How to Brew with Malt Extract DVD Early Preview

by Brad Smith May 22, 2014
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John Palmer and I have been working for several months on two home brewing DVDs – one on malt extract and one on all grain brewing. It has been a huge project – planning, scripting and shooting literally thousands of clips of the brewing process in full HD in a professional package. We intend to […]

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Malted Grains for Beer Brewing with Randy Mosher – BeerSmith Podcast #81

by Brad Smith May 13, 2014
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Randy Mosher joins me this week to discuss what different malts and grains bring to your home brewed beer. He gives us an amazing tour of the most popular malts used in home brewing and explains the flavors they really bring to the beer. Download the MP3 File – Right Click and Save As to […]

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BeerSmith Mobile 2.2 Released

by Brad Smith May 11, 2014
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I’m happy to announce the release of BeerSmith Mobile 2.2 for Android, iPhone, iPad and Kindle devices. This free update for existing users brings the mobile version up to date with the desktop version with respect to whirlpool/steeped hop calculations and adds a number of new tools and features. What’s New in BeerSmith Mobile 2.2? […]

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Avoiding a Boil Over When Home Brewing

by Brad Smith May 3, 2014
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A boil over when home brewing can be a real mess, particularly if it happens on the stove top. Even if you are brewing outside, you risk losing precious wort and hops over the side if your pot boils over. So this week I provide some quick tips on avoiding a boil over. Why the […]

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Beer Freshness and Oxygen with Chaz Benedict- BeerSmith Podcast #80

by Brad Smith April 25, 2014
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This week my guest is Chaz Benedict, who is an expert in commercial beer freshness and reducing oxygen content in finished beer. We explore beer freshness, oxygen in beer, and ways a home brewer can create beer that is long lasting and has a stable flavor profile. Download the MP3 File – Right Click and […]

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Beer Glasses and Glassware for Home Brewers

by Brad Smith April 18, 2014
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What’s in a glass? Hopefully a pint of your latest home brew! If we look beyond the obvious, your glassware choices for beer can heavily influence the presentation, character and finish of your beer. Glass choice impacts head retention, carbonation levels, aroma and perceived color of the beer. Some knowledge of glassware and its use […]

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Kegging your Home Brewed Beer with Chris Graham- BeerSmith Podcast #79

by Brad Smith April 9, 2014
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This week we discuss how to keg your home brewed beer with Chris Graham from MoreBeer. I highly recommend watching the video as this week Chris provides a detailed overview on kegging equipment, kegging techniques and how to make the transition from bottles to kegs! Download the MP3 File – Right Click and Save As […]

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Dry Yeast in Home Brewed Beer

by Brad Smith April 3, 2014
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Dry yeast for home brewing is sometimes maligned and often overlooked. Many years ago when I started home brewing, the quality of dry yeast included with many prepackaged kits was poor. However much has changed, and now home brewers have dry yeasts available to them that are just as good as liquid yeast. So this […]

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Baltic Porter and The Maltose Falcons – BeerSmith Podcast #78

by Brad Smith March 26, 2014
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This week three members from the Maltose Falcons homebrew club join me to talk about Baltic Porter. We discuss the Baltic Porter style, how to brew it and also their recent Baltic Porter contest. We also discuss the Maltose Falcons 40th anniversary and their celebratory Baltic Porter brew. Download the MP3 File – Right Click […]

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Five More Tips for All Grain Beer Brewing

by Brad Smith March 19, 2014
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Last week I presented my first five tips for all grain beer brewing. This week I add five more tips to help you make your all grain beer even better. 1. Know What You Are Brewing, and Keep it Simple I put this tip first since this is the one that most brewers ignore. You […]

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Brew in a Bag (BIAB) with Jake Keeler – BeerSmith Podcast #77

by Brad Smith March 11, 2014
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This week Jake Keeler joins me to discuss how to Brew in a Bag (BIAB). Brew-in-a-bag is a popular alternative to traditional all grain beer brewing methods and saves on both time and equipment needed to get into all grain brewing. iTunes Announcements: I launched a new video channel for the BeerSmith podcast on iTunes, […]

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Five Tips for Home Brewing All Grain Beers

by Brad Smith March 4, 2014
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This week we look at some good tips for all grain brewers. One of my first posts to this blog (way back in 2008) was a short article on Ten Tips for Home Brewing. It was popular at the time, but focused on extract brewers. So now, some 6 years later, I thought I would […]

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New BeerSmith Video Channel is Featured on iTunes!

by Brad Smith February 26, 2014
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I launched the new BeerSmith video podcast channel on iTunes this week, and sent all of the newsletter subscribers a note announcing the new format. Apparently many of you responded, and the BeerSmith podcast is now on the New and Noteworthy video section on iTunes (below) and for a short time was the #2 podcast […]

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Schwarzbier Brewing with Jason Jaworowicz – BeerSmith Podcast #76

by Brad Smith February 24, 2014
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This week on the BeerSmith podcast we talk about brewing the perfect German Schwarzbier (Black beer). Jason Jaworowicz from Rivertown Homebrewers is my guest, and he provides a detailed walkthrough on how to brew this rich German lager. iTunes Announcements: I launched a new video channel for the BeerSmith podcast on iTunes, so subscribe now! […]

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How to Wisely Spend Your Home Brewing Dollar

by Brad Smith February 21, 2014
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When I first started brewing way back in 1987, I had just finished college. Times were tight and I was always looking for creative ways to save money on home brewing. Some of the things I did, like building my own wort chiller, were smart decisions, but other ones were not. Indeed some of my […]

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