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In this very short video I show you how to use the Percent Alcohol tool in BeerSmith to find out how many calories are in your home brewed beer. You can get to the tool in BeerSmith from Tools->Percent Alcohol. BeerSmith Quick Brewing and Software tips are some short 1-3 minute video clips I’ve put […]

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Mary Pellettieri, the author of “Quality Management: Essential Planning for Breweries” joins me this week to discuss how to ensure quality in beer including planning, measurement, consistency and quality control. Subscribe on iTunes to Audio version or Video version Download the MP3 File – Right Click and Save As to download this mp3 file [Audio […]

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This week I tell you why using conventional dish soaps on your beer glasses is bad for foam retention. Instead you should wash your beer glasses using a beer cleaning agent or other cleaning agent that does not contain fats (lipids). Also don’t wash your beer glasses with any dishes that might have fatty foods. […]

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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 […]

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The autosiphon is a great tool for beer brewers, but many brewers have found that the siphon seal can leak air while siphoning. The quick fix is to use some distilled water as outlined here. BeerSmith Quick Brewing and Software tips are some short 1-3 minute video clips I’ve put together for brewers. For more […]

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Christian Krzykwa from Industrial Test Systems joins me to discuss how to measure your beer brewing water, understanding a water report and also managing your mash pH. With the introduction of test kits and pH meters you can use at home you can get more control than ever over your brewing water and the beer […]

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John Blichmann from Blichmann Engineering joins me this week to discuss brewing “big” high gravity beers. John covers some of the special challenges including reduced mash efficiency, split mashing, balancing your big beer and fermentation and aging. Subscribe on iTunes to Audio version or Video version Download the MP3 File – Right Click and Save […]

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Author John Palmer joins me this week to discuss German Wheat Beer styles and beer brewing. John just returned from a trip to Germany and he shares some of his tips for brewing the perfect Weizen or Weisse. Subscribe on iTunes to Audio version or Video version Download the MP3 File – Right Click and […]

Brewing Gluten Free and Gluten Reduced Beer

by Brad Smith on November 18, 2015 · 0 comments

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This week I provide a quick tip on brewing gluten-free (technically gluten reduced) beer by using enzymes to break down the gluten in the finished beer. Many people are gluten sensitive, but new enzymes offer an opportunity to still brew beer with traditional barley grains while substantially reducing the gluten content of the finished beer. […]

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Randy Mosher tells us why almost everything we’ve been told about the history of beer is wrong. In a wide ranging interview, Randy shares why many of our beer stories are actually myths, and shares a history of beer that is much more varied and dynamic than previously thought. Subscribe on iTunes to Audio version […]

Berliner Weisse Recipes and Fast Sour Beer Brewing

by Brad Smith on November 6, 2015 · 5 comments

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Berliner Weisse is a light, refreshing sour wheat beer originally brewed by just a handful of breweries around Berlin. I recently had a chance to interview Michael Dawson for Podcast 108, and he provided some great tips on rapidly brewing a Berliner Weisse that could also be applicable to other sour beer styles. History of […]

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Dr Pat Hayes, Professor of Barley Breeding at Oregon State University, is my guest this week to discuss advances in barley breeding, genetics and what beer brewers can look forward to from future barley varieties. Subscribe on iTunes to Audio version or Video version Download the MP3 File – Right Click and Save As to […]

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Astringency, which is a dry, vinegar like off-flavor in your beer, can be caused by oversparging or sparging your grains too hot while brewing. This week I take a look at astringency, oversparging and sparging your grains too hot. Astringency Astringency in the finished beer is usually the result of excess tannins extracted from the […]

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Chris Lohring, the founder of Notch Brewing joins me this week to discuss brewing Czech Lagers. Chris has been brewing Czech Lagers as session beers since 2010 and has some interesting insights on Czech lagers and their variants. Subscribe on iTunes to Audio version or Video version Download the MP3 File – Right Click and […]

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Scaling a beer recipe is a powerful feature in BeerSmith that can be used for adapting another recipe to your equipment, creating a larger or smaller recipe or even adjusting your efficiency numbers. Most often you are scaling a recipe to match your equipment setup – but this article is going to cover several possible […]