Brew Files - Episode 39 - Having A Session with Jennifer Talley

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Style Show 

Party People! We're in Portland, right now, as this is hitting your ears fresh! To keep things flowing smoothly, you know we'll be hitting the sessionable beers frequently and often. What better time to review what makes a session beer great with Jennifer Talley, author of Session Beers: Brewing for Flavor and Balance. Sit back, grab a big ole pint and get ready to start sessioning your beer.

Brew Files - Episode 38 - Going Off

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Knowledge Show 

When everything is going right, our fermentations run easily with a smooth transformation of sugar into ethanol and CO2. When things don't go right, well, our beer pays the price. In this episode, we'll look at the most common off-flavors we've encountered, what causes them and how to prevent/fix them. So, sit back, we're going off the rails...


Brew Files - Episode 37 - Andy Black Doubles Down

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Technique Show 

Yorkshire Square's Andy Black has opinions. In the episode, Drew sits down with LA's guardian of the cask to discuss session beers, making a beer festival worthy of attending and stretching his equipment with the strangle old method of double or reiterated mashing. Sit back with a proper pint for this episode of the Brew Files


Brew Files - Episode 36 - Speedy Brewing

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This week, as summertime rapidly approaches, so does the need for more beer! Every time we turn around, there's another party, festival, weekend in need of some sudsy love. On this episode we'll walk you through our tips about how to speed up your brew day and shorten the amount of time it takes to go from grain to happy foamy glasses. 

Sit back, and rest up, we're going to get speedy!

Writeup: Cryo Hops vs. T-90 Pellets - Dry Hop at Half Rate

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Miguel's set to brew!

Cryo Hops - a new tool in brewers ever escalating attempts to cram more and more hop oils in your face. But when we use them at recommended rate (1/2 ounce of cryo  = 1 ounce of T-90 pellets) will tasters be able to tell the difference.

IMPATIENT RESULT: Nope. Half the cryo seems to be no different than the full T-90. (aka what YCH says it should be)

Episode 66 - Flash Frozen Homebrew

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Sit back and relax, it's getting frosty in here! On this episode of the podcast, we breakdown the results of our Cryo/T-90 experiment. And since the results were so "weird" - we brought in some extra help in the form of some of the IGORs who helped with the podcast including Brad Macleod, Eric Pierce and Miguel Loza Brown. Together we talk what went right (and sometimes what went wrong with the brew days) and what we all thought of the Cryo beers (including some numbers courtesy of White Labs). 

Brew Files - Episode 34 - Getting Cool With Kip

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This week, Drew sits down with Kip Barnes of LA Ale Works in Hawthorne, CA to talk about his experiments running a professional brewery while holding onto his homebrewer spirit. In that vein, we talk about using a cool ship for his next "odd" beer.


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Brew Files - Episode 33 - Bavarian vs. Northern German Beer with Andreas

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We're back to the world of historic German beer and this time, Andreas is busting out the research from his book (see link below) to talk through the differences between Bavarian beer and the brown beers of Northern Germany and just what happened to them!


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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!


Loral Canyon Saison

A twist on Drew's classic Saison using YCHops new product "American Noble". These are the left overs from the Cryo hop process and promise American hop characters, but in a more subtle, muted fashion. Naturally, that intrigues me! So I took the peppery, citrusy Loral "American Noble" and used it in a batch of Saison. Works like a charm! (Thanks to YCH for sponsoring the podcast and providing the debittered leaf/American nobles for this brew)

Episode 63 - The Everything Crafted Show

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It's been nearly 100 episodes of the show and we need a change! To deal with our broader interests - we're moving formats and becoming the Everything Crafted Show! On this episode we're going to explore the world of artisanal water, Drew's love of gin, Denny's love of seafood and how to get the best out of your Colorado/California/Oregon/Washington friendly garden! Join us as we craft up the best of everything for you!

Denny's Seafood Recipes

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Beer Poached Salmon with Tarragon Mayo

4 salmon steaks, 1-inch thick

12 ounces beer (nothing too hoppy…I prefer Bitburger)

2 tablespoons lemon juice

1 medium onion, chopped

1 celery stalk, chopped

1 teaspoon salt

1 bay leaf

3 or 4 peppercorns

Tarragon Mayonnaise:

1/2 cup mayonnaise

1/4 teaspoon dried tarragon

1 teaspoon minced chives

1 teaspoon chopped green onion

1/ 4 teaspoon Tabasco

1 teaspoon minced parsley

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

Brew Files - Episode 32 - German Beer History with Andreas

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On this episode of the Brew Files, Drew sits down with Andreas Krennmair to talk his new book - German and Austrain Beers for the Homebrewer. We'll get into Andrea's history as a brewer and what it takes to dig up the forgotten history of one of the world's brewing epicenters!


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