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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 we talk about methods for making sour and wild beers using Brettanomyces yeast (Brett). Brett is used in many sour beers styles including Lambics, Gueze, Oud Bruin, Berliner Weisse, and others. My guests are Drew Beechum and Nathan Smith – both of whom have done extensive brewing using Brett. Download the MP3 File […]

Seasonal Beer Brewing

by Brad Smith on October 18, 2009 · 11 comments

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Brew the right seasonal beers by starting early. This week we look at when to brew your seasonal beer favorites so they arrive on time for your favorite holiday.

Pilsner Lager Recipes – Beer Styles

by Brad Smith on December 14, 2008 · 9 comments

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Pilsner beer is remarkable not only for its modern dominance, but also its relatively recent origins. The popularity of Pilsner is truly worldwide, so much so that Pilsner recipes still dominates the US and many other beer markets. It is simply the most popular beer style in the world. Pilsner’s origins can be traced to […]

Belgian Wit Recipes – White Beer Styles

by Brad Smith on November 2, 2008 · 16 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.

Pint of Steam

“Steam Beer” brings to mind visions of the California gold rush, and San Francisco. Today we’ll look at the history of California common beer (aka Steam Beer) and how to design steam beer recipes and present a collection of Steam Beer recipes you can brew at home.

Wheat Beer

Wheat beer, Hefe-Weizen, and Weisse recipes have become very popular homebrew and craft beer styles here in the United States. Today, we’ll look at the history of wheat beer, how to brew a wheat beer and a sampling of wheat beer recipes including both Bavarian Weissebier and Berliner Weisse.

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Design and brew a Kolsch beer recipe at home. Guest blogger DJ provides you with the history of Kolsch, how to design a Kolsch beer, and his personal recipe for brewing Kolsch. Kolsch is an exremely light ale with a lager-like character…

Brewing an Irish Stout Beer Recipe

by Brad Smith on March 14, 2008 · 27 comments

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With St Patrick’s day upon us, it seemed appropriate to discuss the beer that Ireland is most famous for: Irish Stout. We’ll review the history of Irish Stout, the design of Irish Stout recipes and finish with a selection of great Irish Stout recipes for home brewing…

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The Beer Judge Certification Program (BJCP) recently released an updated beer style guide for 2008. The latest version of BeerSmith was just released and incorporates the new BJCP style guide as well as new equal running batch sparge options for batch sparge brewers…

Beer Styles: Making a Porter Recipe

by Brad Smith on March 1, 2008 · 17 comments

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Porter is a English beer style that has become very popular in the United States. This week we will look at the origins of Porter, how to brew Porter at home and provide a collection of sample recipes. When I started brewing back in the 1980’s, the microbrewery revolution was still in its infancy, and […]