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: 2018 | 2017 | 2016 | 2015 | 2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008 | 2007 | 2006 | 2005

December 6, 2018 - Loki Yeast Temperature Experiment

Casey Helwig and Jess Caudill from Imperial Organic Yeast help James and Steve evaluate an experiment fermenting a kveik strain at two different temperatures.

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November 29, 2018 - AHA 40th Anniversary

American Homebrew Association Director Gary Glass joins us to talk about four decades of the AHA, ongoing homebrew legislation issues, and the upcoming Homebrew Con and National Homebrew Competition.

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November 15, 2018 - Hop Sampler: Centennial, Citra, Galaxy

In our fifth show of the series, we taste some higher alpha hops and get a surprise result.

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November 8, 2018 - Competition Karate

Chris Colby, editor of Beer and Wine Journal, shares his strategies to take home more hardware from homebrew competitions.

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November 1, 2018 - IBUs vs Wort Gravity and Hop Stand Temps

Dr. Chris Hamilton of Hillsdale College in Michigan shares results of his experiments testing the effects of increased wort gravity and different hop stand temperatures on IBU measurements. He also updates us on his research with Clarity Ferm on gluten in beer.

- Chris' pdf with data from his experiments

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October 25, 2018 - Chiller Flow Experiment

Engineer Alex Roberts helps James conduct an experiment looking at the effect of varying the flow rate of water through an immersion chiller when chilling wort.

- Alex's graphs of the results, courtesy of Applied Dynamics Engineering Group.

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October 18, 2018 - Ricky the Meadmaker, Too Controversial

Ricky the Meadmaker from Groennfell Meadery in Vermont talks about an article detailing his techniques that was deeemed "too controversial" to print.

- Ricky's Blog Article, "Making Craft Mead at Home in Less Than Three Weeks"

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October 11, 2018 - Makgeolli - Korean Rice Wine

Homebrewer Tommy Caillouet introduces us to an easy-to-brew alcoholic rice beverage that has its roots in ancient Korea.

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October 4, 2018 - Wheat and Rye Flour Experiment

Homebrewer Brook Baber drew upon his background as a baker to brew beers using wheat and rye flour in the mash.

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September 27, 2018 - Spontaneous Sours Hopping Rate Experiment

Homebrewer Caleb Buck of archaicpursuit.com shares some delicious sour beers and startling early results of his sour IBU experiment.

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September 20, 2018 - Hop Sampler: Crystal, Glacier, German Huell Melon

James and Steve taste the fourth in the series featuring single hops brewed into three small batches.

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September 13, 2018 - Fal Allen on Brewing Gose

Anderson Valley Brewing Company brewmaster Fal Allen talks about his new book, Gose: Brewing a Classic German Beer for the Modern Era.

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September 6, 2018 - Mead Yeast Experiment

Steve shares an experiment fermenting a split batch of mead with three dry wine yeasts.

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August 30, 2018 - Mead Bottle Pasteurization Experiment

Home meadmaker Tim Leber shares his experiment using sous vide to pasteurize mead after bottling.

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August 23, 2018 - Zero Tolerance Gluten Free Club

Homebrewers Joe Morris, Ed Golden and Bob Keifer join us to share their techniques and recipes for brewing delicious beers without gluten.

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August 16, 2018 - Occidental Brewing

We visit Occidental Brewing in Portland, Oregon, to talk to brewer Sam Carroll about brewing delicious German-style beers.

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August 9, 2018 - Sake-Beer Hybrid

Homebrewer Kevin McEvoy shares his experiment combining sake and beer fermentations into a single beverage with components of each.

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August 2, 2018 - Pichia Apotheca Hybrid Yeast

Dr. Maitreya Dunham of the University of Washington joins us to talk about a new yeast hybrid her lab has isolated from an open fermentation beer. Tim Leber and Norm Kwasinski share mead and beer brewed with the yeast.

- Contact Dr. Dunham (maitreya@uw.edu) for a sample of Pichia Apotheca.

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July 26, 2018 - Insane in the Yeast Strain

We join Imperial Organic Yeast and Everybody's Brewing to sample two split-wort experiments.


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July 19, 2018 - Hop Sampler: UK Fuggle, German Hallertau and Perle

James and Steve taste the third in the Hop Sampler series, featuring hops from the UK and Germany.


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July 12, 2018 - Cascade Brewing

We sample delicious sour beers at Cascade Brewing in Portland, Oregon, with Head Brewer Mike Mathis and Lead Blender Kevin Martin.


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July 5, 2018 - Portland Club Night

We roam the floor of Homebrew Con Club Night to sample delicious, and sometimes odd, beers and visit with their talented, sometimes odd, brewers.


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May 31, 2018 - Eclectic IPA with Dick Cantwell

Brewer and author Dick Cantwell talks about his book, Eclectic IPA: Pushing the Boundaries of India Pale Ale, which includes IPA recipes with fruit, vegetables, spices, and other tasty ingredients.


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May 24, 2018 - Hop Sampler: Apollo, Calypso and Experimental 07270

James and Steve go round two into comparing small batches brewed with single hops. This week increases the alpha acids with Apollo, Calypso, and Experimental 07270.


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May 17, 2018 - Brut IPA

Chris Colby, editor of Beer and Wine Journal and author of The Home Brew Recipe Bible and The Methods of Modern Homebrewing, introduces us to a new dry, sparkling version of our favorite style.


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May 10, 2018 - Jesse Gagnon at West Mountain

The former head brewer at Ozark Beer Company talks about why he shifted his career path toward a smaller place and shares beers and tips.


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May 3, 2018 - Hop Sampler - Cascade, Cluster and Mount Hood

James and Steve break in a new feature to the podcast by sampling small batches brewed with Cascade, Cluster and Mount Hood hops.


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April 26, 2018 - Steve Mead Update

Steve Wilkes of Steve's Brew Shop shares his latest round of meads, which include blueberry and cherry - one of them oaked. We also revisit a cyser to see how it's aging.


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April 19, 2018 - JoCo Brown Ale and Gose Experiments

Homebrewer Joe Covey joins us again to share his split batch experiments comparing two yeasts in a brown ale and the effect of adding cherries to a gose.


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April 12, 2018 - Crisis Brewing

Brewer Sean Slape has used his engineering background and elbow grease to build a small-scale electric brewery just opening in Fayetteville, Arkansas, and already has plans to expand.


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April 5, 2018 - Brewing Darker Beers

Chris Colby, author of The Homebrew Recipe Bible and Methods of Modern Homebrewing gives us rants and tips for brewing beers with dark grains.


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March 29, 2018 - Prestonrose Farm and Brewery

James travels to Paris . . . Arkansas, to visit with Liz Preston and her husband, Preston, about the brewery in their front yard and their efforts to bring good beer and organic farming to their region.


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March 22, 2018 - Beer Craft with Jon Finch

Jon Finch, author of Beer Craft - The No-Nonsense Guide to Making and Enjoying Damn Good Craft Beer at Home, talks about brewing in the UK, beer cocktails and using beer in food.


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March 15, 2018 - RIS Collaboration

James and Steve sample a big bourbon-barrel-aged Russian Imperial Stout that they contributed to and talk to barrel owner and project coordinator Reece Morrison.


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March 8, 2018 - DC Homebrewers Adjunct Experiment

Omar Al-Nidawi, education co-chair of the DC Homebrewers Club, talks about an experiment comparing a dozen different brewing adjuncts. James and Steve are joined by Reece Morrison to sample.


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March 1, 2018 - Hop Stand Temperature Experiment

James and Steve sample and evaluate a small batch experiment comparing three beers brewed with hop stands set at different temperatures.


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February 22, 2018 - SQZBX Brewery and Pizza Joint

Brewer Zac Smith likes his beer like he likes his pizza and radio: local. James talks to Zac about his Reinheitsgebot-inspired approach to brewing quaffable session beers.


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February 15, 2018 - A Year of Red IPA

Homebrewer Chris McKenzie wanted to perfect a recipe for Red IPA, so he brewed nothing but that style for a whole year. Then, he sent his beer to a competition to see what the judges thought.

- Chris' Brewing Blog

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February 8, 2018 - American Solera

We visit American Solera in Tulsa, which was named Best New Brewery in the U.S. in 2016 by RateBeer, and talk to founder Chase Healey about hoppy, fruity, and funky beers.


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February 1, 2018 - John Palmer on NEIPA

John Palmer, author of How to Brew, shares brewing tips for one of the most controversial styles today: New England IPA.


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January 25, 2018 - AHA Update with Gary Glass

AHA Director Gary Glass updates us on the National Homebrew Competition, HomebrewCon, and who homebrews nowadays.


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January 18, 2018 - Milk Stout, Autumn Seasonal, and Saison Experiments

James talks about the results of a trio of split batch experiments using different strains of yeast with homebrewer Joe Covey.


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January 11, 2018 - Non-Alcoholic Homebrew?

Homebrewer Brock Masters shares his experiment attempting to remove alcohol from a hoppy homebrew while preserving the freshness of the flavor and aroma.


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January 4, 2018 - Six O'clock Brews

Author Peter Symons shares his second book, "6 O'clock Brews: Home Brewing More Old Australian Beers," which includes recipes for historic Australian beers and some of the British imports that influenced them.

- Find Peter's books here

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Archived Episodes: 2018 | 2017 | 2016 | 2015 | 2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008 | 2007 | 2006 | 2005