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General Homebrew Discussion / New blog
« on: January 22, 2016, 10:28:20 AM »
YCH Hops has asked me to blog for them.  Here's the first one...

General Homebrew Discussion / Experimental Brewing podcast Episode 6
« on: January 20, 2016, 09:28:59 AM »
We report the results of our first experiment, a comparison of WLP001 and WY1056.

Hot off the podcasting presses comes episode 6 of Drew Beechum and Denny Conn's Experimental Brewing Podcast. Ever wonder what it would sound like if the Car Talk guys met with Mr. Wizard (or Bill Nye the Science Guy) at the pub for a few beers? Well in this episode, you'll really get to find out as they're joined by fellow beer experimenter Marshall Schott of to comb through the experimental data produced by the podcast's listeners. Will you be as surprised by the results of a simple yeast choice as our three panelists? Denny said "I was curious to see if there was anything to my impressions." Drew still thinks Denny's all wrong. Marshall just sat back and shook his head at the math.

If that's not enough - the guys tackle the latest in Beer News, listener questions, David Bowie and have a very raucous conversation with San Francisco Bay Area brewing guru - Rodger Davis of Faction Brewing.

Who knew science and beer could be so intoxicating?

Find a new episode every two weeks on or subscribe via iTunes, Stitcher or your favorite podcast app!

Contact Denny and Drew at

General Homebrew Discussion / Experimental Brewing Episode 5
« on: January 06, 2016, 02:10:03 PM »
After beating down some server issues, Episode 5 is ready to go!  In Episode 5 - Denny and Drew look back at the Brew Year's Resolutions where we've had a bunch of feedback from listeners. We talk in the pub about the latest in acquisitions with the sweet spicy addition of hypocrisy - throw in a little competition and Denny's soon to be appearance in Vail.

After that we return to the lab to present our second experiment. This time we're exploring if throwing hops into a whirlpool steep at a lower temperature (120F) makes a qualitative difference in the beer over throwing them in at the "new" recommended temperature of 170F. In theory, 120F should preserve more of the volatile aromatic compounds we care about, but does it actually matter?

Back to the Bay Area we go with a pint at Oakland's very lovely Trappist where we talk with Nick Impellitteri of the Yeast Bay about his unique take on a yeast company and what he truly enjoys in regards to the little critters. He's got some fun directions he's hoping to take things and who knows - they may be future cross collaborations to happen!

Finally we take your questions, Denny provides a little lesson in French and Drew tells us about the latest gadget he's gotten in his ill advised attempts to explode his heart via caffeine consumption.

How about it, our fellow scientists - Are you ready for some hopping?!?

Episode Links:

    Breckenridge Comments in the Denver Post -
    Doug King Memorial Competition -
    Big Beers Festival - Vail -
    Experiment 2 - Hop Whirlpool Steeping Temperatures -
    The Yeast Bay -
    The Trappist -
    Toddy Brewing System -

Episode Contents:
00:00:00 Our Sponsors
00:01:16 Theme and Intro and Listener Feedback
00:06:27 Beer Life from the Experimental Brewing Pub - Lady Justice Brewing & BrewTube
00:19:35 Experiment #2 Whirlpools from the Casa Verde Labs
00:29:38 Ukulele Break!
00:30:00 The Yeast Bay with Nick Impellitteri at the Trappist
01:02:36 Q&A with Denny & Drew
01:18:41 Quick Tip - Mise en Place
01:21:09 Something Other Than Beer - The Toddy
01:24:59 Wrap up and Coming Attractions

General Homebrew Discussion / Quick tips
« on: December 30, 2015, 02:17:34 PM »
Drew and I are looking for Quick Tips that we can pass along on the podcast.   A few sentences about something you do that's made a difference in your brewing.  We'll credit you for them and we'll put you on the list for some Experimental Brewing swag once we get it.  So, what simple thing would you recommend to someone to improve their beer or brewday?

General Homebrew Discussion / Bay Area Trip
« on: November 30, 2015, 12:51:17 PM »
Drew and I were down in the SF Bay area a week ago and had a chance to go to a bunch of breweries and get some great interviews for the podcast.  You can read about the trip here...

General Homebrew Discussion / Experimental Brewing podcast
« on: November 11, 2015, 10:28:23 AM »
Drew and I have finally published the first episode of our podcast.  It will change a bit as we learn what people want, but here it is....

General Homebrew Discussion / Experimental Brewing podcast
« on: October 27, 2015, 12:12:50 PM »
Drew and I have begun production of our podcast series. We're taking questions via email until we get call in set up. If you have a question about beer, brewing, the meaning of life, or why Drew's so weird, email us at

General Homebrew Discussion / Eisbock math
« on: October 10, 2015, 02:00:16 PM »
Just pulled the ice out of my first ever eisbock.  The bock was 6.63% ABV.  The ice accounted for about 25% of the total volume. So I'm assuming the ABV is now 6.63+ (6.63*.25) or about 8.28%.  Sound about right?

Yeast and Fermentation / New starter procedure trial
« on: September 26, 2015, 11:34:11 AM »
Well, after all the times I've told S. Cerevisiae that I've tried it and didn't \care for the results, I decided it was time to give his procedure a fair trial.  Here's what happened....

All Things Food / Indian Food
« on: September 11, 2015, 04:05:32 PM »
I really want to learn to cook Indian least in part so I'll eat more vegetarian meals.  Does anybody have a reccomendation for a good book for a beginner in Indian cooking?

Ingredients / Ella hops
« on: August 19, 2015, 09:22:17 AM »
I was at the Pelican Pub a Brewery a couple days ago and they had a beer made exclusively with Ella hops.  I'd never heard pof them before.  It has notes of lemon and tangerine, along with other subtle aromas and flavors.  I loved it.  A little research shows it's the hottest new Australian variety.  Anybody used or run across these?

General Homebrew Discussion / Hop and Brew School
« on: August 04, 2015, 09:00:25 AM »
Anybody going to Hopunion Hop & Brew School this year?

Classifieds / Brewer wanted
« on: July 14, 2015, 10:29:36 AM »
Oakshire brewing in Eugene OR is looking for a brewer.  If you're crazy enough to want to brew for a living, you couldn't do much better than working with these people.

The Pub / In the immortal words of Ken Kesey....
« on: June 22, 2015, 08:32:24 AM »
Are you on the bus or off the bus?

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