Brew Files - 95 - How Now Brown Cow

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Brown Ale has a bad reputation. It's old man fuddy duddy beer, but for many of us that warm embrace of suppable malt was amongst our first forays into good beer. Denny and Drew walk you through what makes a brown ale and how to make them!

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The Slideshow: https://slides.com/drewbeechum/brownales

Yeast Cultures are Like Nuclear Weapons

Back in the bad old days, a home brewer was happy just to have a reliable yeast culture to pitch into his/her wort. The average home brewer today is no longer content with having access to yeast cultures that get the job done without leaving a trail of metabolic trash that is a mile wide. He/she wants to be able to compute and hit the exact number of cells needed to ferment a given batch of wort. The cold hard truth is that this level of precision is neither obtainable, nor is it necessary in a home brewery.

Episode 124 - Radiantly Reopening

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As we've entered a less rapidly growing beer market, it's inevitable that some breweries will close. What does it take to walk into an existing brewery and retool it and revamp it's image? Drew sits down with the team behind the soon to open, Radiant Brewing of Anaheim to find out what it takes and how their shared history at the Bruery may help!

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Episode 122 - German Pils Via Michigan

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Our homebrewing friends, Jeff and Susan Rankert have nursed a life long love of Germany and German beers and it shows when you talk to them about their brewery trips. A few months back, we sent them some Mecca Grade malt to try and they sent us break a pils inspired by one of their favorite German brewers. Grab a cold one - it's drinking time!

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Tour the Grainfather G70

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I've been fortunate to have a loaner Grainfather G70 to brew on the last couple months.Although I had some initial misgiving about using a system that can brew 15 gal. batches, I've found that the design and build quality make it so easy to use that it's been a joy to brew on.  Here's a look at the system and my thoughts on it.

Brew Files - Episode 91 - Scott's Hops, Part 2

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e're back with Scott Janish, co founder of Sapwood Cellars and the author of the New IPA. Last time we talked the basics of hop chemistry. Now in this part, we're talking all about survivables, why cold dry hopping works and giving you Scott's keys to make a fruit forward IPA, before we delve into questions from the crowd. 

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Shaken, not Stirred: The Stir Plate Myth Buster

When I started to brew in early 1993, no one I knew used a stir plate. That count included all of the hardcore amateur brewers I knew at that point in time and throughout my first pass through the hobby.  I brewed all-grain beer and maintained a yeast bank on agar slants for over a decade before taking a hiatus to focus on my family.  When I came back to the hobby in 2013, everyone was using a stir plate and proclaiming that a stir plate was a “must have” if one was going to make starters.  My experience with yeast cultures did not align with this assertion.  However, being inquisitive, I played along and purchased a stir plate and bar.  The performance of my cultures did not match what was promised. The media was so foul smelling after turning off the stir plate that I ditched it and went back to my old way of making a starter. 

This blog entry covers yeast propagation in general, claims made by proponents of stir plates, and my method of making and handling a starter.  My method is not the do all, be all yeast starter method, but it provides a simpler, lower cost way of making a starter that performs just as well, if not better than one made using a stir plate.

Episode 121 - A Wee Cider

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We're back! And this time, it's tasting time as Denny drops one of the oddest beers he's known for on Drew's palate - the infamous Wee Shroomy, a Chanterelle infused Wee Heavy. It's rich and fruity and surprising. Drew also tries Denny's pink hued Crabapple cider. All that and the news!

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YCH Hop & Brew School® Giveaway!

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Want to ask a hop/harvest question and not only get it answered by professionals, but also win a chance at getting a YCH Swag Pack? 

Submit your question by September 18th (https://www.experimentalbrew.com/yakima)

Denny and Drew will be holding an hour long panel on September 25th at 4PM PT. Hop & Brew School is virtual this year and free! Details at http://hopandbrewschool.com

 

Brew Files - Episode 90 - Scott's Hops, Part 1

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The Brew is Out There!  

In this first part of America's favorite topic, Drew talks with Scott Janish about his fascination with the leafy green beer herb and the newly emerging (and sometimes forgotten) science of hops. (and where to find more information for yourself!)

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Scott Janish - http://scottjanish.com/

Episode 120 - The Answer is Brewing in the Wind

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We're back! And as is always the case for the 12th show of a cycle, we make like Carnac the Magnificent by way of the Tappet Brothers. We've got a whole field of q's to run through, so let's get to it! (And don't forget you can always give us more info and ask us more questions at [email protected]!)

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