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82 minutes | Mar 27, 2019
Take 2 Episode 10: Chris White – WhiteLabs
Right on the heals of episode 9 comes another installment of beer nerdness from one of the legends in the brewing community. Chris White! Yes Chris White of White Labs. What! We have to say that we thoroughly enjoyed chatting with Chris about his background in homebrewing and building White Labs in to what it is now. Crack a beer and relax and enjoy the episode. Beer/Brewery News: MillerCoors Files a lawsuit against AB-Inbev for False Advertising (Corn Syrup). Meant to deceive customers and misuses the MillerCoors Trademarks. Dogfish Head partners with Kodak to create a beer that doubles as film developer NC wins fight against barrel cap. New cap raised to 50k barrels. Anchor Beer Workers Unionize Brieux Carre 2 year Anniversary Party – March 30th. Volunteers are needed.
122 minutes | Mar 12, 2019
Take 2 Episode 9 – Thomas Shellhammer – Oregon State University “Beer Doctor”
This episode was a particularly fun one, not that others aren’t, but we enjoy a fun educational conversation with Thomas Shellhammer, PH.D. of Fermentation Sciences at Oregon State University We cover the hot topics of Hop Creep, Hop Bitterness from Dry Hopping, Foam Stability, ideas of stopping hop creep as well as some other fun experiments. Eric Jensen of Parleaux Beer Labs sits in with us this episode. I hope you all enjoy this episode as much as we did recording it. Industry News: UC Scientists Hack Beer Yeast To Create THC, CBD – Active Chemicals Found In Marijuana National Homebrew Competition – Get your entries shipped – Due March 14th National Homebrew Conference Registration is open – Providence, RI NC AHA Rally – NoDa Brewery – May 18th AB-Inbev vs Miller – are they helping the “Craft” beer industry? Miller is winning the battle in my opinion.
80 minutes | Feb 7, 2019
Take 2 Episode 8: Bootleg Biology – Jeff Mello
How to find us: iTunes Facebook Instragram – fermentation.nation www. FermentationNation.net Beer/Brewery News: Sierra Nevada – Resilience IPA – over 1500 breweries, more than $15million raised. Widmer Brothers Taproom closes after 22 years Craft Brewer Sues Trump Administration Over Government Shutdown Breweries unable to get label approvals for new releases South Carolina congressman stopped from entering House floor with 6-pack of beer in hand No Boil IPA (Zero IBU IPA) – Is it really an IPA? Bud Lite puts Nutrient Info on Label. Why? Also they are missing an ingredient. Water, Barely, Rice, Hops…. No yeast? Is BL a Spontaneous fermented beer? (Let’s ask Bootleg Biology) Bootleg Biology – Jeff Mello – https://bootlegbiology.com Bootleg Biology is an open source yeast (and wild bugs) project whose goal is to create the world’s most diverse library of microbes for the creation of fermented foods and beverages. All microbes are sourced and isolated from “bootleg” sources such as: backyards, orchards, kombucha, yogurt, honey, fruit, bottle dregs, and whatever else we can get our hands on. Enthusiasts contribute their yeast or house cultures to the project, with the shared goal of enriching the Bootleg Biology community’s access to diverse microbes.
76 minutes | Dec 3, 2018
Take 2 Episode 7: Non-Alcoholic Beer (Non Homebrew Samples)
First a disclaimer: We recorded this episode with an intention of learning more about non-alcoholic beer (excluding Kombucha, etc. Just focused on beer). However we met some resistance in the commercial sector with brewers not willing to share their process/techniques. We understand completely, this is a new area of beer and from what we learned process is more crucial here. We did not have any homebrew examples to taste, however did have some input from a few brewers on their practices. This is not the best episode we have recorded, but probably the most talked about one from our side. CANarchy is opening a “Collaboratory” brewpub in Asheville, where it will focus on collaboration beers between CANarchy members and local Asheville brewers Sierra Nevada donates $100,000 to Camp Fire relief, offers free meals
98 minutes | Nov 6, 2018
Take 2 Episode 6: Festbier
WOW so much has happened over the last month since our last drop, but we did get a new episode recorded for you wonderful listeners. We must warn you, we did try to do a livestream (unsuccessfully) that may have strained the audio a little, sorry. Also Daan and his infinite clumsiness spilled an entire beer on the mixing board. Ugh, so again bear with us on the audio. The board has since been rebuilt and is back in functioning order. So Festbiers, we are late to the party, but we did drink a few good festbiers and have a good conversation about the history, recipe and unique differences between traditional Oktoberfest bier and modern day fest biers. Traditional Oktoberfest Recipe (All Grain – 10 gallon) – Elsie’s Marzen (Scott Satterthwaite – NHC 2017 Gold Metal) 12lbs Weyermann Pilsner Malt 9 lbs Weyermann Munich II Malt 2lbs Weyerman Vienna Malt 4 oz Hallertau Tradition 3.2%a.a. @ 60 minutes Mash in with a protein rest at 126F and hold for 20 minutes Raise to 144F and hold for 20 minutes Raise to 158F and hold for 30 minutes Sparge at 169F Ferment with Southern German Lager Yeast at 48F Beer/Brewery industry news/updates: Louisiana wins gold at GABF – Congrats to Tin Roof for a Gold Metal for Voodoo in the Hazy/Juicy Pale Ale Category. First Gold in LA history. Goldroad Brewery cancels plans to expand to Oakland after locals protest the breweries plan open up in their neighborhood Miel Brewery opens their doors in New Orleans – Welcome! New Orleans WinterFest – Crescent City Homebrewers -Greg Hackenberg of CCH will be joining use in a bit to give us a rundown on the festival and what to expect. $30 6-11pm at the new Deutsche Haus – Dec 1 Fonta Flora opens their farmhouse brewery in NC. Wayward Owl closes their taproom and brewery, moves operation towards contract and gypsy brewing. Mystery Brewing in NC will be closing its doors Oct31 Have to bring this absurdity up. TOPPLING GOLIATH- Kentucky Brunch Brand Stout (KBBS) release. Guests will have an opportunity to buy a 12oz bottle for $100. WTF.
110 minutes | Sep 24, 2018
Take 2 Episode 5: Malt, Malting, Maltsters – Epiphany Craft Malt
In this episode we are chatting with Sebastian of Epiphany Craft Malt out of Durham, NC about malt and process involved to take raw barley to the end product… Malt Post recording, Epiphany Malt was used in 2 gold metal beers at this years GABF. Wooden Robot out of Charlotte, NC for a Fruited Wood/Barrel Aged Sour called Reserve Doree de Peche. Little Brother Brewing Co. out of Greensboro, NC for a Southern German Hefeweizen called Civil Rest. We hope you enjoy this episode as much as we did. If you have any questions, idea’s, topics, feel free to email us at email@example.com Side Note: Congrats to all the GABF Winners. GOLD: (NC/LA Breweries) – Tin Roof Brewing – Juicy/Hazy Pale Ale – Voodoo – NoDa Brewing Company – Pumpkin Squash or Pumpkin Spice Beer – Gordgeous – Crank Arm Brewing – American/Belgo Ale – Whitewall Wheat – Appalachian Mountain Brewery – American Style Lager – Lager – BearWaters Brewing – Fruited American Sour Ale – Pink Passionfruit Sour – Wooden Robot – Fruited Wood/Barrel Aged Fruit Beer – Reserve Doree de Peche SILVER (NC/LA Breweries) – Brown Truck Brewery – American/Belgo Ale – #4.5 Dry Hopped Saision – Hillman Beer – Extra Special Bitter – ESB – Divine Barrel Brewing – Historical Beer – The BIG Lubelski – Carolina Brewery – Ordinary/Special Bitter – Copperline Amber Ale BRONZE (NC/LA Breweries) – Triple C Brewing – English Style Summer Ale – Zest A Peel – D9 Brewing Co – Gose – Brewer’s Day Off – Little City Brewing – Session IPA – Mosiac Reprise
124 minutes | Aug 14, 2018
Vinnie Cilurzo – Russian River Brewing Company :: DIPA, American Sours, Hop Creep.
Welcome to this special episode of Fermentation Nation with a gentlemen who has been a major inspiration of the American Craft Beer industry and has been credited with brewing the first Double IPA in the USA, possibly the world, as well as the first brewer to brew with brettanomyces in America. He is none other than Vinnie Cilurzo of Russian River Brewing Company. Fun Beer Fact: Vinnie loves Pilsners!!! This episode is a real treat as Vinnie spends 2 hours with us discussing how he got started in the industry along with his experience brewing the first American Sours, the process involved, mash temps, yeast pitch rates as well as the evolution of American Sours to the Double IPA and beyond including: Hop Creep, Russian River’s New Brewery at Windor and more. Also, keep an eye out for a potential Russian River and Creature Comforts Collaboration!?! We are so appreciative for Vinnie to not only take the time to chat with us but to give us in depth information on his beers, process and more. We hope you enjoy the episode. Song Credit: The Fargo Brothers – Flow on Russian River
127 minutes | Jun 25, 2018
Take 2 – Episode 3: Lagers with Parleaux Beer Lab
Welcome back to our 3rd episode drop, this time with Eric and Chuck from Parleaux Beer Labs here in New Orleans. Sit back and enjoy this information packed episode focused on 3 beer styles, well 1 that is more a hybrid to the style. Tmavé Pivo (Czech Dark Lager), Vienna Lager, Biere de Garde. For more information on Parleaux and Eric’s epic NPR radio voice check them out: Parleaux Beer Labs We also kicked off our first homebrew review, (we are changing the format of this to bring the brewer on the show to provide more information and to highlight their process). Massive thank you to Steve Thanos from Plainfield Ale and Lager Enthusiasts (Pale) outside Chicago for sending in 3 beers: German Pils, New School Pale Ale, Barrel Aged Stout. We appreciate you sending these in. We will get some merchandise out to you shortly! Steve Thanos is a husband, father, Boston terrier owner, teacher, avid homebrewer, and homebrew blogger. He has been brewing since 2013, when he was in grad school. Steve is currently the vice president for his homebrew club, Be sure to take sometime and check out his awesome presentation for the AHA on Sharing Beer is Just the Beginning: Homebrew Club Activities Thank you for being a listener, We will have a short holiday break before we drop this next episode. Cheers! Daan, Robert, Charles, Aaron.
90 minutes | Jun 7, 2018
Take 2 Episode 2: Water, H20, Dihydrogen Monoxide
Welcome back! You made it through episode 1! We apologize for the roughness of that audio. However, your ears are in a treat for this next episode as we think we have solved our audio issues, which includes being able to run our A/C while we record. Trust me that is a massive improvement. H2O, Water, Dihydrogen Monoxide. Yep, this episode is full of water, as we drink a few beers and talk about water and how to understand it. Charles brings some good beers, Robert gets sentimental about a classic 90’s song, Aaron refuses to cut anymore audio. Daan makes it through an episode without getting too side tracked. Check out this link for a complete source for understanding your water. https://sites.google.com/site/brunwater/water-knowledgehttps://sites.google.com/site/brunwater/water-knowledge Beer/Brewery industry news/updates: Coronado Brewing is selling its majority stake in Monkey Paw less than a year after acquiring it Saltwater Brewery, Florida brewery unveils six-pack rings that feed sea turtles rather than kill them Heineken set to acquire 49% of UK’s Beavertown Brewery Great lakes celebrates 30 years with becoming employee owned John Palmer doing a Louisiana/Mississippi tour Monday July 23 – Red River Brewery in Shreveport LA – 7pm Tuesday July 24 – Tin Roof Brewery in Baton Rouge – 7pm Weds July 25 – Brieux Carre in New Orleans – 7pm (space limited to about 75 people) Thursday July 26 – Southern Prohibition Brewery – Hattiesburg, MS (6:30pm) Topic is Putting Brewing Water in Perspective. Congrats to Head Brewer of NoDa Brewing in Charlotte on his recent wedding! We with you both the very best! Exit Music: SpaceMetal – Sapien -> Exodus
70 minutes | May 29, 2018
Take 2 Episode 1: NEIPA – Welcome Back
WE ARE BACK! For those of you that have been wondering what happened to us, well short answer, a lot! In April 2017 near the brink of Daan’s move to New Orleans, Joe and Shawn, decided that it was time to focus on their family and building the FN Brew Club and hang up their microphones. Daan knew he wasn’t done with the podcast. Well Fermentation Nation is back! While we are continuing with the FN name, I (Daan) think it is fair to call this take 2. I do not want to draw any light from what Shawn started and what Joe, Shawn and I build FN to become. In this very very very rough episode FN2.0 is back behind the mic with 2 familiar voices and 2 new voices as we now record from the heart of Nawlins, Louisiana. Welcome to the Podcast Robert Bostick and Charles Hall and welcome back Aaron Braun (sound dude) as we bring new episodes to your ears. Beyond the introductions, we cover a few topics including Green Flash, Wicked Weed and new BJCP styles as we dive in to a new style for the BJCP2018 guidelines N.E. IPA. Again we apologize for the rough audio, we are relearning how we do this, so please don’t hate us to much, we promise to get better at this. Cheers from: Daan, Charles, Robert, Aaron Feedback: firstname.lastname@example.org
109 minutes | Apr 3, 2017
Episode #47 Sourfest 2016 LIve!
This episode is a bit of a throwback that never got released, we found it and decided to share! Sit back and listen as we interview several of the brewers live at the 2016 Sour Fest that just happened this past November. This episode catches us talking to the brewers from; Casa Agria, Zebulon Brewing, Carolina Bauernhaus, Newgrass Brewing, and Lenny Boy. We discuss not only the beers they brought to this event but also delve into process behind the beers and what each brewer personally liked at the festival.
75 minutes | Feb 28, 2017
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! Sponsors: LaMotte (brewing water test kit) Lenny Boy – Thursday is $4 pints and Booch. Saluds – 3306 N. Davidson end of Noda before the railroad tracks How To Find Us: iTunes Stitcher Google Play www.fermentationnation.net FaceBook Twitter @Ferm_Nation Instagram Reddit / – in the Homebrewing and NCBeer SubReddits 256 FN Voice
99 minutes | Jan 30, 2017
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.
93 minutes | Dec 24, 2016
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. How To Find Us: iTunes Stitcher Google Play www.fermentationnation.net FaceBook Twitter @Ferm_Nation Instagram Reddit / Homebrewing, NCBEER, SCBEER 256-FN-Voice
139 minutes | Nov 9, 2016
Episode #43 Low Oxygen Brewing with Bryan Rabe
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
85 minutes | Oct 27, 2016
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. 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
107 minutes | Oct 3, 2016
Episode #41 Brewing ESB’s, Foothills Brewing Gambrinus Winner & Charlotte Ren-Fest
Episode #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 How To Find Us: iTunes Stitcher Google Play www.fermentationnation.net FaceBook Twitter @Ferm_Nation Instagram Reddit / NC Reddit 256-FN-Voice Beer/Brewery industry news/updates: AB Inbev swallows another brewery Belgium’s Brouwerij Bosteels Stone Brewing names new CEO; Dominic Engels, who most recently served as the president of POM Wonderful. Federal Government approves cannabis infused beer for national sales.
128 minutes | Sep 14, 2016
Episode #40 High Gravity Brewing
Episode 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 an APA, but Daan quickly derails that conversation to talk about his own APA. How To Find Us: iTunes Stitcher Google Play www.fermentationnation.net FaceBook Twitter @Ferm_Nation Instagram Reddit / NCBeer, Homebrewing, SCBeer Sub Reddits Beer/Brewery industry news/updates: Green Flash opening brewery in Virginia Beach on Nov 13th BrewDog plans to invest $22 million to open U.S. brewpubs Scratch Brewing is releasing their first book for Homebrewers entitled The Homebrewer’s Almanac: A Seasonal Guide to Making Your Own Beer from Scratch thank you Marika for the free copy! Craft Brewing Alliance Extends Distribution Agreement with A-B InBev Texas law restricting craft brewers declared unconstitutional Questions? Comments? Suggestions? send feedback to: email@example.com
79 minutes | Aug 22, 2016
Episode #39 Road trip to BierKeller!
This weekend we travel down to Columbia SC on a scorching hot Saturday 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!
93 minutes | Jul 13, 2016
Episode #38 New England IPA’s
This 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. 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!
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