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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 […]

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This week we look at ice baths and fermentation chilers for brewing lager beer. Brewing a lager can be a frustrating experience for many home brewers who lack a separate fermentation refrigerator. However these methods, including the “Son of a Fermentation Chiller”, give you the ability to brew a lager at home without a separate […]

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Michael Fairbrother, award winning mead maker and CEO of Moonlight Meadery joins me this week to discuss making fruit meads and melomels. Michael uses fruit in many of his top selling meads and has a unique perspective on what fruits to use and how to get the best mead from fruit and honey! Editors Note: […]

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The autosiphon is a great tool for beer brewers, but many brewers have found that the siphon seal can leak air while siphoning. The quick fix is to use some distilled water as outlined here. BeerSmith Quick Brewing and Software tips are some short 1-3 minute video clips I’ve put together for brewers. For more […]

Mash Temperature Adjustment for Home Brewing

by Brad Smith on January 13, 2016 · 3 comments

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Even the best brewers occasionally miss their target mash temperature. Whether its due to a calculation error, water temperatures being off or perhaps just a cold mash tun it eventually happens to us all. So today I’m going to cover what to do when your mash temperature comes in a little too high or a […]