Grassy Off Flavors in Home Brewed Beer

by Brad Smith on September 23, 2016 · 0 comments

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Grassy off flavors in beer can ruin an otherwise excellent brew. This week we take a look at the cause of grassy flavors in beer and what you can do about it! Grassy Flavors and Aroma Grassy flavors include vegetal, plant-like, hay, fresh leaves or aromas reminiscent of fresh cut grass. These flavors tend to […]

Whirlpool and No Chill Hop Features in BeerSmith 2.3

by Brad Smith on September 15, 2016 · 0 comments

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One of the many features introduced in BeerSmith 2.3 is improved handling for whirlpool/hop stand handling as well as support for the “no chill” brewing method. These features give home brewers more flexibility than ever for handling whirlpool hops and extended chill periods for your wort. Today we’re going to look at some of the […]

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Ron Pattinson joins me this week to discuss the surprisingly complex history of Scottish beer brewing. We learn that Scotland had a rich and complex history brewing a wide variety of beers both for internal consumption and export. Subscribe on iTunes to Audio version or Video version or on Google Play Download the MP3 File […]

Using Hop Extracts for Beer Brewing

by Brad Smith on August 31, 2016 · 2 comments

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Hop extracts have the potential to revolutionize many aspects of both commercial and home brewing. While bittering extracts have been used for many years by large commercial brewers, we are now seeing a new generation of hop extracts entering the craft and home brewing markets. Types of Hop Extracts Hop extract typically consists of concentrated […]

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Marshall Schott, author of the Brulosophy blog joins me this week to discuss some of the innovative experiments he and others are doing comparing home brewing techniques and ingredients. This is one episode you don’t want to miss! Subscribe on iTunes to Audio version or Video version or on Google Play Download the MP3 File […]

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This week we take a quick look at the new session logging features in BeerSmith 2.3. BeerSmith now gives you a single place to record your data for beer brewing including detailed fermentation data. The BeerSmith Session Tab One of the many new features in BeerSmith 2.3 is the recipe session tab. Previous versions of […]

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Dr Chris White, the President of White labs joins me this week to discuss an ongoing collaboration to unlock the genetic code of yeast. Chris has been working with scientists around the world to categorize various types of yeast and tie their genetic codes to yeast traits. Subscribe on iTunes to Audio version or Video […]

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One of the most anticipated new features in BeerSmith 2.3 is the new water analysis and mash pH tools available. I’ve written many posts on why the proper mash pH in the 5.2-5.6 range is important for brewing your best beer, and V2.3 of BeerSmith makes it easier than ever! Note: The new tools primarily […]

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I’m pleased to announce that the BeerSmith 2.3 desktop update has been released for download. You can download the new version here. This update is free for all existing V2.x license holders, and the trial version is available for those just starting with BeerSmith. Versions are available for Mac, PC, and Linux (beta). I am […]

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The BeerSmith 2.3 update features some significant changes to the user interface as well as powerful changes in the brewing engine. This is a big update, so this will be a pretty long post. Here’s a summary of some of the new changes and how to use them! Note that you can download the new […]

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Gordon Strong, President of the Beer Judge Certification Program, joins me this week to discuss Modern Homebrew Recipes and his philosophy for designing beer recipes. Gordon provides a unique perspective on how he creates award winning beer recipes. Subscribe on iTunes to Audio version or Video version or on Google Play Download the MP3 File […]

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I’m happy to announce the latest update to BeerSmith, V2.3 is coming on 8 August and has been in beta testing since June. BeerSmith V2.3 includes some of the most asked for features including much easier recipe editing, enhanced water tools, mash pH prediction and adjustment and significant updates to the brewing engine. The next […]

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Some home brewed beers can develop a flavor and aroma of excessive alcohol. This can very from a slight alcoholic warmth to strong alcohol that tastes like moonshine. This week we’ll explore the root cause of an alcoholic off-flavor. Higher Order “Fusel” Alcohols During normal fermentation, yeast cells consume sugars and produce alcohol (ethanol) as […]

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Acetaldehyde is a “Green Apple” off flavor that is common in some beers. It is one of the sixteen listed off flavors on the BJCP beer judge score sheet, and can ruin an otherwise enjoyable beer. It can also sometimes have an aroma and flavor like fresh cut pumpkins or dry cider but is distinct […]

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William Brennand and Stefan Occhi from the University of Nottingham in the UK join me this week to discuss their Master’s level brewing project called “zerogravity”. They are part of a team brewing at a commercial level as a capstone project for their degrees. Subscribe on iTunes to Audio version or Video version or on […]