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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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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 […]

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 […]

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John Blichmann from Blichmann Engineering joins me this week to discuss brewing “big” high gravity beers. John covers some of the special challenges including reduced mash efficiency, split mashing, balancing your big beer and fermentation and aging. Subscribe on iTunes to Audio version or Video version Download the MP3 File – Right Click and Save […]

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Before you take on the challenge of making craft beers at home, you should get as much information as you can. The internet is filled with various tips and ideas on how to make beer. But to help you get started quickly, we have compiled this concise list of expert tips that will help you […]

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With the holiday season approaching, its a great opportunity to experiment with a festive beer. Spices, fruits and hop additions can all be combined to brew the perfect holiday ale or lager. Often called a Christmas, Winter or Holiday beer, these beers often include spices such as nutmeg, sugars, mulling spices, ginger or cookie flavors. […]

Brewing Gluten Free and Gluten Reduced Beer

by Brad Smith on November 18, 2015 · 0 comments

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This week I provide a quick tip on brewing gluten-free (technically gluten reduced) beer by using enzymes to break down the gluten in the finished beer. Many people are gluten sensitive, but new enzymes offer an opportunity to still brew beer with traditional barley grains while substantially reducing the gluten content of the finished beer. […]

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Chris Lohring, the founder of Notch Brewing joins me this week to discuss brewing Czech Lagers. Chris has been brewing Czech Lagers as session beers since 2010 and has some interesting insights on Czech lagers and their variants. Subscribe on iTunes to Audio version or Video version Download the MP3 File – Right Click and […]

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This week I take a look at ways to brew great beer while cutting down the time needed for fermentation and aging. A few weeks ago in part 1, I covered how to save time during your all grain brew day by overlapping steps and minimizing time wasted. Keys to a Rapid Fermentation The first […]

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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 […]

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Stan Hieronymus, brewing author and most recent winner of the AHA Governing Committee award, joins me this week to discuss hops and emerging beer styles. Stan is the author of “For the Love of Hops”, “Brew Like a Monk” and also “Brewing with Wheat”. Subscribe on iTunes to Audio version or Video version Download the […]

Why Oxygen is Bad in Your Home Brewed Beer

by Brad Smith on June 18, 2015 · 0 comments

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Commercial brewers go to extreme lengths to reduce the amount of oxygen in their finished beers, and as a home brewer you should be concerned about oxygen as well. Oxygen can spoil the long term stability of your beer flavor and clarity and lead to a variety of off flavors. Oxygen in Fermentation versus Finished […]

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Parti-Gyle brewing, sometimes incorrectly called party-gyle brewing, is an ancient technique where more than one beer is made from multiple runnings of a single mash. This week we’re going to take a look at this technique and how you can use it to brew great beer at home. The term parti-gyle is the English name […]

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Brewing author Drew Beechum is my guest this week to discuss how you can transform one beer into another with a few simple changes to your recipe. Drew’s approach to recipe design is unique – so join me for another great episode! Subscribe on iTunes to Audio version or Video version Download the MP3 File […]