Homebrewing

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This week I visit Jay’s Brewing shop in Manassas Virginia and interview Thomas Boman on what its like to own and operate a small local homebrew shop. 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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This week I provide a few tips for avoiding some of the most common off flavors in home brewed beer. Troubleshooting your beer can be a real challenge unless you are an experienced beer judge, but following these tips can help you avoid common pitfalls. Always Clean and Sanitize Unfortunately because beer has a relatively […]

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In today’s quick tip, Brad talks about how to mix metric and English units in BeerSmith by simply adding the unit abbreviation after the number. This neat tip works in just about any field in BeerSmith and makes it easy to work with mixed unit systems. BeerSmith Quick Brewing and Software tips are some short […]

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Stan Hieronymus, the author of “For the Love of Hops” joins me this week to discuss recent trends in hop varieties, hop techniques and brewing better beer with hops. 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 […]

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While water chemistry and adjustments are very important for all grain brewers when mashing grains, extract beer brewers may get their best results using neutral (distilled, deionized) water instead since the liquid malt was already made with the proper water additives before it was concentrated. BeerSmith Quick Brewing and Software tips are some short 1-3 […]

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I frequently get the question “How to I back up my BeerSmith files?” So this week I’m going to take a look at some of the facilities for backing up and recovering data in BeerSmith. Backing Up BeerSmith Desktop Files For BeerSmith desktop your files are all stored under the directory Documents/BeerSmith2 for your main […]

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Michael Tonsmeire, the Mad Fermentationist, joins me this week to talk about embracing homebrewing and shares many of the advantages that home brewers enjoy versus professional beer brewers. Subscribe on iTunes to Audio version or Video version Download the MP3 File – Right Click and Save As to download this mp3 file [Audio clip: view […]

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This short video shows you how to use the “Brew Log” feature in BeerSmith to keep track of recipes you have brewed, so you can still make changes and revisions to your main recipe. BeerSmith Quick Brewing and Software tips are some short 1-3 minute video clips I’ve put together for brewers. For more clips […]

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A controversial subject in home brewing is whether to treat your sparge water the same as you do your mash water when home brewing beer? This week we look at several competing camps and try to answer this difficult question for home brewers. Treating your brewing water may include adding salts (Epsom salt, baking soda, […]

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Gary Glass, the Director of the American Homebrewers Association (AHA) joins me to discuss trends in homebrewing, the AHA, and this year’s HomebrewCon 2016 conference. Gary is Director of the 40,000+ member AHA organization representing American home brewers. Subscribe on iTunes to Audio version or Video version Download the MP3 File – Right Click and […]

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Today I present a 90 second book review on Randy Mosher’s comprehensive home brewing book called “Mastering Homebrew”. I really enjoyed the book and felt it provided a unique perspective on brewing you won’t find in other books. You can order Mastering Homebrew here and send a few pennies my way (Amazon affiliate links). BeerSmith […]

Using Fresh Wet Hops in Home Brewed Beer

by Brad Smith on March 22, 2016 · 0 comments

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Wet hops are hops that are freshly harvested and have not yet been dried or processed. These can be used for home brewing beer, but you need to make some adjustments to your recipe and expectations when using wet hops. Wet Hops Some time ago I wrote an article on the growing hops in the […]

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In today’s quick tip, I show you how to use the Recipe Archive feature in BeerSmith desktop to restore old recipes you may have accidentally changed or deleted. The View->Recipe Archive keeps track of every major edit you make so you don’t have to lose any data. BeerSmith Quick Brewing and Software tips are some […]

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Jake Keeler and Michael Dawson join me from Brewer Supply Group to discuss some of the new trends in beer brewing ingredients. Jake and Michael are both active in the home brewing industry as well as brewing supply industry. Subscribe on iTunes to Audio version or Video version Download the MP3 File – Right Click […]

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When brewing high gravity (big) beers, it is important to adjust your brewhouse efficiency down a bit. You simply won’t get the same number of gravity points from a pound or kilogram of malt on a “big” beer. BeerSmith Quick Brewing and Software tips are some short 1-3 minute video clips I’ve put together for […]