Some questions can never really be answered to everyone’s satisfaction. What came first, the chicken or the egg? Where are all of those single socks that were lost in the wash hiding? Perhaps most important to this crowd, should you stock your hop yard with rhizomes or plants? We’ll get into the pros and cons […]
Hops bring flavor and aroma to our favorite beverage; this week we focus on Aroma. Are you interested in how foam and mouthfeel influence what you smell? Do you want to be able to identify the 5 classes of hop aroma? Do you think that “linalool” and “thiols” are just words that James made up […]
Ron Grunwell has been helping growers set up their yards for hops, apples and other crops for over 15 years. He joins us to share his expertise in all things trellis, and we guarantee he’s forgotten more about lumber and cable than you’ll ever know. Like what you hear and need Ron’s help? You can […]
It’s our first guest! We are with Scott Manning recorded live at Vintage Brewing in Sauk Prairie WI. Find out if his rhubarb is treated well, why Scott’s Irish Red can be compared to a Toyota Corolla and our first attempt at playing Beer the Name and Beer ‘er No. www.vintagebrewing.com
James and Gregg revisit the Hop Quality discussion. Learn the origin of the “Spent Grain” concept, suffer through Gregg’s first song parody and learn why feedback should be treated as a gift.
What is “hop quality”? As a grower, how do you achieve it? Almost as important, how do you demonstrate it to your customers? Then for the brewers, asking the right questions to make sure you’re getting a quality product. We talk about sniff tests, harvest timing, moisture meters vs microwaves and why your hops should […]
We’re back with another Spent Grain and the guys are having caffeine issues. Learn what boats, horses and hops have in common, hear about Scrappy James vs Plucky James, and Gregg continues the Spent Grain poetry slam.
We’re pulling no punches and here it is: the pitfalls of dangers of jumping into personal hop production. Gregg and James “Captain Bringdown” take you through all of the things you don’t think about while blinded by the light of growing your way into the craft beer industry. It’s farming, business planning and mechanical engineering […]
We’re back with another Spent Grain, this time reviewing our Collaboration discussion. Listen for the start with a new tradition as we share hop-themed original poetry. There’s also a continuation of the Local conversation, Gregg’s Taylor Swift clothing conundrum and looking at guest taps.
Spent Grain are the leftovers from the mash during the brewing process. The funnel cone at the bottom of the tanks you see in the brewery? Full of spent grain. It’s the concentrated extras that you don’t want in the final product but have other uses. In our “b sides” – which we have labeled […]