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Randy Mosher tells us why almost everything we’ve been told about the history of beer is wrong. In a wide ranging interview, Randy shares why many of our beer stories are actually myths, and shares a history of beer that is much more varied and dynamic than previously thought. Subscribe on iTunes to Audio version […]

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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Dr Pat Hayes, Professor of Barley Breeding at Oregon State University, is my guest this week to discuss advances in barley breeding, genetics and what beer brewers can look forward to from future barley varieties. Subscribe on iTunes to Audio version or Video version Download the MP3 File – Right Click and Save As to […]

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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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Chris Lohring, the founder of Notch Brewing joins me this week to discuss brewing Czech Lagers. Chris has been brewing Czech Lagers as session beers since 2010 and has some interesting insights on Czech lagers and their variants. Subscribe on iTunes to Audio version or Video version Download the MP3 File – Right Click and […]

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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 […]

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CJ Shamas joins me this week to discuss his barrel aged sour beer program. CJ has come up with a method to schedule his beers to maximize the flavor and utilization of oak barrels for making great beer. Subscribe on iTunes to Audio version or Video version Download the MP3 File – Right Click and […]

BeerSmith Mobile and Lite Problems under IOS 9.0.1

by Brad Smith on September 26, 2015 · 10 comments

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UPDATE: “BeerSmith Mobile” 2.2.59 was released on 2 October 2015 and corrects this issue – please update your app via the app store. “BeerSmith Lite” version 2.2.59 has also been released and is available for download now. These should correct any issues. Please use the support page if you continue to have problems. Many users […]

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 […]

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I’ve extended my sale on Barley Crusher malt mills as well as the “How to Brew” video series I shot with John Palmer until Wednesday, 23 Sep at midnight Eastern time. This is a great time to pick up a Barley Crusher grain mill at our lowest price ever, and also learn more about brewing […]

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Mary Izett, author of the new book “Speed Brewing” joins me this week to discuss rapid brewing of all grain beer as well as mead, cider, Buch and Kefir beer. She provides some great tips on how to create a variety of fermented beverages on a short time scale. Subscribe on iTunes to Audio version […]

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 […]

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John Blichmann, President of Blichmann Engineering joins me this week to discuss starting a nano-brewery including equipment options as well as many of the business considerations that come into play with starting a beer brewery on a shoestring. Subscribe on iTunes to Audio version or Video version Download the MP3 File – Right Click and […]

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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 […]

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Adam Shake joins me this week to discuss making beer with electric brewing systems, and we cover a wide variety of equipment topics including heating elements, pumps and different types of controllers to automate your brewing system. Subscribe on iTunes to Audio version or Video version Download the MP3 File – Right Click and Save […]