There are a great many questions in the universe - why are we here? What are we doing? What the hell just happened with my beer?!? We'll tackle that last category, because we're terrible at moral philosophy!
Sit back, it's time for a dive through a bunch of questions!
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!
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!
Just in time for Christmas and the new year, Drew sits down with John Holl of Craft Beer & Brewing to talk about his new book - Drink Beer, Think Beer. We talk where the industry is and why John's hope for the future isn't a very popular one.
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.
After our adventures down in Australia, it's time to get local again with Ten Mile Brewing in Signal Hill, California. Drew sits down with Dan Sundstrom to talk how the brewer got started and why they have a focus on tradition including their attempts to bring the Kentucky Common to California.
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.
Time makes fools of us all and lays bare the emptiness of our plans, but it doesn't have to! Denny and Drew sit down and talk about seasonality - both historical and taste and help plan out a general timeline you can use to brew beers for a specific date!
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
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!
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.
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.
One of our favorite yeast people is back and he's got big news! Nick Impelitteri is going full time and moving to Beervana - aka Portland - aka the new "Bay" City? In addition we talk about new toys he's bringing to bear including a nectar loving critter that might change how you experience hops.
Just how many curveballs can you throw at a brew and still make an award winning beer? Today we find out as we talk with IGOR Eric Pierce and explore all the craziness around his 2018 Sam Adams Longshot winning Grisette. Sit back and learn how a beer can come together!