Basic Brewing Radio™

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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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Archived Episodes: 2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008 | 2007 | 2006 | 2005

December 18, 2014 - Roasted Grain Experiment

Christopher Owen and Ted Doll from the Louisville, Kentucky LAGERS club share their experiment using roasted specialty grains in the mash, hot steeping, and cold steeping.

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December 11, 2014 - Brewing Chili Beers

Sean Terrill from Two Mile Brewing Company shares tips on how to brew with chilis in a way that will give flavor without burning off our taste buds.

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December 4, 2014 - Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA)

Neil Walker from the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) talks about his organization's efforts to promote and preserve traditional beer and pubs in the United Kingdom.

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November 20, 2014 - Mad Weird Fermentations

Mad Fermentationist Michael Tonsmeire shares beers fermented with "critters" harvested around his home and from bottle dregs. Also, a sour beer dry-hopped in the bottle.

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November 13, 2014 - Mad Berliner Weisse

Mad Fermentationist Michael Tonsmeire joins us to share homebrew Berliner Weisse brewed with rhubarb and lemon.

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November 6, 2014 - Beer and Food Course

Julia Herz of the Brewers Association previews the Beer and Food Course that she has written with Chef Adam Dulye. Juila gives us advice on pairing beer and food and on aging craft beer and homebrew.

- CraftBeer.com's Beer & Food Course

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October 30, 2014 - Scaling Up with Rare Form

Kevin Mullen of Rare Form Brewing in Troy, New York, talks about working with homebrewers to bring their recipes to life on a larger scale.

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October 23, 2014 - Foraging with Scratch Brewing

Ryan Tockstein of Scratch Brewing in Ava, Illinois, talks about using local ingredients, including those foraged in the woods around his brewery.

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October 16, 2014 - Sour Beer and Wine Hybrid

Homebrewer James Sites shares his experiment blending sour beer and wine to create a new combination.

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October 9, 2014 - Carbonation

We go back to basics with Chris Colby of Beer and Wine Journal as we talk about proper carbonation in beers.

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October 2, 2014 - Proper Terminology

BIAB pioneer Pat Hollingdale makes an appeal for more standardized terminology when sharing brewing recipes.

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September 25, 2014 - Experimental Homebrewing

Denny Conn and Drew Beechum share tips from their book, Experimental Homebrewing: Mad Science in the Pursuit of Great Beer.

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September 18, 2014 - Short Boil Experiment

Homebrewer Jeff Muse compares a pale ale recipe with extract that has been boiled for 60 minutes against another where the extract has only been boiled for 15.

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September 11, 2014 - Post-Bottle Critter Dosing

Homebrewer Dan Kuczmarski shares an experiment trying to dry out sweet beers by adding Brettanomyces and Lactobacillus after bottling.

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September 4, 2014 - Clarity Ferm Gluten Reduction Experiment

Dr. Chris Hamilton of Hillsdale College talks about his experiment attempting to make practically gluten free beers using Clarity Ferm from White Labs.

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August 28, 2014 - Funky Apple Blossom

Brewer Nathan Traw of Apple Blossom Brewing Company shares some funky beers, including one fermented with sourdough starter.

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August 21, 2014 - Michigan Water Experiment

Homebrewer Alex Baker shares his experiment brewing the same recipe with water from different springs across Michigan.

- Alex's spring water data (pdf)

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August 14, 2014 - Mead Boiling Experiment

Home mead maker Tim Leber shares the result of his experiment comparing meads made with musts that have been boiled and have not.

- Tim's data

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August 7, 2014 - Lose Weight, Not Beer!

Chris Colby, editor of Beer and Wine Journal, shares his successful weight loss plan that allows him to keep his favorite beverage, while losing pounds.

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July 31, 2014 - No Chill Aging Experiment

Homebrewer Bob Stempski shares his experiment comparing beers brewed with no-chill worts aged for eight and four months with a fresh batch.

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July 24, 2014 - Open Fermentation at Arcadia Brewing

Vaughn Stewart, brewing manager of Arcadia Brewing in Kalamazoo, Michigan, talks about open fermentation and repitching yeast for many generations.

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July 17, 2014 - Local Michigan Ingredients

We join homebrewers and pros to sample and talk about hops and malt grown and produced in Michigan.

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July 10, 2014 - Hopping Technique Experiment Part Two

We join homebrewer David Curtis in Kalamazoo, Michigan, to evaluate the second round of his experiment comparing different hopping techniques.

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July 3, 2014 - Michael Tonsmeire at Club Night

The Mad Fermentationist talks about his new book, "American Sour Beers," as we take a tour of sour homebrew at the National Homebrewers Conference.

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May 29, 2014 - BOSS Barrel Project

We join Casey Letellier and members of the Brewers of Siloam Springs as they sample imperial stouts to go into a whiskey barrel.

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May 22, 2014 - Maple Wine

Homebrewer Andrew Parr shares his experiment using six different yeasts to ferment a beverage made with pure, grade-A maple syrup.

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May 15, 2014 - AHA Update

American Homebrewers Association Director Gary Glass brings us up to speed on the National Homebrew Competition, Homebrewers Conference and legislative efforts.

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May 8, 2014 - Hopping Technique Experiment

Homebrewer David Curtis shares his experiment comparing mash hopping, first wort hopping and traditional 60-minute boil hopping.

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May 1, 2014 - Yeast vs IBUs

Chris White, founder of White Labs Yeast, talks about a survey comparing the effect of different yeast strains on bitterness levels of finished beer. We also talk about safety issues and whether eating yeast will stave off drunkenness.

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April 24, 2014 - BIAB Legacy

Brew in a Bag pioneer Pat Hollingdale and Brew in a Bag enthusiast Bob Stempski talk about the legacy of the technique and the myths surrounding it.

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April 17, 2014 - Non-Barley Brewing Grains

We go back to the basics with Chris Colby, editor of Beer and Wine Journal, who talks about adjunct grains.

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April 10, 2014 - Sprague Farm and Brew Works

Brian Sprague talks about his farm and brewery in Venango, Pennsylvania, where hops and barley are grown and turned into beer.

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April 3, 2014 - Hoppy Brett and Pasta Sour

Sour homebrewer Gail Williams shares two experiments: testing whether Brettanomyces preserves hop character and whether pasta makes a contribution to a sour beer in the fermenter.

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March 27, 2014 - Prairie Artisan Ales

Chase Healey of Prairie Artisan Ales in Tulsa, Oklahoma, talks about his quickly up-and-coming funky brewery and some of his tasty beers.

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March 20, 2014 - Brewing and Blending Gueuze

Chris Colby of Beer and Wine Journal shares his multi-year strategy of brewing tasty sour beers at home.

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March 13, 2014 - Apple Blossom Brewing Company

In the final stop of introducing the new breweries of northwest Arkansas, we interview owners Evan McDonald and Sammy Stephenson along with brewer Nathan Traw.

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March 6, 2014 - Stout Experiment

Homebrewer Tyson Schindler shares his experiment splitting a stout into smaller batches and flavoring them differently.

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February 27, 2014 - Homebrew Toxicology Pt. 3

Toxicologist Paul joins us for the third part of our exploration of whether our ingredients, processes, or equipment are hazardous.

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February 20, 2014 - High Tech Brew in a Bag

Icelandic homebrewers Eyvindur Karlsson and Sigurdur Gudbrandsson talk about the brewing culture in their country and their method of stepping up BIAB.

- Watch a YouTube video of Eyvi and Siggi's setup

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February 13, 2014 - Sourdough Beer Experiment

Homebrewer Karl Kornfeld talks about his experiment brewing a beer using only sourdough starter for yeast. He also shares a Star Trek inspired beer.

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February 6, 2014 - Scaling Homebrew Batches

Chris Colby of Beer and Wine Journal shares tips on scaling up and scaling down homebrew batches and recipes.

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January 30, 2014 - Two-Year Sour Experiment

Homebrewer Dan Pixley takes us through an ongoing experiment brewing sour beers from commercial dregs. Also, Dr. Martin O'Neill talks about the new brewing program at Auburn University.

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January 23, 2014 - Beer Cheese

Homebrewer Matthew Jannette shares his experiment combining two of our favorite things: beer and cheese.

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January 16, 2014 - NHC Registration

Gary Glass, director of the American Homebrewers Association, explains the new registration procedure for the National Homebrew Competition and looks forward to the National Homebrewers Conference in June.

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January 9, 2014 - Ken Schramm on Mead
Ken Schramm, author of The Compleat Meadmaker and owner of Schramm's Mead joins us to talk about his new commercial venture and answer your mead making questions.

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January 2, 2014 - Brewing Barleywines
Chris Colby of Beer and Wine Journal shares tips on brewing high gravity barleywines.

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Archived Episodes: 2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008 | 2007 | 2006 | 2005