Jeff Parker from The Dudes’ Brewery (http://www.thedudesbrew.com) and Andy Black from MacLeod Ale Brewing Co. (http://www.macleodale.com) talk to us about getting started home brewing beer.
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[Brew Master Jeff Parker the Dudes’ Brewery]
Generally what we do here at the Dudes, is we will do a small batch, a home-brew size batch 5 gallon. And we’ll just pick and choose from what looks new and exciting on the online retailers or or local home-brew store or home-brew supply. And we’ll just go in, we’ll taste the malts, smell the hops and talk to the brewers and see what’s good. Read publications, watch stuff online online.
[Great Online Resources:]
[John Palmer – HowToBrew.com]
[Brewer’s Friend – BrewersFriend.com]
[Tasty Brew – TastyBrew.com]
And then we’ll go, reach out to our too big retailers. Either brewer’s supply group or country malt. And they handle all the big drawers, they’re consolidators. They bring in a lot of barley that year. They work with the hop growers, northwest, southern hemispheres as well as Europe. They basically work with the big guys and package it to a craft beer level you can buy smaller lots. Seriously materials commercial versus home brew, I think the home brew has the advantage because their stuff you can’t get on a commercial level. If I want to use the hot and new exciting hop, I can’t get a hundred pounds of it but I can get 3 ounces of it. So it’s kind of a fun advantage being on the fun home-brew size level because either so many online resources. It’s just going to your local brewers become a brewer and try to bump some yeast or some hops and all you can get your hands on. It goes both ways really.
[Brew Master Andy Black MacLeod Brewing Co.]
We mostly deal with national level suppliers so that’s pretty much what everyone in the brewing industry does. There’s some kind of mythology going on about you having some really intense connection with the farmers that make your product. And that’s cute and all but it’s not feasible actually it’s a small brewer. But if it’s a larger brewer, it’s much more possible because your distributor, the wholesaler of your grain or hops is going to want you to have that relationship. Because you are buying so much product, they want to secure that relationship. And the more personal relationship you have within the business relationship, the more secure you are gonna be. We’re so small that that is not likely. It’s done but we just don’t have enough buying power and the amount of logistical effort required to do that is unfeasible because we can get really really high quality products from national distributors. Their job with the craft brewing industry is to ensure the highest quality product to give in a small solo consumer and us having personal relationship with farms, we can’t guarantee that we can give that much of a given hop or a given grain type and have the ability of process it. If we’d have to process it, it’s a lot of effort to everyone’s part and it’s not gonna ensure quality necessarily. It’s just a good story.