Experimental Brewing

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Brew Files - Episode 37 - Andy Black Doubles Down

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Technique Show 

Yorkshire Square's Andy Black has opinions. In the episode, Drew sits down with LA's guardian of the cask to discuss session beers, making a beer festival worthy of attending and stretching his equipment with the strangle old method of double or reiterated mashing. Sit back with a proper pint for this episode of the Brew Files

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Brew Files - Episode 36 - Speedy Brewing

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This week, as summertime rapidly approaches, so does the need for more beer! Every time we turn around, there's another party, festival, weekend in need of some sudsy love. On this episode we'll walk you through our tips about how to speed up your brew day and shorten the amount of time it takes to go from grain to happy foamy glasses. 

Sit back, and rest up, we're going to get speedy!

Episode 66 - Flash Frozen Homebrew

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SCIENCE TIME!

Sit back and relax, it's getting frosty in here! On this episode of the podcast, we breakdown the results of our Cryo/T-90 experiment. And since the results were so "weird" - we brought in some extra help in the form of some of the IGORs who helped with the podcast including Brad Macleod, Eric Pierce and Miguel Loza Brown. Together we talk what went right (and sometimes what went wrong with the brew days) and what we all thought of the Cryo beers (including some numbers courtesy of White Labs). 

Brew Files - Episode 34 - Getting Cool With Kip

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This week, Drew sits down with Kip Barnes of LA Ale Works in Hawthorne, CA to talk about his experiments running a professional brewery while holding onto his homebrewer spirit. In that vein, we talk about using a cool ship for his next "odd" beer.

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LA Ale Works: http://www.laaleworks.com/

Brew Files - Episode 33 - Bavarian vs. Northern German Beer with Andreas

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We're back to the world of historic German beer and this time, Andreas is busting out the research from his book (see link below) to talk through the differences between Bavarian beer and the brown beers of Northern Germany and just what happened to them!
 

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Andreas' Blog - http://dafteejit.com/

Episode 63 - The Everything Crafted Show

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It's been nearly 100 episodes of the show and we need a change! To deal with our broader interests - we're moving formats and becoming the Everything Crafted Show! On this episode we're going to explore the world of artisanal water, Drew's love of gin, Denny's love of seafood and how to get the best out of your Colorado/California/Oregon/Washington friendly garden! Join us as we craft up the best of everything for you!

Brew Files - Episode 32 - German Beer History with Andreas

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On this episode of the Brew Files, Drew sits down with Andreas Krennmair to talk his new book - German and Austrain Beers for the Homebrewer. We'll get into Andrea's history as a brewer and what it takes to dig up the forgotten history of one of the world's brewing epicenters!
 

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Andreas' Blog - http://dafteejit.com/

Brew Files - Episode 31 - Going for Gold with Nick

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The Olympics may be over, but that doesn't mean we're not still pursuing our dreams of winning medals in our favorite sport. To help you get onto the podium, we sit down and talk with Nick Corona of QUAFF and the 2016 American Homebrewers Association's Homebrewer of the Year. He talks his way of planning his entries and the subtle strategy of style choice.

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Brew Files - Episode 30 - Wild for Mild

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The Brew is Out There!  STYLE SHOW

With Session Beer Day right around the corner (April 7th), it's time to visit one of Drew's absolute favorite beer styles - Mild. This blandly named style has a long and interesting history with many variations of what it means to be mild. So how about digging into one of the best beers you can quaff over a long session. Flat caps optional, but awesome beer is mandatory.

Brew Files - Episode 29 - It's 6 O'Clock Somewhere

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Last year, Peter Symons led us all through a discussion of early Australian brewing practices and he promised he had more up his sleeve. Get ready to look up his sleeve and we explore the unique Australian take on Prohibition and how the Australian brewing industry modernized in his new book 6 O'Clock Brews

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Brew Files - Episode 27 - Lager Myths

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While it's nice and chilly in most of the US, we figured what better time to sit down and talk with Zymurgy editor and Lager afficionado, Dave Carpenter about the wide world of lagers, myths about them and why you should be making them at home. Oh and did we mention Dave has a book about Lager as well?

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Episode 56 - Unwanted Guests and Answers Past

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On this week's episode, we hit the pub to talk the beer business before jumping into the hot unwanted guest topic of the day - What is Saccharomyces Distaticus, why is it in the news and how do we kill it? And then we take a listener suggestion for an end of the year wrap up - with a revisit on some of our favorite questions and answers from the non-all Q&A shows. 

Brew Files - Episode 25 - Double the Juice with Mike

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RECIPE SHOW

Drew sits down with Michael Tonsmeire, aka the Mad Fermentationist, and walks through how you can get two juicy beers of radically different natures from one brew session. So sit back as we explore his Apricot infused Sour and super juicy New England IPA.

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Brew Files - Episode 24 - The Forgotten Giant of Albany

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STYLE SHOW

Drew sits down with Craig Gravina of the Albany Ale Project to discuss this almost completely forgotten strong ale style from Upstate New York. Learn how this style got started, how it mirrors the Dutch and English heritage of the state,  how it transformed over time and what finally happened to a beer that was shipped around the world at one point! (And of course, how you can make it yourself!)

Brew Files - Episode 20 - Winning Feats of Strength

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On this week's episode of the Brew Files, we sit down in the pre-GABF mayhem to talk Pro-Am Competitions with Oleg Shpyrko, winner of the 2017 Romancing the Beer Competition, and Shaun Smith of Camarillo's Institution Ale Company about why Pro-Am's are a thing and what it takes to transform a potent homebrew (a 9.3% abv Imperial Stout with Cocoa, Peppers and Vanilla) into a commercial brew.

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Brew Files - Episode 19 - The Bad Apple

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A Cider Tote

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On this week's episode of the Brew Files, we get ready for the fall with a quick lesson in making America's founding beverage - cider. We come at it from two different points of view (surprise!) since Denny has actual apple trees and Drew has a giant city surrounding him (but apple orchards a short drive away!) But together, we'll get you to the right answer about to make great cider from some bad apples!

Episode 48 - A Fool's Quest

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Like the swallows returning to San Juan Capistrano - it's time for us to  return to answering your questions and boy are there a lot and we try and stay on point and not ramble - we try at least! Naturally we have business to conduct as well, but otherwise, we're making like Jeopardy champions and questioning our answers!

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Brew Files - Episode 16 - Finding Zen with Randy

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STYLE SHOW

On this week's episode of the Brew Files, we sit down with one of the giants of homebrewing - Randy Mosher - about how he got started, why the library is super important and just how he plays with all the crazy ingredients he finds to bring in the brewhouse. (And why story is super important)

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Brew Files - Episode 15 - On the Vine With Dave Part 2

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STYLE SHOW

On this week's episode of the Brew Files, it's the second part of our exploration of Wine making with Dave Lustig of Old Oak Cellars. In this episode, Dave picks up at the fermentation side of the wine making process and gets our wine tasting great and in the bottle for our enjoyment! Remember it's almost wine time so get exploring!

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Episode 44 - Pocket Pitching Seals - Updated

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UPDATE: Sorry, we had a bad render on our Bob interview. If you download again, you should be able to hear Bob now!

We start, as always, with your feedback and recap our successful charity effort, before we head to the Pub, where we reminisce about HomeBrewCon and what we did and enjoyed. We talk about a new seal (no not that one - that's later) and about Russian River's success and planned sale. 

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