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Old 02-17-2012, 12:41 PM   #1
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***WARNING*** The following includes a few of my opinions. As benign as I believe they are, I understand some folks are easily offended. My intent in posting this is not to express negative judgement, just merely to hear what others think about the topic. Please, please, please do no take this post personally... if you do, please don't reply. Thanks

My drive to work is 1 hour 15 minutes, which means I spend 2.5 hours sitting alone in my truck 4 days per week (4 x 10 schedule is great). One thing that helps the time go by is listening to brewing podcasts... and I listen to a s*itload, between 4 to 8 per week. I'll list the podcasts in my rotation, and I'm hoping others might suggest some I'm not currently listening to.

First off, of the 5 podcasts I listen to regularly, 3 are from The Brewing Network. In general, these are good podcasts, each with their pluses and minuses. One thing I don't like much about all TBN podcasts is the long commercials... I understand, though, that these are what fund the shows, so I can't complain. More specifically...

The Brewing Network Presents The Jamil Show: I like this podcast. This is the "Can You Brew It" show where Jamil Zainasheff and Mike "Tasty" McDole (+ others) interview craft brewers and then try to clone a specific recipe. Good stuff, interesting, often entertaining, and generally chock-full of useful information.

The Brewing Network Presents Brew Strong: In this podcast, Jamil Zainasheff and John Palmer usually focus on a single brewing topic, such as mash pH for example, for the entire show, making sure to throw in some often rather juvenile humor along the way. Again, this is an enjoyable podcast for me to listen to... despite the 4 minute advertisement for adamandeve.com... goodness.

The Brewing Network Presents Sunday Session: This is easily the longest podcast I listen to, usually around 4 hours. The BN's Justin, JP, and Tasty, along with a cast of others, get together and... well... talk... a lot. It's usually about brewing stuff, but often tangents into other topics. This show occasionally offers great brewing information (IMO), such as the Hop School show that recently aired, but much of the time I feel like I'm listening to a bunch of college freshman competing to say the next funny thing. It's a live show where they take calls and such, so that's cool. Again, not a bad podcast, but certainly my least favorite of the BN bunch.

Now, my two favorite podcasts, since they tend to be much more home brew focused, are:

Basic Brewing Radio: Home brewing topics are focused on for about 45 minutes, experiments are suggested, and results are presented. This is a greatly informative podcast that has decent entertainment value. I can't say I'm the biggest fan of the hosts friends, but they are certainly growing on me. I secretly look forward to every new episode.

BeerSmith Home Brewing: In this podcast, Brad Smith, creator of the wonderful BeerSmith program, discusses a home brew topic usually for about 45 minutes. He'll often bring in great guests to talk about their expertise (e.g., Charlie Bamforth, Jamil Zainasheff, etc.). The only thing I wish about this podcast is that it were longer... I really like this one!

Thoughts? Suggestions? All are much appreciated.

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Old 02-17-2012, 12:52 PM   #2
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Love Basic Brewing Radio....especially for the video podcasts that they do.

I have downloaded Beersmith, but have not had a chance to listen yet.

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Old 02-17-2012, 01:42 PM   #3
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Love Basic Brewing Radio....especially for the video podcasts that they do.

I have downloaded Beersmith, but have not had a chance to listen yet.
Ah, I should check out the videos!
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Old 02-17-2012, 01:53 PM   #4
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I'm pretty much aligned with what you say about the various shows. Although I always find myself disappointed by the "experiments" on BB. Great ideas, not well executed IMO.

I got reamed out on TBN once when someone asked if you would be supporting the website with donations and I said no and explained my position on the suitability of the show (Sunday Session)for listening to in the car with my children. Several took offense (I guess I should not have explained my reasoning).

But there are many out there who not only appreciate the occasional interesting guest, but also very much enjoy the frat boy style humour that is prevalent. I can put up with it, but I didn't like being called names for having a different opinion on how to raise kids.

I don't really miss the show since I really enjoy podcasts actually about brewing more, and there are others that fit the bill better anyway.

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Old 02-17-2012, 02:22 PM   #5
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I too have a 1 hour and 20 minute drive to work. While I totally agree why Homercidal wouldn't listen to it with his kids in the car, The Brewing Network is incredibly entertaining for solo to work travel. I use Downcast on my iPhone and either stream them or download a whole episode to listen to later.

These are my top 3 podcasts:

The Sunday Session - Yes they BS a lot but the interviews with the brewers are entertaining. I think without the BS, it might actually get kinda boring. I dig it for the entertainment value and brewing knowledge blend without just constant info info info. Also, the Session provides information that relates to competitions, events, and beer festivals that are going on around the country.

Jamil Show/Can You Brew It - Also good, usually starts with general chit chat about anything and everything and then they get to the point of the show where they attempt to clone a commercial beer. Not really into the whole Pro-Am show's they've been doing lately but there is definitely something to learn from each one.

Basic Brewing Radio - I think if you go back to their first 20 shows or so you'll see a variety of topics that focus on the basics and have good interviews with people who provide professional advice on hops, water, yeast, malting. The base of my knowledge started with this podcast and I feel like it answered a lot of questions new brewers have when getting started. Super informative.

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I know what you mean, I've tried listening to the BN Sunday Session, but it's just too Juvenile to finish an episode. By the last hour it's just ridiculous and off the deep end.

The Jamil show and Brew Strong are usually pretty decent most of the time, and especially if I'm out to make a certain style of beer.

That said, I've gone off podcasts entirely lately.

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The problem with the Brewing network shows is that they think they are funny, but none of them are. Tasty and Justin are Ok, but Jamil's toilet humor was played out after a few episodes Oh and burping into the mic is just annoying. That being said there are some nuggets that can be extracted from each episode.

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I'm a sales rep, and I spend a LOT of time behind the wheel. Sometimes more than 10 hours per day. I listen to a LOT of podcasts, and I mean a LOT.

I generally like the BN stuff. I'm a loyal listener to all three shows and a monthly donor.

Sunday Session - you kind of have to accept that this is more an "entertaining radio program" than an informational beer podcast. They don't intend it to be be strictly informational, so you shouldn't expect it to be. A lot of times I think they are funny, and a lot of times I think they are goofy and immature. I also don't appreciate a lot of their distasteful "humor." Take the good with the bad. A lot of good info on there. It's fun - let it be fun.

The Jamil Show/CYBI - the original Jamil Show series of style shows was and still is my favorite. I think I've listened to them all, and I often go back and listen to specific episodes when I'm focusing on a particular style. I do enjoy Can You Brew It as well, though I think they've gone downhill over the past year. I really don't like the Pro-Am series. I also sometimes don't appreciate the first 10 minutes of chit chat, which anymore is generally a commercial for Heretic Brewing. All of that being said, I cannot even begin to show my appreciation for the amount of stuff I've learned from Jamil over the years. What a resource that guy is.

Brew Strong - I've learned a lot from this show. Some episodes can be pretty dry and boring. A great resource overall. While mildly interesting, I'm not loving the new Going Pro series they are doing.

Basic Brewing - I listen to this one here and there. I like it. It's got an old school public radio kind of feel, and James can be a bit dry. I appreciate that the episodes are shorter and more to the point. Some really great episodes in there.

BeerSmith - I just started listening to this one. I like it a LOT. Excellent guests. Very informational. Short episodes. Not a lot of goofiness.

There are a few others here and there that I've listened to a few episodes of over the years, but I never really got into them.


I also listen to a few food and cooking podcasts. I really like The Splendid Table from APM. I've enjoyed some of the Food Philosophy shows, though she's not actively doing them anymore. Always looking for more.

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I like Basic Brewing Radio/Video

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I've given them all a chance but only listen to Basic Brewing Radio and the Beersmith podcast, of which I have heard all the episodes. I must say I have learned a great deal from listening to both of these shows.

One I just found last week called Homebrew Talk sounds sort of promising, but I have only listened to part of one episode so far. I have just been too busy at work to listen, to be honest.

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