Homebrewing

Beer Glasses and Glassware for Home Brewers

by Brad Smith on April 18, 2014 · 0 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 · 0 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 · 0 comments

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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 · 1 comment

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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 […]

Brewing the Perfect Lager at Home

by Brad Smith on January 24, 2014 · 2 comments

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Lagers present a special challenge to the homebrewer. Despite the dominance of lagers in the commercial markets both in America and Continental Europe, brewing a lager at home is more difficult than ales. This week we take a close look at what’s needed to brew a lager at home and discuss some lager recipes. Lagers: […]

No Sparge Beer Brewing for All Grain Brewers

by Brad Smith on January 11, 2014 · 18 comments

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No sparge brewing offers an attractive alternative for those who don’t want to deal with the hassle of fly sparging or batch sparging by using a full volume mash in an single step – just mash and drain. All grain beer brewers are always looking for shortcuts when brewing beer. Its not that we’re lazy, […]

Dry Hopping for Beer Revisited – Part 2 of 2

by Brad Smith on December 12, 2013 · 8 comments

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Last week in Part 1 of this series we took a look at dry hopping beer, and how dry hopping can enhance the flavor and aroma of your home brewed beer. We also discussed why pellet hops work best, and how shorter contact times and higher temperatures can help in dry hopping. This week I […]

Dry Hopping for Beer Revisited – Part 1 of 2

by Brad Smith on November 25, 2013 · 3 comments

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Dry hopping is a great way to enhance the hoppy aroma and flavor of your beer. I previously wrote an article on dry hopping covering the basic technique, but this week will go into more depth on some options and recent trends in dry hopping. The main purpose of dry hopping is to transfer fragile […]