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

August 27, 2015 - Barrel Progression Experiment

Father and son homebrewing team, Nick and Curt Kiest, share their experiment aging a series of beers in an eight gallon oak whiskey barrel.

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August 20, 2015 - Hefeweizen Pitching Rate Experiment

Homebrewer Dennis Pike shares his experiment comparing the effects of three different yeast pitching rates on hefeweizen.

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August 13, 2015 - Bread Yeast Mead and Crock Pot Bochet

Tim Leber joins us with an experiment evaluating bread yeast in mead and shares burnt honey mead made in a Crock Pot. Also, a surprise habanero mead.

- Tim's Bread Yeast Experiment Data (pdf)

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August 6, 2015 - Modern Times Brewing

We visit Modern Times Brewing in San Diego to talk to Jacob McKean and Michael Tonsmeire about starting a brewery based on homebrew, roasting and brewing with coffee, and sour beers, of course.

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July 30, 2015 - Black Malt and Man Boobs

Chris Colby, editor of Beer and Wine Journal, talks about the myths surrounding black malt and how versitile it really is. Also, do IPAs really give you "man boobs"?

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July 23, 2015 - White Labs Yeast

We visit with Dr. Chris White of White Labs about their tasting room, new products, and general brewing industry topics.

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July 16, 2015 - Brulosopher NHC Experiments

We join Brülosopher Marshall Schott at the National Homebrewers Conference in San Diego to evaluate experiments on lager fermentation temperatures and first wort hopping.

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July 9, 2015 - Vinnie Cilurzo at NHC and Small Batch Lagering

We talk to Vinnie Cilurzo of Russian River about spontaneous fermentation, a new hop exclusively for homebrewers, and brewing Pilsners. Also, homebrewer Holger Michaelis talks about brewing small batch lagers.

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July 2, 2015 - Club Night 2015

James, Steve, and a cast of BBR characters wander Club Night at the National Homebrewers Conference in search of great beers.

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May 28, 2015 - Feeding Big Beers

Chris Colby, editor of Beer and Wine Journal, talks about increasing alcohol content of beers by feeding yeast added sugar in the fermenter.

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May 21, 2015 - Stout Chemistry Brulosophy Experiment

Malcolm Frazer, contributor to Brulosophy.com, shares his experiment brewing a dry Irish stout with water chemistry suited for stouts and for pale ales.

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May 14, 2015 - Sewage Brewage

Mark Jockers from Clean Water Services and Jeremie Landers from the Oregon Brew Crew talk about a challenge in Portland using treated effluent to brew beer.

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May 7, 2015 - Sour Beer Cider Hybrids

Homebrewer James Sites shares two tasty brews that are blends of sour beers and ciders with fruit.

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April 30, 2015 - Ginger Trifecta

Three ginger-infused beers: Half-pound half-boiled ginger beer from Steve Wilkes, ginger-wasabi beer from homebrewer Dan McCarthy, and Soulless Ginger from Apple Blossom Brewing Company.

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April 23, 2015 - Porch Experiments

James and Steve sit on the porch and evaluate two experiments: US 05 vs Nottingham yeast and the effect of a 30-minute boil on an all grain pale ale.

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April 16, 2015 - Homebrew Heroics

Chris Colby, editor of Beer and Wine Journal, joins James to reveal the winners of our Homebrew Heroics contest.

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April 9, 2015 - Brülosopher Experiments Part 2

Marshall Schott of Brülosophy returns to the podcast to share two experiments: brewing water chemistry and hybrid lager fermentation.

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April 2, 2015 - Core Distilling

Nathan Traw, brewer and distiller at Core Brewing and Distilling, takes us through the distillation process, and Jesse Core talks about his company's progress.

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March 26, 2015 - To Dump or Not? And NHC Contest

Chris Colby, editor of Beer and Wine Journal, talks about how to assess suspicious beers, and Gary Glass, director of the American Homebrewers Association, helps us introduce a contest to give away two free registrations to this year's National Homebrewers Conference.

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March 19, 2015 - Brewing with Maple

Homebrewer Ryan Leamy from Vermont talks about making maple wine and maple beers and gives us some background on where maple syrup comes from.

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March 12, 2015 - Brülosopher Experiments

Marshall Schott of the blog Brülosophy shares two experiments: testing the effects of a 30-minute boil and the addition of Irish moss.

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March 5, 2015 - Superior Bathhouse Brewing

Brewery owner Rose Schweikhart gets advice from John Palmer on brewing with hot spring water from Hot Springs National Park, Arkansas.

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February 26, 2015 - Blonde Ale Experiment

Homebrewer Dan Kuczmarski joins us again to share his experiment fermenting a blonde ale with four different yeast strains.

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February 19, 2015 - High Gravity Mash Inefficiency

Chris Colby, editor of Beer and Wine Journal, talks about why mashes for higher gravity beers can be more inefficient and what to do about it.

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February 12, 2015 - Brewing Software Update

Douglas Wawrzynzki helps sort through listener feedback on what brewing software they're using around the brewpot today.

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February 5, 2015 - Partial Mashing Revisited

Chris Colby, editor of Beer and Wine Journal, brings us up to date on a favorite technique - a hybrid of extract and all grain brewing.

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January 29, 2015 - Bike Rack Brewing Company

Joe Zucca, head brewer at Bike Rack Brewing Company in Bentonville, Arkansas, talks about brewing with the Speidel Braumeister system. Also, Gary Glass, director of the American Homebrewers Association, previews the National Homebrew Competition.

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January 22, 2015 - Kriek: 3 Step Fermentation

Matt Miller, AKA Dr. Lambic, explains his approach to fermenting lambics - with a fermentation step each for Lactobacillus, Saccharomyces, and Brettanomyces.

- Matt's blog post on brewing krieks

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January 15, 2015 - Brewing Maibock

Chris Colby, editor of Beer and Wine Journal, give us some tips on brewing Maibock to enjoy in warmer times. Also, Chris answers a couple of carbonation-related mailbag questions.

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January 8, 2015 - BrewTubers and the SJPorr Challenge

SJPorr from YouTube joins us to talk about the YouTube brewing community and the ambitious competition that bears his name.

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January 1, 2015 - Homebrew Disasters

James and Steve read listener letters detailing homebrewing disasters from the past year.

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