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Drew Beechum joins me to talk about experimental homebrewing, his new book Homebrew All Stars, the launch of his podcast, saisons and more in this week’s podcast. Subscribe on iTunes to Audio version or Video version or on Google Play Download the MP3 File – Right Click and Save As to download this mp3 file […]

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John Mallet, Director of Operations at Bell’s Brewery and Andrea Stanley from Valley Malting join me to have a discussion about craft malt houses, malt and how small malt and hop houses are changing the face of craft beer. Subscribe on iTunes to Audio version or Video version or on Google Play Download the MP3 […]

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Metallic off flavors can occur in both commercial and home brewed beers. They are almost always considered an off-flavor or flaw in the beer to be avoided. Metallic off flavors can vary in taste and aroma. Copper, tin or iron flavors are common and even blood-like flavors may be present. The Root Cause of Metallic […]

Grassy Off Flavors in Home Brewed Beer

by Brad Smith on September 23, 2016 · 3 comments

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Grassy off flavors in beer can ruin an otherwise excellent brew. This week we take a look at the cause of grassy flavors in beer and what you can do about it! Grassy Flavors and Aroma Grassy flavors include vegetal, plant-like, hay, fresh leaves or aromas reminiscent of fresh cut grass. These flavors tend to […]

Whirlpool and No Chill Hop Features in BeerSmith 2.3

by Brad Smith on September 15, 2016 · 1 comment

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One of the many features introduced in BeerSmith 2.3 is improved handling for whirlpool/hop stand handling as well as support for the “no chill” brewing method. These features give home brewers more flexibility than ever for handling whirlpool hops and extended chill periods for your wort. Today we’re going to look at some of the […]

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Dr Chris White, the President of White labs joins me this week to discuss an ongoing collaboration to unlock the genetic code of yeast. Chris has been working with scientists around the world to categorize various types of yeast and tie their genetic codes to yeast traits. Subscribe on iTunes to Audio version or Video […]

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One of the most anticipated new features in BeerSmith 2.3 is the new water analysis and mash pH tools available. I’ve written many posts on why the proper mash pH in the 5.2-5.6 range is important for brewing your best beer, and V2.3 of BeerSmith makes it easier than ever! Note: The new tools primarily […]

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Over 95,000 BeerSmith brewers use the BeerSmith cloud to store their recipes and move them between their desktops, laptops, phones and tablets. But did you know you can also easily share them with friends and fellow brewers in the community? You can even rate and comment on other people’s recipes to help build the community. […]

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This week I visit Jay’s Brewing shop in Manassas Virginia and interview Thomas Boman on what its like to own and operate a small local homebrew shop. Subscribe on iTunes to Audio version or Video version or on Google Play Download the MP3 File – Right Click and Save As to download this mp3 file […]

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This short video shows you how to use the “Brew Log” feature in BeerSmith to keep track of recipes you have brewed, so you can still make changes and revisions to your main recipe. BeerSmith Quick Brewing and Software tips are some short 1-3 minute video clips I’ve put together for brewers. For more clips […]

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A controversial subject in home brewing is whether to treat your sparge water the same as you do your mash water when home brewing beer? This week we look at several competing camps and try to answer this difficult question for home brewers. Treating your brewing water may include adding salts (Epsom salt, baking soda, […]

Using Fresh Wet Hops in Home Brewed Beer

by Brad Smith on March 22, 2016 · 3 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 […]

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 […]