Specialty Beers with Drew and Denny – BeerSmith Podcast #215

Denny Conn and Drew Beechum join me this week to discuss hop techniques and brewing beers with unusual specialty ingredients.

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Topics in This Week’s Episode (46:55)

  • This week my guests are Drew Beechum and Denny Conn. Drew and Denny are the authors of the books Simple Homebrewing, Experimental Brewing and also Home Brewing All Stars (All Amazon Affiliate Links).
  • We start with a quick update from both guests about what they have been up to.
  • Denny opens with a discussion on his experiments using cold dry hopping which involves hopping close to freezing.
  • Drew explains that they have had good results despite the expectation that it might not work. They also mention that certain varieties work better than others.
  • Next we discuss a beer they developed called “Serendipitous Pilpison” which is a combination of several beer styles/ingredients
  • They both explain how the recipe came together and what it tasted like.
  • Next Denny talks about his “Wee Shroomy” which is a beer made with Chantrell Mushrooms.
  • We talk about the challenges of working with unusual ingredients like mushrooms.
  • Drew and Denny finish with a few tips from their Simply Homebrewing book and we discuss what is meant by simple homebrewing.
  • They provide some closing comments and thoughts


Thanks to Drew Beechum and Denny Conn for appearing on the show and also to you for listening!
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2 thoughts on “Specialty Beers with Drew and Denny – BeerSmith Podcast #215”

  1. Have you gotten any feedback yet on the cold dry hopping of more fruiter dry hopped beer experiments mentioned in the podcast?

  2. 7/10/2020 Just heard the podcast yesterday with the Drew & Denny. I added my finally dry hopping 4 hours earlier excited @ 55 F. so dumped a little Goldschlager in my fermentation airlocks and dropped the temp to 34 F after Denny described his new dry hop method developed from a study he read! Two days to go and the cold crash time is incorporated within the method Sweet!

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