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Making Wine from Kits for Beer Brewers

by Brad Smith on February 14, 2017 · 0 comments

This week I take a look at what’s needed for the average beer brewers to make wine from a kit. Making wine is actually an order of magnitude easier than brewing beer, though it requires more time to age. The good news is that the average beer brewer already has the equipment needed to make […]

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Dr Charlie Bamforth joins me this week to discuss clarity and haze in beer as well as steps you can take to improve clarity through finings, conditioning and brewing techniques. Subscribe on iTunes to Audio version or Video version or on Google Play Download the MP3 File – Right Click and Save As to download […]

Last week I covered the basic features and setup of the Brewmaster Chronical from SS Brewtech. This week I ferment a few batches of beer to see how well the fermenter performs. [Note – I included some affiliate links in this post – use them if you want to support the blog] The SS Brewtech […]

This week I take a look at the Brewmaster 14 gal (52 l) Chronical from SS BrewTech. In this first part I’ll cover my initial impressions after unboxing, assembling and cleaning the fermenter. In part 2, I’ll cover brewing and fermenting with the unit. Do You Really Need a Stainless Conical for Home Brewing? Lets […]

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Rory Lawton joins me from Berlin, Germany to discuss the tradition of the German Purity Law or “Reinheitsgebot” and some very controversial efforts to challenge it. Along the way we discuss the history of the law, how it has evolved and how it affects brewing in Germany. Note: This is a controversial topic in Germany, […]

BeerSmith 2.3 Mobile Released

by Brad Smith on January 19, 2017 · 5 comments

BeerSmith 2.3 mobile (full version) has just been released – which adds many of the new features of the desktop 2.3 version to the full mobile release. The update is free for existing mobile app owners and you can get your update now from the iTunes and Google Play. The “lite” in-app upgrade and full […]

Some time ago I wrote an article on steeping vs mashing dark grains for all grain beer brewers. That article recommended steeping some dark grains into a separate tea to minimize burnt, harsh flavors. This week we take a look at a simpler method for achieving the same effect. Steeping vs Mashing Dark Grains As […]

Despite its reputation as the perfect metal for beer brewing, stainless steel can actually corrode or rust. So this week we take a look at how and why stainless steel can corrode as well as how you can passivate your stainless steel beer brewing equipment to protect it. Stainless Steel and Rust Steel is made […]

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Chris Graham, President at MoreBeer joins me to talk about large all grain beer brewing equipment for home brewers. Chris and I discuss RIMS and HERMS systems, pumps, chillers 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 […]

In Part 2 of my Blichmann BrewEasy detailed review I brew some beer, and record my experience and lessons learned with the new system. Last week in Part 1, I gave an overview of the system specs, setup and my first impressions. [Note – this is a very long post – and full disclosure: Blichmann […]

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Matt Brynildson, the Brewmaster for Firestone Walker and five time GABF brewer of the year joins me this week to discuss hops and brewing Firestone Walker’s beers. 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 […]

This week I take a up-close and personal look at the BrewEasy electric “turn-key” brewing system from Blichmann Engineering. For several years now friends have been pushing me to give up my ancient pot and igloo cooler for an electric system – so in part one I cover unpacking, setup and first impressions, and in […]

Wort, Whiskey and Scotch when Brewing Beer

by Brad Smith on December 14, 2016 · 1 comment

Here’s a quick tip about whiskey, wort and beer brewing I picked up at my last Craft Beer and Brewing retreat in Colorado. John Mallett from Bell’s Brewing shared it with me though I’ve since found that other brewers also know this trick. Hot Wort and Whiskey or Scotch So the tip is this: while […]

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Michael Fairbrother, the founder of Moonlight Meadery joins me this week to discuss how to make Braggot which is a combination of beer and mead made from both honey and barley grain. Subscribe on iTunes to Audio version or Video version or on Google Play Download the MP3 File – Right Click and Save As […]

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 […]