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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May 25, 2023 - Metropolitan Brewing

Doug Hurst of Metropolitan Brewing in Chicago sits down with James, Steve, and Greig McGill to share samples and tips on brewing deliciously clean lagers.

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May 18, 2023 - Chicago Dog Beer Summit

James and Steve travel to Chicago to sample a vertical tasting of a homebrew with the flavors of an authentic Chicago Hot Dog.

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May 11, 2023 - Recipe Development, Texas Table Beer

Chris Colby of joins James to design a recipe for a small and satisfying session beer.

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May 5, 2023 - Orthodox Farmhouse Brewing

James and Steve visit Orthodox Farmhouse Brewing in Washington County, Arkansas, and sample delicious beers with co-founder Jesse Gagnon.

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April 27, 2023 - Recipe Development, Pond Hopper Golden Ale

Matt Giovanisci of Brew Cabin joins James to formulate a trans-continental beer based on British Golden Ale.

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April 20, 2023 - Mead Grab Bag

Tim Leber and Steve Wilkes share some delicious meads they made with desert honey, spruce and cherries.

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April 13, 2023 - Interpreting Competition Results

James along with Chris Colby of help Matt Giovanisci of Brew Cabin make sense of his competition feedback.

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April 6, 2023 - Steamed Strawberry Experiment

Mead Man Tim Leber shares an experiment comparing yeast strains in a strawberry mead and introduces us to steam juicing.

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March 30, 2023 - Origami Sake

James heads to his hometown to meet with Ben Bell and Justin Potts, who are building Origami Sake to brew with Arkansas rice.

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March 23, 2023 - Recipe Development, Dark Mild

Matt Giovanisci from Brew Cabin joins James to formulate a delicious dark session beer and to taste James' Italian Pilsner and Vienna Lager.

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March 16, 2023 - Recipe Development, Helles Bock

Chris Colby, editor of and author of the Homebrew Recipe Bible, joins James to come up with a recipe for a big golden lager.

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March 9, 2023 - Currant Mead Experiment

James and Steve taste a mead experiment with Tim Leber comparing white, red, and black currants. Also, they sample a delicious lychee blossom honey mead.

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March 2, 2023 - Frost Fest 2023, Part 3

James and Steve finish their rounds at Frost Fest to talk to brewers about brewing hoppy beers, sour beers, and thriving as small-scale brewers.

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February 23, 2023 - Frost Fest 2023, Part 2

James and Steve continue to brave the slightly chilly weather to sample delicious beers and talk to talented brewers at Frost Fest in Fayetteville, Arkansas.

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February 16, 2023 - Frost Fest 2023, Part 1

James and Steve brave chilly weather and a bit of wind to sample delicious beers at the sold-out Frost Fest in Fayetteville, Arkansas.

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February 9, 2023 - Boston Mountain Brewing and Supply

James and Steve sample tasty beers with Matt Thompson and Daniel Stubblefield at their recently combined brewery and homebrew shop.

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February 2, 2023 - Recipe Development, Italian Pilsner

Matt Giovanisci of Brew Cabin joins James to formulate a recipe for a hoppy version of the traditional German Pilsner.

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January 26, 2023 - Recipe Development, Amber Lagers

Chris Colby, author of the Homebrew Recipe Bible and editor of, walks us through formulating two delicious amber beers.

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January 19, 2023 - Brewing with Birch

Mika Laitinen, author of Viking Age Brew and, tells us how to use every part of the birch tree to make delicious beers.

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January 12, 2023 - Social Project Brewing

James and Steve sample beers with head brewer Jamie Conway, now of Social Project Brewing, and brewery founder Chris Spence.

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January 5, 2023 - Mead and Cider Roundup

James and Steve sample non-beer things they've made recently and experiment with ways to add sweetness and acidity at serving time.

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