BeerSmith 3 – A First Look

by Brad Smith on June 1, 2018 · 96 comments

I’m pleased to announce the upcoming release of BeerSmith 3, which has been in development for almost two years. It has been in beta test for several months now and I’m planning to release the desktop version prior to Homebrewcon (this month). The mobile version 3 for your phone or tablet will follow in late […]

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Robert Keifer joins me to discuss brewing using gluten free grains including rice, mullet, sorghum, quinoa, and buckwheat. Gluten free brewing has expanded greatly the last few years to aid those who may be sensitive to gluten in beer. Subscribe on iTunes to Audio version or Video version or on Google Play Download the MP3 […]

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Andrea Stanley from Valley Malting and Lindsay Barr from New Belgium join me to discuss recent advances in malt sensory analysis for beer brewing. Subscribe on iTunes to Audio version or Video version or on Google Play Download the MP3 File – Right Click and Save As to download this mp3 file [Audio clip: view […]

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Randy Mosher, author of several top beer brewing books joins me to talk about hop biotransformations that occur during active fermentation as well as New England IPAs. Subscribe on iTunes to Audio version or Video version or on Google Play Download the MP3 File – Right Click and Save As to download this mp3 file […]

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John Palmer, author of “How to Brew” joins me to discuss the beer maturation process and the critical role that yeast play in beer maturation. We also discuss methods to speed up the maturation process. Subscribe on iTunes to Audio version or Video version or on Google Play Download the MP3 File – Right Click […]

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Mitch Steele joins me to discuss the best use of a wide variety of hop products including whole hops, pellet hops, wet hops, hop extracts, hop oils and more. Subscribe on iTunes to Audio version or Video version or on Google Play Download the MP3 File – Right Click and Save As to download this […]

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Michael Tonsmeire joins me this week to discuss brewing New England India Pale Ale styles along with a few new projects including his brewery “Sapwood Cellars” opening in Columbia, MD. Subscribe on iTunes to Audio version or Video version or on Google Play Download the MP3 File – Right Click and Save As to download […]

Aromatic Hop Oils in Beer Brewing – Part 1

by Brad Smith on February 23, 2018 · 0 comments

This week I take a look at a few of the most significant aromatic hop oils and the role they play in beer. I also found a great link to an interactive chart where you can explore the oil content of many hop varieties. Aromatic Hop Oils Hop oils contain well over 500 flavor compounds, […]

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Michael Dawson joins me to discuss his new book “Mashmaker” as well as the emergence of some unique craft beer malts. Subscribe on iTunes to Audio version or Video version or on Google Play Download the MP3 File – Right Click and Save As to download this mp3 file [Audio clip: view full post to […]

Beer Blending Strategies for Home Brewers

by Brad Smith on January 30, 2018 · 2 comments

This week I take a look at the often overlooked topic of blending two beers either to correct a flawed beer or make a more complex finished beer. Why Blend Your Beers The vast majority of beers are made in a straightforward way – you brew a recipe, ferment, age and enjoy it. While this […]

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Dr Charlie Bamforth joins me this week to discuss how brewing yeast and yeast health affects flavors in beer. Subscribe on iTunes to Audio version or Video version or on Google Play Download the MP3 File – Right Click and Save As to download this mp3 file [Audio clip: view full post to listen] Topics […]

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Chris White and John Blichmann join me to discuss their experiments in pressurized fermentation of beer in a quest to produce lager-like beers at room temperature. Subscribe on iTunes to Audio version or Video version or on Google Play Download the MP3 File – Right Click and Save As to download this mp3 file [Audio […]

RIMS and HERMS Brewing with BeerSmith Software

by Brad Smith on January 15, 2018 · 4 comments

Today I take a look at how to handle RIMS and HERMS brewing systems in BeerSmith brewing software. I’ve had quite a few people ask me how to incorporate these systems into BeerSmith, so below is a quick overview. What Makes RIMS and HERMS Systems Different? Lets start with what makes a RIMS or HERMS […]

Brewing Considerations for Very High Gravity Beers

by Brad Smith on January 10, 2018 · 1 comment

Brewing high gravity beers like barley wines, tripels, and imperial stouts present some challenges unique to high gravity brewing. This week I provide a few tips and considerations that come into play when brewing high gravity beers. Big Beer Challenges High gravity beers which start at around 1.080 original gravity and can go as high […]

This week I take a look at the proper method for hydrating dry yeast for beer brewing to maximize your viability and produce a healthy fermentation. Dry Yeast for Home Brewing While dry yeast does not offer quite the selection of liquid yeast, it does have some significant advantages as it is much easier to […]