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On this week's episode, we announce our new charity - it has a personal connection for Denny. We hit the pub and talk a fund raiser for IGOR Miguel's daughter's cancer fight at Rouleur Brewery and we dig out the crystal balls to see what we can see for the world of homebrewing and craft brewing for 2018. In the brewery we look through Drew's notes from the latest Zymurgy Live with Dogfish Head. In the Lounge, we sit down with Garrett Garfield, a transplanted Texan turned Chilean homebrewer and professional mead maker about the scene in Chile and what challenges he faces.

And after we tackle a few listener questions, Drew will leave you thunderstruck with his something other than beer.


The Brew is Out There!

New Years is almost here with it's Janus like powers of transformational drive. Denny and Drew sit down and review how they organize things in the brewhouse to make the brew day easier and more likely to happen. How do you organize things?


On this week's episode, we hit the pub to talk the beer business before jumping into the hot unwanted guest topic of the day - What is Saccharomyces Distaticus, why is it in the news and how do we kill it? And then we take a listener suggestion for an end of the year wrap up - with a revisit on some of our favorite questions and answers from the non-all Q&A shows.

And then of course Drew leaves you with the most obvious current movie recommendation every because yeah..

Yeast and Fermentation / Rehydrating dry yeast
« on: December 14, 2017, 09:15:26 PM »
Yeah, I's been debated to death.  But I'm not interested in whether or not to rehydrate.  I'm curious if anyone knows the science behind it.  We're told that rehydrating means that you're pitching more viable cells than if you don't.  But why?  What's going on to increase the viability?


The Brew is Out There!


Drew sits down with Michael Tonsmeire, aka the Mad Fermentationist, and walks through how you can get two juicy beers of radically different natures from one brew session. So sit back as we explore his Apricot infused Sour and super juicy New England IPA.


On this week's episode, we correct things we got wrong, sit down and look at some different responses to the whole beer name and respect issue, talk about how an early San Francisco craft brewer is coming back and why their move feels similar to Widmer's recent moves and explore the idea of Black Friday Counter Programming the Goose Island Bourbon County Frenzy. We stop by the library to get Drew's recommendations on books for brewers and why Denny doesn't have time to read anymore. In the brewery, Drew talks about a stubborn brewery imperfection that he's got to solve and Lallemand's new dried "New England IPA" yeast. Then we sit down in the lounge with Kevin Osborne of Cellador Ales to talk about running a fermentorium, his giant next door neighbor, how he looks to build sour flavors and hold onto house cultures.

And then of course we answer some questions and Denny goes back to basics before Drew leaves you a new podcast exploring old crime.


Drew sits down with Craig Gravina of the Albany Ale Project to discuss this almost completely forgotten strong ale style from Upstate New York. Learn how this style got started, how it mirrors the Dutch and English heritage of the state,  how it transformed over time and what finally happened to a beer that was shipped around the world at one point! (And of course, how you can make it yourself!)


On this week's episode, we sit down and look at more trademark disputes, interesting business moves and why social media is ruining beer before heading to the lab for secret experiments, the brewery for ingredient explorations and then into the lounge where Drew sits down with a couple of award winning home brewers - Derek Springer (aka Five Blades Brewing) of the Society of Barley Engineers and Nick Corona (aka 2016's AHA Homebrewer of the Year) of QUAFF. Find out what it means to homebrew in America's brewery mecca! And then of course we answer some questions before Drew leaves you with the nerdiest sports thing to nerd.


The Brew is Out There!


Drew sits down with Jeff Alworth, writer of the Beervana blog and podcast and the recent The Secrets of Master Brewers to talk what lessons Jeff discovered while touring a bunch of different brewing cultures. Together they explore the notion of national brewing identities and why many factors, including the Cold War, make the beers of Bohemia radically different from the beers of neighboring Bavaria. Also, does the US have a "brewing identity"?

General Homebrew Discussion / Best of both worlds
« on: November 10, 2017, 08:36:35 PM »
Had a sudden inspiration today.  My Grainfather excels at mashes, especially step mashes, but is slow to boil and the pump filter has a tendency to clog.  So I did a step mash in the GF, then pumped the wort to my converted keg for boiling and whirlpool hopping.  Perfect!

Ingredients / Guess I'd better fine time to brew
« on: November 09, 2017, 06:42:53 PM »
Got a care package from YCH Hops yesterday.....


On this week's episode, we sit down and look at the world of trademarks and lawsuits involving some of the biggest and smallest breweries, pay to play in the barroom and the most British pub story, ever. Then we dive into a wonderful presentation from lambic master Frank Boon and the BA's newly announced hop breeding program before Drew sits down with "Doctor" Bill Sysak and Bill Sobeiski at the newly (30 days is new right?) opened Wild Barrel Brewing of San Marcos. Find out their long beer history and how they moved from Stone to a place of their own. And then of course, we hammer out some questions - including what do you think - should you be required to create your own recipe for competition? Then a quick tip and a super something other to get you set for your week.


The Brew is Out There!


Inspired by a posting on Milk the Funk Facebook Group (, Drew sits down with brewing partner in crime, Kent Fletcher and they revisit their experiments with Methode Champenoise - aka how make your beer into Champagne! So sit back and relax as you figure out how to legitimately play with dry ice!

General Homebrew Discussion / Help us out and win cool stuff!
« on: October 26, 2017, 05:43:30 PM »
It's time for the Experimental Brewing Podcast yearly survey.  Tell us what you want on the podcast and get a chance to win cool brewing stuff!


2 full years of podcasting! No time to celebrate - we've got things to cover! We'll talk transcripts, O2 in hops, the BA's second phase of Craft Beer independence, the beery witchy connection and a bunch of interesting brewing developments before we sit down and talk hops, hops and more hops with Bryan Pierce of YCH Hops about where the hop industry is going, how great this year's harvest was and what's new and exciting in the hoppy world (and what happens if IPA's stop being the thing). And then of course, some tips, some questions, some answers and the best comedy you need to be watching.

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