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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

General Homebrew Discussion / Experimental Brewing podcast Episode 24
« on: September 28, 2016, 10:13:03 AM »

You know how we said we were getting back to our "usual" format? Ha! Today we blow it up again because y'all sent in so many great questions. So many in fact, that we've split the Q&A into two episodes.

But first, before we dive into your questions, Denny grabbed a seat on a bus next to Gary Glass, Director of the American Homebrewer's Association to talk about the AHA's new phone app - Brew Guru - and why you want to put it on your magical sci-fi pocket computer.

Then we get into your questions. For convenience's sake we've divided the questions into general topic categories. This episode we tackle Fermentation, Ingredients and the Mash.  And hey, we even have our first "live" caller! Aren't we fancy?

Don't forget to come back for Episode 25 when we tackle even more questions (plus some other cool content!)

Episode Links:

    AHA's Brew Guru App -
    Patreon Remember even a buck is good for charity:
    Experimental Brew Store -

Episode Contents:

00:00:00 Our Sponsors

00:03:03  On The Hop Bus with Gary Glass

00:12:43 Fermentation Questions

00:58:08 Ingredient Questions

01:17:27 Mash Questions

Ingredients / Brewtan B experiment
« on: September 21, 2016, 10:43:52 AM »
We're putting together a Brewtan B experiment for the podcast and we have 2 signups left if anyone here is interested.  You need to go to and sign up to be an IGOR before you can sign up for the experiment.  Once you're in, I'll send you some Brewtan.  You'll have to brew 2 batches of a favorite recipe you know well, one with and one without Brewtan.  Then you'll have to set up a blind tasting and report the results on the website.  We hope to get a total 15 brewers and have each one get at least 6 tasters so we have close to or above 100 data points.

General Homebrew Discussion / Experimental Brewing podcast Episode 23
« on: September 14, 2016, 08:39:57 AM »

Busy Episode this time! Crammed with like - additional feedback to last episode's Staling results. Seems like some of you have been using scary old grain! In the pub we stop and talk a while about Denny's Hop School experiences (more on those later), the law in California and the crushing "loss" of Bosteels Brewery to ABI. (Maybe they should be Boo-steels now?) and one brewery's response to the recent PR campaign to try and make everyone feel better about the buyouts.

We swing by the brewery to talk about Drew's recent Saison yeast tasting - which you can find online. In the library we visit a couple of papers on yeast genetics.

In the lab, we're happy to announce our next great experiment - brought to you by our sponsors, the American Homebrewer's Association and We're going to get a whole squad of homebrewers making up some hoppy beers and having them analyzed and tasted! See the recipe and experiment writeup for details. We're super stoked for this!

Then Denny goes and talks to the folks out of Whirlpool's W Labs about their soon to launch all in one fermenter, fridge, kegerator - the Vessi. Then he heads off to the posh environs of Bainbridge Island WA to talk with Russell Everett of Bainbridge Brewing. Listen and find out what stout and noodles have to do with each other.

Then in Something Other Than Beer - we lament 2016's continuing losses - this time with Gene Wilder. Then Drew shares Sia's new video for "The Greatest" which is a bit of a gut punch. Lastly, to leave on a happy note - Drew also mentions Comixology for all your comic enjoyment.

Finally Denny drops a tip about how best to dry your hops. The key - a little bit of heat, but not too much if you want to preserve all the good oils!

General Homebrew Discussion / Got Questions?
« on: August 22, 2016, 12:11:07 PM »
We're gearing up to do another all Q&A episode of Experimental Brewing and we need your questions!  Ask us about, brewing, Drew's weight loss plan, why Denny won't stop playing that damn ukulele...ANYTHING!  Send your questions to  We'll pick what we think are the 3 best questions and call you so you can talk to us on the show!  Wow, wotta treat!  Well, send 'em in anyway!  :)

General Homebrew Discussion / Experimental Brewing podcast Episode 21
« on: August 17, 2016, 09:02:33 AM »
This episode we talk about two of our favorite online communities and their upcoming distributed competitions. We stop in the pub to do a little talk about mashing obsessions and the law and homebrewing. We head to the library to talk about Scott Janish's article on DMS, causes and cures and his test. Denny and I talk about his favorite homebrew myths before he heads to the land by the waters - Milwaukee - where he talks to Mino Choi, a homebrewer with a culinary obsession and a couple of 50 point entries under his belt. Mino talks his process, his designing and some agressive techniques he uses to drive his fermentations.

We come back to our "Something Other Than Beer" segment with Denny enjoying spending time with Cecilia Chiang, the Chinese cuisine equivalent to Julia Child and we close out with Drew circling back to a lesson from earlier in the show!

Going Pro / Congrats Majorvices!
« on: August 13, 2016, 01:28:46 PM »
Apparently Keith has learned to brew!  :)

General Homebrew Discussion / 6 Common Homebrew Myths
« on: August 08, 2016, 08:49:37 AM »

General Homebrew Discussion / Ya gotta have choices....
« on: August 07, 2016, 02:27:55 PM »
48 qt. cooler mash tun, Pico and Zymatic from Picobrew, and The Grainfather.....70 and 152 qt. cooler mash tuns not pictured.

General Homebrew Discussion / Any Grainfather users?
« on: August 07, 2016, 09:00:08 AM »
Grainfather just sent me one of their systems to mess around with.  I have a question concerning its assembly and was wondering if anybody here uses one and could help me.  Also any tips you might have.  TIA!

General Homebrew Discussion / Experiment results - Olive Oil Aeration
« on: August 03, 2016, 10:06:22 AM »
Does using olive oil in your wort substitute for traditional aeration?  Find out....we get the most definitive results yet!

General Homebrew Discussion / Experimental Brewing Episode 20
« on: August 03, 2016, 09:38:36 AM »
This episode we start getting back to our regular podcast format (ok, mostly), but we start in the pub where we talk the massive changes in the beer industry last week because this time they're near and dear to Denny's heart. From there we go off to the lounge with an interview at San Francisco's Ferment Drink Repeat (who for the record are not sellouts - they're awesome). What sorta crazy person creates a homebrew shop and brewery? Well, listen and find out!

After the lounge, it's time for a Q&A where we tackle brewers questions about Saison, getting their Red on, style guidelines and why sometimes brewers can be dicks.  We come back to our "Something Other Than Beer" segment with Netflix inducing massive nostalgia in Drew and we close out with a tip from a South African listener about how to deal with the whole multiple keg carbonation issue.

To download this episode directly, go to

General Homebrew Discussion / Experimental Brewing Episode 19
« on: July 20, 2016, 08:49:00 AM »
This episode starts with a brief stop at the brewery where we walk you through some of the newest things we're playing with! (Like Drew's new mill - review on the site)

Then we ask - What happens when you get a whole bunch of brewers together and have them open up their breweries? Well, if they belong to the Falcons then it becomes their annual event "Brew with a Falcon". Denny tests out our spiffy phone interface and calls five brewers in the Los Angeles area as they're brewing. At least one of them will be familiar to you! See what sort of crazy beer is being made!

Then it's time for our last turn around the block in Charm City as we present our HomeBrewCon presentation - "How To Brew Like An All-Star". The audio is courtesy of the American Homebrewer's Association. Did you know that all members of the AHA get free access to audio recordings and slide decks from all of the Con's presentations? To join the AHA just click on the AHA logo on our homepage! Support the podcast and the group that fights for your rights as a homebrewer!

OR find us on YouTube!

General Homebrew Discussion / Why Do You Homebrew?
« on: July 07, 2016, 03:09:20 PM »
Drew and I have started an Experimental Brewing YouTube channel.  Here's the first upload....

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