Rank #1: Episode 60 - The Grainfather
In this episode, we discuss our favorite new shop toy, The Grainfather, an electric all-in-one all-grain system. It allows you to mash, recirculate, mash-out, sparge, boil, and chill your wort, all in one 5 to 6 gallon system. Several of us have had a chance to try out the Grainfather at home and we’ve been using it regularly at the shop to brew test batches and kit samples. Plus, it’s also being used for experimental batches at local breweries AND we have a growing number of customers who have bought one for themselves after seeing it in action. For this episode, we invited one of those customers--Eric Tomme--into the studio to lend a hand in discussing the details and the pros and cons of the system.
Oct 06 2016
Rank #2: Episode 74 - Planning Your Brew Year
In this episode, we talk about making the best out of your brew year by planning brews in advance to make sure you get what you want, when you want it. Whether it’s a specific style for a season or because you want to enter competitions or because you need to brew certain styles based on the weather being in your favor. All you have to do is consider your needs, what options you have, and how you can best use them. And with a plan, you can be sure you get those brews scheduled before those best times pass.
Mar 02 2017
Rank #3: Episode 85 - Cider Making and Problem Solving on Brew Days
In this episode, we spend a little time discussing some of the recent industry happenings with the Big Beer Beast doing more to destroy the independence of craft brewing, talk about on-your-feet problem solving for brewdays, and then dive into a discussion on making cider. Including a call with friend of the show, author, Experimental Homebrew maestro, and all around good guy, Drew Beechum. Thanks for listening!
Jun 14 2017
Rank #4: Episode 78 - Calibrating Thermometers, Refractometers, and Hydrometers
In this episode, we’re coming back to what we didn’t get to talk about last time. A subject that many brewers may not realize has a huge effect on their brewing endeavors. Calibrating their tools to get the best efficiency and correct measurements. Way too often we have someone come in telling us about problems they’ve had with their brews, only to find out that their problems were caused due to an incorrect thermometer, an uncalibrated refractometer, or because they measured gravity with their hydrometer without correcting for temperatures. So, hopefully we can help clear some of that confusion. Towards the end of the episode, we sampled beers we made with the Idaho 7 hop hash blend and then try Brandon’s Iron Mash beer, Hips and Tips. A bock made with rose hips and heather tips.
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Apr 07 2017
Rank #5: Episode 110 - Malt-o-Rama #2 and more Making Plans for Nigel
In this episode, we start some new short segments, get into our second Malt-o-Rama topic with a focus on wheat malts--because there’s often some confusion between what’s available, what’s in a recipe, and what people really want when using wheat. Then we continue our Making Plans for Nigel discussion by answering more of the questions we had on our list from the last time.
Apr 03 2018
Rank #6: Episode 80 - Meadmaking with Moonlight Meadery and Bluebonnet Brew Off 2017
In this episode, we recorded live at the 2017 Bluebonnet Brew Off where we not only had a chance to have a long discussion about mead making with Michael Fairbrother of Moonlight Meadery (the keynote speaker), but also learned the history of the event from two of the founders, talked a bit about the homebrew scene in Arkansas, finally got James Herrington from The Collective on the mic with Brandon, and even had a chance to get some brewer wives on the air to talk about their side of things.
For footage and interviews from the first night, check out: https://youtu.be/nualjy4oSgg
For footage of our interview with Michael Fairbrother, check out: https://youtu.be/nualjy4oSgg
Apr 25 2017
Rank #7: Episode 130 -- Style Hour: Sweet Stouts feat. Panther Island Brewing
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.
Jan 22 2019
Rank #8: Episode 127 - Kveik and More with Lance Shaner from Omega Yeast Labs
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.
Nov 24 2018
Rank #9: Episode 119 -- NEIPA Brew Challenge with Turning Point Beer
In this episode, we finally have our follow up to the NEIPA brew challenge we started a while back with Turning Point Beer. If you haven’t seen the discussion video on our Come and Brew It Facebook page, we had some of our local award winning homebrewers Mike Treadway, Sean Vreeland, and Jeremy Sanders chat with Alex and the guys from Turning Point about how they might “clone” one of their beers and get a feel for the hazy styles in general. Well, tonight we have the resultant beers in studio and to compare them and let the guys from Turning Point weigh in on them. Did our local guys manage to clone their Double Dry Hopped Extra Pulp or did they just come up with a tasty NEIPA?
Jul 30 2018
Rank #10: Episode 103 - Listener Requests and Water Treatments Revisited
In this episode, we address several questions we recently received from listeners, and dive back into water and water treatments. Water treatments can help bring out a variety of different flavors in your beer and Nigel and Mikey recently did an experiment with one of Nigel’s favorite clone recipes to find out if they could get the hop flavor to match the original beer from across the pond. We then discuss how different crystal malt additions effect that beer as well. And speaking of well, we look at a water report from the well water at Brandon’s new house and address a listener question about working with well water.
Jan 11 2018
Rank #11: Episode 69 - Guadalupe Brewing Co and Craft Beer Buyouts
In this episode, we give our friend Keith Kilker, founder and brewer at Guadalupe Brewing Co., a phone call to talk about what they have going on down in New Braunfels and about what has been going on in the craft beer industry lately with Big Beer buying out breweries. Keith has strong feelings about his independence and has worked hard to fulfill his passion, brewing great beer for a local crowd. (Recorded mid-Dec 2016)
Jan 19 2017
Rank #12: Episode 82 - Stye Hour: Scottish Ales and A Comparison of our Recipes from the Shannon Brewing Episode
In this episode, we get style specific and talk about BJCP category 14 Scottish Ales, including Scottish Light, Scottish Heavy, and Scottish Export. Plus, we still include everyone’s favorite, the Wee Heavy, which is actually now listed under category 17 Strong British Beers. And because we’re talking Scottish ales, we also follow up with a discussion of the Scottish ale recipes we developed on air with Shannon from Shannon Brewing Co in episode 65. We all finally had a chance to brew them and give them a little time to age, so it’s time we discussed our results.
Note: There were some technical difficulties with the first version of this episode's file upload and the first 7 or so minutes were scrambled. So, if you were one of the few who got that version, apologies for that and please do check out this corrected edited version!
May 15 2017
Rank #13: Episode 117 -- The Grainfather Revisited and Craft Beer Inspired Music
In this episode, we revisit our discussion on what might be our favorite piece of brewing equipment, The Grainfather! And to do it, we have several of our Grainfather brewers on the podcast to share their experiences. There’s been a whole lot of brewing going on with both the old version and the new Connect, so hopefully you learn something useful! Plus, we have local artist J/O/E in studio to delve into the craft beer music scene.
Jun 26 2018
Rank #14: Episode 92 - Water Profiles and Adjustments #1
In this episode, we started a discussion of one of brewing’s more complex subjects: water profiles and adjustments. All brewers know that water is a main ingredient in brewing, but many don’t know just how important water can be to your end results. It can be as simple as bad unfiltered water leading to bad beer with an extract or as complicated as modifying sulfate and bicarbonate additions to distilled water to make a Helles like they would in Munich with an all grain brew.
Aug 31 2017
Rank #15: Episode 70 - Bad Fermentation Solutions
In this episode, we talk about a few ways you might be able to salvage a beer that’s going wrong or just doesn’t live up to what you wanted it to be. We’ve kind of discussed it in the past, but wanted to hit it again because It can happen to the best of us and it probably WILL happen to you at some point. Just because of chance. More of us have problems with a batch that didn’t come out the way we wanted and we’ll focus mostly on that, but there are definitely those times when a batch gets infected or stuck that you might be able to save it if you get to it in time or just want to experiment.
We want to warn you that we had some technical issues during the recording of this episode. Jimmy's mic didn't make it through on the usual recording, but you can also check out our Facebook Live version for what we caught of him there. Plus, we had some memory error stops and the audio version is more concise, since we got a little loose at the end. :)
Jan 26 2017
Rank #16: Episode 66 - Texmalt
In this episode, we have Austin Schumacher and Chase Leftwich from Texmalt in studio to talk about their work and products. Texmalt is a new and local maltster located here in Fort Worth, TX that believes in demanding the highest quality locally sourced barley and other grains for malt production that ends up in the mash tuns of local and regional craft breweries. All while maintaining full transparency throughout all levels of production from grain source, to finished malt quality.
Dec 15 2016
Rank #17: Episode 65 - Shannon Brewing Co.
In this episode, we have Shannon Carter, the brewmaster and founder, of Shannon Brewing Company in studio with us to tell us about his brewery, his brewing processes, and the styles of beer he brews. Shannon Brewing is located on the northern end of Keller, TX in the same area as Samantha Springs water company--which is also the source of the exceptional natural spring water Shannon uses for brewing his beers. Their brewery leans toward Irish and English styles, but their lineup also includes IPAs and lagers, all brewed with a direct fire process using the most wholesome and natural ingredients.
Nov 28 2016
Rank #18: Come and Brew It Radio: Episode 90 - Style Hour: Saisons, plus Brew Tech and Mash Temp Experiments
In this episode, we continue on the Belgians subject we started previously by focusing on one of the most commonly brewed summer styles: The Saison. BJCP category 25B under the Strong Belgian Ales. It’s a style that goes well with lack of temperature control and ends up nicely dry and refreshing, while retaining a large amount of crisp flavor character. Making it perfectly fit for summer brewing.
Aug 07 2017
Rank #19: Episode 111 - Style Hour: Dark Strong/Quad Redo and Cellaring Your Beer
In this episode, we go back to “re-do” our Belgian Dark Strong/Quad episode because our last episode got a little out of hand and completely unintelligible at times. In fact, it was the first time we got the suggestion to add a bouncer for the show! Well, we just wanted to go over the style again and we even have Shawn Kidwell from Cowtown Brewing back in studio to help. Also, to go with the subject, we’re also going to discuss cellaring your beer to keep it at it’s best and what might happen if your storage methods aren't tip top.
Apr 15 2018
Rank #20: Episode 95 - Back to Basics: Fining your Beer and Style Hour: Belgian Blonds and Trappist Singles
In this episode, we cover the finings for beer clarity that we missed out on in the last episode. Plus, we’ll dig into our next Belgian style by discussing Category 25A the Belgian Blond and Category 26A the Abbey Single style of beer.
Sep 28 2017