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Brewing TV - Episode 35: High Voltage 1800



Original Postdate: April 22, 2011

Guest host Kent "Sixpack" Olsen brews a batch of Town Hall 1800 English IPA (he later dubbed his version "Dirty Deeds English IPA"). Sixpack won the Brewing TV brew session and beer kit at an auction benefit for Emma German earlier this year. The brew session takes place on his birthday surrounded by friends from his Jack of All Brews homebrew club and plenty of great beer. Join us for one hop-tastic brew day filled with interesting tips, a tour of Sixpack's basement bar and some High Voltage fun.

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Jack of All Brews homebrew club

Town Hall English IPA recipe kit

Emma's Brown Ale recipe kit

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Reader Comments (47)

I thought it was worth a watch. I would bet that if I were on camera for a brew session, it would have more mistakes than commented upon here. A stuck runoff is a pain, regardless of the cause (pellets in the double bazooka are commonplace when using a fair volume of hops - no, they weren't super high alpha, but there was a pretty large amount of pellets in there for 5 gallons).

Keep up the good work, Chip. A few new faces and a new technique is always worth a show. Not everybody can be a Dawson and Keeler and hit their marks at all times.....(Did I really say that?)

Cheers, and keep them coming.

April 24, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterynotbrusum

Devin, B, and Mike,

Devin, you are a chooch and you must not have fun with your hobby. I am sure you have never had a beer while brewing, and everything is perfect in your life. You have no friends, I understand, but stop tearing into someone who wins competitions with his beers, and someone who is brewing for a cause. Brewing TV, I want your next episode over at "Devin's" house. We will call it "Brewing TV's Cribs." How does that feel? I am sure Kent doesn't feel good.

Devin, B., and Mike, I would like you to host Brewing TV. All of your episodes I'm sure would be perfect. Come on...write some critiques if you may, but be pleasant about them. Why would you be so harsh when a sick child is in need of help. Just giving a taste back to you guys.

April 24, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBrewer

I rather enjoyed this episode. Not all of us are as experienced when it comes to brewing, so it's nice to see how other "normal" people do things. I appreciate BTV as much as the next guy, but I probably related to this episode more than any other recent one. Most of the time it's like watching Top Gear -- supercars I will never drive. :-)

April 24, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRyan

I enjoyed this episode. It was more about homebrewing than many other episodes. I enjoyed listening to sixpack as well. Great job and for a great cause.

April 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRuffdeezy

Also a batch sparger here, and it was nice to finally see it on BTV. Props to Kent on hosting this episode and also for brewing for a great purpose and something other than himself. Your brew days look similar to mine, friends, fun, food, and beer. I enjoyed the episode and keep up the good work High Voltage. Keep rocking that ACDC.

April 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBH

I'm surprised at some of the hate on this episode. No, it wasn't an ep full of advanced techniques and no it wasn't an ep full of star power and brewing legends, but I thought it was a solid episode. It showed batch sparging for the first time and it was a nice to see another homebrewer's system that isn't a $3K mega bling system that most us can only lust after. Being a brewer more on the novice side of things it's nice to see a brewing session that doesn't run to scientific perfection. Keep up the good work BTV!

April 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterWalter

The way he talks about using his batch sparge system sounds like I am talking about the way I do it. :) He also has a wooden stick with markings to measure. "Calibrated kerflunkel-meter." That dude has a nice MN accent. Love it. "Clean up is the worst part of the brew day." Gotta agree there. "Don't fear the foam," another quote I've often used. Fun loving people making beer - who dare argue with that?

April 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDonO

Funny guy, actually. He took everything in stride. I think I would've been a red-faced swearing train wreck starting from the time that he overshot his strike temp.

Here's him: [trips over own equipment, makes a goofy little olympic gymnast pose while grinning. Carries on as before.]
Here's me: [trips over own equipment, curses while kicking said equipment, howls in pain, clutches broken foot, whimpers softly, begs Chip to turn off camera, curses Chip with voodoo curse for refusing, becomes Youtube sensation, quits job to tour country and appears on The View, donates all earnings to charity, returns home as a humble homebrewing champion of goodness, because that's just the kind of guy I am.]

April 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTravis

Still a new brewer here. I love seeing people's setups and procedures. Would like to see more. Surprised by people's attitude toward it.

April 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJWC

Nice episode!

Sure - it was a bit unusual with an unfamiliar guest host, but its nice to see "normal" brewers doing "normal" brewing once in a while.

April 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBo

Nice episode. As usual, the production was good. The host was entertaining. And, it was nice to see how others do it on a system similar to mine.

Thanks, Sixpack, for a job well done!

@ Jerrell. That mash tun looks stained, just like mine. Maybe you're just not using yours enough.

April 25, 2011 | Unregistered Commentertenglert

This was what we need to see more of, our fellow brewers on their own turf, perfecting and learning. All for brew...!

April 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterGreg

I liked this episode...it was the all grain version of the "Back to basics" episode. As a guy who does half batches or mini mashes on a apartment-sized stove top, using a propane burner is a step-up from my equipment. I also have friends who "help" me brew. They hang out and drink while I brew (one didn't even understand the difference between all grain and extract after having attended at least 10 brew sessions).

April 26, 2011 | Unregistered Commentergbx

Wow! Where to start. Thanks for all the feedback guys. I think BTV did a great job on this episode. Chip came into it not knowing what to expect, as did I. I don't normally brew with a peanut gallery wanting food and drink and offering up there uncalled for commentary etc. LOL! Not to mention the mic and camera business going on. We had a great time doing it. I suppose I could have just had Chip and myself there and made it a real boring afternoon with just the 2 of us sitting on our asses looking like nerds (no offense Chip) then you all would have seen a much more organized and fine tuned process, but where's the fun in that? What I do works for me and works well. The beer fermented nicely and is kegged and already tasting great.

For all the haters out there....."lighten up!" This is a hobby for me. I like my hobbies to be fun. I do have other hobbies besides brewing to keep me busy and take up my time and energy. I'm a Jack of many trades and Master of none, that's the way I like it. I brew about once a month. Mostly built my own equipment for brewing and serving. Never had a bad batch, never had an infection, made some great brews, won my share of medals - gold, silver, and bronze. Done cider and meads as well. Don't really do the competition thing anymore, been there done that. So relax, have a homebrew. If you need one, come on over and I'll pull a pint for ya.

Here's to Brewing TV and Jack of All Brews! Thanks for everything guys.

Brew on!

April 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSIXPACK


Ahem. I didn't say I could do a better job, or that Sixpack and Co didn't do a good job. Go back and read what I wrote. You will find that I was disparaging those who were being overly critical. Don't lump me in with them.

Like others here, I was surprised at the strong negative reactions of a few people. Again, not my favorite episode, but OK. Definitely not deserving of strong criticism.

April 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMike

Hey Mike,
I think brewer was maybe talking about the first 'Mike' that replied. Was that you?

April 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterNice guy

The episode was just fine... Good to see the tubby know it alls you talk about could chime in. We all brew with different degrees of process and for different reasons. If he is brewing beer he likes and isn't bitching that he's losing comps, then who the hell cares how he brews? Jeez people, calm down.

April 26, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterbildo

Very good episode, keep doing this. I enjoy most all of the stuff Brewing TV does, so show some more of the joe sixpack type of brewing. I agree with Oochi, the brewing snob elite, with the fancy expensive equipment sounds like what most of us home brewers and craft brewers belive Budweiser or Miller think of us.

April 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBob K

I personally enjoyed the episode. It was nice to see someone who is more of an amateur homebrewer (like myself) rather than the professionals, for a change of pace. I think Sixpack did a great job. It isn't easy getting up in front of a camera and I would sure hate to have my technique critiqued by all the beer geeks around... Good work. I wish I had that many buddies interested in helping me make beer, rather than just drinking it!

April 27, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterrichkev

Nice job, sixpack, love the 'tude, and thanks for the invite, even if I am from FLA

April 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterGreg

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