Beer Glasses and Glassware for Home Brewers

by Brad Smith April 18, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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Vintage English Beer Brewing with Ron Pattinson – BeerSmith Podcast #75

by Brad Smith February 14, 2014

This week my guest is Ron Pattinson, who is an expert on historical beer brewing. Ron joins us to discuss Vintage English beers and covers a wide variety of topics including English historical styles, classic ingredients and beer brewing techniques. Ron is the author of a new book “The Home Brewer’s Guide to Vintage Beer. […]

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All BeerSmith Podcast Episodes on iTunes Now!

by Brad Smith February 13, 2014

After several days of working on the BeerSmith Podcast feed, I’m happy to say I now have every episode of the BeerSmith podcast available on my iTunes page now. So now you can catch up on any of the older episodes you may have missed and listen to them on your iPhone, iPod or iPad […]

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Storing Your Beer Brewing Hops, Grains and Yeast

by Brad Smith February 8, 2014

Fresh ingredients are one of the keys to great beer. More than once I’ve been burned by old or improperly stored brewing ingredients resulting in flat, cardboard tasting beer. So this week I’m going to share some of the lessons I’ve learned about keeping ingredients fresh. Brewing Extract Fresh extract is really important for beginning […]

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Barley Crusher Video Review in Two Minutes

by Brad Smith February 5, 2014
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This is a two minute review of the Barley Crusher Malt Mill from BC Products. The Barley Crusher is a dual roller malt mill for all grain beer brewing, and I’ve been using my unit for six years now with great results. This is a great malt mill, and reasonably priced. The one in the […]

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Flavor Stability in Beer with Dr Charlie Bamforth – BeerSmith Podcast #74

by Brad Smith January 31, 2014

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This week we talk about flavor stability in beer with brewing science Professor Charles Bamforth from the University of California at Davis. Charlie has been studying flavor stability in beer for a number of years, and shares with us some of the complexities of keeping beer fresh tasting as it ages. We explore the aging […]

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