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Homebrewing & Serving Nitrogen Beers

Carbon dioxide (CO2) is considered the standard gas used to carbonate beer, but exciting things are happening in the world of nitrogen that shouldn’t be overlooked. During the 2015 National Homebrewers Conference, attendees were walked through the process of brewing and serving nitrogen beers on a homebrewing scale.

Justin Drapeau, better known simply as Juice, gave the nitro-themed seminar during the conference. Head brewer of the Oskar Blues brewery in Lyons, Colo., Juice started out on the kegging line, worked his way up to lead brewer and eventually took on the task of spearheading Oskar Blues’ pilot nitro program. In 2014, Juice and the Oskar Blues gang took things one step further when they released the first-ever craft beer in a nitro can.

Download the audio (mp3) and visual (pdf) presentations of Juice’s nitro-themed talk and learn a thing or two (or three or four)!

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2015 National Homebrewers Conference Seminars

(Almost) Everything You Know About Brewing History is Wrong Randy Mosher
A Contrast and Comparison of the Many Variations of India Pale Ale Mitch Steele
Avoiding a D-bomb: A Key to Understanding Diacetyl Kara Taylor
Beer Clarity, In Depth Brad Smith
Berliner and Beyond: Sour Mashing and Its Applications Derek Springer
Blurring the Style Guidelines:  Brewing Great, Mixed-Style Beers Peter Zien
Brewing Session Beer Andrew Mitchell
Brewing with Coffee: Approaches & Techniques from Dry-Beaning to Home Roasting Jacob McKean, Amy Krone & Michael Tonsmeire
Brewing With Experimental Hops: A New Hop Variety Just For Homebrewers Jason Perrault, Karl Vanevenhoven & Vinnie Cilurzo
Bridging the Gender Gap: Women Debbie Cerda, Florencia “Popy” Fouch & Kim Wood
Bringing the Brewery Home Jason Oliver & Warren Haskell
Confessions of a Celebrity Hop Variety: How Did I End Up Beer? Pat Purcell
Continuing the Revolution: Taking Your Cidermaking To The Next Level Stan Sisson
Crafting Cellarworthy Beers Patrick Dawson
Czech Lagers:  History, Brewing, Judging Bob Hall & Randy Scorby
Does Your Fermenter Affect Your Beer? Phil Farrell & Bob Sandage
Fermenting Mead with Ale Yeast Frank Golbeck & Maurey Fletcher
From 5 to 5000 Gallons: What to Look for in a Brewery Space Scott Katzer
Hands-On Activities to Help You Master Beer Styles Ray Daniels
Homebrew Club Insurance Program Luke Dobrich
Homebrew Toxicology: Debunking the Hidden Dangers of Chemicals in Your Brew System Paul Hanlon
Hops: Grow and Enjoy Your Own Sean Gardinier
Hosting Cask Ale Events Randy Baril
How to Brew, Blend, and Maintain an Acid Beer Jeff Crane
In Pursuit of Perfection: Hefeweizen Project Paula Cartwright
Intro to Professional Brewing Quality Assurance Rick Blankemeier
Introduction to Experimentation Denny Conn & Drew Beechum
Keynote Address Tomme Arthur
Kilned Versus Roasted: Do You Really Know Your Specialty Malt? David Richter
Making Enzymes Work For You Randy Scorby
Malt John Mallett
Managing Yeast: Better Fermentation at Lower Cost Jamil Zainasheff
Mastering the Art of Hop-Fu! Kelsey McNair
Mead Panel Curt Stock, Ken Schramm, Michael Fairbrother, Ryan Chaytor & Steve Piatz
Mead: Recipe Formulation and Advanced Techniques Steve Piatz
Ménage à Myces: Blended Yeast fermentation Chris White
Modern Homebrew Recipes Gordon Strong
Motivating Club Member Participation Lauren Domm & Joe Domm
Nitro Draught for the Homebrewer Juice Drapeau
Organized CHAOS: Taking Your Club to the Next Level Dave Williams, Ken Getty & Lucas Morris
Panel on Regulatory Climate for Homebrewers Craig Hendry, Gary Glass & Tom McCormick
Panel: Taking Homebrewing to the Pro Level, From Concept and Design Through Opening Curtis Chism, Dustin Hauck, Kelsey McNair & Paul Sangster
Practical Blending and Post-Fermentation Adjustments for the Homebrewer Kyle Kohlmorgen
Selecting Yeast Based on Strain Characteristics and Applying Environmental Conditions to Promote Flavor and Aroma Production Kevin Lane
Send In The Clones: Sensory Analysis and Recipe Formulation Techniques for Homebrewers Amahl Turczyn
Sensory and Flavor Training for Brewers Pat Fahey
Taking Funky Beers from Homebrew to Pro Peter Perrecone
Tasting Beyond the Scoresheet Rich Higgins
The Beginnings of Beer in the Ancient World Travis Rupp
Thinking of Going Pro? You Must Understand How to Make Money Making Beer Sam Holloway
Tips on How to Homebrew Lagers Jason Pratt
What a Proper Pairing Can Do for Your Beer Adam Dulye, Greg Brown & Sean Clark
Why Good Tasting Water Can’t Guarantee You Great Beer Martin Brungard
Wild and Spontaneous Fermentation at Home James Howat