home brewing

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 […]

After my earlier post announcing BeerSmith 2, I received a lot of email asking when it would be available and how much it would cost. I’m pleased to announce both the BeerSmith 2 release date, pricing and also open up the preorder for those who wish to get a great discount on the next generation […]

BrewPoll Home Brewing and Craft Beer News Site

by Brad Smith on November 26, 2010 · 3 comments

I relaunched the BrewPoll Home Brewing and Craft Beer News site after a major overhaul of the site this week. BrewPoll is a social media site for beer fans where you can share your favorite sites and stories about home brewing, craft beer, and general beer brewing news. The upgraded site is running a new […]

Schwarzbier Recipes – German Black Beer

by Brad Smith on November 16, 2010 · 10 comments

Schwarzbier (which means “black beer”) is a dark lager from Germany that has its origins in the middle ages. It is a medium bodied dark beer, nearly opaque in color and soft and mild despite its dark appearance. Today Schwarzbier is popular outside Germany as well, with a number of US breweries and micro-breweries producing […]

How to Use a Refractometer, Brix and Beer Brewing

by Brad Smith on November 2, 2010 · 18 comments

Refractometers are widely used in the wine and beer industry by to track fermentation, but less commonly used by home brewers. However, if used properly a refractometer can be a great tool to track specific gravity in place of or to supplement your hydrometer. This week, I take a look at refractometers, how they work […]