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Irish Red Ale Recipes

by Brad Smith on August 24, 2011 · 6 comments

Irish Red is an refreshing, popular beer style closely related to English Bitters. This week, we’re going to take a look at Irish Red ale recipes and how to brew this beer at home. The style has quite a few variants, but is known most for its deep red color and mild flavor. History The […]

After my earlier post announcing BeerSmith 2, I received a lot of email asking when it would be available and how much it would cost. I’m pleased to announce both the BeerSmith 2 release date, pricing and also open up the preorder for those who wish to get a great discount on the next generation […]

Old Ale is a English beer with a dark, malty profile also called “Winter Warmers”, “Stock ale”, “Keeping Ale” or “Dark Ale” in Australia. It was traditionally served along with mild ales, and sometimes blended with mild at the tap to suit a customer’s preference. This week, we’re going to talk about how to brew […]

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Just in time for St Patrick’s day, John Palmer is back as my guest and we go into depth on the Irish Stout beer style. Irish Stout is a favorite of mine, so I pulled in the co-author of “Brewing Classic Styles” to talk about this famous beer from Dublin. Download the MP3 File – […]

Historic Beer Brewing – BSHB Podcast Episode 8

by Brad Smith on January 27, 2011 · 1 comment

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This week I feature a trio of brewers with expertise in historic brewing techniques – including Chris Bowen, Dan Morey and Mike Tonsmeire. We cover a range of historic brewing topics including why we brew historic beers, traditional equipment, ingredients and various historic styles. Download the MP3 File – Right Click and “Save As” to […]

Schwarzbier Recipes – German Black Beer

by Brad Smith on November 16, 2010 · 10 comments

Schwarzbier (which means “black beer”) is a dark lager from Germany that has its origins in the middle ages. It is a medium bodied dark beer, nearly opaque in color and soft and mild despite its dark appearance. Today Schwarzbier is popular outside Germany as well, with a number of US breweries and micro-breweries producing […]

Saison Beer – Belgian Farmhouse Ale Recipes

by Brad Smith on October 8, 2010 · 8 comments

Saison is a light, refreshing ale originally brewed in farmhouses in the French speaking regions of Belgium for field workers. Now the beer is brewed in many locations around the world. Its a complex style with a mix of fruity aroma and flavor, some spiciness and even a hint of tartness. Today I’ll take a look at the history of Saison, how to brew it and some Saison recipes.

American Amber Ale Recipes and Beer Style

by Brad Smith on July 23, 2010 · 6 comments

American Amber Ale, also known in the Pacific Northwest as Red Ale is a uniquely American beer that is robust, rich and enjoyable. A fairly recent style, Ambers have become very popular with mainstream beer drinkers in the US. This week we take a look at the American Amber style, how to brew it at home and some examples of American Amber recipes.

Brewing India Pale Ale Recipes IPA Beer Styles

by Brad Smith on September 13, 2009 · 24 comments

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India Pale Ale (or IPA) is a popular staple of homebrewers, microbrewers and hopheads who enjoy brewing some of the hoppiest beers on the planet. This week we look at India Pale Ale beer recipes, how to brew an IPA recipe and its history

English Pale Ale Recipes

by Brad Smith on June 1, 2009 · 5 comments

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English Pale Ale is a classic beer style and a personal favorite of mine. This week we take a look at how to brew this classic style at home including the history of the style, formulation of recipes and brewing of English Pale Ale.

Bock and Doppelbock Beer Recipes – Beer Styles

by Brad Smith on February 22, 2009 · 18 comments

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Bock beer is a classic German lager that is smooth and very drinkable. Traditionally bock was brewed in Winter, so it is appropriate for a winter beer article. This week we take a look at some bock beer recipes and how to brew the classic Bock beer style. History of Bock Bock traces its origins […]

Belgian Wit Recipes – White Beer Styles

by Brad Smith on November 2, 2008 · 20 comments

Belgian Wit is a wonderful light, refreshing beer that narrowly avoided extinction to become a popular hit here in the United States. This week we’ll take a look at the history, brewing and recipes for Belgian Wit and White Beer.

Scotch Ale Recipes: Beer Styles

by Brad Smith on September 6, 2008 · 7 comments

Scotch Ale brings forth visions of fog filled bogs, dimly lit pubs and a hearty pint of ale. Scotland has always had its own distinct brewing style with an array of unique beers from the 60/- shilling light Scottish ale to the “wee heavy” strong ales. This week we examine the history of scotch ales […]

Decoction Mashing for Beer Recipes

by Brad Smith on September 1, 2008 · 11 comments

Decoction mashing is a great way to enhance the flavor and clarity of your all grain beer recipes, and requires only minimal additional equipment and time. Few homebrewers use decoction mashing in their recipes, but it is a very powerful technique for enhancing many styles of beer. This week we’re going to demystify decoction mashing so you can add it to your arsenal of homebrewing tools.

Brown Ale Recipes: Brewing Styles

by Brad Smith on July 9, 2008 · 4 comments

Brown ale is a distinctively English style that has also become popular with microbreweries in the United States. Today we’ll look at the origins of this classic style, how to brew Brown Ale at home and also a sampling of Brown Ale recipes.