Experimental Brewing

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Brew Files - Episode 73 - Pinch Pennies Wisely

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Common wisdom dictates that trying to save money by brewing beer is a fool's errand like buying a boat to save on fish, but we're here to tell you that there are a few ways you can maximize your savings while still enjoying high quality beer. We're not about minmaxing here - just reminding you as your beer needs increase around the holidays, it's perfectly easy to pinch some pennies and enjoy a beer!

Episode 103 - Over 60 and the Next Pint Project

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On this episode we delve a bit into history as Denny talks about the results of our "Beer & Brewing Over 60" survey. Then we're flying into the future as we listen to OSU's Sarah Windes talk about the project to develop and select a new malt hybrid for both Mecca Grade and the public. Pollen flies on this episode along with all of our usual beery goodness!

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Episode 102 - Hood River Beers

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We're not done with Hop & Brew School just yet because as Denny headed home from Yakima, he stopped in the beer rich river city of Hood River. While there he sat down with Brian Perkey of Lallemand to talk about his long history in the brewing world - how he almost didn't get his first brewing job and what he's done across the world of craft beer. And of course, we cover the beer news, feedback, questions and craft malt!

Brew Files - Episode 71 - Meading In The Moonlight

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Did you know that August was Mead Month and that September is Honey Month? In this episode, Drew sits down the Berniece Van Der Berg and Michael Fairbrother of Moonlight Meadery to talk about bees, the state of mead and how to brew your best mead at home!

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Moonlight Mead: https://www.moonlightmeadery.com/

Brew Files - Episode 69 - Double Down In Rhode Island

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Last episode we covered beer that isn't beer - this week we prep for winter's return by talking the members of the Rhode Island Brewing Society about their epic GOAT Ribs Doppelbock, winner of the Ocean State Homebrew Competition that was brewed at the Guild in time for our HomeBrewCon party! Listen to here their story and how an 8% Doppelbock is the small version!

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Brew Files - Episode 68 - Hard Times in Seltzer Town

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There are no laws when drinking - hard seltzer? Yes, it's the latest evolution of the malternative/alcopop/notbeerbeer. So, let's say you want to make your own malternative at home - how do you do it? Drew walks you through the reasons for these things and how to make your own hard lemonade, hard seltzer and even better the quick way to make an alternative draft beverage as a homebrewer!

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Brew Files - Episode 67 - Quaking in Long Beach

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Drew's siting down with Levi from Long Beach Beer Lab again to explore how Levi is using the old school, new hotness of Kveik in nearly half of his beers. What has Levi discovered to make some pretty amazing beer? He's got a few tricks up his sleeve!

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Kveik - Milk The Funk - http://www.milkthefunk.com/wiki/Kveik

Episode 97 - 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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Brew Files - Episode 66 - Middling Beer

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We've been talking a lot about lower alcohol beers recently - part of a trend - but a real problem for these beers is fewer ingredients means fewer chances to inject flavor. Drew sits down with Phil Jensen and talks about using a by-product of the flour milling industry to boost beer flavor. They may be called "middlings", but their impact is anything but. Sit back - it's time to taste some beer!

Brew Files - Episode 65 - American Nothingness

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American Light Lager is by far and away, the most popular style of beer in America. No matter how much we gnash our teeth about it, it's the truth. It's also the truth that this little bit of "nothing" can be the hardest technical challenge a brewer can face. Are you up to it?

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Episode 94 - Brewing Isle Style

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HomeBrewCon steadily marches closer and on this episode we sit down with Jeremy Duffy of Isle  Brewers Guild about their unique way of running a brewery - and what we can expect when we (and hopefully you) party with them on the 26th! But before we get there, we check the beer news, a new book that's just been released, Denny's latest mistake (and our disagreement). Sit back and relax - we're on island time!

Brew Files - Episode 62 - Wicked Smooth Milkshake IPA

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One of our favorite traditions is the HomeBrewCon commemorative beer given to attendees. This year's beer is Wicked Smooth, an Apricot Milkshake IPA. Drew sits down with Michelle Clark of Grey Sail and Chris Leonard of Heavy Seas Beer and talks about the decisions they made while collaborating to make this beer that's out of their comfort zone. 

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Episode 91 - Brew England

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HomeBrewCon season is rapidly approaching! To get you ready for it, we sit down with Gary and Matt from the AHA to talk about what they've got planned for the largest nerdiest beer party on the planet. (And don't forget - early bird pricing is almost over!) Plus we tackle the beer news, what we've been brewing and reading... and writing!

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Brew Files - Episode 59 - Keeping Cool

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We just talked what happens when you can't keep things cool, so naturally now that Spring has sprung - now's our time to bring our tools to bear and keep our wort cool. Let's take a quick spin around the world of staying chilly during our warmer months!

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Reptile Heater: https://amzn.to/2HVZQYM

Episode 89 - Brew With Drew

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Every year Drew holds a "Brew with a Falcon" event at his brewery. This year there's more brewing hijinks with new toys and new yeasts as well. Sit down with the crew as they recount what happened and what they love about brewing. In addition, we taste a listener's beer to try and find the cause and cure for his beer's unhappiness. All this and more!

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Brew Files - Episode 58 - March into October

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It may be March, but it's time to start thinking about October. On this episode, we briefly dig into the history of March beer and explore the polar opposite styles from the same party - the old fashioned Marzen and the modern super Helles "Festbier". Sit back and get ready to lift a stein!

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Episode 87 - Take Me Down To Asheville

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There's a whole slew of feedback today before we hit the beer news and run to the brewery to talk a Memorial Day event at Mecca Grade, new Yeast strains, how to actually say Kveik and make things with it and some additional dry hopping data points. And then we sit down with Marshall and talk about what we're going to be trying to teach at the BYO Bootcamp in Asheville in a month!

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Brew Files - Episode 56 - Rose Wave

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Last episode, everything was coming up gold. This week it's coming up pink as we explore what looks to be this year's hot trend - Rosé Beer. Drew sits down with pro-brewer/homebrewer Andy Ziskin about how he makes a Rosé beer that's dramatic, complex fruity, fun and not insipidly dull and sweet.

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Episode 86 - Resolving The Secret Of The Hop

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We've survived the PGPDF and are back and catching back up! We've got a whole slew of feedback, news stories, brew sessions, hop science, micro-resolutions (aka things we think we can do), a listener's brewing experience and... the juicy story of why you can buy Columbus, Tomahawk or Zeus in the hop freezer - sit back for a lesson in farm spying!

Show note - ~34 minutes, Denny says "gypsum, chloride". He meant "gypsum, calcium chloride"

Episode 85 - Attack of the Peruvian Guinea Pig Death Flu

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It's finally happened! Denny and Drew have simultaneously been felled by the specter of Peruvian Guinea Pig Death Flu!

     In light of our incapcitation, we offer you these choice revists to topics we're still talking about today! Don't fret - episode 86 is being prepped and should be a grand return to form!

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Brew Files - Episode 54 - Where's There Smoke

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In every beer lovers curve of beer love, there comes a moment when they discover the world of smoked beers. Drew sits down with Devon Randall of Imperial Western Beer Company to discuss her approach to making both subtle and in your face smoked beers!

Devon's Smoke Guidelines:

Subtle: 3-5% 

Balanced: 6-15%

OVert: 16-100%

Brew Files - Episode 53 - Anniversaries & Enzymes with Eagle Rock

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It's officially been two years of Brew Files! (Ok, fine, two more days - the first episode dropped on Jan 11th, 2017) That puts me in the mood to talk Anniversaries and with my local, Eagle Rock Brewery, hitting their 9th Anniversary, I sat down with Jeremy Raub to talk about designing an Anniversary beer and the new and interesting uses they're finding for Amlyase enzymes - it's not just for Brut IPA's anymore!

Brew Files - Episode 52 - Getting Back to Brewing

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New Years is right around the corner which means so is the era of Resolutions. The most common resolution for brewers? I'm going to brew more! It's also one of the most failed. We're here to give you our tips for fighting the forces that stymie you so you can get back to what we all love - brewing!

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Brew Files - Episode 51 - Real Time Recipe Challenge

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We asked our listeners to challenge us - give us a beer idea you want us to design and prepare to make. Out of the pile of suggestions we each chose one recipe to challenge the other with. In this inaugural challenge, we only find out what recipe we're supposed to formulate right then. Listen to us walk you through how we'd tackle these challenges.

Brew Files - Episode 49 - Starting Off Right

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We know that we need good yeast to make great beer and we need to treat them right. Somehow we've managed to go through 48 episodes of this show without talking methods of treating your yeast right. On this show, we'll walk through how we used to do things and why we changed and Denny will even challenge Drew to get uncomfortable!

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