Gordon Strong joins me this week to discuss the 2021 BJCP Beer Style Guide as well as judging beer. Subscribe on iTunes to Audio version or Video version or Spotify or Google Play Download the MP3 File– Right Click and Save As to download this mp3 file. Your browser does not support the audio element. […]

Roasted Malts in Beer Brewing

by Brad Smith on September 22, 2022 · 0 comments

This week I take a close look at the roast malt group, and explain when and why you would want to use these malts in your beer. The Roast Malt Group The roast malt group includes pale chocolate, chocolate malt, carafa I, II and III, black patent malt, red malt and stout roast. These are […]

Base Malts in Beer Brewing

by Brad Smith on September 14, 2022 · 0 comments

This week I describe base malts and their use in beer brewing. The Base Malt Group Base malts are the most widely used in beer brewing as they make up the vast majority of any malt bill. Many beer styles like IPA were traditionally made with only base malts, and you can brew a large […]

Kilned Malts in Beer Brewing

by Brad Smith on September 11, 2022 · 0 comments

This week I take a look at the kilned malt group, and explain when and why you would want to use kilned malts in your beer brewing recipes. The Kilned Malt Group As I explained in my earlier article on malting and malt groups, kilned malts are made using the same basic malting process as […]

Dr Keith Villa joins me this week to discuss his long career with Blue Moon and his new business brewing non-alcoholic beer. Subscribe on iTunes to Audio version or Video version or Spotify or Google Play Download the MP3 File– Right Click and Save As to download this mp3 file. Your browser does not support […]

Why is Beer Brewing So Technical?

by Brad Smith on September 1, 2022 · 0 comments

This week I take a look at the technical nature of beer brewing and how it differs from making other beverages like wine, cider or mead. Beer Brewing and Technology I often open my designing beer presentations with a description of the technical nature of brewing. Beer brewing is a much more technical hobby than […]

John Palmer joins me to discuss his upcoming book as well as hold a general beer brewing question and answer session. Subscribe on iTunes to Audio version or Video version or Spotify or Google Play Download the MP3 File– Right Click and Save As to download this mp3 file. Your browser does not support the […]

This week Michael Fairbrother joins me from Moonlight Meadery to talk about Cider which has become his top selling beverage. Subscribe on iTunes to Audio version or Video version or Spotify or Google Play Download the MP3 File– Right Click and Save As to download this mp3 file. Your browser does not support the audio […]

BeerSmith Forum Major Upgrade

by Brad Smith on August 15, 2022 · 0 comments

Over the weekend I completed a long overdue revision of the BeerSmith forum. I moved to a new forum software platform, which adds a ton of new features. I also secured the main BeerSmith web site, blog, forum and recipes site so they all redirect to our secure server now. This resolved a series of […]

Mixed Yeast Fermentation for Homebrewers

by Brad Smith on August 11, 2022 · 0 comments

This week I take a look at the concept of mixed yeast fermentation – using more than one strain of yeast to brew your beer as well as some of the strengths and pitfalls. Mixed Yeast Fermentation History Thanks to modern science, most of us use a single strain of yeast when we brew our […]

Beer Design Case Study: A Robust Porter

by Brad Smith on August 4, 2022 · 1 comment

This week I though I would share a case study in beer recipe design to explore how I approach beer recipe design and some of the critical decisions made along the way. I will be designing a robust porter, which is one of my favorite beer styles. Defining the Robust Porter Before I start on […]

This week I look at the malting process, how we commonly group malts and the impacts for beer brewing. The Malting Process The malting process starts with raw barley grain, harvested from the field. The grain is dry when brought into the malt house, but the first step is to immerse the grain into water […]

Ken Schramm joins me from Schramm’s Meadery to discuss growing fruit for use in his big fruit meads. Subscribe on iTunes to Audio version or Video version or Spotify or Google Play Download the MP3 File– Right Click and Save As to download this mp3 file. Your browser does not support the audio element. Topics […]

This week I cover some of the changes you need to make to brew a high gravity beer using BeerSmith software. High gravity beers (generally over 1.060 or so) do require some minor changes to your recipe and equipment profile as well as some process changes for brewing. High Gravity Brewing Considerations I’ve written a […]

James Spencer from Basic Brewing Radio joins me to discuss 17 years of beer podcasting as well as some of his recent brewing experiments. Subscribe on iTunes to Audio version or Video version or Spotify or Google Play Download the MP3 File– Right Click and Save As to download this mp3 file. Your browser does […]