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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 […]

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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I’m happy to announce a series of new add-ons for BeerSmith Desktop. The new add-ons feature over 170 new yeasts, 32 hop varieties and 48 Misc items plus updates for Avangard, Bairds, Muntons and Rahr malts. Thanks largely to the efforts of fellow brewer Brian Young, we now have most of the latest hops, yeast […]

Hops and Dogs – A Lethal Combination

by Brad Smith on September 24, 2015 · 4 comments

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Hops and spent hops are poisonous to dogs. Last week I received another heartbreaking note from an owner who had lost their dog after it consumed some spent hops left in a compost pile. Over the years I’ve received several of these notes, so I thought I would put together a short article to raise […]

Hop Tea and Sampling Your Beer Brewing Hops

by Brad Smith on July 21, 2015 · 1 comment

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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 […]