Author Archives: Shawn McBride

Episode #46: Lenny Boy Brewing/Booch 2.0!

This episode catches the guys talking to Townes Mozer, Owner/Founder of Lenny Boy Brewing Company, and also the man responsible for us having new studio space!

Hang out with us in the Lenny Boy Studios as we catch up with Townes regarding all the changes that have occurred since we first had them on about 2 years ago. A logo modification, new brewery location, expansion and awards are all discussed as we dig in with Townes about all things Lenny Boy. Oh, and we didn’t forget to add some educational content for you as well!

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  • LaMotte (brewing water test kit)
  • Lenny Boy – Thursday is $4 pints and Booch.
  • Saluds  – 3306 N. Davidson end of Noda before the railroad tracks

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Episode #45 Barrel Care & Aging

After a bit of a Hiatus, we are back with our first Episode of 2017 from our new Lenny Boy Brewing Co. Studios!  

Sit in and catch up with what we’ve been up to over the holidays as well as some things we have planned for the future.  Listen to the “Professor” drop some knowledge on Wood aging, barrel care and barrel alternatives from a presentation he has given many times.

Cut loose with this light hearted episode and look past the audio issues as we set up in our new home.

Sponsors:

  • LaMotte (brewing water test kit)
  • Lenny Boy – Thursday is $4 pints and Booch.

Episode #44 Yakima Valley Hops

Episode #44 Catches the guys discussing hops with Kaleb at Yakima Valley Hops

We discuss the modern hop growing and packaging process and talk about some of the varietals that are specific to Yakima Valley Hops.

Kaleb also talks about the 2016 Hop Yields and what is on the horizon for Yakima Valley.

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Episode #43 Low Oxygen Brewing with Bryan Rabe

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Photo Courtesy: http://accidentalis.com/low-oxygen-brewing-exploring-lodo-method/

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
  • $50/entry

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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