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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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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