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Aeration Wands (Pure Oxygen) for Beer Brewing

by Brad Smith on March 14, 2017 · 2 comments

This week I take a look at the Anvil Oxygenation Kit (aka Aeration wand) which lets you aerate your wort using pure oxygen without spending a ton of money. The oxygen wand is actually my favorite new brewing toy and I’ve used it on beer, meads, wines and cider with great results. The Importance of […]

Wort, Whiskey and Scotch when Brewing Beer

by Brad Smith on December 14, 2016 · 2 comments

Here’s a quick tip about whiskey, wort and beer brewing I picked up at my last Craft Beer and Brewing retreat in Colorado. John Mallett from Bell’s Brewing shared it with me though I’ve since found that other brewers also know this trick. Hot Wort and Whiskey or Scotch So the tip is this: while […]

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Dr Charles Bamforth, Professor of Malting and Brewing Science at the University of California at Davis joins me this week to discuss boiling your beer and some of the chemical processes involved in the boil. Subscribe on iTunes to Audio version or Video version Download the MP3 File – Right Click and Save As to […]

Chris Graham, the President of MoreBeer joins me this week to discuss methods for rapidly chilling your wort when home brewing beer. Chris discusses immersion chillers, counter-flow chillers and plate chillers and how rapidly cooling your wort can make better beer. Subscribe on iTunes to Audio version or Video version Download the MP3 File – […]

Sitting next to a big pot of boiling wort is my favorite part of the brewing process (except for tasting of course!), and cleaning is my least favorite part. But after you boil you face the challenge of what to do with 5, 10 or 15 gallons (19-57 liters) of really hot wort. So this […]

Avoiding a Boil Over When Home Brewing

by Brad Smith on May 3, 2014 · 34 comments

A boil over when home brewing can be a real mess, particularly if it happens on the stove top. Even if you are brewing outside, you risk losing precious wort and hops over the side if your pot boils over. So this week I provide some quick tips on avoiding a boil over. Why the […]

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Francis Booth and Leslie Deppert from Booth’s Brewing join me this week to talk about making beer with wild yeast. Wild and native yeasts are used in many Belgian styles, and Francis and Leslie share their experience brewing beer at high temperature with wild yeast. Download the MP3 File – Right Click and “Save As” […]

First Wort Hops (FWH) in Beer Revisited

by Brad Smith on November 19, 2012 · 7 comments

A few years back I wrote an article on First Wort Hopping (FWH)- a technique I’ve used frequently over the years to brew great beer. While my support for the technique has not changed, my understanding of it has evolved a bit. What is First Wort Hops? First wort hopping (FWH) is a technique that […]

Krausening Home Brewed Beer

by Brad Smith on March 22, 2010 · 17 comments

Krausening is a traditional German method for carbonating beers without using sugars or other adjuncts. Instead actively fermenting malt wort is added to the fermented beer to provide the malted sugars needed for carbonation. The “Reinheitsgebot”, or German purity law, originated in Bavaria in 1516. It specifies that beer may only be made from the three basic ingredients: malt, hops, and water.

The First Wort Hop: Beer Brewing Techniques

by Brad Smith on March 17, 2008 · 48 comments

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Brewing beer with first wort hops (FWH) is a method I have used extensively for beer brewing over the last few years to improve the character of many recipes. First wort hopping produces complex bitterness and aroma that is both smooth and pleasing to the pallet…