Extreme High Gravity Beer Brewing – Part 2

by Brad Smith on June 21, 2024 · 0 comments

This week I take a look at fermentation considerations when brewing a very high gravity beer such as an Imperial Stout or Barley Wine. Last week in Part 1, I covered several methods for achieving a very high starting gravity. Selecting Your Yeast Now that you have a high gravity wort, you need to consider […]

Scott Janish joins me this week to discuss mash hopping and steps he takes to control oxygen and enhance long term beer stability. Subscribe on iTunes to Audio version or Video version or Spotify or Google Play Download the MP3 File– Right Click and Save As to download this mp3 file. Your browser does not […]

Extreme High Gravity Beer Brewing Part 1

by Brad Smith on June 10, 2024 · 1 comment

This week I take a look at the brewing of very high gravity beers to include styles like Barley Wines and extreme Imperial Stouts. These beers require somewhat special handling as it can be hard to achieve the very high starting gravity and a good fermentation, and in addition they often require extensive aging. Very […]

Reducing Oxygen in Your Finished Beer

by Brad Smith on June 3, 2024 · 7 comments

This week I look at methods to reduce oxygen in your finished beer. Oxygen is known to negatively impact beer flavor and long term stability. While oxygen is widely used at the beginning of fermentation to aid in yeast growth, the yeast effectively scrubs virtually all of the oxygen out of the beer during fermentation. […]

Mitch Steele joins us from New Realm Brewing to discuss what has changed in IPA brewing in the 12 years since he wrote his classic book on IPAs. Subscribe on iTunes to Audio version or Video version or Spotify or Google Play Download the MP3 File– Right Click and Save As to download this mp3 […]

Dr Keith Villa, the creator of Blue Moon and founder of Ceria Brewing, joins me this week to talk about Blue Moon, the Craft Beer Industry, Ceria, Alcohol Free beers and more. Subscribe on iTunes to Audio version or Video version or Spotify or Google Play Download the MP3 File– Right Click and Save As […]

This week in part 4, I cover common beer infections including wild yeast and bacteria as well as some equipment and material concerns related to cleaning and sanitation. In Part 1 I provided an introduction to cleaning and sanitation and explained why it is a two step process. Part 2 covered cleaners for home brewing […]

This week I take a look at sanitizers to use for beer brewing. In part 1 I presented an introduction to cleaning and sanitation and the importance of separately cleaning and sanitizing. Part 2 featured the most common cleaners used for beer brewing and their strengths and weaknesses. Sanitizing Sanitizing is the process of reducing […]

This week I dive into the cleaning process and discuss some of the most popular cleaners used when brewing beer. Last week in Part 1, I explained why cleaning and sanitation is so important for beer and discussed environmental concerns such as where to locate your brewery. As I discussed in part 1, cleaning and […]

This week I dive into the very important topic of cleaning and sanitation for beer brewing and cover some of the basic terms and definitions. In part 2 I’m going to cover the cleaning process and strengths and weaknesses of different cleaners, and in part 3 I will cover sanitation and sanitizers. Why is Cleaning […]

This week I cover the topic of osmotic shock in yeast, and how it can impact the fermentation performance of very high gravity beers, meads, wines, and concentrated seltzers. Osmotic Shock in Yeast Cells I had never heard of the term osmotic shock until I started making very high gravity meads. Some of my large […]

Michael Tonsmeire from Sapwood Cellars joins me this week to talk about very high gravity barrel aged stouts. Subscribe on iTunes to Audio version or Video version or Spotify or Google Play Download the MP3 File– Right Click and Save As to download this mp3 file. Your browser does not support the audio element. Topics […]

Important BeerSmith Hop Updates

by Brad Smith on April 21, 2024 · 0 comments

Today I published several important hop add-ons to cover new and experimental hop varieties that have become available the last few years. This was a fairly sizeable task spanning several weeks to identify and collect information on the latest hop varieties. The main hop update adds 137 varieties, and there are over 100 additional varieties […]

Max Shafer joins me this week to discuss Craft Pilsners, decoction and controlling the pH of your beer during the whirlpool and for dry hopping. Subscribe on iTunes to Audio version or Video version or Spotify or Google Play Download the MP3 File– Right Click and Save As to download this mp3 file. Your browser […]

John Palmer joins me this week to discuss the state of the art in homebrewing and also shares his top five homebrewing priorities. Subscribe on iTunes to Audio version or Video version or Spotify or Google Play Download the MP3 File– Right Click and Save As to download this mp3 file. Your browser does not […]