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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....

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!

Don't forget you can support the podcast on Patreon by going to

This episode can be downloaded directly at

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!

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