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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.

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. 

The Saison Files - Tasting Yeast Bay, Fermentis and the Loral Canyon "American Noble" Saison

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Time for another tasting! This time I'm going through two more Yeast Bay strains and Fermentis new dried Saison yeast - BE-134. And then, we get to taste the real humdinger - my Loral Canyon Saison using YCHops "American Noble" version of Loral. What happens when you use the less intense stuff? You get something I'm super jazzed about!

 

Drew's Favorite Gin Recipes

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Here you my fellow Gin heads! A few simple recipes to make the Gin flow...

The Martini

3 oz Gin (I like a 50/50 blend of Plymouth and Hendricks or 100% St. George's Terroir)

0.25 oz Dolin Dry Vermouth

Chill a cocktail glass with ice water

Fill a mixing glass with crush ice. Add vermouth and gin, stir for 30 seconds, double strain into freshly dumped cocktail glass.

Add 2 olives or a lemon twist to the glass.

The Negroni

2 oz Gin

1 oz Campari

1 oz Sweet Vermouth

Pocket Randall Instructions - or How to Build Your Own Randall F*cker

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Drew, Marshall and Josh talk about the Randall F*cker

The Setup (aka Drew Talks)

If you listened to Episode 42 of the podcast, you know that Marhsall Schott (Brülosophy) and I wandered around the Southern California Homebrewers Festival interviewing various silly people and enjoying ourselves. We conducted our interview with Kevin Baranowski behind the Maltose Falcons' booth. We wandered out of the booth after the interview and were immediately confronted with a strange sight - a man funnelling beers into a metal gadget, closing valves, squeezing triggers and opening more valves to pour the beer.

What to See At HomeBrew Con - The Experimental Brewing Edition

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Come Join Us at the Party of the Year!

By this time next week, we'll be deep, deep in the midst of the AHA's annual homebrew party - HomebrewCon. This year's edition is a return to the Minneapolis/St. Paul area for four (ok, three official, but c'mon!) days and nights of beery goodness. Here's our quick guide about what we're doing - what we want to check out and more!

The Pegu Club Cocktail

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A Pegu Cocktail

After Van Havig of Gigantic Brewing mentioned his love of Gin, we talked about some favorite preparations. You can hear him describe in Episode 29 the Pegu Club Cocktail - the house cocktail of the British gentlemen's club in Rangoon. It's super dangerous and really easy to drink

Here's what I've been making:

The Saison Files - Tasting the Saison Strains of the Yeast Bay

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Less Talk - More Yeast Writings

So you know I'm a Saison Nut, right? It's the style I'm known for more than anything else. It's the style I brew more than anything else. It's playful, expansive, complex and approachable. The style has allowed me lots of room to be creative. You've got my Year of Saisons, my "Your Farmhouse" Saisons, my hoppy Saisons, my Champagne Saisons, my Guacamole Saisons, my Chowdah Saison, etc, etc.

Brew Toy Review - Monster Mill 3

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A quick note before we begin - we will always tell you when a manufacturer has provided us with goods to test. In this case, Monster Brewing Hardware did not provide Drew the mill. This is his review of his purchase.

It's funny the little things that conspire to keep you from doing a thing you love. Time, family, work, obligations are all a part of it, but sometimes it's also just a small pain point that's enough to prevent you from building up the head of steam to overcome the joyful inertia of sitting on your butt (particularly when it's hot and there's A/C inside)

The Beer World (from an East Bay View)

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This past weekend Denny and I were invited to roam around the Bay Area by one of our podcast sponsors, Craftmeister. Craftmeister was in town to demonstrate their cleaning line to customers and employees at the Bay Area More Beer retail locations and brought us along to autograph copies of B3's latest catalog offering - Experimental Homebrewing!

A Better Way to Pumpkin - Part One The Preparation

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It's late in the year for us brewers but it's still that season when one thing comes to rule all the beer making forums (and coffee shops and well, everywhere it seems.) - pumpkin pie. Seriously, I was in my local Target the other day and this was a sign that greeted me. Just your everyday basic flavor of M&M I'm just going to assume (possibly fervently hope) this means we've reached peak Pumpkin Spice. Seriously, I love Pumpkin Pie.

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