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 […]


I’m offering the “How to Brew All Grain” and “How to Brew Extract” DVDs on sale for $14.95 when you order from Amazon Prime through 1 September 2015. This is an amazing deal on these professionally shot videos done with co-host John Palmer, author of the popular How to Brew book. The special price applies […]


We’re all incredibly busy these days and many of us are short on time to brew. So this week in part 1 I take a look at ways to shorten your all grain brewing session so you can brew more beer in less time. In part 2 we’ll take a look at ways to speed […]


Controlling your mash pH is a critical concern for all brewers using all-grain, but can be a special concern for those using Brew-in-a-bag (BIAB) or decoction mashes with high water to grain ratios. The larger water to grain ratios used in these mashes can lead to higher mash pH during conversion, so brewers need to […]


Mash pH is an important concept for all grain brewing. While you can make “good” beer without worrying about pH, brewing truly great all grain beer relies on understanding the concept of mash pH and its impact on beer. Understanding pH You probably had a simple introduction to the concept of pH in your High […]


Randy Mosher just published his new book Mastering Homebrew which I believe will soon become a home brewing classic. This week I join Randy to talk about his new book which covers a huge number of beer brewing techniques, ingredients, and focuses on the flavor of beer instead of just the technical aspects. Subscribe on […]


John Blichmann, the President of Blichmann Engineering is my guest this week to discuss intermediate and advanced Brewing Equipment. John tells us about basic three tier all grain systems, RIMS/HERMS systems, heating your wort and using hybrid techniques like BIAB or his new BrewEasy system. Subscribe on iTunes to Audio version or Video version Download […]


Looking to Master All Grain Brewing? My video masterpieces are finally done… Want to make the leap from extract to All-Grain brewing? Would you rather watch it done than read a book? How to Brew All-Grain teaches you how to brew with malted grains, and covers everything from selecting your equipment to brewing, bottling, and […]


John Palmer and I are pleased to offer you “$5 off” the digital preorder for our new video “How to Brew Beer with Malt Extract”. The video will be released next Monday, the 30th of June 2014. It will also be available on DVD from Amazon and in many home brew stores in early July. […]


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 […]

Five More Tips for All Grain Beer Brewing

by Brad Smith on March 19, 2014 · 1 comment


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 […]


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, […]

Five Tips for Home Brewing All Grain Beers

by Brad Smith on March 4, 2014 · 4 comments


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 […]

No Sparge Beer Brewing for All Grain Brewers

by Brad Smith on January 11, 2014 · 19 comments


No sparge brewing offers an attractive alternative for those who don’t want to deal with the hassle of fly sparging or batch sparging by using a full volume mash in an single step – just mash and drain. All grain beer brewers are always looking for shortcuts when brewing beer. Its not that we’re lazy, […]

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This week we talk about how to make the switch into all grain beer brewing. My guest is Chris Graham, Chief Operating Officer of MoreBeer and also a Brewer’s Association board member and American Homebrew Association Governing Council member. Download the MP3 File – Right Click and “Save As” to download this mp3 file Topics […]