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

December 14, 2017 - Tasting Superior Bathhouse Brewery

We sip beers with Rose Schweikhart of Superior Bathhouse Brewery in Hot Springs National Park, Arkansas, and get some tips on brewing some tasty beers.

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December 7, 2017 - Unusual Ingredients

Chris Colby, editor of Beer and Wine Journal and author of Methods of Modern Homebrewing, gives us advice on when and where to use interesting ingredients to bring some unique flavor to our beer.

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November 30, 2017 - Lost Forty Barrel Beers

Grant Chandler from Lost 40 Brewing in Little Rock shares some delicious beers aged in barrels and brewed with fun ingredients, such as honeysuckle, strawberries, and locally harvested yeast.

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November 16, 2017 - Against All Hops

Butch Heilshorn, author of "Against All Hops: Techniques and Philosophy for Creating Extraordinary Botanical Beers," tells us how he brews new beers with roots to the past.

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November 9, 2017 - JJ's Brewing Company

We visit JJ's Brewing Company in Fayetteville, Arkansas, to talk to Jennifer "Muck" Muckerman and Andrew Porter about brewing American Lagers and other beers to convert customers to local brews.

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November 2, 2017 - Saison Yeast Experiment

Homebrewer Joe Covey shares his Saison experiment comparing a split wort fermented with Safbrew T-58 and Danstar Belle Saison yeasts.

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October 26, 2017 - Blood Beer

Homebrewer James Sandford talks about how he and his wife, Lucy, rose to the challenge to brew a beer with powdered pig's blood.

- James' article on the experiment

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October 19, 2017 - Steve's Porch Meads

James and Steve take a break after shooting videos to share some of Steve's meads and talk mead making tips.

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October 12, 2017 - Ancient Sumerian Happy Juice

Chris Colby, editor of Beer and Wine Journal, tells us about the wine, honey, bread and beer beverage he brews based on the Hymn to Ninkasi.

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October 5, 2017 - Pippin's Taproom Session Beers

We visit the taproom at High Gravity in Tulsa where Dave Knott, Amanda Schley and Tim Schley give us tips on brewing delicious beers under 4% ABV.

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September 28, 2017 - Arkansas Beer

Brian Sorensen, author of Arkansas Beer: An Intoxicating History, joins James on the porch for a couple of beers and a chat on the history of beer in The Natural State.

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September 21, 2017 - Fair State Brewing Cooperative

Evan Sallee and Matt Hauck, two of the founders of Fair State Brewing Cooperative in Minneapolis, join us to talk about hoppy and sour beers and their business model.

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September 14, 2017 - Session Beers with Jennifer Talley

Jennifer Talley, author of Session Beers - Brewing for Flavor and Balance, give us tips on brewing lower gravity beers that are tasty and satisfying.

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September 7, 2017 - Olvalde Farmhouse Ales

Joe Pond, founder of Olvalde Farmhouse Ales, talks about brewing rustic beers based on local and native ingredients on a Rollingstone, Minnesota, family farm.

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August 31, 2017 - Imperial Organic Yeast

Owen Lingley, Jess Caudill and Jason Stepper from Imperial Organic Yeast talk about their fairly new company and answer questions from listeners.

- Yeast strain conversion chart

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August 24, 2017 - Ozark Beer - Berliner, Bucky, and BDCS

Ozark Beer founder, Andy Coates, and head brewer, Jesse Gagnon, talk new building, yogurt-soured Berliner Weisse, Buckminster Fuller-inspired beer, and Bourbon Double Cream Stout.

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August 17, 2017 - Home Lab Isolation and Propagation

Zack Taggart, lab manager at 42 North Brewing, continues his presentation on setting up a homebrew lab by talking about isolating and propagating yeast and bacteria.

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August 10, 2017 - Ryan Richardson Mead

Ryan Richardson of The Mead House podcast shares half a dozen fun and delicious meads.

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August 3, 2017 - 56 Brewing

Nick Chute, head brewer of 56 Brewing in Minneapolis, shares some delicious beers and some tips on how to brew similar ones at home.

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July 27, 2017 - Home Lab Yeast Analysis

Zack Taggart, lab manager at 42 North Brewing, tells us how to set up our own homebrew lab to analyze yeast health and count cell population.

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July 20, 2017 - Matt Weide Mead Experiments

Former meadmaker of the year Matt Weide joins us at HomebrewCon in Minneapolis to share meads made with walnuts, peanuts and ginger. He also shares a couple of bochet (burnt) meads.

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July 13, 2017 - Boom Island Brewing

Kevin Welch of Boom Island Brewing in Minneapolis has turned passion for music and Belgian beers into a commercial operation designed to carry on a long tradition.

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July 6, 2017 - Hop Chronicles and Club Night

We meet up with the Brülosophy crew at HomebrewCon in Minneapolis to evaluate two varieties of hops, and we chat with brewers and brewing experts on the Club Night floor.

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May 25, 2017 - Hop Timing Experiment

Steve Wilkes and Casey Letellier help James evaluate an experiment comparing three beers with single hop additions at 60 minutes, 30 minutes and flameout.

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May 18, 2017 - Earthbound Beer

Stuart Keating gives us brewing tips and explains why his brewery brews beers described as the "smallest and weirdest" in St. Louis.

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May 11, 2017 - Brewing Kombucha

Phil Nigash of the podcast My Life As a Foodie joins us to talk about restarting his show and getting into brewing kombucha at home.

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May 4, 2017 - Sean Terrill Attenuation Study

Sean Terrill of Two Mile Brewing in Leadville, Colorado, talks about his study and article examining the effect of mash temperature on attenuation rates of three yeast strains.

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April 27, 2017 - Fruit Flavor Additions

Homebrewer Jamie Conway joins James and Steve as they taste beers and meads with different approaches to integrating fruit character.

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April 20, 2017 - Step Mashing

Chris Colby of Beer and Wine Journal gets into the details about step mashing and how we can use it to control the character of our beers.

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April 13, 2017 - Recipe Formulation: Playing with Gravity

James and Steve sit down during a brew day to talk about how to calculate and predict starting and finishing gravity levels of beers.

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April 6, 2017 - Indiana Water Experiment

Homebrewer Aaron Winey shares his experiment brewing an American blonde ale using water from four different sources.

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March 30, 2017 - Callister and Lightheart Brewing

Homebrewer-turned-pro Nathaniel Senff of Lightheart Brewing talks about being a part of the collaborative Callister Brewing in Vancouver, British Columbia.

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March 23, 2017 - Casey Goes Pro, Part Two

In this second part of a two-parter, Casey Letellier, currently brewing at West Mountain Brewing Company, talks about his plans to open his own – Ivory Bill Brewing.

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March 16, 2017 - Casey Goes Pro, Part One

In this first part of a two-parter, Casey Letellier, currently brewing at West Mountain Brewing Company, talks about his plans to open his own – Ivory Bill Brewing.

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March 9, 2017 - Kettle Fermentation

Homebrewer Scott Koué shares his experience in fermenting beer in the same kettle that he used to boil the wort.

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March 2, 2017 - Homebrew Stout Collaboration

Homebrewers Ron Schmidt and Jamie Conway share their collaborative stout that was split to age on vanilla and a rye whiskey barrel.

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February 23, 2017 - Frost Fest 2017

James wanders around Frost Fest in Fayetteville, Arkansas, to sample beers and get some homebrewing tips from professional brewers.

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February 16, 2017 - Hop Tweaking

Chris Colby, editor of Beer and Wine Journal and author of the Homebrew Recipe Bible, talks about hop substitution and ways to change up the hopping of your beers.

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February 9, 2017 - Mead Best Practices

Ricky the Meadmaker from Groennfell and Havoc Meaderies in Vermont talks about sharing his recipes online and shares his best meadmaking practices.

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February 2, 2017 - African Palm Wine

Homebrewer Ryan Deaver joins us to talk about spontaneously fermented palm wine he researched in the west African country of Benin.

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January 26, 2017 - Recipe Formulation Tips

Brad Ring and Betsy Parks from Brew Your Own magazine talk about their new Big Book of Homebrewing and share tips on coming up with your own homebrew recipes.

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January 19, 2017 - AHA Update

Gary Glass, director of the American Homebrewers Association, updates us on the state of our hobby, upcoming National Homebrew Competition deadlines and new events at the Minneapolis HomebrewCon.

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January 12, 2017 - Swiss Spruce Porter

Homebrewer Will Schumacher talks about his experiments brewing with spruce that he foraged from his time in Switzerland.

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January 5, 2017 - Plain, Coconut, and Mole Porter

James and Steve take advantage of a beautiful day to sample three porters on the porch, all from the same batch.

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