Basic Brewing Radio™ 2007

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December 27, 2007 - Brewing Nightmares

In this low-maintenance holiday episode, we share your brewday mishaps to live, laugh and learn. Happy new year!

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December 20, 2007 - Worth Brewing Company
Peter Ausenhus of Worth Brewing Company in Northwood, Iowa talks to us about how he's running a professional brewery with homebrew-scale equipment.

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December 13, 2007 - The Hop Shortage: What To Do
Chris Colby of Brew Your Own Magazine fills us in on the hop situation and gives us tips to make it through to better, hoppier times.

Also mentioned: Beer and Brewer magazine

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December 6, 2007 - Cask Conditioning
Benjy Edwards of Columbus, Ohio teaches us about cask conditioning and how we can make Real Ale at home.

- Benjy's Boathouse Brewery
- UKBrewing.com
- Where to find Cask Conditioned Beers
- Overnight Mashing

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November 29, 2007 - Making Sake
Bob Taylor of Anchorage, Alaska shares his knowledge of sake and how he makes it at home during long Alaska winters.

- Bob's site on making sake

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November 22, 2007 - Reiterated Mashing
Chris Colby of Brew Your Own Magazine walks us through his method of making big beers by putting wort back through a second or third mash.

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November 15, 2007 - Maui Brewing Company
Garrett Marrero of Maui Brewing Company tells us about brewing in paradise and lets us in on how a couple of his wonderful beers are brewed.

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November 8, 2007 - Beer Yeast Mead
Mead maker Mike Lozano shares his experiment making meads with beer yeasts. We also salute the Mighty Carson Art Players.

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November 1, 2007 - Reusing Yeast

Chris Colby, editor of Brew Your Own magazine, gives us tips on reusing all the good yeast we find in the bottom of our primary fermenter.

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October 25, 2007 - Sam Adams LongShot 2007 Winners

Jeff Bearer of Craft Beer Radio reports on the winners of the Samuel Adams LongShot homebrew competition at GABF.

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October 18, 2007 - GABF 2007 Recap
We talk to Great American Beer Festival first-timers Jeff Bearer of Craft Beer Radio, Rick Sellers of Pacific Brew News Radio and Rick Hagerbaumer of Big Foamy Head.

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October 11, 2007 - Measuring Tools
Chemistry professor Brad Sturgeon walks us through the basics of using thermometers, hydrometers and refractometers.

Brad's docs (pdf):
Specific gravity (Hydometer) vs Sucrose Concentration
Degree Brix (Refractometer) vs Sucrose Concentration

Will's refractometer spreadsheet

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October 4, 2007 - Countertop Partial Mashing Revisited
Chris Colby of Brew Your Own magazine gives us an update on what he's learned about doing partial mashes with a countertop cooler.

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September 27, 2007 - Offbeat Yeast Part Two
We continue our tasting with Michael Tonsmeire, the Mad Fermentationist from Washington D.C. This week, all the beers are fermented with Brettanomyces.

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September 20, 2007 - Offbeat Yeast Part One
Michael Tonsmeire, the Mad Fermentationist from Washington D.C., shares some of his beers made with other-than-normal yeast. In this episode: Kvass, Flanders Red, and a Strong, Dark Belgian.

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September 13, 2007 - Keeping Bees
We talk to home brewer and amateur bee keeper Ryan Wilson about how to get insects to make the sweet stuff for our meads and braggots.

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September 6, 2007 - "Marketing" Homebrews
Creative consultants Bob Corscadden and James Gardner of jimbob give us tips on "selling" the idea of drinking homebrew and other good beers in this day of mass-marketed big-boy beers.

Michael Jackson Tribute:
- Beer Hunter blog

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August 30, 2007 - Blending Beers
Matt Brynildson of Firestone Walker gives us advice on blending beers to create new brews and explains his brewery's system of oak aging.

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August 23, 2007 - Brewing with Coffee

Chris Colby of Brew Your Own magazine gives us some tips on brewing beer with another brewed beverage - coffee.

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August 16, 2007 - Brewer Thomas Larsen
Thomas Larsen of Wynkoop Brewing Company in Denver give us his take on making wonderful beers with interesting ingredients.

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August 9, 2007 - Brewer John Legnard
John Legnard of The Sandlot at Coors Field give us brewing tips and lets us in on what it's like to brew at a small brewery owned by one of the big guys.

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August 2, 2007 - Meadmaker Mike Lozano
We sample delicious meads and mead-based experiments with home meadmaker Mike Lozano of Aurora, Colorado.

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July 26, 2007 - NHC Grab Bag
This week, we have an assortment of sound from the National Homebrewers Conference in Denver. We talk to David Myers of Redstone Meadery, Tony Simmons of Pagosa Brewing and Vinnie Cilurzo from Russian River.

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July 19, 2007 - NHC: Tips and Tasting
Our coverage of the National Homebrewers Conference in Denver continues with brewing tips from David Houseman and tasting tips from Lauren Salazar of New Belgium.

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July 12, 2007 - Water Alkalinity and Beer Styles
John Palmer, Rick Bobbitt and Scott Jackson talk about their experiment at the National Homebrewers Conference pairing beer styles with appropriate water chemistry.

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July 5, 2007 - Measuring and Predicting IBUs
Two chemistry professors, Bradley Sturgeon and Paul Charlesworth, join BBR veterans James Spencer, Andy Sparks, Steve Wilkes and Mark Smith to share the results of an experiment putting IBU prediction formulas through their paces.

We also celebrate our 100th episode!

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June 28, 2007 - NHC Keynote: Peter Bouckaert
Peter Bouckaert, brewmaster of New Belgium Brewery, addresses the National Homebrewers Conference in Denver and takes Charlie Papazian to task on beer styles.

Also mentioned: Photo gallery from Colorado

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May 31, 2007 - Same Yeast, Different Flavor
Neva Parker, laboratory manager of White Labs yeast, explains her experiment putting three yeast strains through various temperatures and gravities.

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May 24, 2007 - Designing Brewing Experiments
Chris Colby from Brew Your Own magazine walks us through the process of designing experiments in brewing to get accurate, useful results.

Mentioned: Rick Sellers' beer blog

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May 17, 2007 - Conical Fermenters
We talk with members of Fayetteville Lovers of Pure Suds about their fancy fermenters and why they moved up from carboys.

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May 10, 2007 - Aging with Oak
Dan Carey, Brewmaster of New Glarus Brewing Company in New Glarus, Wisconsin, shares his tips on aging beer on oak chips and in oak barrels.

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May 3, 2007 - AHA Events
Gary Glass, Director of the American Homebrewers Association, joins us to talk about Big Brew, National Competition and National Conference.

Mentioned:
- Cyberbrau
- NeoOffice

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April 26, 2007 - Brewing Software
We read listener reviews of brewing software, and Andy Sparks talks about the Boulder Strong Ale Festival.

Mentioned:
- Jason Carson's Brewing Spreadsheet
- Knights of the Mashing Fork Online Tools
- Google Calendar
- Applications: BeerAlchemy, BeerSmith, BeerTools, Brewsta, Homebrew Formulator, ProMash, QBrew, StrangeBrew, SUDS 4.0

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April 19, 2007 - A Tale of Two IPAs
Chris Colby from Brew Your Own Magazine takes us behind the scenes with the two personalities of one of our favorite styles: English and American IPAs.

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April 12, 2007 - Batch Sparging with Denny Conn
Noted batch sparging advocate Denny Conn gives us his side of the batch/fly-sparging debate and answers listener questions and concerns about the process.

Also mentioned:
- BeerAlchemy - Brewing software for the Mac. Use "basicbrewing" as a coupon code for a 25% discount through June.
- Denny Conn's "Cheap and Easy" batch sparging guide

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April 5, 2007 - Yeast Life Cycle

David Logsdon from Wyeast takes us through the life cycle of our favorite microorganism and lets us know how we can help our yeast thrive and make great beer.

Also mentioned:
- Dan's home malting efforts in the Philippines
- Jamil's yeast pitching calculator

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March 29, 2007 - Sanitizing with Bleach and Star San
Charlie Talley from Five Star Chemicals tells us best practices in using household bleach and Star San in sanitizing equipment.

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March 22, 2007 - Sanitizing with Iodophor

Murl Landman of National Chemicals talks to us about sanitization techniques in general and using Iodophor specifically.

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March 15, 2007 - Steven Pauwels of Boulevard
Steven Pauwels of Boulevard Brewing Company in Kansas City, Missouri lets us in on home brewing tips as he talks about some adventurous brews he has planned.

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March 8, 2007 - Long Shot Winner Ken Smith
Ken Smith of the Boston Beer Company tells us about how he came up with his winning Boysenberry Wheat, which has been included in the Samuel Adams Long Shot six pack.

Michael Tonsmeire's brewing Blog

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March 1, 2007 - Home Malting
Chris Colby of Brew Your Own magazine tells how we can turn seed into malt in our own kitchens.

Session beer discussion on HBD

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February 22, 2007 - KC Club Competition
We travel to Kansas City, Missouri (actually Olathe, Kansas) to attend the 24th annual homebrew competition of the Kansas City Biermeisters.

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February 15, 2007 - Collaboration with Adam Avery
Adam Avery from Avery brewing in Boulder, Colorado lets us in on some of the behind-the-scenes details of brewing "Collaboration not Litigation Ale" with Vinnie Cilurzo from Russian River brewing.

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February 8, 2007 - brewing Organic
Amelia Slayton from Seven Bridges Cooperative in Santa Cruz, California tells us about brewing with organic ingredients and why we should try it.

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February 1, 2007 - Mead Festival and Experiment Tips
David Myers from Redstone Meadery gives us a preview of the upcoming International Mead Festival in Denver. David also has some advice for our upcoming multi-batch mead experiment.

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January 25, 2007 - How to Smell Better
Researcher Dr. Jay Gottfried explains how the sense of smell works and how a study he's conducting may help us to improve our brews by being able to smell more accurately.

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January 18, 2007 - Gluten Free brewing
Connie Rieper-Estes and Leigh Nogy from Dark Hills Brewery talk with us about brewing gluten free beer at home and their dream of founding a commercial gluten free brewery.


Gluten Free brewing
Mr. Goodbeer Gluten Free Page
Gluten Free Home brewing
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January 11, 2007 - John Palmer on pH

John Palmer, author of How to Brew, walks us through the potentially intimidating topic of pH. John tells us how to measure pH and what to do with our measurements to improve our beers.

Linda Starck information

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January 4, 2007 - Home Brewer vs. Craft Brewer
In this first podcast of 2007, we get input from our listeners on "home brewing" vs. "craft brewing" and extract vs. all grain.

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