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

November 14, 2019 - Natural State Beer Company

James talks to Mark Smith, alumnus of the Basic Brewing podcasts, and Head Brewer Will Sonneman about Natural State Beer Company, which opens soon.

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November 7, 2019 - Hot Side Hopping for Hazy IPAs

Scott Janish, author of The New IPA - A Scientific Guide to Hop Aroma and Flavor, talks about hopping on the hot side for hazy, juicy beers.

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October 31, 2019 - Hop Sampler - Northern Brewer, Chinook, Warrior

James and Steve celebrate Halloween by tasting Hop Sampler number thirteen.

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October 24, 2019 - Rebel Kettle

James samples offbeat and delicious beers in Little Rock with Rebel Kettle founder John Lee.

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October 17, 2019 - Lost Forty Visit

James visits with Grant Chandler, quality manager of Lost Forty Brewing, and samples beer from Arkansas' largest brewery.

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October 10, 2019 - Ambitious Brew - A History of American Beer

Author and historian Maureen Ogle talks about the revision of her book documenting the history of the American beer culture and industry.

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October 3, 2019 - West African Sorghum Beer

Homebrewer Ryan Deaver tells us about Tchoukoutou, a fresh, sour sorghum beer he discovered while living in Benin.

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September 26, 2019 - Brewing for Distilling

Aaron Mayer of Pine Bluffs Distilling talks about the process of brewing beer for spirits with local malt from Wyoming Malting Company.

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September 19, 2019 - Hop Sampler - Liberty, Azacca, Jarrylo

James and Steve taste the twelfth in their series of comparing a set of three hops brewed in small batches.

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September 12, 2019 - Hops Breeding and Genetics

Chris Colby, editor of Beer and Wine Journal, takes us through the process of creating new hop varieties and putting them through the paces.

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September 5, 2019 - Boston Mountain Brewing

Matt Thompson tells us how he and his business partner went from novice homebrewers to professional brewers and brewery owners in a very short time.

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August 29, 2019 - Brewing Sahti Farmhouse Ale

Mika Laitinen, author of Viking Age Brew - The Craft of Brewing Sahti Farmhouse Ale, gives us tips on brewing this ancient Finnish beer.

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August 22, 2019 - DC Homebrewers Crystal Malt Experiment

Omar Al-Nidawi shares his club's English Bitter experiment comparing Caramunich 1, Dingemans Cara 45, Carastan and Opal 44. Also, there's a 100 percent Red X beer.

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August 15, 2019 - Hazy Beer Stability

Scott Janish of Sapwood Cellars and author of The New IPA: A Scientific Guide to Hop Aroma and Flavor gives us tips on preserving hazy hoppy goodness.

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August 8, 2019 - Mike Tonsmeire Meetup

James and Steve sit down with the Mad Fermentationist to talk hoppy beers, sour beers and Sapwood Cellars.

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August 1, 2019 - Providence Social Club

James and Steve sample some tasty beers at the Social Club of Providence Homebrew Con and talk to the brewers who made them.

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July 25, 2019 - Hop Sampler - Styrian Golding, Styrian Celeia, French Strisselspalt

James' son, Drew, joins the panel as they taste three beers made with low alpha acid European hops.

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July 18, 2019 - Insane in the Yeast Strain

Casey Helwig from Imperial Organic Yeast leads James and Steve through two split-wort experiments at Homebrew Con that compare six different yeasts.

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July 11, 2019 - RIBS NEIPA Yeast Experiment

Members of the Rhode Island Brewing Society share their experiment comparing six different yeast strains in New England IPAs.

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July 4, 2019 - Club Night in Providence, Rhode Island

James and Steve explore Homebrew Con's incredible night of delicious brews and creative brewers.

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May 30, 2019 - Hop Sampler - Saaz, Cashmere, Green Bullet

James and Steve add a bonus round to the hop sampler as they taste three hops that you'd think would be easy to pick out.

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May 23, 2019 - Stouts vs Porters

Chris Colby of Beer and Wine Journal explores our favorite dark beers and gives us recipe tips. Also, Gary Glass of the AHA shares a homebrew legislation update.

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May 16, 2019 - Tulsa Craft Beer Invitational

We travel to the parking lot of High Gravity (Pippin's Taproom) to sample from commercial breweries and homebrewers across Oklahoma.

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May 9, 2019 - African Guest Sampler

Homebrewer Steve Frank submits our first guest Hop Sampler ever, featuring African Queen, Southern Aroma, Southern Passion and Sabro.

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May 2, 2019 - Core Homecoming

Homebrewer and alumnus of Basic Brewing Radio, Jamie Conway, joins the team at Core Brewing, where they're refocusing their company's priorities.

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April 25, 2019 - Hop Sampler - Galena, Denali, El Dorado

It's Hop Sampler number nine, pitting three nicely fruity hop varieties against each other.

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April 18, 2019 - Kombucha, the Root of All Starters

Homebrewer Doug Wawrzynski tells us how he's using kombucha to kick-start sour fermentations, such as sauerkraut, sourdough and kettle-soured beers.

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April 11, 2019 - Sparrow Malting

Brad Coker is starting up a new craft malthouse in northwest Arkansas. He shares his techniques of malting small batches of grain at home.

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April 4, 2019 - Catching Up with Fossil Cove

James samples beers with Ben Mills of Fossil Cove Brewing in Fayetteville, Arkansas, and learns about the brewery's recent expansion.

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March 28, 2019 - Hop Sampler - Motueka, Rakau, Nelson Sauvin

James and Steve sample hops from New Zealand and ponder about the lack of foam on this batch of beers.

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March 21, 2019 - DC Homebrewers SMASH

Omar Al-Nidawi shares beers from the DC Homebrewers Club experiment brewing different styles with Pilsner malt and Sterling hops.

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March 14, 2019 - Scaling Up with Sapwood Cellars

Mad Fermentationist Michael Tonsmeire talks about the brewery he co-founded in Columbia, Maryland, and the challenges of scaling up from homebrew.

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March 7, 2019 - Lab Testing HSBUs

David Curtis of Bell's General Store in Kalamazoo talks about Select Centennial Hops and shares lab IBU tests of beers brewed for the Hop Sampler series.

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February 28, 2019 - Astarte Bronze-Age-Style Beer

Homebrewer AJ Hart took part in an experimental archeology project on bronze age brewing techniques in Cyprus and collaborated with her husband, Justin, to bring those ideas home.

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February 21, 2019 - Chiller Stirring Experiment

Engineer Alex Roberts joins James again to test the effects on stirring a wort while it's being chilled by an immersion chiller. They also reverse the chiller's water flow.

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

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February 14, 2019 - Golden Ale Yeast Experiment

Kyle Swallow of Twin Lakes Homebrew Club and Rapps Barren Brewing in Mountain Home, Arkansas, talks about an experiment fermenting one Golden Ale wort with 13 different yeasts.

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February 7, 2019 - Year-Long Stout Collaboration

Homebrewer Chris McKenzie shares his experience collaborating with five other homebrewers in a year-long experiment to design the perfect stout.

- Chris' blog detailing the experiment

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January 31, 2019 - Hawk Moth Brewing

James talks to Bradley Riggs of Hawk Moth Brewing in Rogers, Arkansas - a brewery focused on small batch, old-world-style, wood-aged beers.

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January 24, 2019 - Hop Sampler - Willamette, Amarillo, Falconer's Flight

James and Steve sample an old American standby against a relative newcomer and a hop blend.

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January 17, 2019 - Monster Cereal Beer Roundup

We sample a batch of five monster cereal beers brewed from Frankenberry, Boo Berry and Count Chocula.

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January 10, 2019 - Mead Yeast Sampler - US-05, S-33, BE-134

Steve splits a batch of mead and pitches three different dry beer yeasts to test the effects of each.

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January 3, 2019 - Ivory Bill Brewing

We visit Ivory Bill Brewing in Siloam Springs, Arkansas, where long-time friend of the podcast, Casey Letellier, and his partner, Dorothy Hall, are serving up delicious open-fermented, gluten-reduced, English-inspired beers.

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