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Five Quick BeerSmith 2 Home Brewing Software Tips

by Brad Smith on December 16, 2014 · 0 comments

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I often get questions about BeerSmith and how to get the most out of it when brewing. BeerSmith 2.2 with its cloud features and tight integration with BeerSmith mobile has been very popular with home and professional brewers. So this week, I thought I would share a few tips for users of BeerSmith 2.2. Create […]

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Nathan Smith joins me this week to discuss the many new hop varieties coming out for home and craft beer brewers. Nathan, an award winning brewer, gave a presentation at last year’s National Homebrew Conference on some of the great new hops entering the market, and shares this with us today. Subscribe on iTunes to […]

Five Critical Tools for Beer Recipe Design

by Brad Smith on November 25, 2014 · 0 comments

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Designing a recipe from scratch can be a challenge for new brewers or those who are transitioning from brewing with kits to making their own beer recipes. I’ve written before about my approach to designing recipes, but this week I thought I would explain the critical “dials” brewers use when building a new recipe. First, […]

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Efficiency is an important number to understand for all grain beer brewing. Your system efficiency determines the original gravity of the beer as well as how much grain is required to develop a given recipe. Understanding the difference between mash and brewhouse efficiency is also important – as it also drives the grains required. Efficiency […]

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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 […]

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The authors of the upcoming book Experimental Homebrewing Denny Conn and Drew Beechum join me to discuss some of their home brew experiments as well as their upcoming book. Drew and Denny provide some unusual and unique ideas to spice up your home brewed beer! Subscribe on iTunes to Audio version or Video version Download […]

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Randy Mosher, the author of Radical Brewing and Mastering Homebrew joins me this week to discuss tasting beer, beer aroma, judging beer and also his upcoming book. Its another great episode with one of home brewing’s masters! Subscribe on iTunes to Audio version or Video version Download the MP3 File – Right Click and Save […]

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Michael Fairbrother from Moonlight Meadery joins me to discuss how you can make mead with the same equipment you are using now to brew beer. Michael walks us through the entire mead making process and provides some great tips along the way! Subscribe on iTunes to Audio version or Video version Download the MP3 File […]

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John Bolton and Dave Carpenter join me from Craft Beer and Brewing Magazine to talk about brewing lagers. We cover the major procedures and techniques needed to brew a good lager including considerations like refrigeration, starter size and avoiding off flavors. Subscribe on iTunes to Audio version or Video version Download the MP3 File – […]

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Chris White, the President of White Labs yeast joins me today to talk about his new “Pure Pitch” technology for producing and distributing beer yeast. He’s replacing the entire White Labs line of vials with yeast distributed in the same container it is grown in. The new technology, 5 years in the making, will hit […]

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Michael Tonsmeire joins me this week to discuss his new book “American Sour Beers” which was just published by the brewer’s association. Michael shares some great tips on brewing sour beers including both ingredients and techniques. Subscribe on iTunes to Audio version or Video version Download the MP3 File – Right Click and Save As […]

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Sitting next to a big pot of boiling wort is my favorite part of the brewing process (except for tasting of course!), and cleaning is my least favorite part. But after you boil you face the challenge of what to do with 5, 10 or 15 gallons (19-57 liters) of really hot wort. So this […]

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Jake Keeler from the American Homebewers Association and a former Brewing TV cast member joins me this week to talk about the changes we’re seeing in homebrewing as well as homebrew supplie. This episode was recorded directly on the expo floor at the National Homebrew Conference in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Subscribe on iTunes to Audio […]

Caramel and Crystal Malt in Beer Brewing

by Brad Smith on June 26, 2014 · 6 comments

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This week we take a look at crystal and caramel malts used in home brewing and commercial brewing. Caramel malt is a staple in a wide variety of beers worldwide, and is used to add color, flavor and sweetness to beer. I’m going to discuss how caramel malt is made, as well as when and […]

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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. […]