Experimental Brewing

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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/

Episode 107 - Thankful for 45 Years

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As the Holidays are upon us, it's time to give thanks with this episode of Denny and Drew reflecting on the Maltose Falcons 45th Anniversary Party with the band, the beer and Steve Grossman of Sierra Nevada Brewing. And then we talk what we're brewing for the rest of the holidays and doing some weird things with beer!

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Brew Files - Episode 74 - Can Denny Brew?

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A few episodes back - Denny got to taste Drew's beer and now the tables are turned! Drew tastes and discusses with Denny two of his beers - A Belgian Golden Strong and a Veterans' Blend IPA. Are they any good? What could be changed and what the heck is that bottle Denny used to ship his beers?!?

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Episode 104 - Trademark Your Bru

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You heard Drew's brew day at Trademark in a previous Brew Files episode, but now you can hear the story of Trademark straight from Sterling. How he got started and what sort of amazing job they're doing in Long Beach after a short time! And of course we get you the news and Drew and Denny talk about Brümalt from Great Western and how they inadvertently used it the exact same way!

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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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