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Alternative Languages for BeerSmith Desktop

by Brad Smith on May 12, 2022 · 0 comments

This week I’m going to cover how you can run BeerSmith desktop in a variety of languages using the language files available online. With the worldwide popularity of our BeerSmith software, I often get users asking if it is available in non-English versions. Fortunately the software was designed with this in mind, so there are […]

Ron Pattinson joins me this week to discuss the interesting history of the Berliner Weisse sour beer style and how its popularity rose and fell in its native Germany. 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 […]

This week I take a look at the reason why most beer brewers have moved to a single boil addition instead of having short duration flavor and aroma hop additions in the boil. The History of Short Duration Boil Additions When I started brewing back in 1987 it was very common to use short duration, […]

This week I show you how to do an iodine test to see if your mash has completed and the starches in the mash have been fully converted to sugars. The Iodine Test for Mash Completion How does an all grain brewer know when the mash is complete? It turns out there is a very […]

Chris White joins me this week to discuss the use of mixed yeast strains when making beer. 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 in […]

Steeping and Mashing Dark Grains in BeerSmith

by Brad Smith on April 19, 2022 · 0 comments

This week I take a look at how to incorporate separately steeped dark grains with BeerSmith, a technique often used to minimize burnt, harsh roast grain flavors in the finished beer. Steeping/Sparging vs Mashing Dark Grains As I covered in this original article on the topic, all grain brewers can be well served by separately […]

Michael Tonsmeire joins me this week to discuss sour beer brewing and his experiences creating sour Craft beers. 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 […]

In part 2 of this series I will cover the traditional method for making sour beers. Last week in part 1, I covered Kettle Souring which is a relatively quick way to make many sour beer styles. Last week I covered the “Kettle Sour” method where you add the bacteria to your wort up front, […]

Dr Charlie Bamforth joins me this week to discuss the use of non-barley adjuncts in beer brewing. 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 in […]

Dry Hop Creep in Beer Explained

by Brad Smith on February 25, 2022 · 1 comment

This week I take a look at “dry hop creep”, what it is, how it affects beer and how to prevent it. This is my second article on the topic, and you can find the earlier article on dry hop creep here. What is Dry Hop Creep? At the basic level, dry hop creep is […]

This week Chris Graham, President of MoreBeer joins me to discuss what is popular in home brewing including recent trends and new equipment. 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 […]

How Yeast Ferments Beer Over Time

by Brad Smith on January 22, 2022 · 0 comments

This week I take a look at how yeast ferments wort into beer by looking at a simple graph from White Labs on the fermentation timeline. Fermentation Over Time Most of us know the basics of fermentation where yeast consumes simple sugars from the wort, chiefly maltose, and converts them into alcohol, carbon dioxide gas […]

Spices and Flavor Extracts in Beer Brewing

by Brad Smith on January 14, 2022 · 0 comments

This week I take a look at the best way to incorporate spices and flavor extracts into your beer brewing process. Examples of Spices, Herbs and Flavor Extracts Beer was not traditionally made with hops. In fact, the use of hops in beer dates back only about 500 years, while beer itself was introduced at […]

The 2021 BJCP Beer Style guidelines were released on 29 December, 2021 by the Beer Judge Certification Program, and are now available for BeerSmith web and desktop. The 2021 guidelines are considered a modest revision of the 2015 style guide, and an effort was made to maintain the majority of the categories and style names […]

Chip Walton joins me this week to discuss Brewing TV, his Chop and Brew show, smoked beers, cider, mead and more in a wide ranging discussion about brewing beer. 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 […]