Episode #049: Beer – Homebrewing, entertaining, and beer cocktails


This show, we break away from cocktails and talk beer. Not all guest will want a cocktail, and that’s ok. Your job as a host is to make them feel welcomed. Learn about a different styles of beer, our favorites, and take a dive with us into the world of homebrewing.

On This Show:

  • Our favorite beers for drinking and serving guest
  • Guest interview with two of our homebrewing friends
  • Live recording from a brew day
  • A few nuggets of homebrew information from Clay of Skilled Gentlemen Podcast, a fellow podcaster and home bartneder

A Few Tips From Clay of Skilled Gentlemen Podcast:

1.) Freeze two liter bottles of water prior to brew day.  When your wort comes out and you need to do a quick chill you can pull out your two liter bottles, dip them in your cleaning solution, and put them in.  They are sanitary and they will help absorb the heat quickly instead of waiting on the wort to cool.  The longer you let your wort sit, the longer it can be contaminated by bacteria.

2.) Buy a cheap spray bottle and fill it with your sanitation solution.  Instead of having to dunk all of your utensils into a bucket before you use them, you can spray them down with your spray bottle instead.  Less wasteful of your sanitation solution and more direct application.

3.) Bottling is hard to do alone. Make the following tool to save you from cleaning up a mess in your kitchen. You will have some tubing that you normally use when you rack your beer and when you bottle.  Cut an inch off of it and attach it to your bottling wand.  Now, instead of hanging your wand from the bucket or worrying about it touching a dirty surface, you can attach it to your spigot and let it hang freely.  It won’t touch the floor and it will stay in place for you to use to bottle with.

4.) When you are bottling, open up your dishwasher, set your bucket on the counter overtop your dishwasher, and fill your bottles over the open dishwasher.  You do not have to clean it up once you are done because the next wash cycle that you run will take care of the cleanup.

5.) If you plan to continue to brew beer after the first few brews, upgrade your capper before your standard wing capper breaks.  You don’t want to be in the middle of bottling, have your capper break, and be unable to finish and have to waste your beer.  I did a review video on the capper than I personally use and highly endorse:  Review On The Super Agata Bench Capper.

6.) When you are trying to get your beer bottle labels off, instead of scratching them off, just soak them in a 5 gallon bucket with a 1/2 cup of oxyclean.  The oxyclean will dissolve the glue and make it real easy for the labels to come off clean.  I talked about this in this YouTube video: How To Get A Label Off A Beer Bottle.

7.) NEVER reuse twist top cap bottles.  Only pop top.  The twist top bottles have a very thin top in comparison to a pop top.  This means that when you try and cap your bottles, the twist tops will break.

8.) Taste everything that you put into your wort and taste your wort or beer as it goes through its stages.  If your palate is sensitive enough you can taste which ingredient makes what taste in the finial product.  This will also help you isolate any ingredient that you don’t like or that has gone bad.  It will also help you appreciate the finial product more knowing what your beer went through to get to the tasty end.


A Few Other Notes from Clay:

Hey Speaking Easy Podcast listeners, I have done a few videos on how to brew beer. These step by step guides are easy to follow, and have no difficult lingo or math involved with the process. Take a look at A Beginners Guide to Brewing Beer.  Also, check out How To Brew Pumpkin Spice Porter, a full video without breaks but also shows step by step process.