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Brewers have moved away from short boil time hops and towards the use of steeped and whirlpool hops (after flameout) to preserve precious hop aroma oils when brewing beer. In this short video we explain why. BeerSmith Quick Brewing and Software tips are some short 1-3 minute video clips I’ve put together for brewers. For […]

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BeerSmith Mobile 2.3 Coming in December Some news and links you may have missed…I’m finishing up the updates to BeerSmith Mobile 2.3 – The 2.3 updates to BeerSmith mobile will include Add-ons, Session Data, Mash pH estimation and adjustment, improved whirlpool support and more. I’m starting beta testing next week and expect to release it […]

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This week we take a look at how to set up and use BeerSmith with the “Brew in a Bag” (BIAB) home brewing method. Brew in a bag offers simplicity in all grain brewing with less overall equipment expense and less cleanup. Brew in a bag methods and equipment are outlined here. A large number […]

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Stan Hieronymus joins me this week to discuss his new book “Brewing Local – American Grown Beer” which includes a history of brewing distinctly American beers with local ingredients. Join us for this great episode! Subscribe on iTunes to Audio version or Video version or on Google Play Download the MP3 File – Right Click […]

Moldy and Musty Off-Flavors in Beer

by Brad Smith on November 10, 2016 · 0 comments

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This week we take a look at how beers can develop moldy and musty off-flavors. This can happen in home brewed beers and even some commercial beers depending on how they are brewed and stored. Musty and moldy flavors can manifest themselves in several ways in beer. The off-flavor can very from mold to rotten […]

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Drew Beechum joins me to talk about experimental homebrewing, his new book Homebrew All Stars, the launch of his podcast, saisons and more in this week’s 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 […]

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John Mallet, Director of Operations at Bell’s Brewery and Andrea Stanley from Valley Malting join me to have a discussion about craft malt houses, malt and how small malt and hop houses are changing the face of craft beer. Subscribe on iTunes to Audio version or Video version or on Google Play Download the MP3 […]

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Metallic off flavors can occur in both commercial and home brewed beers. They are almost always considered an off-flavor or flaw in the beer to be avoided. Metallic off flavors can vary in taste and aroma. Copper, tin or iron flavors are common and even blood-like flavors may be present. The Root Cause of Metallic […]

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This week we take a look at how to get the most out of your refractometer using BeerSmith. Many people prefer refractometer for ease of use, small sample size and simpler temperature management, but you need to do some adjustment to the numbers you get from your refractometer to be able to use it accurately. […]

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Gary Glass, the Director of the American Homebrewers Association joins me this week to discuss the Great American Beer Festival, Brew Guru, Pro-Am Beer Competition, homebrew laws, new hop products and more. Subscribe on iTunes to Audio version or Video version or on Google Play Download the MP3 File – Right Click and Save As […]

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This quick brewing tip video takes a look at the primary cause for low original gravity and poor efficiency when brewing all grain beer recipes. It also explains how to fix it. BeerSmith Quick Brewing and Software tips are some short 1-3 minute video clips I’ve put together for brewers. For more clips visit my […]

Grassy Off Flavors in Home Brewed Beer

by Brad Smith on September 23, 2016 · 3 comments

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Grassy off flavors in beer can ruin an otherwise excellent brew. This week we take a look at the cause of grassy flavors in beer and what you can do about it! Grassy Flavors and Aroma Grassy flavors include vegetal, plant-like, hay, fresh leaves or aromas reminiscent of fresh cut grass. These flavors tend to […]

Whirlpool and No Chill Hop Features in BeerSmith 2.3

by Brad Smith on September 15, 2016 · 1 comment

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One of the many features introduced in BeerSmith 2.3 is improved handling for whirlpool/hop stand handling as well as support for the “no chill” brewing method. These features give home brewers more flexibility than ever for handling whirlpool hops and extended chill periods for your wort. Today we’re going to look at some of the […]

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Ron Pattinson joins me this week to discuss the surprisingly complex history of Scottish beer brewing. We learn that Scotland had a rich and complex history brewing a wide variety of beers both for internal consumption and export. Subscribe on iTunes to Audio version or Video version or on Google Play Download the MP3 File […]

Using Hop Extracts for Beer Brewing

by Brad Smith on August 31, 2016 · 2 comments

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Hop extracts have the potential to revolutionize many aspects of both commercial and home brewing. While bittering extracts have been used for many years by large commercial brewers, we are now seeing a new generation of hop extracts entering the craft and home brewing markets. Types of Hop Extracts Hop extract typically consists of concentrated […]