Basic Brewing with James Spencer – BeerSmith Podcast #261

by Brad Smith on July 14, 2022 · 0 comments

James Spencer from Basic Brewing Radio joins me to discuss 17 years of beer podcasting as well as some of his recent brewing experiments.

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Topics in This Week’s Episode (55:48)

  • James Spencer joins me this week from Basic Brewing Radio. James has been hosting the Basic Brewing podcast since July of 2015 and posted over 800 episodes. He also has a video podcast and DVD series on how to brew beer.
  • James talks a bit about some of his recent projects as well as our trip to Homebrewcon in Pittsburgh.
  • We discuss the early days of podcasting and his Basic Brewing radio show which was started in 2005 and now features 800+ episodes.
  • James talks about Steve Wilkes, his co-host and how Steve got involved with the show.
  • We talk about how homebrewing and podcasting have evolved over the years including much better knowledge, ingredients and equipment.
  • James talks about the rise of Youtube and Google which have significantly reduced the sales of “How to” DVDs and books.
  • We discuss James’ experiments into small batch beer brewing as well as no-boil and short boil brews.
  • James discusses his “Sampler Series” where he explores the flavors of individual hops and malts.
  • James gives us his closing thoughts on brewing and podcasting.


Thanks to James Spencer for appearing on the show and also to you for listening!
iTunes Announcements: I launched a new video channel for the BeerSmith podcast on iTunes, so subscribe now! At the moment it will only feature the new widescreen episodes (#75 and up). Older episodes are available on my revamped Youtube channel. Also all of my audio episodes are on iTunes now – so grab the older episodes if you missed any.

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