This week I take a look at major enzymes in the mash and how you can leverage these using various mash temperature strategies for beer brewing. Chemistry of the Mash The mash process in beer brewing is done primarily to break down longer starch changes present in barley grains into simpler sugars like glucose and […]

Here is a short video tutorial on how to create a cider recipe using BeerSmith 3 software. BeerSmith is software designed for beer brewing but it now also supports cider, mead and wine makers with extensive features and ingredients. You can find additional tutorials on the main tutorial page. Thanks for joining me on the […]

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Michael Tonsmeire joins me this week to discuss some of the things he’s learned about Sour Beers in the years since his American Sour Beers book was published. Subscribe on iTunes to Audio version or Video version or on Google Play Download the MP3 File– Right Click and Save As to download this mp3 file. […]

Brewing Oud Bruin (Flanders Brown) Beer Recipes

by Brad Smith on February 25, 2020 · 0 comments

The Oud Bruin or “Old Brown” (also called Flanders Brown) beer style is a dark Flemish beer from Belgium. It is a well aged beer style, often with a slightly sour flavor to it. History of Oud Bruin Leifmans Brewery, founded in 1679 has been brewing Oud Bruin since at least the 1600s, though the […]

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Gordon Strong joins me this week to discuss the Belgian Dark Strong beer style including how to brew it, which ingredients to use and some commercial beer examples to enjoy. Subscribe on iTunes to Audio version or Video version or on Google Play Download the MP3 File– Right Click and Save As to download this […]

The BJCP Provisional Beer Styles and BeerSmith

by Brad Smith on February 6, 2020 · 0 comments

The Beer Judge Certification Program (BJCP) has issued several provisional beer styles in the years since the last major 2015 revision of their style guidelines. BJCP style are used in most home brew competitions here in the US. Note that these styles are available as an add-on in BeerSmith under File->Add-ons. Install the add-on titled […]

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John Palmer and John Blichmann join me this week to discuss All Grain Essentials and the upcoming BYO Boot Camp in Denver where they will be presenting hands-on classes in all grain brewing. Subscribe on iTunes to Audio version or Video version or on Google Play Download the MP3 File– Right Click and Save As […]

Kegging Still Mead, Wine and Cider

by Brad Smith on January 18, 2020 · 0 comments

Today I take a look at some of the challenges you face when trying to keg still mead, wine or cider. Many beer brewers also make mead, wine and cider, and also have kegging equipment. Kegging your mead, wine and cider can be much easier than bottling. Also there is a substantial advantage to being […]

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Chris Graham, President of Morebeer joins me this week to discuss kegging home brewed beer and some of the new equipment available for kegging. Subscribe on iTunes to Audio version or Video version or on Google Play Download the MP3 File– Right Click and Save As to download this mp3 file. [Audio clip: view full […]

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Stan Hieronymus, the author of the book “Brew Like a Monk” joins me to discuss brewing Belgian beer styles. Subscribe on iTunes to Audio version or Video version or on Google Play Download the MP3 File– Right Click and Save As to download this mp3 file. [Audio clip: view full post to listen] Topics in […]

Hop Utilization in the Whirlpool for Beer Brewing

by Brad Smith on December 18, 2019 · 0 comments

This week we take a close look at hop utilization in the whirlpool. With the wild popularity of IPA beer styles, whirlpool hops have become an important part of modern brewing. Whirlpool Hopping and Aroma Oils Whirlpool or “steeped” hopping is a technique where you add your hops after flame-out and let them steep at […]

High Altitude Beer Brewing and Hop Utilization

by Brad Smith on December 8, 2019 · 0 comments

I often hear from brewers who live at altitude asking about how to adjust their beer brewing recipes. Living at a higher altitude means that both water and wort will boil at a lower temperature which leads to lower hop utilization. I spent six years living near Albuquerque in New Mexico, with four of those […]

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Scott Ungermann, Brewmaster at Anchor Brewing joins me to discuss the history of one of America’s oldest small breweries. Subscribe on iTunes to Audio version or Video version or on Google Play Download the MP3 File– Right Click and Save As to download this mp3 file. [Audio clip: view full post to listen] Topics in […]

The Importance of Healthy Yeast for Beer Brewing

by Brad Smith on November 19, 2019 · 0 comments

This week I thought I would write a short article on the importance of healthy yeast, as poor yeast is a major source of off flavors in beer. Some time ago I was reviewing a Beer Judge Certification Program (BJCP) score sheet, which is widely used to judge beer in formal competitions. I noticed that […]

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Mark Edelson joins me from Iron Hills Brewery to discuss the evolution of Craft Beer Brewing in the US. Subscribe on iTunes to Audio version or Video version or on Google Play Download the MP3 File– Right Click and Save As to download this mp3 file. [Audio clip: view full post to listen] Topics in […]