By James Spencer
Basic Brewing Radio is a weekly chat about homebrewing - brewing the best beer and mead in the world in your own home.
11-30-23 - Recipe Developme...
Special guest Josh Secaur from Gambit Brewing in St. Paul joins James and Matt to compare Kentucky Commons and help formulate a Winter Ale recipe.
James and Steve pit two traditional English favorite hops against each other and then blend them to see how they pair together. They also taste a listener-brewed beer with "Pink" hops.
Haven Schultz from The Bru Club joins James to talk about his organization and roll the virtual dice for a club challenge.
James is joined by Chris Colby of beerandgardeningjournal.com as they taste their Smoked Rotbier and formulate a recipe for a long lost American style.
James talks to Matt Giovanisci of Brew Cabin as they sample the Arkansas Porch Steamer and formulate a beer based on a trip to Canada.
The Hop Sampler is back! James and Steve sample three delicious hops from Australia, New Zealand, and the U.S.
We visit with Casey Letellier on the fifth anniversary of Ivory Bill Brewing and take a trip back in time to almost 18 years ago.
James and Steve are guests on Garrett Freeman's Man Made Mead show and sample some of his delicious meads.
Chris Colby of beerandgardeningjournal.com joins James to develop a recipe for a smoked version of a Nuremberg Red Lager. They also taste James' Porter.
James and Steve head to Fayetteville Beer Works to talk to Brian O'Connell about his new brewery with no hot side brewing equipment.
Adam Ross of Twin Span Brewing joins James to put a random spin on recipe development. James and Adam also talk pressure fermentation.
Matt Giovanisci of Brew Cabin joins James to formulate a hot porch version of the famous steamy style.
Chris Colby of beerandgardeningjournal.com joins James to formulate a recipe for an old favorite style.
Homebrewer Scott Housel shares an experiment with James and Steve testing the effects of fermenting under higher pressure.
James, Steve and Tim Leber visit Lost Cause Meadery in San Diego to sample out-of-this-world meads and then get advice from founder Billy Beltz on making delicious meads at home.
James and Matt Giovanisci from Brew Cabin formulate a hoppy red ale and sample Matt's Cold IPA.
Alex Gruber, Tech Support Specialist at Imperial Yeast, gives us all the buttery details about diacetyl - what it is, where it comes from, and how to remove it from our beer.
Barrett Tillman of BlackMan Brewing talks about nomadic brewing and forming partnerships to share his story and build his brand.
Mead Man Tim Leber shares an experiment comparing three methods to extract fruit flavor for a beer or mead.
Chris Colby of beerandgardeningjournal.com joins us to sample the Texas Table Beer and formulate a big peachy IPA.
James and Steve meet new folks, catch up with old friends, and sample tasty things at San Diego Homebrew Con.
Steve Wilkes and Tim Leber share meads in this third recording of a day of meads from the breakfast nook.
James and Steve head to Schaumburg, Illinois, to sample local brews and try Ken Kazmierski's hot dog beer in its native environment.
Matt Giovanisci of Brew Cabin joins James to formulate a Citra-forward hoppy IPA.
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.
James and Steve travel to Chicago to sample a vertical tasting of a homebrew with the flavors of an authentic Chicago Hot Dog.
Chris Colby of beerandgardeningjournal.com joins James to design a recipe for a small and satisfying session beer.
James and Steve visit Orthodox Farmhouse Brewing in Washington County, Arkansas, and sample delicious beers with co-founder Jesse Gagnon.
Matt Giovanisci of Brew Cabin joins James to formulate a trans-continental beer based on British Golden Ale.
Tim Leber and Steve Wilkes share some delicious meads they made with desert honey, spruce and cherries.
James along with Chris Colby of beerandgardeningjournal.com help Matt Giovanisci of Brew Cabin make sense of his competition feedback.
Mead Man Tim Leber shares an experiment comparing yeast strains in a strawberry mead and introduces us to steam juicing.
James heads to his hometown to meet with Ben Bell and Justin Potts, who are building Origami Sake to brew with Arkansas rice.
Matt Giovanisci from Brew Cabin joins James to formulate a delicious dark session beer and to taste James' Italian Pilsner and Vienna Lager.
Chris Colby, editor of beerandgardeningjournal.com and author of the Homebrew Recipe Bible, joins James to come up with a recipe for a big golden lager.
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.
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.
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.
James and Steve brave chilly weather and a bit of wind to sample delicious beers at the sold-out Frost Fest in Fayetteville, Arkansas.
James and Steve sample tasty beers with Matt Thompson and Daniel Stubblefield at their recently combined brewery and homebrew shop.
Matt Giovanisci of Brew Cabin joins James to formulate a recipe for a hoppy version of the traditional German Pilsner.
Chris Colby, author of the Homebrew Recipe Bible and editor of beerandgardeningjournal.com, walks us through formulating two delicious amber beers.
Mika Laitinen, author of Viking Age Brew and brewingnordic.com, tells us how to use every part of the birch tree to make delicious beers.
James and Steve sample beers with head brewer Jamie Conway, now of Social Project Brewing, and brewery founder Chris Spence.
James and Steve sample non-beer things they've made recently and experiment with ways to add sweetness and acidity at serving time.
James and Steve read tales of brewing gone bad from listeners, and they drink some delicious homebrew to pair with it from Scott Housel.
James visits with Marshall Schott, founder of Brulosophy, about the state of homebrewing and the advancements we've seen in the past several years.
Chris Colby, author of The Homebrew Recipe Bible and editor of beerandgardeningjournal.com, tastes James' winter ale and formulates a recipe for a raspberry wheat.
Adam Ross from Twin Span Brewing shares four delicious beers and a tasty seltzer that use a variety of brewing techniques.
Matt Giovanisci from Brew Cabin joins James to sample a Belgian Wit and plan a delicious Belgian Tripel.