Episode 86 - Resolving The Secret Of The Hop

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We've survived the PGPDF and are back and catching back up! We've got a whole slew of feedback, news stories, brew sessions, hop science, micro-resolutions (aka things we think we can do), a listener's brewing experience and... the juicy story of why you can buy Columbus, Tomahawk or Zeus in the hop freezer - sit back for a lesson in farm spying!

Show note - ~34 minutes, Denny says "gypsum, chloride". He meant "gypsum, calcium chloride"

Episode 85 - Attack of the Peruvian Guinea Pig Death Flu

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It's finally happened! Denny and Drew have simultaneously been felled by the specter of Peruvian Guinea Pig Death Flu!

     In light of our incapcitation, we offer you these choice revists to topics we're still talking about today! Don't fret - episode 86 is being prepped and should be a grand return to form!

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Brew Files - Episode 54 - Where's There Smoke

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In every beer lovers curve of beer love, there comes a moment when they discover the world of smoked beers. Drew sits down with Devon Randall of Imperial Western Beer Company to discuss her approach to making both subtle and in your face smoked beers!

Devon's Smoke Guidelines:

Subtle: 3-5% 

Balanced: 6-15%

OVert: 16-100%

Brew Files - Episode 53 - Anniversaries & Enzymes with Eagle Rock

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It's officially been two years of Brew Files! (Ok, fine, two more days - the first episode dropped on Jan 11th, 2017) That puts me in the mood to talk Anniversaries and with my local, Eagle Rock Brewery, hitting their 9th Anniversary, I sat down with Jeremy Raub to talk about designing an Anniversary beer and the new and interesting uses they're finding for Amlyase enzymes - it's not just for Brut IPA's anymore!

Brew Files - Episode 52 - Getting Back to Brewing

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New Years is right around the corner which means so is the era of Resolutions. The most common resolution for brewers? I'm going to brew more! It's also one of the most failed. We're here to give you our tips for fighting the forces that stymie you so you can get back to what we all love - brewing!

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Brew Files - Episode 51 - Real Time Recipe Challenge

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We asked our listeners to challenge us - give us a beer idea you want us to design and prepare to make. Out of the pile of suggestions we each chose one recipe to challenge the other with. In this inaugural challenge, we only find out what recipe we're supposed to formulate right then. Listen to us walk you through how we'd tackle these challenges.

On The Bond Between Brewer & Feline & Vermin

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Prepare yourself for a tale of waste... and cats.

Brewers love to talk about ancient history, mostly in the form of the classic anthropological debate - bread or brew. But what about brewers and their connections to the "domestication" of animals. Sure, I love my dogs and without oxen, plowing a field of size would be tough.

Writeup: Dark Grains - Cold Steep vs. Full Mash

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Happy Black Friday y'all - how about some advice on making a black colored beer?

 

You'll often hear advice about mashing your dark grains differently. Instead of incorporating them in when you mash some, like Gordon Strong, recommend adding them during the sparge (aka capping). Others recommend, for the smoothest possible character, adding them as a cold steeped extract. Today's experiment is all about the cold steep

Brew Files - Episode 49 - Starting Off Right

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We know that we need good yeast to make great beer and we need to treat them right. Somehow we've managed to go through 48 episodes of this show without talking methods of treating your yeast right. On this show, we'll walk through how we used to do things and why we changed and Denny will even challenge Drew to get uncomfortable!

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The Difficulty of Triangle Testings - A Practical Example

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Let's talk the triangle test. You know that simple thing we try and do to prove that changes in brewing do or don't make a difference. We put a lot of stock in the conclusions of that test. What does it really mean?

On the face of it, it's a simple prospect - "Dear Sir/Madam, I present you three glasses. Pick the one that's different." It feels so absurd, so childish, so easy that it's insulting that you'd be asked to choose. 

Brew Files - Episode 48 - The Ice House

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As the weather turns colder and the nights are spookier, our thoughts turn to stronger beers and what better way to get a stronger beer than to take advantage of the cold. So let's get cold and freeze our beer to make the smoothest strong beer you can. It's time to get really frosty.

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