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.
Before moving into calibration issues, we started off with a discussion of the yeast experiment we decided to do with Nick Bigham, the Lab Manager at Rahr, to determine cell counts in our liquid yeast packs to see what the condition of the pack has on the viability. We were quite surprised to find the numbers we did find as we started off with packs of Wyeast 1056.
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. We weren’t sure what to expect and Brandon and Nigel did a few interesting things with their yeast choice. Then, at the end of the show we had surprise guest, Matt Morriss, Brewer and Co-Founder of Rabbit Hole Brewing Co (source of our popular Rapture kit) stop in to tell us a little about the 2017 Bluebonnet Brew Off.
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