Kolsch conditioning, choosing proper glassware, buying used kegerators, & brewing a retail recipe kit for competitions – Ep. 215


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On Today’s Show:

James and Todd are back on the program with me to help answer your questions! Specifically, we talk about the turn around “most” kolsches take to get from grain to glass. Mind you, the fastest turn around almost always has to include force carbonating in a keg, so – sorry if you prefer to bottle!

Next, we take a question about the importance (if any) of using the “right” glassware for specific styles of beer. As a man with fancy taste, I would love to tell you all that I ALWAYS have the proper glassware when I’m drinking my delicious (or, sometimes, not delicious) homebrew craft beer but that’s actually not always the case. In fact, if you follow our Instagram page, you’ll see that I’m frequently drinking everything out of an alt glass or a kolsch stange. I’m ready for your hate mail but I prefer the smaller volume (7 to 9oz per pour, for me) and the ease of using an “uncomplicated” glass. It fits me well but I’m open to your opinions and Todd and James offered their own in this episde.

Then, we have a listener write in who purchased a used kegerator from Facebook marketplace and now he isn’t sure what to do. We get this kind of question a lot and it’s shows like this when I’m most thankful for Todd and James because they usually get to the point with what should be your priorities and what you shouldn’t have to worry about for a while.

Lastly, we take a question about using established homebrew recipe kits from your favorite retailer and submitting that beer into competitions. Is it frowned upon? If you’re in competitions does that mean you should only submit completely original recipes? We talk about this but I would love to hear what you think in the comments below.

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