Homebrewing

Beer Colors

This is the second part of my four part series on beer clarity. Last week we covered how to measure beer haze and some of the major causes of beer clarity issues. This week we’re going to go in-depth and discuss yeast, proteins and tannins and begin to cover how to control and improve beer […]

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This is the first part of my detailed series on beer clarity and finings, and is based on a presentation I did for this year’s National Homebrew Conference on the same subject. In this first part, I’m going to cover what beer clarity is, how its defined and measured and the potential causes of haze […]

Top 10 Surprising Benefits of Drinking Beer

by Brad Smith on August 5, 2014 · 4 comments

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I bet it comes as a surprise that beer or any other alcoholic drink for that matter can be beneficial for our health. Well, it can! While wine is good for your heart, beer has up to ten health benefits starting with bone breakage risk reduction to warding off mental decline. Obviously, we cannot neglect […]

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Sitting next to a big pot of boiling wort is my favorite part of the brewing process (except for tasting of course!), and cleaning is my least favorite part. But after you boil you face the challenge of what to do with 5, 10 or 15 gallons (19-57 liters) of really hot wort. So this […]

Caramel and Crystal Malt in Beer Brewing

by Brad Smith on June 26, 2014 · 5 comments

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This week we take a look at crystal and caramel malts used in home brewing and commercial brewing. Caramel malt is a staple in a wide variety of beers worldwide, and is used to add color, flavor and sweetness to beer. I’m going to discuss how caramel malt is made, as well as when and […]

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In conjunction with BC Products, I’m offering the Barley Crusher at our lowest price ever – $99.95+ shipping for the 7 lb crusher, and $119.95 + shipping for the 15 lb hopper. This is a great dual steel roller mill, and it is the one I personally use to brew beer. Its adjustable, gives a […]

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I am often asked about using BeerSmith for Craft brewing and in fact BeerSmith is used by a large number of commercial breweries. Also, many passionate home brewers who make the leap from home to professional brewing then write and ask how to scale up from 5 gallons to 3 barrels or more? So I […]

BeerSmith Mobile 2.2 Released

by Brad Smith on May 11, 2014 · 17 comments

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I’m happy to announce the release of BeerSmith Mobile 2.2 for Android, iPhone, iPad and Kindle devices. This free update for existing users brings the mobile version up to date with the desktop version with respect to whirlpool/steeped hop calculations and adds a number of new tools and features. What’s New in BeerSmith Mobile 2.2? […]

Avoiding a Boil Over When Home Brewing

by Brad Smith on May 3, 2014 · 27 comments

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A boil over when home brewing can be a real mess, particularly if it happens on the stove top. Even if you are brewing outside, you risk losing precious wort and hops over the side if your pot boils over. So this week I provide some quick tips on avoiding a boil over. Why the […]

Beer Glasses and Glassware for Home Brewers

by Brad Smith on April 18, 2014 · 4 comments

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What’s in a glass? Hopefully a pint of your latest home brew! If we look beyond the obvious, your glassware choices for beer can heavily influence the presentation, character and finish of your beer. Glass choice impacts head retention, carbonation levels, aroma and perceived color of the beer. Some knowledge of glassware and its use […]

Dry Yeast in Home Brewed Beer

by Brad Smith on April 3, 2014 · 5 comments

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Dry yeast for home brewing is sometimes maligned and often overlooked. Many years ago when I started home brewing, the quality of dry yeast included with many prepackaged kits was poor. However much has changed, and now home brewers have dry yeasts available to them that are just as good as liquid yeast. So this […]

Five More Tips for All Grain Beer Brewing

by Brad Smith on March 19, 2014 · 1 comment

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Last week I presented my first five tips for all grain beer brewing. This week I add five more tips to help you make your all grain beer even better. 1. Know What You Are Brewing, and Keep it Simple I put this tip first since this is the one that most brewers ignore. You […]

Five Tips for Home Brewing All Grain Beers

by Brad Smith on March 4, 2014 · 4 comments

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This week we look at some good tips for all grain brewers. One of my first posts to this blog (way back in 2008) was a short article on Ten Tips for Home Brewing. It was popular at the time, but focused on extract brewers. So now, some 6 years later, I thought I would […]

How to Wisely Spend Your Home Brewing Dollar

by Brad Smith on February 21, 2014 · 1 comment

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When I first started brewing way back in 1987, I had just finished college. Times were tight and I was always looking for creative ways to save money on home brewing. Some of the things I did, like building my own wort chiller, were smart decisions, but other ones were not. Indeed some of my […]

Storing Your Beer Brewing Hops, Grains and Yeast

by Brad Smith on February 8, 2014 · 3 comments

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Fresh ingredients are one of the keys to great beer. More than once I’ve been burned by old or improperly stored brewing ingredients resulting in flat, cardboard tasting beer. So this week I’m going to share some of the lessons I’ve learned about keeping ingredients fresh. Brewing Extract Fresh extract is really important for beginning […]