Experimental Brewing

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Brew Files - Episode 101 - Quintuple Your Power

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We've talked going big. We've talked IPA. We've even talked Triple IPA - but we've never gone this far. Drew talks with Tim Kazules of 5 Threads Brewing about making his surprising 5X IPA - clean, crisp and bitter and dry at 17% ABV!

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Five Threads: http://www.fivethreadsbrewing.com/

Episode 131 - Beer in Space

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Beeeeeerrrrrr innnnnnnnn Spaaaaaaaaaaccccce! Ok, not really, but the Brewers Space Guild is a thing and Drew sits down with Rob Fullmer to talk about the Guild and more importantly about the work being done by local Brewers' Guilds across the country. Find out how these professionals help keep the beer flowing!  AND learn how you can Share a Brew With Denny & Drew!

Brew Files - Episode 100 - 100 Files Of Brew

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It's been over 4 years and 100 episodes of this quick hit series focusing on fundamental aspects of brewing. Today, we sit down and try and figure out - just what has changed about brewing in that time and reflect on what we've seen in 100 episodes of the ukuele free Brew Files!

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Episode 130 - A New Way To Figure Out Hops

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We took a week off from hops, but we could never leave them for long. With all of the new ways of using hops, the IBU (which was already a lie) seems increasingly inadequate to reflect the modern beer experience. We're talking to our friends - Sam and Marko, from Grainfather - to discuss a new way to calculate the impact of our hop usage.

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Brew Files - 99 - Whirling A Tilt

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Are you obsessed with your beer's numbers? If so, the folks at Tilt have you covered. Drew sits down with Noah Neibaron, CEO and co-creator of the Tilt, to talk the hows, the whys and the wherefores of the hydrometer and whether or not you need one in your brewery. 

Tilt: https://tilthydrometer.com/

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Episode 129 - Awarding Malt

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We talk a lot about hops, but without great malt, hops would make a poor, bitter salad. In this episode, we talk to Jesse Bussard the Executive Director of the North American Craft Maltsters Guild to talk all things malty. If you love great craft beer, then you should be excited about the future of great craft malt! 

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Brew Files - Episode 98 - How to Triple Your IPA

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We've threatened and now we're doing. In this episode we bring together Drew and Denny's advice about brewing a Triple IPA and combine it with professional brewers you know and love like Jamil and Mitch! And Drew tastes his way through 4 top notch TIPAs! Prepare yourself for a crop ton of hops!

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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

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

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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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Episode 119 - A Whole Bunch of Brewing

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As we prep for the online version of HomeBrewCon, it's time for Denny and Drew to sit down and talk the results of their various brewing projects and new brewing toys and things for you to watch/listen to! Any fails? Any great successes? You'll just have to listen!

And don't forget to join us online for HomeBrewCon!

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Brew Files - Episode 88 - Julian's IPAs

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Julian Shrago has made a name for himself as he transitioned from award winning homebrewer to award winning brewer at Beachwood Brewing. A big portion of that reputation has been built on a broad swath of well crafted beers, particularly his IPA's. What makes Julian's IPAs his? Sit back and listen!

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Episode 118 - The New Squad

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While everything else is in turmoil - the AHA membership elected 5 new members to the Governing Committee. Drew sits down and talks with Amy, Annie, Cassie, Chris and Gail about what makes them tick as homebrewers. We also talk with Gary Glass, who might need to be promoted to co-host, about the online version of HomebrewCon now that we know Nashville can't happen (yet!) 

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Brew Files - Episode 87 - Crafty Guile Brewing

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Peter just can't stop writing about beer! Inspired by a Proustian recollection of his Cornish youth, his third book - Guile Brews - explores the endlessly fascinating process of Guile (or Gyle) Brewing. It's not nearly as simple as we're usually taught! Listen to hear some of the tricks and the reasons for doing Guile brewing and pick up Peter's book!

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Episode 116 - A Non-STA1 Saison

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As our time apart grows, our chance to explore and brew comes alive. We explore not only the brews and news, but the new as White Labs has unleashed a Non-STA1 Saison blend on the world. Drew talks with Kara Taylor, Head of Laboratory Innovation about STA-1, what has people concerned and how best to play with this new yeast blend!

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Episode 115 - Crossing Paths With Allagash

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We hear all the time that local is best and in these weird times, maybe that's true. We sit down with Gary Glass to talk about how to support your local homebrew supplier and brewery and then we talk to Patrick Chavanelle, Allagash Brewing's R&D Brewery about Crosspath, the brewery's first organic and local ale. Is it hype? Nope!

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Brew Files - Episode 84 - Gluten Free Brian

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Right now, everyone is scared of something invisible that can cause us great harm, but what if beer was in that same group? Drew sits down with "Gluten Free Beer Brian" Newscomb to talk about just ho to tackle the tast of making beer with no barley, wheat, oats or rye. It gets tricky, but the results are tasty!

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Episode 114 - Seaworthy PilPalSon

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Beer tasting on the high seas. (Ok, on the Puget Sound)  Denny, Drew and Tony O are joined by Annie (on a ferry) to taste the results of the beer we brewed back in Episode 106 - the world famous, game changing PilPalSon! We taste them side by side and talk what we liked about each of them. We also talk shutdowns, memorials and what Drew is planning on doing with almost a ton of grain and what Denny's doing with poor defenseless mushrooms! 

Brew Files - Episode 83 - Anonymous Saison

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Drew joined Steve Lembrée and John Sather of Brewer's Anonymous at Orlando Homebrew Supplies as they brewed a Saison on Steve's Brewzilla. They talk about the beer, the club and how this brand new group won the Floriida Homebrew Club of the Year Award for 2019.

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https://brewersanonymous.org/

Episode 113 - Awesome Club of Saison

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Homebrew clubs are awesome and we can prove it! Entering it's 6th year, the American Homebrewer's Association's Radegast Club of the Year Award seeks to recognize the crazy amazing things they do. We talk with the AHA's Matt Bollng about the award and how your club can win! And we dig into a bunch of Saison info as well as the beer news and brewing fun!

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Brew Files - Episode 81 - Replay - A Crumby Stout

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Every year the Maltose Falcons help the Los Angeles County Fair with their homemade beer competition. This year's winner Mike Hale of the High Desert Home Brewers Anonymous won for his beer called Crue's Crumbs, a Pecan Coffee Cake Imperial Stout. We sit down and try his beer, break down the recipe and break down the hype train that is the Pastry Stout.

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Episode 111 - Rockpit Brewing and Homebrewing

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For years Orlando was known for a great attractions, but great beer wasn't one of them! Times change and this week Drew sits down with Jeremy Pittman of Rockpit Brewing and Orlando Homebrew Supplies about what it means to run a homebrew shop and a brewery together in the same space and how they feed each other. Plus we tackle the worst idea Drew's inflicted on the world and a ton of feedback on recent episodes!

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Brew Files - Episode 80 - Chill Out Or Don't

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Since travelling to Australia last year and witnessing the ubiquity of no chill brewing, Drew decided to get over his objections and see if you really can skip the chilling step when brewing at a home level. In this episode Denny and Drew breakdown the benefits, the objections and Drew's experiences brewing the no chill way

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Episode 110 - Science vs Experience vs Beer

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On this week's episode - it's time for us to get philosophical as we explore the tricky navigation of science and experiences when it comes to making beer. And we go looking at some proposed Canadian beer styles, which makes us wonder - what's your local beer style? And Denny gets back to brewing something he loves and more!

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Brew Files - Episode 79 - Chocolate City

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Sit back and listen as Drew talks with Eagle Rock's Lee Barkofsky about how he and the Falcons' crew led by Cullen Davis biggified the ERB classic "Solidarity" and turn it around in 3 weeks!. Then Drew tastes the beer and presents his reactions!

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Eagle Rock Brewery: http://eaglerockbrewery.com/

Episode 109 - A New Year with New Beer

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Happy New Year! It's time for a whole new bevy of beers and a world of new brews to be. In this episode, we talk our recent brewing efforts and new toys and new news and then we talk to Stephen J Porr of BrewTube fame about the SJPorr Challenge, a unique and logistically challenging homebrew competitiion that's prepping for it's next season!

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Brew Files - Episode 78 - Our Special Ale Part 2

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Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Join us now as Drew and Denny sit down to part two of our episodes focusing on Anchor's Our Special Ale. Check out the last Brew Files for interview with Scott Ungermann. On this episode, we taste the beer and formulate what we'd do to create a beer in the Anchor style!

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Brew Files - Episode 77 - Our Special Ale

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The Holidays still carry some traditions in this ever changing beer world. This week we start a two part series on the classic - Anchor Our Special Ale. Today we talk with Scott Ungermann, Anchor Brewmaster to discuss OSA and how it's changed over the years and what you can make at home

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Anchor Brewing: https://www.anchorbrewing.com/

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