Brewing the Perfect Lager at Home

by Brad Smith January 24, 2014
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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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Grodziskie Beer from Poland with Stan Hieronymus – BeerSmith Podcast #73

by Brad Smith January 17, 2014

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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. […]

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No Sparge Beer Brewing for All Grain Brewers

by Brad Smith January 11, 2014
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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, […]

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New BeerSmith Tutorial Videos Available

by Brad Smith January 7, 2014
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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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Belgian Strong Ale with Michael Mraz – BeerSmith Podcast #72

by Brad Smith January 3, 2014

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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 […]

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Wild Yeast Beer Brewing with Booth’s Homebrewing – BeerSmith Podcast #71

by Brad Smith December 19, 2013

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Francis Booth and Leslie Deppert from Booth’s Brewing join me this week to talk about making beer with wild yeast. Wild and native yeasts are used in many Belgian styles, and Francis and Leslie share their experience brewing beer at high temperature with wild yeast. Download the MP3 File – Right Click and “Save As” […]

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BeerSmith Home Brewing Radio – 24/7 Beer Brewing

by Brad Smith December 16, 2013
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I’m pleased to announce the launch of BeerSmith Home Brewing Radio. My new online radio station is now streaming beer brewing interviews 24/7 at BeerSmith.com/radio, as well as available for a number of media and mobile players including iTunes Radio, WinAmp, TuneIn radio, Shoutcast, Quicktime, Windows Media and more. The station features all 70 episodes […]

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Dry Hopping for Beer Revisited – Part 2 of 2

by Brad Smith December 12, 2013
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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 […]

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Beer Brewing Water with John Palmer and Colin Kaminski – BeerSmith Podcast #70

by Brad Smith December 6, 2013

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John Palmer and Colin Kaminski join me this week to discuss their new book “Water, A Comprehensive Guide for Brewers”. We discuss the best water for brewing beer, mash pH, residual alkalinity, beer brewing water for extract and all grain brewers, water sources and much more. Download the MP3 File – Right Click and “Save […]

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BeerSmith 2.2 Desktop Released

by Brad Smith November 26, 2013
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Happy Thanksgiving! I’ve just released BeerSmith 2.2, the latest version of BeerSmith for Mac, PC and Ubuntu Linux. BeerSmith 2.2 features a cleaned up interface, new brewing features, and makes it easy to search and use thousands of recipes available on our BeerSmithRecipes cloud site. I’ll be publishing videos on the new features shortly and […]

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Dry Hopping for Beer Revisited – Part 1 of 2

by Brad Smith November 25, 2013
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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 […]

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BeerSmith 2.2 Update for Desktop Quick Preview

by Brad Smith November 17, 2013
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For several months now I’ve been hard at work on the BeerSmith 2.2 update for the BeerSmith desktop for this year’s brewing season. It is currently in beta testing. The update attempts to clean up some of the clutter in the interface, as well as add a number of the features fellow brewers have most […]

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Hops and Malt with John Mallett from Bell’s – BeerSmith Podcast #69

by Brad Smith November 12, 2013

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John Mallett from Bell’s Brewery is my guest this week. John joins me to discuss how the changing landscape in hops and malt is driving craft beer and home brewing forward and pushing new frontiers for craft and home brewers worldwide. Download the MP3 File – Right Click and “Save As” to download this mp3 […]

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Modern Times Brewery Follow Up – BeerSmith Podcast #68

by Brad Smith October 28, 2013

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Jacob McKean and Michael Tonsmiere join us again from Modern Times brewery do to a follow up interview on their microbrewery launch and lessons learned from transitioning to pro brewing. Download the MP3 File – Right Click and “Save As” to download this mp3 file Topics in This Week’s Episode (48:01) This week I invite […]

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BeerSmith Ten Year Anniversary

by Brad Smith October 27, 2013
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October, 2013 marks the ten year anniversary of BeerSmith! I thought I would take a moment to share how it all came about, and how the journey has been these past ten years. It all started as a simple tool I built to track my beer recipes in late 2002. It wasn’t much at the […]

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