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Phenols in Contaminated Homebrewed Beer

Wed, 09/23/2020 - 12:23pm

Sometimes even the most experienced homebrewer brews a batch that gets contaminated somewhere in the process. Mike presents this Best Bitter that had such wonderful potential but well, it turned out not so good. In this video, we discuss the recipe and the contamination which caused phenols in the finished beer. Hey, Wha’ Happened? Dude, […]

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Citra LUPOMAX SMaSH Beer Review

Wed, 09/16/2020 - 2:04am

We got a bunch of hops from Yakima Valley Hops, which included their new product called LUPOMAX. From their website, they state that it is a “new concentrated pellet that is consistent, efficient, and optimized for hop flavor.”  We wanted to learn more so we brewed a few SMaSH beers to compare and contrast Citra […]

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Kveik vs. British Ale – Yeast Comparison

Wed, 09/09/2020 - 12:52pm

What happens when you brew a stout at the high end of the temperature range? You brew another one with a Kveik strain and see how they compare. Can all yeast strains handle the same high temperature range of a Kveik strain? Well, Mike brewed two beers and fermented them both on the high end […]

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Tips on Reducing Oxidation in NEIPAs

Wed, 09/02/2020 - 5:35am

We have received a bunch of questions regarding this topic so we gathered our thoughts and made a video response. The magic of New England India Pale Ales (NEIPAs) is the wonderful yet delicate hop aroma and flavor and it takes large amounts of hops to produce this magic. Due to the substantial hop additions, […]

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2020 Homegrown Hops Update

Wed, 08/26/2020 - 4:20am

We received a few messages from people who wanted an update on our homegrown hops so we put this video together to provide an update on our 2020 adventures. How Goes The Grows? Well, 2020 has been a different year in so many ways. For where we live, we had a very dry spring and […]

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Low ABV NEIPA Take 2

Wed, 08/19/2020 - 3:17am

Mike’s brother-in-law request for a low alcohol by volume (ABV) juicy hoppy beer is still open and Mike’s quest to fulfill it has taken him to brew another version of the beer we tasted a few weeks ago. So here is take 2 of this sessionable NEIPA. Let’s see what we thought of this one: […]

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Brew Dudes Homebrew Swap – Exchange #40

Wed, 08/12/2020 - 12:58pm

Sometimes we have other homebrewers want to share their beer with us. We have been doing this exchange thing for a while since, here we are, hitting our 40th swap. Check out the beer we got sent from Mark in Colorado. A Kölsch and an NEIPA For Us Mark sent us 3 beers but we […]

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Nelson Sauvin SMaSH Beer Tasting

Wed, 08/05/2020 - 12:54pm

We had a viewer request for us to brew this SMaSH beer ages ago. These Brew Dudes had some knowledge of the hop. It didn’t blow us away in our previous adventures, but we do like to satisfy requests. Here’s our video discussing our Nelson Sauvin SMaSH Beer. What Did We Think? Well, this hop […]

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Another 3 Years of Sour Beers – Blending Strategy

Wed, 07/29/2020 - 12:48pm

Back in 2014, I started brewing Lambic style sour beers and had a plan to brew the same beer on the same day for 3 years in a row. In the summer of 2017, we tasted all three beers and then made up a blending plan. Then, I started the whole process again – starting […]

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Saison Brewing – Partial Open Fermentation

Wed, 07/22/2020 - 1:31pm

In the warmer months, these Brew Dudes like brewing a saison. The hotter temperatures work well with the style’s fermentation profile and the beer is a good one for quenching thirsts. Even though we like to brew these kinds of beers, it doesn’t mean we have been 100 percent happy with the results. Mike brewed […]

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Brewing a Low ABV NEIPA

Wed, 07/15/2020 - 1:00pm

I am not sure what to call this beer. The style guidelines haven’t been adjusted for this type of beer. Mike was asked to brew a juicy hop bomb for his brother-in-law. The guy wanted all the fruity, hoppy flavors along with the haze of an NEIPA but with an alcohol by volume (ABV) of […]

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Kveik vs. US-05 Yeast Showdown

Thu, 07/09/2020 - 1:20pm

We finally got on the Kveik yeast strain train. We knew about the performance about this yeast, but we didn’t know what kind of flavor it would bring to a beer. So, we compared it to a neutral strain to learn more. Beyond just comparing yeast, we’ve also learned that Kveik is not just a […]

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English Yeast Comparison – Three Different Ones

Wed, 07/01/2020 - 1:15pm

We said we would get to yeast experiments this year and we finally did. Here’s a comparison of three different well known English ale yeasts. Mike brewed a big batch of English Brown Ale wort and split it between three different fermentors. He pitched one yeast strain into each of them and he got three […]

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Kettle Soured Berliner Weiss

Wed, 06/24/2020 - 6:05am

If you have read our blog before, you know we like beers for the summer time. This summer, Mike brewed up a Berliner Weiss in which he used a kettle souring technique to bring to the beer a nice lactic acid flavoring. Watch this tasting video! Berliner Weiss Tasting Notes If you have ever tasted […]

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Hop Aroma Standards Kit Review

Wed, 06/17/2020 - 1:48pm

I saw this kit on the Yakima Valley Hops site and thought it would be good to buy since These Brew Dudes post a bunch of reviews of hops. It seemed like an interesting tool to connect aromas with descriptors that we try to use when evaluating SMaSH beers. I bought this kit and we […]

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