Basic Brewing Radio™ 2011

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December 22, 2011 - Homebrew Disasters
James and Steve read letters from listeners about batches of brew that didn't go the way they had been planned.

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December 15, 2011 - Homebrew Invasion
Brewers Kasey Loman and Jen Royer invade the home of non-brewers and brew up a batch of beer.

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December 8, 2011 - Andy's Brewery
Andy Sparks shows off his home brewery in progress: a remote-controlled, high-tech electric dream machine.

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December 1, 2011 - Fermenter Experiment Results
James and Chris Colby, editor of Brew Your Own magazine, go over the data from the experiment comparing different fermenter types.

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November 17, 2011 - Brewing Software II
James and Steve read listener recommendations about software designed to better your brew.

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November 10, 2011 - Brewing As a Monk
Sadhaka Rajanatha of Kauai's Hindu Monastery shares some 17-year-old mead and his experiences as brewer for his fellow monks.

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November 3, 2011 - No Sparge Brewing
Chris Colby, editor of Brew Your Own magazine, fills us in on the technique of mashing with all your brewing water and not rinsing.

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October 27, 2011 - Melon Blood
A behind-the-scenes look at the Basic Brewing Video episode, where James and Steve brew a watermelon wheat beer using only watermelon juice as the brewing water.

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October 20, 2011 - Spontaneous Homebrew
Home brewer Ken Valley shares beer that he allowed Mother Nature to innoculate instead of pitching yeast.

- Ken's blog: "Thoughts on Beer"

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October 13, 2011 - Outlaw Homebrew
James heads to Hattiesburg, Mississipi to cover the second annual Outlaw Homebrew Competition at the Keg and Barrel brewpub.

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October 6, 2011 - Brewing French
James and Andy enjoy good conversation, weather, and beer with Phillip Lamb, who shares information on French brewing.

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September 29, 2011 - Fermenter Experiment
Chris Colby, editor of Brew Your Own magazine, helps us launch the next collaborative experiment comparing the performance of different fermenters. Also, the roots of lager yeasts.

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September 22, 2011 - Wheat Wednesdays
Adam Draeger of the Yak and Yeti brewpub in Arvada, Colorado, joins us to talk about his journey going pro and his techniques of adding fruit to wheat beers in a weekly feature at his pub.

- Adam's Blog

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September 15, 2011 - Canning Wort
James sits down with Andy Sparks and Dave Johnson to talk about canning wort for starters as the pressure cooker steams in the background.

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September 8, 2011 - Email and Chickenuts
James and Steve catch up on email and find a missing gem from Club Night at NHC: Chickenuts.

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September 1, 2011 - Brewing Saison
Michael Tonsmeire, the Mad Fermentationist, and Nathan Zeender join James and Andy to sample homebrew Saison and talk about how to brew it.

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August 25, 2011 - IBU Ceiling Follow-Up
Brad Sturgeon is back to answer questions about his experiment to find the IBU ceiling and to unveil further results.

- Brad's follow-up data (pdf)

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August 18, 2011 - BYO Belgian Tour
Chris Colby, editor of Brew Your Own magazine, shares his experiences touring breweries and beer places in Belgium.

- Chris' photos (pdf)
- Vapeur Steam brewery video (mov)

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August 11, 2011 - IBU Ceiling Experiment
Dr. Brad Sturgeon of Monmouth College shares an experiment to try to find the top limit of how many IBUs can fit into a beer.

- Brad's Experiment Report (pdf)

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August 4, 2011 - English and Belgian Yeast Experiment
James, Steve, and Andy are joined by Danny Seeton and Matt Anderson, who have brought a yeast experiment to San Diego from north of the border.

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July 28, 2011 - BYO-BBR Yeast Rehydration Experiment

Chris Colby, editor of Brew Your Own Magazine, and Sean Terrill, head brewer of Silverton Brewing Company, help James examine the results of the latest collaboration experiment.

- Jacques Bertens experiment results (pdf)
- Vinnie Sempronio's time lapse video (wmv)

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July 21, 2011 - Cider Priming Sugar Experiment

Zot O'Connor shares his experiment priming cider with different priming sugars. Helping us to judge the results are members of WAHA and a special surprise guest.

- Zot's Exbeeriments site

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July 14, 2011 - HAZE Hop Experiment

Members of the Hangtown Association of Zymurgy Enthusiasts (HAZE) of Placerville, California share their experiment comparing three hop varieties' flavor and aroma characteristics.

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July 7, 2011 - Vinnie Cilurzo NHC Keynote

Vinnie Cilurzo, founder of Russian River Brewing and inventer of the double IPA, takes us through his trek from home brewer to innovative pro.

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May 26, 2011 - BYO-BBR Glassware Experiment

Will glassware affect the character of your beer? Chris Colby, editor of Brew Your Own magazine, joins James and Steve to investigate.

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May 19, 2011 - Cyser and Mead Experiments

James and Steve taste the results of home brewer Dave Scheuing's experiments with mead, cyser and different yeasts.

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May 12, 2011 - Brett-Only Beers

Home brewer Don Osborn shares two beers that were brewed only using Brettanomyces strains to ferment. Don also talks about mashing in the evening and brewing the next morning.

- Don's Recipes

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May 5, 2011 - Gluten Free Brewing

Desiree Knott of High Gravity in Tulsa tells us about her quest to brew the perfect gluten free beer.

- Desiree's Gluten Free Recipes (pdf)
- Michael J. Lewis paper on Celiac Disease and beer (pdf)
- Charlie Papazian's article on gluten free beer

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April 28, 2011 - Refractometer Results and High Altitudes

Sean Terrill returns to share the results of his efforts to refine the post fermentation refractometer correction formula and tells about his new job, brewing in thin air.

- Sean's Refractometer FG Results

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April 21, 2011 - Jan Halvor Fjeld

Jan Halvor Fjeld, this past year's Norwegian home brewer of the year, talks about his home system and shares a pale ale experiment.

- Video of the Speidels Braumeister System (YouTube)
- Video of the Nøgne Ø Brewday (YouTube)

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April 14, 2011 - New Experiments and Scandinavian Brewing

Chris Colby, editor of Brew Your Own magazine, helps James launch two new collaborative experiments and talks about Scandinavian beers.

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April 7, 2011 - Colonial Brewing

Frank Clark of Colonial Williamsburg joins us to talk about the state of beer and brewing in Colonial United States.

- Video of Brewing at Colonial Williamsburg
- George Washington's small beer recipe

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March 31, 2011 - Single Malt Experiment

Home brewer Paul English shares his experiment comparing beers brewed with five different base malts and no other grains.

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March 24, 2011 - Kai Troester on pH Part Two

Home brewer Kai Troester concludes a two-part discussion on pH in brewing by taking us into the mash tun.

Kai's links
- Mash pH Control
- Water pH Spreadsheet (xls document)

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March 17, 2011 - Kai Troester on pH Part One

Home brewer Kai Troester begins a two-part discussion on pH in brewing by starting with the basics.

Kai's links
- An Overview of pH
- How pH Affects Brewing

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March 10, 2011 - Berliner Weisse

Andy Sparks and the Mad Fermentationist, Michael Tonsmeire, share their homebrew Berliner Weisse beers and talk about brewing the nicely tart ales.

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March 3, 2011 - BYO-BBR Conversion Experiment

James is joined by Chris Colby, editor of Brew Your Own magazine, along with home brewers Kai Troester and Zot O'Connor, as they look at the results of the starch test experiment.

- Data overview spreadsheet
- Brandon Dufala's videos: Playlist

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February 24, 2011 - Lagering Alternatives

James and BYO Editor Chris Colby get together to chat about different ways to keep your lagers chilly during fermentation.

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February 17, 2011 - Homebrew Legislation Update

AHA Director Gary Glass brings us up to date on legislation across the country dealing with our favorite hobby. Gary also talks about the upcoming National Homebrewers Conference in San Diego.

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February 10, 2011 - Mash Time Experiment

Home brewer Charles Hoffman and James conduct an experiment comparing the effects of different mash times on a single recipe. Chris Colby and Kai Troester help interpret the results.

- Kai's starch test page

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February 3, 2011 - BYO-BBR Conversion Experiment Intro

Chris Colby, editor of Brew Your Own magazine, and James invite you to take part in Collaborative Experiment Seven. Also, Steve Wilkes joins James to talk cider, lagering, and other homebrew business.

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January 27, 2011 - Grain Preheating Experiment

Home brewer Darnell Brawner shares the results of an experiment testing whether preheating grain with strike water is beneficial.

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January 20, 2011 - BYO-BBR Mashing Experiment

James talks with Chris Colby, editor of Brew Your Own magazine, as they examine the data from the sixth BYO-BBR Collaborative Experiment.

- Listener Data

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January 13, 2011 - Blueberry Wheat Experiment

Home brewer Adam Draeger shares his experiment comparing blueberry extract against real blueberries for flavoring a wheat beer base.

- Adam's recipe

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January 6, 2011 - Weyermann Malts

In a presentation recorded in Melbourne, Australia, Thomas Kraus-Weyermann from Weyermann Malts gives background on the malting process and its products.

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