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Michael Tonsmeire joins me this week to discuss brewing New England India Pale Ale styles along with a few new projects including his brewery “Sapwood Cellars” opening in Columbia, MD. Subscribe on iTunes to Audio version or Video version or on Google Play Download the MP3 File – Right Click and Save As to download […]

Aromatic Hop Oils in Beer Brewing – Part 1

by Brad Smith on February 23, 2018 · 0 comments

This week I take a look at a few of the most significant aromatic hop oils and the role they play in beer. I also found a great link to an interactive chart where you can explore the oil content of many hop varieties. Aromatic Hop Oils Hop oils contain well over 500 flavor compounds, […]

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Michael Dawson joins me to discuss his new book “Mashmaker” as well as the emergence of some unique craft beer malts. 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 to […]

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Dr Charlie Bamforth joins me this week to discuss how brewing yeast and yeast health affects flavors in beer. 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 to listen] Topics […]

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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 […]

RIMS and HERMS Brewing with BeerSmith Software

by Brad Smith on January 15, 2018 · 2 comments

Today I take a look at how to handle RIMS and HERMS brewing systems in BeerSmith brewing software. I’ve had quite a few people ask me how to incorporate these systems into BeerSmith, so below is a quick overview. What Makes RIMS and HERMS Systems Different? Lets start with what makes a RIMS or HERMS […]

This week I take a look at the proper method for hydrating dry yeast for beer brewing to maximize your viability and produce a healthy fermentation. Dry Yeast for Home Brewing While dry yeast does not offer quite the selection of liquid yeast, it does have some significant advantages as it is much easier to […]

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Owen Lingley and Jess Caudill from Imperial Yeast join me this week to discuss brewing yeast, yeast starters, pitch rates, and caring for your beer yeast. 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 […]

Digital Thermometer Options for Beer Brewing

by Brad Smith on November 29, 2017 · 3 comments

This week I take a look at digital thermometer options to use with your beer brewing system. Digital thermometers currently on the market have a wide temperature range, are inexpensive, very accurate and easy to use. Types of Brewing Thermometers In this article I want to focus on digital thermometer options, but first I’ll describe […]

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Tomme Arthur, the Director of Operations at The Lost Abbey, joins me this week to discuss Belgian beer styles, producing high end craft beers, sours, barrel aging and more. 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 […]

This week I take a look at the Anvil Kettle Strainer, which is actually a pretty efficient way to separate your hops and trub from the wort after the boil when beer brewing. The Anvil Kettle Strainer As I covered in an earlier article, I upgraded to a Blichmann BrewEasy 10 gal system last year […]

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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 […]

Testing for Keg System Leaks for Home Brewing Beer

by Brad Smith on October 31, 2017 · 1 comment

This week I take a look at the pesky problem of beer keg system leaks in a typical homebrew system including how to find and correct them. A keg system leak can lead to an empty CO2 tank, flat beer and even a catastrophic beer leak pouring 5 gallons (19 liters) or more of beer […]

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Jason Romano joins me from Lake Anne Brew House in Reston, VA to discuss his experience in opening and running a small nano-brewery and tap-house. 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: […]

At a recent homebrew club meeting, one of the members asked me a brilliant question – when and how should you adjust your mash pH when all grain beer brewing? This is a devilishly complex question as you want to adjust your mash pH quickly if brewing with modern malts. The Mash pH Conundrum I […]