Experimental Brewing

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Brew Files - Episode 120 - A Mild Comeback

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The Brew is Out There!

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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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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