Episode #43 Low Oxygen Brewing with Bryan Rabe

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This week we are chatting with homebrewer Bryan Rabe about Low Oxygen Brewing.  Bryan is one of the authors of the On Brewing Bavarian Helles: Adapting to Low Oxygen Brewing paper that has sent ripples throughout the homebrew community, even reaching into the American craft beer industry.

Received with mixed feelings among the people there’s no denying intrigue it brings.  The paper lays out step by step in replicating an authentic German Helles with the elusive “it” character that led this group on a wild goose chase to decipher german brewing text.

The findings were that oxygen plays a key role in the detriment to malt and hop character not only post fermentation (as all have already accepted) but also on the hot side in the brew house.  While this was originally intended for those german lagers the techniques discussed can be applied to any beer style to preserve flavor stability.

Don’t forget to get your tickets to SourFest if you will be in Charlotte NC on  November 19th!

Also Please Help Support NC HomeBrew Laws by getting involved with the Beer Wars Competition.

Beer Wars Competition to benefit OLH

  • Nationwide Professional comp
  • Registration open (10/1)
  • http://beerwars.brewcomp.com
  • BJCP sanctioned – points awarded
  • BJCP 2015 guidelines – no meads/ciders
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Episode #42 Operation Liberate Homebrew

Episode #42 has us discussing an important and hot homebrew topic especially in NC, sharing of homebrew at public events.olh_logo

The last few years has seen both ALE and ABC cracking down on events with homebrew because our state NC laws do not specifically say that it is allowed.

Charles Willet, one of the individuals behind Operation Liberate Homebrew joins us in studio to discuss not only the current road blocks homebrewers are facing but also how the Organization hopes to help change homebrew law.

To help fund Operation Liberate Homebrew’s lobbying efforts The Beer Army Foundation is presenting Beer Wars Commercial Beers competition.  We are recruiting volunteers to help us run, judge and Steward this Competition taking place Saturday Jan. 14, 2017. The proceeds from this event will fund legislation changes as well as set up a Guild to oversee these issues on a state wide level here in North Carolina so please consider signing up at the link below.

Beer Wars Competition to benefit OLH

  • Nationwide Professional comp
  • Registration open (10/1)
  • http://beerwars.brewcomp.com
  • BJCP sanctioned – points awarded
  • BJCP 2015 guidelines – no meads/ciders
  • $50/entry

Episode #41 Brewing ESB’s, Foothills Brewing Gambrinus Winner & Charlotte Ren-Fest

foothills-pngEpisode #41 has the 2016 Foothills Brewing Gambrinus Cup winner in studio, Mr. Lee Hill!

Lee won an opportunity to brew his winning ESB at Foothills Brewing which will be served at the 2016 Carolina Renaissance Festival.

Sit back, relax  and  open a cold one as Lee  joins us in studio to discuss the ESB style and talk about his experience.

Foothills Brewmaster TL Adkisson also joins us via Skype to chime in on the style.

Win a chance to score  tickets to the upcoming Renaissance Festival where the beer will be served here: Renaissance Festival Tickets + VIP Parking Raffle

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Episode #40 High Gravity Brewing

highgrav2Episode 40 has the guys breaking out the 40oz’ers as we talk about Shawn’s favorite subject; High Gravity Brewing!

We cover several topics about brewing High Gravity beers including; mash tun size, efficiency considerations, hop utilization differences, yeast pitching recommendations and fermentation timelines.

Josh Veronee also joins us in studio to discuss his NHC Gold win for ahighgrav1n APA, but Daan quickly derails that conversation to talk about his own APA.

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Episode #39 Road trip to BierKeller!

This weekend we travel down to Columbia SC on a scorching hot SaturdaBierkeller_final_logoy to enjoy some cool mugs of Kellerbier.

We’re sitting down with Columbia native and well traveled German expert Scott Burgess, and talking about his new venture BierKeller Columbia.  Scott is looking to bring the beers he enjoyed while studying Abroad in Franconia to the Columbia area as well as serving them in a traditional German biergarten setting throughout the town.

Also Joining us is our yeast man Chris Woods.  Chris has been helping Scott with his yeast cell counting and viability.  Follow along as we find out more about what inspired Scott to start his own German brewery and the unique contract arrangement he has with Swamp Cabbage.

Thanks to both of them for the warm southern hospitality, Prost!

Episode #38 New England IPA’s

Citra_QuenchThis episode we are joined by Todd Ford, Chad Henderson and David Gonzales of NoDa Brewing Company. They let us crash one of their conference rooms to record and joined us to discuss the new trend of New England or North Eastern IPA’s.

We discuss what differentiates this style of IPA from others and we even sample a few while recording. We also take a deep dive on how to craft one at home discussing malt bill, water conditioning, yeast and hop additions.

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Todd also discusses a topic close to his heart and ours; Craft Freedom. A North Carolina movement to allow local breweries to self distribute past the 25,000 bbl cap.

Crack open a cold one a take a listen!

Episode #37 Ernie Rector of LaMotte Water talking about the Brewlab Kit/NHC 2016

After a bit of a break, and fresh off our trip to Baltimore for the National Homebrew Conference, we are back!. Join us from our new temporary studio in the Daan’s office, where we are getting down and nerdy with water testing. Daan_Studio

This week we will also cover our NHC 2016 experience, where we actually bumped into our guest in the expo section of the conference.  We Have Ernie Rector marketing manager from LaMotte calling in to walk us through their new BrewLab Kit.  LaMotte has been in the business of Water analysis for almost 100 years spanning all industries and recently released this kit under the direction of Ernie and guidance of Homebrew icon John Palmer.

BrewLab PlusErnie has an extensive background in water analysis, spending almost 25 years in the Utilities industry before joining LaMotte.  In this episode we will discuss the basics of this kit and what you can test with it. Ernie has a wealth of knowledge and his experience shows in the quality of the BrewLab kit.  So grab your favorite water based beverage (beer), and tune in to this first installment of water testing with LaMotte.