Video Tip: Battling Oxygen and Microbes when Packaging

Oxygen can lead to spoilage—but so can a totally oxygen-free environment. Russian River cofounder Vinnie Cilurzo and head lab technician Taylor Lane share some wisdom—including insights about why bottles might beat cans when it comes to fighting oxygen.

Video Tip: The Benefits of Open Fermentation

From tank geometry to hydrostatic pressure, Russian River cofounder Vinnie Cilurzo and head lab technician Taylor Lane explain the advantages of traditional open-top fermentation—and why their yeast love it too.

Video Tip: Why We Should Minimize Oxygen Exposure When Brewing

This is not the haze you’re looking for... Oxygen from the mash and other parts of the brewing process can negatively affect color, clarity, and flavor. Russian River cofounder Vinnie Cilurzo and head lab technician Taylor Lane explain the science.

Video Tip: Clearing the Air on Oxygen Measurements

The differences between dissolved oxygen (DO), shaken DO, and total packaged oxygen (TPO) can cause confusion in the brewhouse. Russian River cofounder Vinnie Cilurzo and head lab technician Taylor Lane explain what they mean and when they matter.

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Russian River’s Complete Course on Oxygen in the Brewhouse, from Mashing to Packaging

In this video course, Russian River cofounder and brewmaster Vinnie Cilurzo and head lab technician Taylor Lane discuss all the facets of oxygen that affect beer quality—for pros and homebrewers alike—from happy yeast to airtight packaging.

Recipe: Russian River Janet’s Brown Ale

This recipe is based on notes from Russian River’s Vinnie Cilurzo, who shared details from his most recent commercial-scale iteration of the late Mike “Tasty” McDole’s famous homebrew recipe.

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Recipe: Blind Pig Inaugural Ale

Courtesy of Russian River’s Vinnie Cilurzo, this recipe aims to replicate the first beer he brewed at Blind Pig in 1994—and what is regarded to be the first commercially brewed double IPA.