Basic Brewing Radio™
At Basic Brewing Radio, we're all about home brewing. Each week, we hope to bring to you interesting interviews with people who can shed light on the hobby, share an interesting story, or give expert advice to help us all become better home brewers.
We plan to make each show short and to the point, because we know how precious your time (and bandwidth) can be.
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December 5, 2013 - Fruit Saisons
Homebrewer Bryan Gold shares tips on brewing his award-winning saison and saisons with fruit.
November 21, 2013 - Blending Braggots
James and Steve blend finished beers and honey beverages before bottling to find a tasty braggot.
November 14, 2013 - Homebrew Toxicology
Paul, a homebrewer and toxicologist, answers your concerns about materials and chemicals we use in our favorite hobby.
November 7, 2013 - IPA Experiment Results
Chris Colby and Denny Conn join James to go over the results of adding increasing amounts of gypsum to an American IPA.
October 31, 2013 - Split Batch and Burnt Meads
Home meadmaker Matt Weide shares meads that have been made from a split batch and bochet - a mead from burnt honey.
October 24, 2013 - Starting a Homebrew Store
Desiree Knott of High Gravity in Tulsa talks about lessons learned in starting and running a successful LHBS.
October 17, 2013 - Homebrew Graf
Homebrewers Brook Baber and David Bauter share fruit beers inspired by Stephen King, brewed with apple and pineapple juice.
October 10, 2013 - Sour Solera Project
Homebrewer Ethan Tripp shares the result of his barrel project where he harvests sour beer every six months and replaces it with fresh beer.
October 3, 2013 - Ozark Beer Company
James heads to formerly dry Benton County, Arkansas, with Andy Sparks to visit with Andy Coates of Ozark Beer Company and sample some homebrews.
September 26, 2013 - German Wheat Beers
Chris Colby of Beer and Wine Journal gives us details on brewing tasty German wheat beers and kicks off an experiment on brewing hoppy beers.
September 19, 2013 - Starting a Brewery
Dick Cantwell, author of The Brewers Association's Guide to Starting Your Own Brewery, talks about going pro.
September 12, 2013 - Notch Brewing: American Session Beer
Chris Lohring, brewer at Notch Brewing in Massachusetts, shares tips on brewing satisfying lower gravity beers.
September 5, 2013 - The Flip Side
James and Steve have a serious conversation with a very good friend who wants to share a cautionary tale.
August 29, 2013 - Hoppy Pale Ales
Chris Colby from Beer and Wine Journal talks about his extensive series on brewing our favorites - hoppy American pale ales, IPAs, and double IPAs.
August 22, 2013 - Fossil Cove Sour
James sits down with Ben Mills of Fossil Cove Brewing in Fayetteville, Arkansas, to discuss the details of his sour mash beer. They also taste a mystery homebrew from James.
August 15, 2013 - 2013 Beehive Brewoff
James and Steve head to Salt Lake City to help judge the Beehive Brewoff and celebrate five years of legal brewing in Utah.
August 8, 2013 - Earth - Bread + Brewery
Our audio tour of Philadelphia breweries concludes with a visit to Earth - Bread + Brewery in the Mount Airy neighborhood.
August 1, 2013 - Fruit Juicer Experiment
Homebrewer Jameson Parker shares his experiment exploring whether it makes a difference to run fruit through a juicer before adding to beer.
July 25, 2013 - Forest and Main Brewery
Our tour of the Philadelphia area continues with a visit to Ambler, Pennsylvania, and Forest and Main brewery.
July 18, 2013 - No Chill Aging Experiment
Bob Stempski returns with another no-chill experiment. This time, how does storing unpitched no-chill wort for four months affect the final product?
July 11, 2013 - Chris LaPierre of Iron Hill
Our tour of the Philadelphia area begins with tasty beers at the Maple Shade, New Jersey, location of Iron Hill and brewer Chris LaPierre.
July 4, 2013 - NHC Aeration Experiment
Members of the Barley Legal homebrew club from Maple Shade, New Jersey, share their experiment comparing different aeration techniques.
May 30, 2013 - Cantillon's Jean van Roy
Phillip Lamb interviews Jean van Roy, owner and brewmaster of historic lambic brewery Cantillon.
May 23, 2013 - Nebraska Brewing
Paul Kavulak of Nebraska Brewing Company talks about barrel aging as we sample four of his tasty beers.
May 16, 2013 - Alabama Legal
Brant Warren of Alabama's Right to Brew gives us a behind-the-scenes look at his state's new homebrew law and how it passed.
May 9, 2013 - Gordon Strong on Competitions
Gordon Strong, president of the Beer Judge Certification Program and author of Brewing Better Beer, joins us to talk about entering and judging competitions.
May 2, 2013 - Andy Barrel Update
James talks to Andy Sparks about what he's been doing with his eight-gallon whiskey barrel since we talked to him last about it.
April 25, 2013 - Homebrewer's Garden
Joe Fisher and Dennis Fisher, authors of The Homebrewer's Garden, join us to answer your questions from Facebook and Twitter.
April 18, 2013 - David Conz Tribute
A conversation with the late David Conz, Arizona State University professor and friend to homebrewers and good beer. Introduction by Rob Fullmer, president of the Arizona Society of Homebrewers.
April 11, 2013 - Perceived Bitterness Experiment
Homebrewer Kevin Ellis shares an experiment comparing a beer with zero calculated IBUs against a more traditionally hopped beer. Brad Sturgeon supplies lab results.
April 4, 2013 - Alabama House Debate
The Alabama homebrew bill is one step closer to becoming law after passing the state House of Representatives. We listen in on the debate.
March 28, 2013 - Colorado Malting Company
Jason Cody, president of the Colorado Malting Company, talks about how his family farm went from being a grain supplier to becoming a maltster of craft malt.
March 21, 2013 - The New Mr. Beer
Shawn Halstead of Mr. Beer talks about changes in his company and product line, and Craig Hendry from Raise Your Pints celebrates legal homebrew in Mississippi.
March 14, 2013 - West Mountain Brewing
Andy Coates, brewer of West Mountain Brewing in Fayetteville, Arkansas, talks about his current position and plans for launching a new brewery.
March 7, 2013 - Zot's Specialty Grain Experiment
Zot O'Connor joins us to talk about his experiment in adding specialty grains to a finished beer to taste the effects.
February 28, 2013 - Peoples Brewery
Homebrewer Lamel Moore tells the story of Peoples Brewery - the first African American-owned brewery. Lamel also shares recipes designed to mimic the original Peoples brews.
February 21, 2013 - Core Brewing Revisit
Jesse Core of Core Brewing and Distilling in Springdale, Arkansas, gives us a grand tour of the expansion that has happened since we first visited a year ago.
February 14, 2013 - Water Chemistry Calculator
Kai Troester talks about his Mash Chemistry and Brewing water Calculator and walks us through using it to improve our water for brewing.
February 7, 2013 - Gary Glass Update
Gary Glass, director of the American Homebrewers Association, talks about the National Homebrewers Conference, homebrew legislation in Mississippi and Alabama, and changes to the National Homebrew Competition.
January 31, 2013 - Dark Lagers
Homebrewers Nathan Zeender and Michael Tonsmeire, the Mad Fermentationist, bring us up to date on their pro brewing careers and talk about brewing lagers from the dark side.
January 24, 2013 - Milling Grain
Chris Colby, editor of Brew Your Own magazine, explains the basics of getting the best crush of your grain for all grain brewing.
January 17, 2013 - Specialty Grain Experiment
Homebrewer Darnell Brawner shares his experiment looking at how Carastan, crystal 40, and crystal 60 affect the same recipe.
January 10, 2013 - For the Love of Hops
Author Stan Hieronymus joins us to talk about his latest book, For the Love of Hops: The Practical Guide to Aroma, Bitterness and the Culture of Hops.
January 3, 2013 - Bronze Age Brewing
Archaeologist Ian Hill describes an ancient brewing site in Cyprus and talks about his own homebrew experiment attempting to brew bronze age beer.