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General Homebrew Discussion / Experimental Brewing podcast Episode 9
« on: March 02, 2016, 09:50:38 AM »

It's Episode 9 - last call for questions before the big Q&A episode! (Send your questions to We run off to the pub and discuss feedback abut the potential canning crisis, the unbearable BS of science, the now sold out Pacific Northwest Homebrewers Conference and Hops in Drew's hometown.

And then to the lab where the guys launch the next experiment. Is there a detectable difference between adding Olive Oil as an aeration replacement and just not adding any aeration/oxygen at all! We go into the history of the whole Olive Oil excitement and why they think everyone has it a little wrong.

With the approach of Session Beer Day - April 7th - we get beer writer extraordinaire and Session Beer Project creator, Lew Bryson on the phone and go through the history of the project, the beer day and what Lew ultimately wants to achieve!

We take a brief detour to provide everyone with some homebrew advice so you can have a session beer of your own on tap for Session Day!

Denny drops another quick tip from our AHA Forum friends - this time all about the tool box

Drew then leaves us with a musical clip for the ages!

Episode Links:

    Freedom Service Dogs -
    Pacific Northwest Homebrewers Conference -
    The Unbearable Asymmetry of Bulls*** -***/
    Florida Hops -
    The Experiment -
    The Session Beer Project -
    Seen Through a Glass -
    Why the PLCB Should Be Abolished -
    Andrews Sisters with the Supremes -

Episode Contents:
00:00:00 Our Sponsors
00:02:13 Theme and Intro and Listener Feedback
00:07:50 Beer Life from the Experimental Brewing Pub - Can Shortage, THE BS of Science, Pacific Northwest Homebrewers Conference, Hops in Florida
00:24:30 Casa Verde Labs - Experiment: Olive Oil vs. No Aeration
00:33:18 Session Beer Project with Lew Bryson
01:12:45 Brew A Session Beer!
01:22:17 Quick Tip - The Tool Box
01:24:25 Something Other Than Beer - The Andrew's Sisters
01:27:06 Question of the Week, Wrap up and Coming Attractions

General Homebrew Discussion / YCH Hop and Brew School
« on: February 19, 2016, 02:24:24 PM »
Jeff Rankert (hopfundmalz) and I have sung the praises of the YCH Hop and Brew School.  It's truly a great experience...seminars in the morning, farm and processing tours in the afternoon, meeting the hop farmers and getting to ask them questions.  But for some reason, it seems like they don't get the word out about registration so some people miss it.  I just checked and hedre's the deal...Registration for Hop & Brew School is always the 1st Monday in June.  This year, that’s the 6th at 8:00 am PST.  IIRC, it's $150 and that includes food and beer...LOTS of beer!  The School for homebrewers is 9/1-2.  If you're able to make it, you won't regret it!

General Homebrew Discussion / Suggest an experiment!
« on: February 16, 2016, 09:59:35 AM »
Got an experiment you'd like to see us run on Experimental Brewing?  Here's how you can let us know!

Ingredients / Weyermann Barke malts
« on: February 03, 2016, 10:58:00 AM »
Has anybody used the Weyermann Barke pils malt?  Supposedly an heirloom variety resurrected. A bit darker than other pils  Kolbacj listed at 36-41.5, so I think I can get away with a single infusion mash.  Any tips from anyone who's used it?

General Homebrew Discussion / Podcast questions
« on: January 27, 2016, 09:38:30 AM »
Drew and I are getting ready to record the next podcast and we're looking for questions for the Q&A section.  You can either post them here or mail them to

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....

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