometers!

Lastly, Drew fondly explores the world of and some incredibly sexy Russian cakes.

Commercial Beer Reviews / NE IPA reviews
« on: May 20, 2016, 09:02:39 AM »
On the upcoming Episode 15 of Experimental Brewing (5/25/16), we talk NE IPA.  To get you in the mood, here are Denny's reviews of 10 NE style IPAs.

Equipment and Software / Calibrate those thermometers!
« on: May 17, 2016, 11:47:29 AM »
My last few batches have had a low conversion efficiency compared to normal, and the wort runoff has been kinda cloudy.  My brewhouse efficiency has also been a bit low.  But on all of those brews, I've been doing multiple things at once and hadn't taken the time to look for an answer.  Today, doing the first of 2 test brews, I figured I'd check calibration on things.  Turns out my brewing thermo read 15F lower than my calibration thermo!  Recalibrated the brewing thermo and I'm back up to 97% conversion efficiency and the mash runoff was crystal clear, like it should be.  DOH!

Ingredients / Brewtan B
« on: May 11, 2016, 05:43:32 PM »
Because so many people are interested, I scanned the lit I have... . I hope it's legal to post this, but they were distributing it CBC so I assume they won't mind.  Also, if anyone would be interested, I can ask Joe if he has time to join us to answer questions.

Episode 14 of our podcast is now up! On this episode we discuss HomebrewCon plans, a German birthday and the ongoing trademark wars. We stop in the library to discuss a new article on dry hopping and bitterness and then head to the lab to launch a new experiment based on Drew’s Saison Techniques - does open fermentation prevent the dreaded “stall”? Then in the lounge we launch a new segment “Unknown All-Stars” with one of Drew’s brewing mentors - Bruce Brode. Then we do our best with your questions and share our thoughts on this year and a great Youtube find.

Events / CBC
« on: May 02, 2016, 02:12:30 PM »
Anybody here going to CBC in Philly this week?  If so, let's get together!  I'll mainly be hanging out at the Picobrew booth.

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.

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