In this episode, we discuss a variety of topics, but primary on the plate is brewing beer that everyone would consider beer again. The current climate offers a wide variety of beers with additions and it's almost hard to find straight forward versions of styles that used to be ubiquitous. This time around, we talk about Pale Ale and building a recipe for one. In future episodes, we'll bring in our examples. In addition to that, we discuss several aspects of kegerator cleaning and maintenance that every new kegger needs to consider.
In this episode, we discuss the Biere de Garde style and cover a few details about brewing those bigger end-of-year beers that go so well with the seasons, including pumpkin beers.
In this episode, we finally get around to discussing hard seltzers and how to "brew" them with a broad sampling of both commercial and homebrewed versions. Plus, we have the Denton County Homebrewers in studio to tell us about organizing their new homebrew competition aimed specifically at English beer styles, The Redcoat Challenge.
In this episode, we discuss the use of Munton's new Planet malt in Brandon's ESB and then we get into low ABV brewing techniques while sampling some low percentage commercial examples and discussing Greg's 1.7% Pale Lager and 2% Pale Ale. You CAN brew a tasty beer without much alcohol that makes for an enjoyable lawn mower or long evening beer.
In this episode, we finally catch up on some recent events as of the time of this recording, then we get into a fun blind tasting of several commercial beers to see who can nail the style and better yet, the actual beer. Finally, we have Josh in from Rabbit Hole Brewing to help us discuss and formulate a recipe for a hard to find style that combines honey and malt: The Braggot.
In this episode, we discuss a Belgian pale style ale that was brewed with Kveik yeast received through a yeast exchange against the same beer fermented with strains of Brett and an Abbey ale yeast, then we go onto a Beer Gone Wrong that Brandon brought in from an impromptu brewday.
Final gravity the show where we take evaluation to a whole new level beyond judging. We evaluate recipe to glass. This is not a style show, its a “Your Beer” show. Unlike blind judging, Brandon Martin and James Lallande will evaluate you beer along side of your recipe and process based on what You wanted to brew then provide perception, feedback, and a little unsolicited advice.
In this first episode, we examine a customer submitted Belgian Golden Strong and a listener submitted Chocolate Hazelnut Porter.
In this episode, we are going to talk about aging and cellaring your beer. We have all had that special rare find that we want to age to perfection before pouring at a special occasion and hopefully we have all had that one batch of homebrew that was so good we wanted to save a few bottles as long as possible. Cellaring beer has almost become a hobby of its own, but what exactly happens to that beer as it sits in the bottle, and how long is too long. We are going to try a few cellared beers and talk about when to drink and when to save.
In this episode, we cover a variety of topics including brewing methods with a focus on decoction, we sample a wet hop Kolsch experiment, we have an excellent prepared food pairing discussion prepared by our Cicerone-in-Training, Sandra, and we finally get around to trying Mikey's Canadian beer haul.
In the episode we are going to talk about our favorite event of the year: The Bluebonnet Brewoff! Along with all the judging and scoresheet interpretation that goes with it. Also, we are talking about summer brewing!
In this episode, we focus on the American Lager and Light Lager, BJCP Categories 1A and 1B. We know these are styles that are easy to poke fun at. However, it is hard to not recognize the skill it takes to make a beer that light. With little room for error, the big boys have figured out a way to make these “lawnmower” beers taste exactly the same no matter where they are brewed. We have a selection of the mass-produced American beers to discuss, plus we will be sampling some local interpretations of the styles as well as some style variants. So grab a tall boy and kick up your feet.
In this episode, we will be discussing the somewhat newly named pastry beer trend. It’s been around in a form with breakfast stouts and other stouts and porters for a while, but has been taken to many new levels in a variety of other styles--all to capture the flavors of pastries. It could be the use of spices and specialty grains or even actual pastries to get the right flavors to make a beer that captures the flavor of baked goods and desserts. And to have this discussion, we’ve enlisted some of our local specialists with Sherman’s own Jeremy and Natalie Roberts, owners of 903 Brewers. Plus, we may even have a donut pairing to go with it all.
In this episode, we have the folks from Wild Acre Brewing Company in the studio with us to talk about their beers, building their brewing water, and to do one of our favorite things--develop a new recipe on-air to brew together! But we all know what you’ve really been wanting to know when we mention Wild Acre, and it’s true--J-to-the-Roid is back in the house and on the mic! He is now the Co-Head Brewer with Zack Hawkins at Wild Acre and we’re glad to have them in to pick their brains on brewing. So, pour yourself a cold one, put down that bag of dicks, and let’s get started!
In this episode, we’re going to step off the usual beer path and have a conversation about kombucha. And luckily for us, we have some experts in the studio to talk about it! Tonight we have some of the crew from Holy Kombucha in Dallas, which just happens to include a voice you’ve heard before from our own Cedric Freeman. We also have a few interesting things to discuss in recent happenings and we’ll be hitting up the Leipzig Gose, a historical BJCP style that we’ve discussed in the past, but tonight we have some from the source and wanted to give it a little more focus. So, pucker up buttercup because it’ll be a tart one.
In this episode, we have our local BJCP Grand Master II back in studio with us to discuss the Jovaru Lithuanian Farmhouse yeast from Omega Yeast. He was in when we had our recent call with Omega co-founder Lance Shaner about their Kveik yeasts and has since brewed up a couple of more traditional batches to try their new Jovaru strain. Plus, we have a west coast style IPA fermented with Jovaru to find out how it might be with something less traditional.
In this episode, we will be discussing a few Patreon listener submissions and trying the samples of Czech pils that Stubby brought back from his last trip to Germany. Being a Patron has it’s benefits and tonight we’ll be speaking with Patrons Aaron Rogers and Joey Carter about their beers. Plus, we have a few odds and ends for your enjoyment. So, pour some pivo and prepare yourselves because it’s time to release the kraken!
In this episode, we cover BJCP style category 16A Sweet Stout, that dark, rich, sweet, and slightly roasty version of a stout of varying ABV levels that’s perfect for an autumn or winter evening. It’s listed under category 16 Dark British Beer, but where it may not be modified as often overseas, it’s frequently found with additions here in the states. Why? Because it’s a great base style to work with a large variety of flavors. Plus, we have Ryan McWhorter of Panther Island Brewing Co in studio with us to help us talk about this versatile style and one of their more popular brews is Sweet Fang, a seasonal chocolate peanut butter milk stout.
In this episode, we discuss the emerging Brut IPA sub-style with an example of the Social Kitchen recipe Greg brewed and one that Rahr and Sons brewed for their 14th anniversary party. Then we get into the discussion of splitting batches for experimenting to get the most from a recipe while trying a version from Nigel.
We had a few technical issues with the equipment at the beginning of the show that lead to losing the first five or so minutes of Brandon's audio and more or less the first 30 minutes of live video on YouTube. But, we do have that audio and video in the related Facebook video for the episode.
In this episode, we continue our coverage of the beers Nigel brought back from his recent visit to England and hear about some of the places he went and how the beer scene is there. Tonight’s beers have a strong focus on the darker British ales, like porters and stouts, but there are a few others in there too, including some that were bottled as he was there. Plus, since he’s the traveling type, he stopped in to visit the new digs of our friends down at Guadalupe Brewing Co in New Braunfels, TX and brought back a few samples of their recent batches that we want to dig into. So, pour yourself a cask ale and put on your best S&M gear to kick back because we’re gonna get British!
In this episode, we have a discussion with Lance Shaner, co-founder and owner with Mark Schwarz, of Omega Yeast Labs. They’ve been having a huge impact on the homebrew scene not only due to their high viability, high cell count liquid yeast packs, but because they are offering such a variety of flavors with their strains. Tonight, we have a set of experiments we did with their Voss, Hothead, and Hornindal Kveik offerings that we will be discussing, as well as simply having Lance enlighten us about the company and their offerings, particularly the background and possibilities of the Norwegian Kveiks.
In this episode, we dive into a discussion of Stubby’s recent trip to Germany and Nigel’s recent trip to England--all while we sample a few of the beers they brought back! Stubby had a great time visiting Ireks, but he also was there for a hop harvest and more. Nigel hit up a variety of breweries, got some interviews, and searched for a bunch of beers. Here, we try a set of Bitters he brought back and see what kind of trouble he got into. So, put on your fancy lederhosen and grab a plate of bangers and mash because it’s show time!
In this episode, we discuss BJCP style category 8B Schwarzbier and discuss a few examples we can get locally. It’s a quaffable dark style with a light enough body and flavor character that it’s easy to drink year around, but always great as we move into the cooler months of the year. We will also hear a little about Stubby’s recent trip to Germany and do some side by side comparisons of German brewed beer bought in Germany with the same beer bought here to see what differences we might notice.
In this episode, as summer starts to come to an end, we’re going to cover a favorite style for the Fall--BJCP cat. 10C Weizenbock! It’s a strong wheat beer that matures quickly and if you brew it now, it’ll be in perfect shape for cooler evenings in October and November. Plus, we get into some discussion of homebrew in pop culture, water treatments, and more!
In this episode, we talk about fast turnaround primary fermentation for lager beers or what is commonly called Fast Lagering. It’s sort of a misnomer because lagering means cold storage, which does take time to properly do its thing. But it takes far less time when you work the primary fermentation of a lager yeast strain to get the best results in the fastest time possible, so you get better, more drinkable lagers in weeks instead of months. Plus, we another Hop-o-Rama that covers a few of the more popular high alpha varieties that work as bittering hops as well as finishing hops.
In this episode, we aim at discussing some of the things to think about when brewing in the summer heat to make for a better, more productive brewday, like timing, chilling, and of course, what styles might be best for the situation and season. Which will include a listener requested discussion about the possibilities for styles that can be quickly soured--like Berliner Weisse, Gose, and Sour Golden Ales--for a refreshing summer treat.