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Beer Glasses and Glassware for Home Brewers

by Brad Smith on April 18, 2014 · 2 comments

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What’s in a glass? Hopefully a pint of your latest home brew! If we look beyond the obvious, your glassware choices for beer can heavily influence the presentation, character and finish of your beer. Glass choice impacts head retention, carbonation levels, aroma and perceived color of the beer. Some knowledge of glassware and its use […]

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This week we discuss how to keg your home brewed beer with Chris Graham from MoreBeer. I highly recommend watching the video as this week Chris provides a detailed overview on kegging equipment, kegging techniques and how to make the transition from bottles to kegs! Download the MP3 File – Right Click and Save As […]

Dry Yeast in Home Brewed Beer

by Brad Smith on April 3, 2014 · 0 comments

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Dry yeast for home brewing is sometimes maligned and often overlooked. Many years ago when I started home brewing, the quality of dry yeast included with many prepackaged kits was poor. However much has changed, and now home brewers have dry yeasts available to them that are just as good as liquid yeast. So this […]

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This week three members from the Maltose Falcons homebrew club join me to talk about Baltic Porter. We discuss the Baltic Porter style, how to brew it and also their recent Baltic Porter contest. We also discuss the Maltose Falcons 40th anniversary and their celebratory Baltic Porter brew. Download the MP3 File – Right Click […]

Five More Tips for All Grain Beer Brewing

by Brad Smith on March 19, 2014 · 0 comments

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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 […]

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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

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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 […]

New BeerSmith Video Channel is Featured on iTunes!

by Brad Smith on February 26, 2014 · 0 comments

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I launched the new BeerSmith video podcast channel on iTunes this week, and sent all of the newsletter subscribers a note announcing the new format. Apparently many of you responded, and the BeerSmith podcast is now on the New and Noteworthy video section on iTunes (below) and for a short time was the #2 podcast […]

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This week on the BeerSmith podcast we talk about brewing the perfect German Schwarzbier (Black beer). Jason Jaworowicz from Rivertown Homebrewers is my guest, and he provides a detailed walkthrough on how to brew this rich German lager. iTunes Announcements: I launched a new video channel for the BeerSmith podcast on iTunes, so subscribe now! […]

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This week my guest is Ron Pattinson, who is an expert on historical beer brewing. Ron joins us to discuss Vintage English beers and covers a wide variety of topics including English historical styles, classic ingredients and beer brewing techniques. Ron is the author of a new book “The Home Brewer’s Guide to Vintage Beer. […]

Storing Your Beer Brewing Hops, Grains and Yeast

by Brad Smith on February 8, 2014 · 1 comment

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Fresh ingredients are one of the keys to great beer. More than once I’ve been burned by old or improperly stored brewing ingredients resulting in flat, cardboard tasting beer. So this week I’m going to share some of the lessons I’ve learned about keeping ingredients fresh. Brewing Extract Fresh extract is really important for beginning […]

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Stan Hieronymus is my guest this week, and we’re talking about the resurgence of the Grodziskie beer style from Poland made from oak smoked wheat malt. This style was nearly lost to us, and out of production in the mid 20′th century, but home brewers and craft breweries have brought this style back to life. […]

No Sparge Beer Brewing for All Grain Brewers

by Brad Smith on January 11, 2014 · 18 comments

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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, […]

New BeerSmith Tutorial Videos Available

by Brad Smith on January 7, 2014 · 0 comments

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I’m often asked about the best way to learn how to use BeerSmith software? The best way to get started is by visiting our video page at BeerSmith.com/video – which has detailed tutorials on how to use BeerSmith 2. There are some 28 videos in all covering BeerSmith desktop, BeerSmith mobile and our BeerSmithRecipes.com recipe […]

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This week I discuss Belgian Strong Ale Recipes with Michael Mraz from Mraz Brewing Company. Michael tells us how to brew the perfect Belgian Golden Strong including the grain bill, hop schedule, fermenting and finishing your beer. Download the MP3 File – Right Click and “Save As” to download this mp3 file Topics in This […]