Using Fresh Wet Hops in Home Brewed Beer

by Brad Smith on March 22, 2016 · 0 comments

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Wet hops are hops that are freshly harvested and have not yet been dried or processed. These can be used for home brewing beer, but you need to make some adjustments to your recipe and expectations when using wet hops. Wet Hops Some time ago I wrote an article on the growing hops in the […]

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In today’s quick tip, I show you how to use the Recipe Archive feature in BeerSmith desktop to restore old recipes you may have accidentally changed or deleted. The View->Recipe Archive keeps track of every major edit you make so you don’t have to lose any data. BeerSmith Quick Brewing and Software tips are some […]

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Jake Keeler and Michael Dawson join me from Brewer Supply Group to discuss some of the new trends in beer brewing ingredients. Jake and Michael are both active in the home brewing industry as well as brewing supply industry. Subscribe on iTunes to Audio version or Video version Download the MP3 File – Right Click […]

Low Calorie Beer Brewing Recipes at Home

by Brad Smith on March 10, 2016 · 0 comments

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While some commercial low calorie beers have a poor reputation with many brewers, you can brew your own low calorie beer at home in a wide variety of beer styles. For those of us looking to loose a few pounds or cut down on carbs, low calorie home brewing gives us a chance to be […]

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When brewing high gravity (big) beers, it is important to adjust your brewhouse efficiency down a bit. You simply won’t get the same number of gravity points from a pound or kilogram of malt on a “big” beer. BeerSmith Quick Brewing and Software tips are some short 1-3 minute video clips I’ve put together for […]

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Dr Charles Bamforth, Professor of Malting and Brewing Science at the University of California at Davis joins me this week to discuss boiling your beer and some of the chemical processes involved in the boil. Subscribe on iTunes to Audio version or Video version Download the MP3 File – Right Click and Save As to […]

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In today’s quick tip, I show you how to download and use the 2015 BJCP Beer Style Guide within BeerSmith. The 2015 guide which is being used for all new beer competitions has been available as an add-on for some time within BeerSmith, and takes only a few minutes to install. BeerSmith Quick Brewing and […]

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This week I take a look at Residual Alkalinity, and what it means for your mash pH for all grain beer brewing. Residual Alkalinity is an important characteristic of your brewing water that you need to understand if you’re going to get the mash chemistry right. The Importance of Mash pH I’ve written previously about […]

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Today’s tip explains why you should not cover your pot when boiling up a batch of beer. An important function of the boil is to release a number of volatile chemicals including DMS that you don’t want in the finished beer. BeerSmith Quick Brewing and Software tips are some short 1-3 minute video clips I’ve […]

The Sulfate to Chloride Ratio and Beer Bitterness

by Brad Smith on February 11, 2016 · 2 comments

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This week I look at the Sulfate to Chloride ratio and how it can have a significant impact on the perceived bitterness of your beer. In fact, it is probably second only to mash pH when we discuss the flavor impacts of water as a beer ingredient. The Sulfate to Chloride Ratio Chloride ions tend […]

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In this very short video I show you how to use the Percent Alcohol tool in BeerSmith to find out how many calories are in your home brewed beer. You can get to the tool in BeerSmith from Tools->Percent Alcohol. BeerSmith Quick Brewing and Software tips are some short 1-3 minute video clips I’ve put […]

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I’m happy to announce a series of new add-ons for BeerSmith Desktop. The new add-ons feature over 170 new yeasts, 32 hop varieties and 48 Misc items plus updates for Avangard, Bairds, Muntons and Rahr malts. Thanks largely to the efforts of fellow brewer Brian Young, we now have most of the latest hops, yeast […]

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Mary Pellettieri, the author of “Quality Management: Essential Planning for Breweries” joins me this week to discuss how to ensure quality in beer including planning, measurement, consistency and quality control. Subscribe on iTunes to Audio version or Video version Download the MP3 File – Right Click and Save As to download this mp3 file [Audio […]

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This week I tell you why using conventional dish soaps on your beer glasses is bad for foam retention. Instead you should wash your beer glasses using a beer cleaning agent or other cleaning agent that does not contain fats (lipids). Also don’t wash your beer glasses with any dishes that might have fatty foods. […]

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In today’s quick tip, I show you how to recover your activation key for BeerSmith desktop. There is a nice little tool that can help you locate your key if you have lost it and need to reinstall BeerSmith. BeerSmith Quick Brewing and Software tips are some short 1-3 minute video clips I’ve put together […]