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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October 29, 2020 - Hop Sampler - Simcoe, Citra Blend

In the 18th episode of the series, James and Steve taste a Hop Sampler with two very popular hops and a blend of the two.

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October 22, 2020 - Midwest Legend

Glenn Cole of Midwest Ale Works talks about a beer designed to raise money and awareness for farmers and communities devastated by this past summer's derecho.

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October 15, 2020 - Pumpkin and Spice Revisited

Chris Colby, author of How to Make Hard Seltzer, gives us ideas to brew some tasty holiday beers and answers questions about flavoring seltzer and using potatoes in brewing.

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October 8, 2020 - English Imperial Stout

Mike Tonsmeire, the Mad Fermentationist and co-founder of Sapwood Cellars, gives us tips on going back to the roots of the Imperial Stout style.

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October 1, 2020 - Dampfbier and Tepache

Adam Ross of Twin Span Brewing talks about a German barley beer pretending to be a wheat beer and a traditional Mexican pineapple drink.

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September 24, 2020 - Gotahold Brewing

We head to Eureka Springs, Arkansas, to visit with Dave Hartmann and Wendy Reese Hartmann who decided to leave the big brewery life and get small.

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September 17, 2020 - Malt Sampler - Red Wheat, White Wheat, Two-Row

James and Steve dive into the fourth malt sampler comparing two wheats and American two-row, and Steve gets on his soapbox.

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September 10, 2020 - How to Make Hard Seltzer

Chris Colby, author of How to Make Hard Seltzer, talks about the challenges that come with brewing this fizzy brew.

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September 3, 2020 - Caleb's Bees

We visit the farm of Caleb Hutcherson where he keeps bees that he has collected from wild swarms and invasive hives.

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August 27, 2020 - Fermenting Veggies with Sandor Katz

Sandor Katz, author of Wild Fermentation and The Art of Fermentation, joins us to talk about using lactic fermentation to preserve vegetables and make them more tasty.

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August 20, 2020 - Carbon Dioxide

Chris Colby, author of How To Make Hard Seltzers, goes back to basics about our favorite brewing gas.

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August 13, 2020 - ANXO-Heurich Liberty Cider

Heurich House Museum in Washington DC collaborates with ANXO Cidery to revive a prohibition-era cider. Cider maker Sam Fitz walks us through the proces and talks about single-variety non-adjunct ciders.

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August 6, 2020 - Doug W.

A longtime friend shares his journey of recovery.

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July 30, 2020 - Hop Sampler, Galaxy and Centennial Blend

James and Steve blindly sample small batches with two delicious and popular hops by themselves and a third batch that's a blend between the two.

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July 23, 2020 - Low ABV Using Extreme Mash Temps

Homebrewer Mark Stevens shares an experiment using extreme low and high mash temps to limit the alcohol on tasty pale ales.

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July 16, 2020 - Black Is Beautiful Imperial Stout

Marcus Baskerville of Weathered Souls Brewing in San Antonio talks about his Black Is Beautiful Imperial Stout and the social initiative connected with it.

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July 9, 2020 - Kveik Harvesting

Mika Laitinen, author of Viking Age Brew - The Craft of Brewing Sahti Farmhouse Ale, walks us through the steps of harvesting, storing and reusing Kveik and other farmhouse yeasts.

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July 2, 2020 - Space Yeast

Homebrewer Nick Tier sent some brewing yeast above the atmosphere and brewed a beer with it. James and Steve test the results.

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June 25, 2020 - Malt Sampler - Pilsner, 2-Row, 6-Row

James and Steve evaluate the third in the Malt Sampler series, which was more fun and informative than expected.

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June 18, 2020 - Space Time Mead and Cider Works

Dan Schreffler of Space Time Mead and Cider shares four delicious beverages – three based on honey and one made from maple syrup.

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June 11, 2020 - Bentonville Brewing Comes Home

After a temporary move to neighboring Rogers, Arkansas, Bentonville Brewing now has a physical-distancing-friendly new location in their home town.

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June 4, 2020 - Tim Leber Experiments, Part Two

James and Tim taste the second round of meads. These are made with fruit – naranjilla, marañon, and a tropical fruit blend.

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May 28, 2020 - Tim Leber Experiments, Part One

Mead maker Tim Leber joins James to share the first of a two part series. James and Tim taste kveik mead (hopped and unhopped), ice cider, and a beet mead.

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May 21, 2020 - Malt Sampler - Vienna, 10L Munich, 20L Munich

James and Steve taste the second round of the malt sampler, comparing three small batches brewed with different base malts. Also, Steve talks about his recent illness, and Gary Glass previews Homebrew Con Online.

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May 14, 2020 - Cleaning Principles

Jonathan Ettlie from National Chemicals talks about the TACT WINS strategy of cleaning and whether homebrew sanitizers are effective against coronavirus.

- The 2007 Iodophor episode with Murl Landman

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May 7, 2020 - Norfork Brewing and Paw Paw Yeast

Kristy Huff and Ben Folta from Norfork Brewing in Norfork, Arkansas, talk about big capacity, small town brewing and fermenting with a local native yeast.

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April 30, 2020 - Keptinis and Other Oven Beers

Lars Marius Garshol, author of Larsblog and Historical Brewing Techniques – The Lost Art of Farmhouse Brewing, talks about his work documenting traditional beers and trying duplicate them at home.

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April 23, 2020 - Isolation Cooking with Beer

Phil Nigash, formerly of My Life as a Foodie - now of cyclingoc.com, talks with James about smart cooking with beer during social distancing.

- Pandemic Cookbook: How to Eat Your Way Through an Unmitigated Disaster (free ebook)

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April 16, 2020 - Hop Sampler - Tettnanger, EKG, Hallertau Blanc

James and Steve practice social distancing while sampling three tasty hops from the Old World.

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April 9, 2020 - Defending Brown Ales

Adam Ross, head brewer at Twin Span Brewing, brings a counterpoint defense of Brown Ales in response to Chris Colby's previous rant.

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April 2, 2020 - Brown Ale or Brown Fail

Homebrew author Chris Colby gives us tips on brewing the best example of his least favorite style of beer.

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March 26, 2020 - Lilly Belle Meads

Tricia and Joe Marshall of Lilly Belle Meads in Lancaster, New York, share five delicious honey-based beverages. Our friend, Paul Morstad, helps to sample.

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March 19, 2020 - Malt Sampler - Maris Otter, Golden Promise, Briess Pale Ale

James and Steve venture into the future with a new series, comparing three malts brewed in small batches.

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March 12, 2020 - Guile Brews

Homebrewing author Peter Symons talks about his latest historical exploration of beers, Guile Brews, which contains more than a hundred years of recipes from the UK and Ireland.

 - Find Guile Brews here

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March 5, 2020 - Homebrew Con and AHA Update

Gary Glass, director of the American Homebrewers Association, joins us to preview Homebrew Con in Nashville in June and other AHA-related topics.

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February 27, 2020 - Fort Smith Brewing Company

James travels to the old Fort Chaffee Army base that has a rock 'n roll history and talks to brewer Quintin Willard about his beers and Arkansas Craft Beer Week.

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February 20, 2020 - Hop Sampler - Sterling, Triumph, Horizon

Steve and James sample another round of single-hopped small batches, adding some time in the boil to the recipe.

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February 13, 2020 - Count Chocula Experiment

Homebrewers Adam Amdor and Roy Ventullo share their experiment comparing milk stouts with and without Count Chocula cereal and one beer with cereal added into the fermenter post fermentation.

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February 6, 2020 - Whistling Springs Brewing

In the second part of a chat with brewer Chris Nogy, James samples beers from Whistling Springs in southern Missouri.

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January 30, 2020 - Hop Stand Length Experiment

James and Steve test the results of an experiment comparing different hop stand lengths in the Hop Sampler recipe.

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January 23, 2020 - Dark Hills Gluten Free Brewery

Chris Nogy of Dark Hills Brewery talks about brewing gluten free beers on a farm in southern Missouri.

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January 16, 2020 - Dry Hopping Hazy Pale Ales

Scott Janish of Sapwood Cellars and author of The New IPA – A Scientific Guide to Hop Aroma and Flavor gives us tips on dry hopping delicious hazy beers.

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January 9, 2020 - Wine for Beer Lovers

Jim Laughren, author of A Beer Drinker's Guide to Knowing and Enjoying Fine Wine, gives us beer folks some tips on demystifying the wine side.

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January 2, 2020 - Granola Bar Experiment

Brook Baber and Dave Bauter share their nine-part experiment using three different flavors of granola bar to brew beer.

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Archived Episodes: 2020 | 2019 | 2018 | 2017 | 2016 | 2015 | 2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008 | 2007 | 2006 | 2005