Conditioned and Wet Grain Milling for Beer

by Brad Smith on July 11, 2010 · 4 comments

Grains and beer

Have you ever had a problem with finely crushed malt creating a stuck sparge when home brewing? This week we look at how wet and conditioned milling can help reduce the chance of a stuck sparge by creating a more porus grain bed.

Barley Crusher

At midnight last night (15 June), I closed out the Barley Crusher drawing, consolidated all of our email subscribers, and randomly drew a winner. The winner of the 7lb Barley Crusher drawing for 15 June is: John Koop of Draper, Utah – Won the 7lb Barley Crusher Malt Mill Congratulations to John, who was kind […]

Want to brew the biggest beers and barley wines? Looking for high gravity ales? This week we take a look at how to brew the biggest beers. I’m talking barley wines, imperials, high end scotch ale and other highly alcoholic brews.

Win a Barley Crusher! – BeerSmith Drawing

by Brad Smith on April 30, 2010 · 5 comments

Barley Crusher

Win a Barley Crusher! To kick off the hot summer season, we’re giving away a 7lb Barley Crusher malt mill to an email subscriber picked at random from our subscriber list. The Barley Crusher happens to be my personal choice of malt mill – I’ve had mine for several years now, and love it. On […]

Malting Barley Grain at Home

by Brad Smith on December 5, 2009 · 69 comments


For the adventurous home brewer who wants to take all grain beer brewing to yet another level, you can malt your own grains at home. The equipment required is modest, and bulk unmalted grains can be purchased at a fraction of the cost of malted ones.