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Brewing TV - Episode 31: Brew Your Own Bender



Original postdate: February 25, 2011


- Surly Bender Pro Series Kit: Partial Mash & All-Grain
- Side-by-side-by-side Tasting Notes
- Theme Song 2.0


One beer done two ways. Dawson brews a side-by-side comparison of partial mash vs all-grain. The lucky beer - Northern Brewer's new Surly Bender beer kit, part of the new Pro Series line of beer kits. See how the intermediate brewing method of partial mash (more accurately "mini-mash") benefits the flavor of your beer without adding hours (or more expensive equipment) to the equation. Then sit in on a taste test of both homebrews up against the real thing.


Related Links

Partial mash walkthrough from NB

Going partial mash? You'll need these:

Surly Bender Pro Series beer kits

Surly Brewing Company 

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Two words: Kegworm poster! 





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Yub yub! Nicely done.

February 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMark

Love this type of episode. Im glad you guys have a variety of show types. (tastings, touring etc etc). But these are the ones i really look forward to. Little nerdy from the technical side, little funny as well. Chip feel free to add some more behind the camera comedic relief

February 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterEric

@ Eric (and everyone)... check this out in case you didn't see the link under episode:


February 25, 2011 | Registered CommenterChip

NICE! Inspired me to try Partial Mash.

Chip: I see you also included some 311c...sticking it to the haterz...;-)

February 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterErik

@ Erik with a K!
That's my band from college actually... but I was totally obsessed with 311 then (much more than now) and it shows in the music.
Love me some octave pedal!
So yes it was a nice subliminal jab at the haterz w/o infringing on copyrights.
Good looking out, my brodel!

February 25, 2011 | Registered CommenterChip

Great idea to do a side by side video demo of partial mash and all grain. All extract brewers are capable of doing a partial mash. And once you've got a taste for that, going to full all grain seems within reach.

I notice when you are pumping O2 into it the wort is really bubbling. I've read that you want to gently aerate otherwise some of the O2 is just coming right out of the wort and you are losing it. Do you know anything about that?

Nice pretzel presentation. :)

Dawson is drinking from the can? Damn boy!

I think it is really telling that you guys could pick out the all grain, and that you thought it is better. We always say, yes, you can make great beer, but hey, let's be honest. All grain, generally speaking (!) is going to give you better beer than extract.

Very helpful, solid, well rounded episode. We also got to hear how Chip is/was indeed a 311 fan. ;) I heard the influence in that old music man.

Nice Theme 2.0 too.

February 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDonO

Man, great stuff. Partial mash and all grain, tasting notes, and a BRAINOIL shoutout. Once again, another great episode. +1 for more Chip comedy.

February 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJon Weber

Great episode! Super helpful. I've been debating trying a partial mash and this convinced me. Just ordered the RyePA. Looking forward to it!

February 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMaggiesmeats

Not to bring up your sponsor, but on Brew Strong Jamil and John agree that "squeezing" the grain bag actually has no detrimental effect on the finished beer. It's assumed that whomever started that statement was probably using too hot of water and that was what leeched the tannins into the wort.
Plus I squeezed my grain bags when I was doing extract with specialty grain as well as brew in a bag without problems.

February 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBrett Silver Begani

If I wanted to make this Coffee Bender, how would I go about doing it? The bender is a fine beer, but in my opinion the Coffee version is out of this world. On a side note. Will Brewing TV be attending the Casanova Cavefest this year? I enjoyed your Maibock last year.

February 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterStan

@ Stan.... that's a tough call. The coffee-fication of Bender is one of the only secrets Surly won't part with. I know it's some kind of cold-pressed infusion, but I couldn't tell you when, where, how much, steeped vs. mixed, what temperature, etc.... I only know that they use fresh-roasted beans from Coffee & Tea, Ltd, an awesome local roaster in Minneapolis.

But if / when you figure it out... here's how to make a Moe's Bender (a local festival favorite)... per Surly head brewer Todd Haug:
Moe’s Bender = Coffee Bender +1.25 oz Roasted Cacao/gal + 2 split Vanilla beans/gal + Oak Spirals age for about a week on cacao/vanilla/oak.

Good luck!

On the brighter side - Northern Brewer will be back at the Casanova Beer Cave Fest this year. Not sure if BTV will be in tow, but you'll be in good hands with our Northern Brewer brethren, some of which you may recognize from past episodes. Thanks for watching! Chip W.

February 25, 2011 | Registered CommenterChip

Awesome episode guys. I really like all the episodes but episodes like this are what I hope for every time. Keep it up.

February 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDan P

Man.. I want a kegworm poster. Unfortunately it would probably cost about $30 to mail to Canuckistan!

February 25, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterelproducto

Dang! I JUST made a big order from NB so that I wouldn't have to order again for a while... I want one of those stickers :-(

February 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTommy M.

The video won't play for me... all of the other episodes play no problem... has something changed? I tried it in Google Chrome and IE.

February 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCharlie

Great episode! I love them all but this type is what I look forward to. I like seeing how you guys put a brew day together, with all the different ways of doing things in brewing its nice to see how others do it. Thanks a ton! All for brew, brew for all!

February 25, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterjoeynix44

Fantastic Episode. Beer distribution of craft beer being what it is, I can't get Surley cans to taste. What better way for a company to get their brand out there than by partnering with an A1 organization like NB and letting those capable, brew the recipes of brewers some of us can only read about! Keep the pro series coming. Looking forward to more.

February 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMac

Thanks for the info Chip. I'm gonna try something along the lines of what you mentioned. I might go buy a 4 pack and think about it.

February 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterStan

Another great episode. I love the toptier. I will be ordering one during the month of march and feeling like I wanna support brewingtv Might have to throw one of these kits in there.

February 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRuffdeezy

Loved the episode. I just finished my first partial mash and am about to step-up to all grain. Quick question, was that a 5 or 10 gallon cooler that Dawson used? Seemed awfully full.

February 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDerek

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