Experimental Brewing

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Episode 161 - A Thiologue

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Thiols are all the rage right now, so much so that Omega Yeast, Phantasm and Yakima Chief all brought thiol enhancing products to the market at the same time. Denny finds out how these products can be used together to synergistically maximize impact in any IPA style

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Brew Files - 128 - REPLAYPLUS - Vanilla Bean Dreams

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Drew's revisitng his discussion with Sara Anderson of IndriVanilla, but before that... he's tasting his now year old Vanilla extracts. What difference is there in the four different beans he used? And then back to the interview all about Vanilla and just why it's so unique.

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Episode 160 - REPLAY - The Legend of Answers

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It's time! Time for a whole bunch of questions and answers. In this go around it seems many of you have hops on the brain - so it's only fitting we also announce a chance to win 2 tickets to Yakima Chief Hops Hop and Brew School®. Enter by 7/26 at https://www.experimentalbrew.com/hopandbrew! On with the questions!

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Episode 159 - pH with Martin

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The subject of water and most importantly, pH can be utterly confounding. Buffering capacity, acids, salt concentrations, "measurements expressed as" and temperature add to a mix of questions that baffle even experienced brewers. We sit down with Martin Brungard to work through common questions we see online to see if we can get answers!

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Brew Files - 125 - Societe du Lambic, Part 3

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It's part 3 with Andy and Derek of Society du Lambic and their decade spanning mixed culture brewing project. We talk about blending day, flavors and how they add them and how to keep a massive project running year after year! Ask followup questions and tell us about other club projects! [email protected]

Brew Files - 124 - Societe du Lambic, Part 2

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In this part 2 of 3(?), Drew talks with Andy and Derek of the Society of Barley Engineers about managing the fermentation, maintenance and "harvest" day for the 20+ year Societe du Lambic project. There will be a part 3 covering flavoring, packaging and serving their beers at festival! (Ask questions - [email protected])

Brew Files - 123 - Societe du Lambic, Part 1

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For the past 20 years, the Societe du Lambic has dropped fabulous mixed culture lambic-inspired beers at the SoCal Homebrewers Fest. In this first episode, Andy Gamelin and Drew discuss how the lambic project started and how the massive brewday runs!

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Societe du Lambic: http://societedulambic.com/

Brew Files - 121 - REPLAY - Wonderful Beer Lies

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Drew's Recuperating from Surgery - Enjoy This Replay

On this week's episode of the Brew Files, we're breaking down some of our favorite beer myths. You know all of those colorful tales told best when you have a pint in front of you and your seat in a stool. Come with us as we explore some myths about color, storage, cellaring, lifestyle and history!

Brew Files - Episode 120 - A Mild Comeback

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If the articles are to be believed, mild is staging a comeback. Drew sits down and talks all things deliciously brown with Dave Sutula of Royal Docks Brewing and the author of Mild from Brewers Publications. Are we mild lovers tilting at windmalls? Probably, but they're delicious windmills!

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Episode 151 - R3's Brewing Hustle

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Back in 2017, Ray Ricky Riveria was working towards having his own brewery - Norwalk Brew House. Today, NBH is a reality, but not in the way you'd normally think. We examine how he's partnering with breweries to grow his brand - one beer at a time. Who says you need to own shining metal tanks to have great beer?

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Brew Files - 117 - Bob's Farmhouse

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Spring is springing and that means a beer drinkers fancy is turning to Saison. (Ok, it really should in a perfect world) Drew sits down with Bob Sylvester, the mad genius emertius of Saint Somewhere Brewing to delve into what makes an "American Farmhouse" versus a classical saison!

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Episode 149 - Revisiting Hops

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Sorry for the delay - Drew had another bout of the Peruvian Guinea Pig Death Flu (that joke hits weirder these days)

In the meanwhile, we're gearing up to be hoppy for HomebrewCon - so come along with us as we dig back into the archives with latest hops news from Yakima Chief's Bryan Pierce and hop science with BSG's Mike Brennan. 

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Brew Files - 114 - The Lost Belgian Pale Ale

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Belgian yeasts and hops don't mix - at least not until recently - unless we're talking about Belgian Pale Ale. It's an odd mix of British and Belgian flavors and approaches. So, I sit down with San Diego's Belgian beer fanatic par excellence, Tomme Arthur of Lost Abbey Brewing to break down how we'd make our own Belgian Pale Ale.

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Brew Files - 113 - Yeah to NAY Beer

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Whether for the pursuit of better health or just something to drink between beers, Non-Alcohol or Low Alcohol beer is growing rapidly across the world. Until recently the answer to "hey, can I homebrew a NA beer" has been "not really!". We're sitting down with Richard Preiss of Escarpment Labs to discuss their new NAY yeast strain and how you can safely make an NA beer at home!

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Brew Files - 112 - One Big Can, Many Tiny Bottles

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Kegs are wonderful! Draft beer is fantastic! Kegs are heavy and not easily shared! All of these things are true and so today we talk about our best tips for bottling draft beer. If you have other tips to add to the pile, let us know!

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Brew Files - 111 - Bocking Around the Christmas Tree

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Christmas may be in the past, but it doesn't mean you can't carry the Christmas spirit forward in your glass. Drew sits down with Chris Enegren of Enegren Brewing to talk their take on a bock built for the Christmas season

(Photo credit to Sean Inman of beersearchparty.com)

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Brew Files - 110 - Malted Corn and Cream Ales

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How do you make a classic even better? By trying new ingredients! Drew talks with Caleb Michalke of Sugar Creek Malt about malted corn and why it can make a classic even better. They're joined by Ryan Kriesch of "A Pint With" to taste his rendition of I Dream of Jenny Cream Ale using Sugar Creek's Boone County White Malted Corn. 

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Episode 139 - The Crop Report

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Hop harvest is winding up as we write and brewers are heading to Yakima and Yakima Chief Hops to find out the details on this year's crop. For everyone else, we've brought Yakima to you in the form of Bryan Pearce, YCH's Chief Sales and Marketing Officer. How's the crop? Tune in!

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Brew Files - Episode 106 - Dark Side of the Kölsch

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Collaborations are known for producing some wild ideas and Andrew Bell (Radiant) and Casey Harris (Topa Topa) came up with a doozy - a dark double dry hopped Kölsch that defies the odds and made something really interesting! Check it out!

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Radiant Brewing: https://www.radiantbeer.com/

Brew Files - Episode 105 - Going Pro in Orlando

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It's a running joke in the beer world that every brewer started as a homebrewer. Eric Gomez, of Orlando's Brewers Anonymous, speed ran his way from first kit, to tons of medals for his brews and now his first professional brewing gig. Drew sits down with Eric to discuss what makes a winning beer, what makes a brewer tick and what he's looking forward to in his new job!

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Episode 137 - Pop Goes the IPA

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As hop aroma science has evolved, it figures the wizards at Yakima Chief would attempt to split the aroma atom. They've unleashed a blend of hop components that target specific compounds to "pop" fruit forward aromas. YCH's Spencer Tielkemeyer and Joe Wells of Fair State Brewing help us understand how to maximize your Pop.

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