fermentation

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Randy Mosher, author of several top beer brewing books joins me to talk about hop biotransformations that occur during active fermentation as well as New England IPAs. 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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Chris White and John Blichmann join me to discuss their experiments in pressurized fermentation of beer in a quest to produce lager-like beers at room temperature. 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 [Audio […]

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Marshall Schott from Brulosophy joins me to discuss his ongoing brewing experiments, the Hop Chronicles, Short and Shoddy and his new 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 [Audio clip: view full post […]

Kettle Souring Beer – Brewing Techniques

by Brad Smith on October 8, 2017 · 2 comments

This week I take a look at “Kettle Souring” beer which is a technique for making sour beer that offers faster fermentation times and better control over the souring levels. The Kettle Souring Method The traditional method for making sour beer is to brew some wort and then pitch both traditional brewing yeast along with […]

This week we take a quick look at the new session logging features in BeerSmith 2.3. BeerSmith now gives you a single place to record your data for beer brewing including detailed fermentation data. The BeerSmith Session Tab One of the many new features in BeerSmith 2.3 is the recipe session tab. Previous versions of […]

Acetaldehyde is a “Green Apple” off flavor that is common in some beers. It is one of the sixteen listed off flavors on the BJCP beer judge score sheet, and can ruin an otherwise enjoyable beer. It can also sometimes have an aroma and flavor like fresh cut pumpkins or dry cider but is distinct […]

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 […]

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 […]

Conical Fermenter Advantages for Home Brewing

by Brad Smith on December 30, 2014 · 13 comments

Conical fermenters, once out of reach for home brewers, have recently become very popular as companies have started making conicals in small and affordable packages. Many home brew sized conicals have entered the market in the last few years in the sub-$200 price range. I have to say, I’ve been using primarily carboys for many […]

Chris Graham, the President of MoreBeer, joins me this week to discuss beer fermentation, fermenters, temperature control and how to get the most out of your fermentation. Chris provides some great advice on the equipment to use, methods, and control of your home brewed fermentation. Subscribe on iTunes to Audio version or Video version Download […]

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This week we discuss how to brew the perfect Lager with Erik Schmid from The Brewmeister homebrew shop. Erik tells us how to overcome some of the challenges with Lager including refrigeration, yeast selection, ingredients, aging and dealing with off-flavors. Download the MP3 File – Right Click and “Save As” to download this mp3 file […]

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This week my guest is Erik Schmid from “The Brewmeister” home brew shop. Erik is going to teach us how to brew the perfect Pilsner beer this week, and has extensive experience with brewing lager beers. Download the MP3 File – Right Click and “Save As” to download this mp3 file [Audio clip: view full […]

One perpetual debate among home brewers is the relative advantages of glass vs plastic fermenting vessels for making beer. Most beginner home brew kits come with a large plastic pail with a plastic top. However many advanced brewers swear by the advantages of the classic 5 gallon glass carboy. So who is right? This week […]

Beer Yeast, Fermentation, and Home Brewing

by Brad Smith on June 18, 2008 · 18 comments

Today we look at home brewing beer yeast, fermentation, and how it affects the flavor and character of finished beer. Yeast is one of the most important ingredients in home brewing, but also one of the least understood.