Podcast Episode 300: Direct Fire! West Coast IPA Now, Revisited

In this follow-up to episode 286, the gang—Vinnie Cilurzo, Evan Price, and Kelsey McNair—is back together to answer and discuss your questions spurred by one of the most popular episodes in the history of the Craft Beer & Brewing Podcast.

Jamie Bogner Apr 23, 2023 - 7 min read

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To celebrate this milestone—the 300th episode of the Craft Beer & Brewing Podcast—we reassembled three leading voices in West Coast IPA to discuss questions spurred on by the original panel discussion, and this time they answered your audio questions, Direct Fire–style. California brewers Kelsey McNair of North Park in San Diego, Evan Price of Green Cheek in Orange and Costa Mesa, and Vinnie Cilurzo of Russian River in Santa Rosa and Windsor dive back into of one their and your favorite subjects—brewing West Coast IPA—and they answer your questions along the way.

In this episode, they discuss:

  • further research into how thin and thick mashes impact attenuation
  • balancing beers in a way that pleases both competition judges and customers
  • techniques to speed up and control hop creep
  • more benefits of “shaving the cone” early in fermentation
  • timing dry hops to eliminate acetaldehyde
  • hop variety–specific changes to dry-hopping regimens
  • hop pellet density
  • reducing dissolved oxygen through the cold-side process
  • Evan’s hot take on Centennial
  • achieving consistency in hop selection
  • layering T-90 pellets with advanced hop products
  • “cool-pooling” whirlpool times and temperatures
  • using hop extracts for bittering

And more.

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