Experimental Brewing - Episode 29 - Purge of the Gigantic

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It's listener feedback time (and thanks everyone for your survey responses)! In the pub we talk through the importance of glassware, catching Denny in St. Louis, and hey what are your brew year's resolutions? In the library, we talk about a new Brewer's Alamanc focused on plants and just where do we get beer styles from?

In the lab, we announce our next experiment - the great keg purge! Does the way you purge your kegs impact the way your beers age?

In the lounge, we visit with Van Havig, brew master at Portland's Gigantic Brewing where we talk Gin IPAs, MixBot and the Plague. 

We tackle more of your questions in our Q&A segment and then Denny quickly tips with Kai's Conversion Efficient Calculation before we close out with two of Drew's recent favorite podcasts - LifeAfter and Crime Town.

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00:00:00 Our Sponsors

00:06:13 Feedback

00:12:59 The Pub

00:24:57 Library

00:31:30 Lab

00:37:44  Lounge

01:21:18 Q&A

01:38:33 Quick Tip

01:41:22 Something Other Than Beer

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Drinking a Bordeaux or cab in appropriate glassware makes a huge difference.  About 10 of us were skeptical that glassware made a difference and when we did side-by-side tastings with different glasses we all tasted big differences between a white wine glass and a Bordeaux glass with cabs.

As for beer glasses, much of beer glassware is marketing nonsense (particularly Belgian glassware) or based on the needs of pubs and bars, e.g., sturdiness and cheapness being the most important attributes.  Having said that my favorite beer glass is the Sam Adams glass.  



So Van was a sub presenter at Hop & Brew School 2016.  Let's just say I had low expectations for a sub presenter, however, Van was fantastic.  You get a bit of his personality and depth of knowledge in the interview in this episode.

Love the podcast guys.  Keep up the good work.  

Van Havig's Quality control

Where can we find Van Havig's Quality control papers ?