Experimental Brewing

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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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Episode 136 - Women in Beer

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Since our last new non-QA episode of the show, things got interesting in the beer world. We talk to Melissa McCann of the Women's International Beer Summit (and the newly formed Women's Craft Fermentation Alliance). In the meanwhile we also talk about what to do about sexism. (Spoiler: the answer is simple - treat people like they're actually people with full rights, feelings and abilities)

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Episode 135 - REPLAY - Stalling with Perkey

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REPLAY!

We've been a bit delayed this summer due to travel (remember that?) and renovations (along with everyone else in the country)!

We'll be back next week with brand new episodes - but in the meanwhile, enjoy our a replay on our discussion on Saison Stalls and Denny's interview with Brian Perkey of Lallemand about his long history and what's changing in the world of brewing!

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Brew Files - Episode 104 - Vanilla Bean Dreams

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Despite it's reputation, vanilla is anything but boring and anything but cheap! We're talking to Sara Anderson of IndriVanilla about what makes vanilla so magical and why it's so dang expensive. Drew drops a few tips on using your newly acquired vanilla to it's utmost.

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IndriVanilla (the Retail Store): https://indrivanilla.com/

Episode 134 - REPLAY Resolving The Secret Of The Hop

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REPLAY! (For HomebrewCon Time!)

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!

Brew Files - Episode 203 - REPLAY - The Mighty Oat

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REPLAY - And Boy Haven't Oats Become More Important Than Ever?

On this week's episode of the Brew Files, Drew and Denny talk one of Drew's favorite ingredients - oats, their origin, their use, their forms, pitfalls, styles and one of Drew's beloved recipes for Drew's beloved pup - Cookie.

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Episode 133 - Dave's Definitely Here, Man

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When we asked for listener questions - y'all responded, but one man - Dave Taylor - dropped a mountain of questions on us. He and Denny go way back online with many years of thoughts, conversations and conflicting opinions. So, we sat down with Dave and work through all of his questions in a go!

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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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