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This week my guest is Ron Pattinson, who is an expert on historical beer brewing. Ron joins us to discuss Vintage English beers and covers a wide variety of topics including English historical styles, classic ingredients and beer brewing techniques. Ron is the author of a new book “The Home Brewer’s Guide to Vintage Beer. […]

All BeerSmith Podcast Episodes on iTunes Now!

by Brad Smith on February 13, 2014 · 1 comment

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After several days of working on the BeerSmith Podcast feed, I’m happy to say I now have every episode of the BeerSmith podcast available on my iTunes page now. So now you can catch up on any of the older episodes you may have missed and listen to them on your iPhone, iPod or iPad […]

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 […]

Barley Crusher Video Review in Two Minutes

by Brad Smith on February 5, 2014 · 0 comments

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This is a two minute review of the Barley Crusher Malt Mill from BC Products. The Barley Crusher is a dual roller malt mill for all grain beer brewing, and I’ve been using my unit for six years now with great results. This is a great malt mill, and reasonably priced. The one in the […]

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This week we talk about flavor stability in beer with brewing science Professor Charles Bamforth from the University of California at Davis. Charlie has been studying flavor stability in beer for a number of years, and shares with us some of the complexities of keeping beer fresh tasting as it ages. We explore the aging […]

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: […]

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Stan Hieronymus is my guest this week, and we’re talking about the resurgence of the Grodziskie beer style from Poland made from oak smoked wheat malt. This style was nearly lost to us, and out of production in the mid 20′th century, but home brewers and craft breweries have brought this style back to life. […]

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, […]

New BeerSmith Tutorial Videos Available

by Brad Smith on January 7, 2014 · 0 comments

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I’m often asked about the best way to learn how to use BeerSmith software? The best way to get started is by visiting our video page at BeerSmith.com/video – which has detailed tutorials on how to use BeerSmith 2. There are some 28 videos in all covering BeerSmith desktop, BeerSmith mobile and our BeerSmithRecipes.com recipe […]

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This week I discuss Belgian Strong Ale Recipes with Michael Mraz from Mraz Brewing Company. Michael tells us how to brew the perfect Belgian Golden Strong including the grain bill, hop schedule, fermenting and finishing your beer. Download the MP3 File – Right Click and “Save As” to download this mp3 file Topics in This […]