Basic Brewing Radio™ 2009

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December 31, 2009 - Holiday Barleywine Vertical

James and Steve end out the year with a little vertical tasting of small-batch holiday barleywines from the past couple of years.

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December 17, 2009 - Partigyles Gone Wild

Home brewers Greg Pietsch, Scott Schluter, and Mark Glinski describe a partigyle brewday when they used two mashes to generate a lot of beer.

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December 10, 2009 - Mixing Yeast and Experiment III

Chris Colby, editor of Brew Your Own magazine talks about an experiment mixing yeast strains in homebrew. Also, we launch our third collaborative experiment.

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December 3, 2009 - Making the Most of Mr. Beer

Derrick Johnson of MrBeerFans.com shares advice on how Mr. Beer brewers should up their game. Also, listener feedback on pumpkin beers.

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November 26, 2009 - Pumpkin Beer Experiment

Does pumpkin really make an impact on beer flavor? Home brewers Joel Neal and Phil Saylor share the results of their pumpkin beer experiment.

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November 19, 2009 - Solar Brewing

Joe Bair of Princeton Homebrew talks about his groundbreaking experiments in using the heat of the sun to brew beer.

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November 12, 2009 - BYO-BBR Yeast Pitching Experiment

Chris Colby, Andy Sparks, and Mark Smith join James to evaluate the second collaborative experiment with Brew Your Own Magazine.

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November 5, 2009 - AHA Update with Gary Glass

We talk with American Homebrewers Association Director Gary Glass about goings-on at the AHA, how to start a club, and the legal status of home brewing in Kentucky.

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October 29, 2009 - Small Space Brewing

Chris Colby, editor of Brew Your Own magazine, gives us tips and tricks on brewing in apartments or other smaller spaces.

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October 22, 2009 - German Brewing History

Home brewer Kai Troester brings us a bit of insight into brewing techniques from 1860s Germany from texts that he has translated from that time.

- Read Kai's blog post about his research

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October 15, 2009 - Upright Brewing Company

In our final audio interview from our Portland trip, we visit Upright Brewing Company and talk to head brewer Alex Ganum.

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October 8, 2009 - Solera Brewing and Barrel Aging

Mad Fermentationist Michael Tonsmeire and fellow brewer Nathan Zeender talk about their experiments with solera brewing and barrel aging.

- Michael and Nathan's new blog

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October 1, 2009 - Longshot 2009 and GABF ProAm

Jeff Bearer from Craft Beer Radio steps in to bring us interviews with the 2009 Sam Adams Longshot finalists and the results of the competition.

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September 24, 2009 - FOAM Cup Judging

James and Steve head to nearby Tulsa, Oklahoma, to help judge the FOAM Cup homebrew competition.

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September 17, 2009 - Build-a-Beer Experiment and Fred Eckhardt

In our first show from Portland, we attend a meeting of the Oregon Brew Crew homebrew club. We talk to brewing legend Fred Eckhardt and also find out about a project to build the perfect APA.

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September 10, 2009 - Partially Crazy

Chris Colby, editor of Brew Your Own magazine, revisits his countertop partial mashing technique with some recipes that are a bit out of the ordinary.

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September 3, 2009 - Yeast Ranching
Home brewer Greg Pietsch shares his efforts in raising a stable of yeast for use in his own brews and for sharing with friends.

- Greg's Saccharomyces Safari blog

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August 27, 2009 - Strawberry Ale Experiment
Home brewer Matt Troutman describes the results of his experiment comparing adding strawberries at the end of the boil and into the secondary fermenter.

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August 20, 2009 - Freestyle Home Brewing
Home brewer Ricky Klein shares beers and his philosophy of brewing around the traditional style guidelines with ingredients found on hand.

- Chris Colby's blog describing our Yeast Pitching Experiment

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August 13, 2009 - Sean Paxton, The Homebrew Chef
Sean Paxton, The Homebrew Chef, sits down with James and Steve after his National Homebrewers Conference presentation to talk about the philosophy of beer and food.

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August 6, 2009 - Utah Legal Homebrew Competition
Douglas Wawrzynski shares his observations and interviews following the first legal home brewing competition in Utah's history.

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July 30, 2009 - Yeast Biology and History
Chris Colby, editor of Brew Your Own magazine, sheds some light on the scientific workings and background of our favorite fungus. We also talk about the next phase of the collaborative experiments.

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July 23, 2009 - WAHA Decoction Experiment
James and Steve taste a decoction experiment conducted by members of the Washington Homebrewers Association and get guidance from Michael Ferguson of BJ's.

- I Am a Home Brewer video (youtube)

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July 16, 2009 - NHC Troubleshooting Panel
The troubleshooting panel discussion at the National Homebrewers Conference, featuring Tomme Arthur, Vinnie Cilurzo, Michael Ferguson, John Palmer, and Ken Grossman.

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July 9, 2009 - NHC Mead Panel
The mead panel discussion at the National Homebrewers Conference, featuring Byron Burch, Charlie Papazian, Curt Stock, and Harold Gulbransen.

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July 2, 2009 - Ken Grossman NHC Keynote
In the first of our coverage of the National Homebrewers Conference in Oakland, Ken Grossman of Sierra Nevada Brewing gives the keynote address.

- Sierra Nevada's Bigfoot fermentation video

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May 28, 2009 - BBR-BYO Experiment Results
James Spencer, Steve Wilkes, and Chris Colby, editor of Brew Your Own magazine, taste James' experiment beer and read the results from brewers around the world.

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May 21, 2009 - Mobile Phone Brewing
Home brewer Alex Roberts joins James in the studio to compare brewing applications and Web sites that work on mobile devices.

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May 14, 2009 - Colby Garden Update and Corking Belgians
Chris Colby, editor of Brew Your Own magazine, updates us on how his garden grows and gives us tips on corking Belgian beers.

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May 7, 2009 - Homemade Candi Syrup
Home brewer Joshua Smith joins us to tell us how to make our own candi syrup for our Belgian beers.

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April 30, 2009 - "Spontaneous" Fermentation
Jason Perkins, head brewer of Allagash Brewing in Portland, Maine, talks about his brewery's work in fermenting beer with the native local "critters".

- See the first brew session on YouTube.

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April 23, 2009 - Brewing on a Budget
Chris Colby, editor of Brew Your Own magazine shares tips to make the already-economical process of home brewing even more efficient.

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April 16, 2009 - APA Experiment
Home brewers Jim Lewellyn and Darren Goad join us to share the results of their American Pale Ale experiment, playing with yeast and dry hopping.

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April 9, 2009 - BIAB Brewing Session
James flies solo at the brewpot to test out the "Brew in a Bag" Australian technique of all grain brewing with a Maris Otter session ale.

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April 2, 2009 - Brew in a Bag
Australian home brewers Dan Walker and Geoff Hammond explain the all grain technique of Brew in a Bag, which they advocate as a good way to get into brewing with grain.

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March 26, 2009 - BBR-BYO Collaborative Experiment
James travels to Bastrop, Texas, home of Chris Colby, editor of Brew Your Own magazine. James and Chris introduce an experiment that invites participation from home brewers everywhere.

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March 19, 2009 - Mash and Lauter Efficiency
Home brewer Kai Troester explains how to analyze all grain efficiency going into the brewpot and beforehand in the mash tun.

From Kai's site:
- Understanding Efficiency
- Troubleshooting Brewhouse Efficiency

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March 12, 2009 - Hog Haus Partigyle
James joins Mehmet Kadiev, head brewer, and David Mathews, assistant brewer, at the Hog Haus brewery in Fayetteville, Arkansas, as they brew two beers from one mash.

- Facebook photo album

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March 5, 2009 - Wine Kit Pyment
Mead maker Mike Lozano walks us through making a pyment using a wine kit as a shortcut. Also, Douglas Wawrzynski fills us in on the victory in Utah.

Mentioned: Hightest Honey Haven

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February 26, 2009 - Carboy Top Cropping
James talks to home brewer Sam Scott of Hamilton, New Jersey about a method he's using to harvest yeast from a carboy during primary fermentation. Also, we get another homebrew legislation update.

- Sam Scott's Top Cropping Video

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February 19, 2009 - Maple Sap Brewday
Andy and James join home brewers Kasey Loman and Jen Royer as they brew a batch of beer using maple sap as most of the brew water. We also learn how sap is harvested.

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February 13, 2009 - Homebrew Legislation Update
In this "extra" episode, Douglas Wawrzynski interviews Gary Glass, director of the American Homebrewers Association, on a victory for home brewing in Utah and on legalization efforts across the country.

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February 12, 2009 - Mead Honey Experiment
Mead maker Mike Lozano joins James, Steve, and Andy as they take part in his experiment comparing six different honey varieties in mead.

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February 5, 2009 - Container Hops Revisited
Don't have space to plant hops? Don't be too sure. Chris Colby, editor of Brew Your Own magazine brings us up to date on his efforts to grow hops in containers.

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January 29, 2009 - German Techniques
Home Brewer Kai Troester shares some tips and techniques he's found while researching German brewing. Also, we get an update on beer-related legislation across the country.

- Kai's Wiki page

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January 22, 2009 - Firestone Walker Vertical
Matt Brynildson, brewmaster at Firestone Walker Brewing, walks us through a vertical tasting of 10, 11 and 12. Matt talks about blending, wood aging, bottle aging and more.

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January 15, 2009 - Fermenting in a Keg
Chris Colby, editor of Brew Your Own magazine, tells us how to ferment in Corny kegs . . . and why.

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January 8, 2009 - Propane and Propane Accessory Safety
Bruce Swiecicki, senior technical advisor for the National Propane Gas Association, joins us to answer your questions about propane safety and getting the most out of your propane burner setup.

- Email Bruce here.

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January 1, 2009 - End of the Year Barleywine
Our first episode of the year features the last brewing session of 2008: a barleywine with James, Andy, and Casey Letellier. Casey gives us his perspective on beer and brewing in England and the U.S.

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