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Cereal Mash Steps for All Grain Beer Brewing

by Brad Smith on September 6, 2013 · 4 comments

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This week I take a look at both when and how to do a cereal mash when brewing beer. A cereal mash step is used with unmalted or low enzyme grains such as rice, corn or oats to gelatinize the sugars before continuing with a traditional mash. When to Use a Cereal Mash Step? A […]

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This week my guest is Andrea Stanley from Valley Malting. She shares with us some of the challenges in going from home brewer to creating one of the first small malt houses East of the Mississippi, as well as shares with us how you might grow and malt your own barley at home. Download the […]

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This week I invite Bob Hansen from Briess malting and ingredients company to talk about beer brewing, malts, malting your own grain and also malt extract. Bob provides a great overview of how malted barley is grain, how specialty grains are made and even how they make malt extract. Download the MP3 File – Right […]

Dark grains are perhaps some of the most interesting ingredients for home brewing beer – they offer an explosion of flavor and color. This week, I step off the beaten path and explore some alternative ways to use dark grains when brewing beer. After last week’s podcast interview with Gordon Strong, I was revisiting some […]

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This week I interview popular brewing author Randy Mosher and veteran brewer Dan Listermann about brewing with grains other than barley. We explore the full range of alternatives – everything from common grains like wheat and corn to more exotic options like gluten-free beer, unmalted grains, sorghum, oats, rice, rye, and even cicada beer. Download […]

Conditioned and Wet Grain Milling for Beer

by Brad Smith on July 11, 2010 · 4 comments

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Have you ever had a problem with finely crushed malt creating a stuck sparge when home brewing? This week we look at how wet and conditioned milling can help reduce the chance of a stuck sparge by creating a more porus grain bed.

Barley Crusher

At midnight last night (15 June), I closed out the Barley Crusher drawing, consolidated all of our email subscribers, and randomly drew a winner. The winner of the 7lb Barley Crusher drawing for 15 June is: John Koop of Draper, Utah – Won the 7lb Barley Crusher Malt Mill Congratulations to John, who was kind […]

Want to brew the biggest beers and barley wines? Looking for high gravity ales? This week we take a look at how to brew the biggest beers. I’m talking barley wines, imperials, high end scotch ale and other highly alcoholic brews.

Win a Barley Crusher! – BeerSmith Drawing

by Brad Smith on April 30, 2010 · 5 comments

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Win a Barley Crusher! To kick off the hot summer season, we’re giving away a 7lb Barley Crusher malt mill to an email subscriber picked at random from our subscriber list. The Barley Crusher happens to be my personal choice of malt mill – I’ve had mine for several years now, and love it. On […]

Malting Barley Grain at Home

by Brad Smith on December 5, 2009 · 53 comments

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For the adventurous home brewer who wants to take all grain beer brewing to yet another level, you can malt your own grains at home. The equipment required is modest, and bulk unmalted grains can be purchased at a fraction of the cost of malted ones.