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Hop Tea and Sampling Your Beer Brewing Hops

by Brad Smith on July 21, 2015 · 0 comments

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Brewers often ask me which hop varieties to use for their home brewed beer recipes? The short answer is to use the variety that fits the style of beer you are brewing and also the one you enjoy the most! The longer answer is that you need to sample your hops – and using a […]

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Stan Hieronymus, brewing author and most recent winner of the AHA Governing Committee award, joins me this week to discuss hops and emerging beer styles. Stan is the author of “For the Love of Hops”, “Brew Like a Monk” and also “Brewing with Wheat”. Subscribe on iTunes to Audio version or Video version Download the […]

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Denny Conn joins me this week to discuss a number of experiments he has made on evaluating and improving your beer. Specifically he addresses decoction mashing, first wort hopping and biases in evaluating your beer. Subscribe on iTunes to Audio version or Video version Download the MP3 File – Right Click and Save As to […]

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Mitch Steele, the Brewmaster at Stone Brewing Co joins me this week to discuss trends in IPAs. India Pale Ale has exploded the last few years, and is now one of the fastest growing styles in Craft Brewing. Mitch Steele at Stone is leading the trend. Subscribe on iTunes to Audio version or Video version […]

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This is the fourth and final part of my four part series on improving beer clarity. In the previous sections we discussed how to measure clarity, causes of poor clarity, proteins and tannins and how to control and improve beer clarity in the mash and the boil. Today we’re going to discuss fermentation finings and […]

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This is the third part of my four part series on improving beer clarity. In the previous sections we discussed how to measure clarity, causes of poor clarity, proteins and tannins and how to control and improve beer clarity through ingredient selection. Today we’re going to discuss both techniques you can use to improve clarity […]

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This is the first part of my detailed series on beer clarity and finings, and is based on a presentation I did for this year’s National Homebrew Conference on the same subject. In this first part, I’m going to cover what beer clarity is, how its defined and measured and the potential causes of haze […]

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Author Stan Hieronymus joins me this week for an interview recorded on the expo floor of the National Homebrewing Conference in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Stan shares his experiences with homebrewers and craft brewing from a variety of nations including Belgium, Brazil, Argentina, Poland and more. We also discuss beer styles, techniques and ingredients. Download the […]

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This week my guest is Ron Pattinson, who is an expert on historical beer brewing. Ron joins us to discuss Vintage English beers and covers a wide variety of topics including English historical styles, classic ingredients and beer brewing techniques. Ron is the author of a new book “The Home Brewer’s Guide to Vintage Beer. […]

Storing Your Beer Brewing Hops, Grains and Yeast

by Brad Smith on February 8, 2014 · 3 comments

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Fresh ingredients are one of the keys to great beer. More than once I’ve been burned by old or improperly stored brewing ingredients resulting in flat, cardboard tasting beer. So this week I’m going to share some of the lessons I’ve learned about keeping ingredients fresh. Brewing Extract Fresh extract is really important for beginning […]

Dry Hopping for Beer Revisited – Part 1 of 2

by Brad Smith on November 25, 2013 · 3 comments

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Dry hopping is a great way to enhance the hoppy aroma and flavor of your beer. I previously wrote an article on dry hopping covering the basic technique, but this week will go into more depth on some options and recent trends in dry hopping. The main purpose of dry hopping is to transfer fragile […]

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John Mallett from Bell’s Brewery is my guest this week. John joins me to discuss how the changing landscape in hops and malt is driving craft beer and home brewing forward and pushing new frontiers for craft and home brewers worldwide. Download the MP3 File – Right Click and “Save As” to download this mp3 […]

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Hop techniques for beer brewing is this week’s topic. Grandmaster beer judge and award winning brewer Gordon Strong joins me this week and shares his thoughts on a wide variety of hop techniques including first wort hopping, aroma hop additions and dry hops. Download the MP3 File – Right Click and “Save As” to download […]

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I recently posted some important BeerSmith desktop add-ons that many people have been requesting. The add-ons include a 2013 Hops update (63 new hop varieties), a 2013 Yeast update (29 new yeast varieties) as well as the long awaited Great American Beer Festival (GABF) style guide. New yeast varieties include updates for Wyeast, White Labs […]

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This week I invite Dr Charles Bamforth to talk with us about beer bitterness, isomerization, alpha acids and hops in your home brewed beer. Dr Bamforth is a Professor of Brewing Science at the University of California at Davis, and author of numerous books. Download the MP3 File – Right Click and “Save As” to […]