Homebrewing

The Sulfate to Chloride Ratio and Beer Bitterness

by Brad Smith on February 11, 2016 · 0 comments

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This week I look at the Sulfate to Chloride ratio and how it can have a significant impact on the perceived bitterness of your beer. In fact, it is probably second only to mash pH when we discuss the flavor impacts of water as a beer ingredient. The Sulfate to Chloride Ratio Chloride ions tend […]

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This week I tell you why using conventional dish soaps on your beer glasses is bad for foam retention. Instead you should wash your beer glasses using a beer cleaning agent or other cleaning agent that does not contain fats (lipids). Also don’t wash your beer glasses with any dishes that might have fatty foods. […]

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This week we look at ice baths and fermentation chilers for brewing lager beer. Brewing a lager can be a frustrating experience for many home brewers who lack a separate fermentation refrigerator. However these methods, including the “Son of a Fermentation Chiller”, give you the ability to brew a lager at home without a separate […]

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The autosiphon is a great tool for beer brewers, but many brewers have found that the siphon seal can leak air while siphoning. The quick fix is to use some distilled water as outlined here. BeerSmith Quick Brewing and Software tips are some short 1-3 minute video clips I’ve put together for brewers. For more […]

Mash Temperature Adjustment for Home Brewing

by Brad Smith on January 13, 2016 · 3 comments

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Even the best brewers occasionally miss their target mash temperature. Whether its due to a calculation error, water temperatures being off or perhaps just a cold mash tun it eventually happens to us all. So today I’m going to cover what to do when your mash temperature comes in a little too high or a […]

Customizing Views and Windows in BeerSmith 2

by Brad Smith on December 23, 2015 · 0 comments

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This week I wanted to share how you can work just a bit faster using BeerSmith 2 by managing your views, shortcuts and folders. BeerSmith has quite a few customizable tools for adjusting how you see your recipes as well as how you interact with the program itself. So here are a few tips on […]

Beer Mugs

Before you take on the challenge of making craft beers at home, you should get as much information as you can. The internet is filled with various tips and ideas on how to make beer. But to help you get started quickly, we have compiled this concise list of expert tips that will help you […]

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With the holiday season approaching, its a great opportunity to experiment with a festive beer. Spices, fruits and hop additions can all be combined to brew the perfect holiday ale or lager. Often called a Christmas, Winter or Holiday beer, these beers often include spices such as nutmeg, sugars, mulling spices, ginger or cookie flavors. […]

Brewing Gluten Free and Gluten Reduced Beer

by Brad Smith on November 18, 2015 · 0 comments

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This week I provide a quick tip on brewing gluten-free (technically gluten reduced) beer by using enzymes to break down the gluten in the finished beer. Many people are gluten sensitive, but new enzymes offer an opportunity to still brew beer with traditional barley grains while substantially reducing the gluten content of the finished beer. […]

Berliner Weisse Recipes and Fast Sour Beer Brewing

by Brad Smith on November 6, 2015 · 5 comments

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Berliner Weisse is a light, refreshing sour wheat beer originally brewed by just a handful of breweries around Berlin. I recently had a chance to interview Michael Dawson for Podcast 108, and he provided some great tips on rapidly brewing a Berliner Weisse that could also be applicable to other sour beer styles. History of […]

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Astringency, which is a dry, vinegar like off-flavor in your beer, can be caused by oversparging or sparging your grains too hot while brewing. This week I take a look at astringency, oversparging and sparging your grains too hot. Astringency Astringency in the finished beer is usually the result of excess tannins extracted from the […]

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Scaling a beer recipe is a powerful feature in BeerSmith that can be used for adapting another recipe to your equipment, creating a larger or smaller recipe or even adjusting your efficiency numbers. Most often you are scaling a recipe to match your equipment setup – but this article is going to cover several possible […]

Hops and Dogs – A Lethal Combination

by Brad Smith on September 24, 2015 · 4 comments

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Hops and spent hops are poisonous to dogs. Last week I received another heartbreaking note from an owner who had lost their dog after it consumed some spent hops left in a compost pile. Over the years I’ve received several of these notes, so I thought I would put together a short article to raise […]

Olive Oil Instead of Aeration for Beer Brewing

by Brad Smith on September 14, 2015 · 15 comments

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Aerating your wort with oxygen after the boil to promote a healthy fermentation is standard practice in the brewing industry. However, over the last ten years a small group of commercial and home brewers have been pioneering an alternative – olive oil! When I first heard of the idea of adding a tiny amount of […]

Siphon Secondary.

This week I take a look at ways to brew great beer while cutting down the time needed for fermentation and aging. A few weeks ago in part 1, I covered how to save time during your all grain brew day by overlapping steps and minimizing time wasted. Keys to a Rapid Fermentation The first […]