Beer

John Palmer and Denny Conn join me this week to discuss simplified homebrewing and ways to save time and keep your beer brewing fun. 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 […]

The Ultimate BeerSmith Equipment Profile Guide

by Brad Smith on November 23, 2021 · 0 comments

Some of the most frequent questions I receive on BeerSmith software are about how to properly set up and dial in your equipment profile. This is an important first step as the equipment you are using drives all of the critical recipe estimates like color, bitterness and original gravity. I’ve composed many articles and videos […]

This week I present the mash temperature calculations in BeerSmith and how you can adjust your equipment profile and mash profile to hit your mash temperature the first time. Mash Steps and Profiles To understand the mash profile system in BeerSmith, lets start with the mash profiles themselves. You can edit and create mash profiles […]

Using All-in-One Brewing Equipment with BeerSmith

by Brad Smith on October 30, 2021 · 0 comments

With the growing popularity of small tabletop all-grain brewing systems I decided to take a look this week at how to set up and use these systems in BeerSmith. Tabletop All-in-one Brewing Systems There has been an explosion in the popularity of small all-in-one all grain electric brewing systems. These include systems like the DigiMash, […]

Gordon Strong joins me this week to discuss his trip to Ecuador, the Chicha beer style and the upcoming BJCP beer style guide update. 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 […]

This week I take a look at malt enzymes vs malt color and how enzymes affect conversion of the malt during the beer brewing process. Malt Enzymes and Mashing In all grain brewing, enzymes are very important during the mash as they are needed to convert the longer starch chains in the malt into shorter […]

Brent Manning joins me this week from Riverbend Malt to discuss his experience with Craft Malting in North Carolina for the last 10 years. 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 […]

Enzymes in Beer: Alpha and Beta Amylase

by Brad Smith on October 2, 2021 · 0 comments

This week I take a look at the differences between alpha and beta amylase which act during the mash to convert longer starch chains to simple sugars in beer. Alpha vs Beta Amylase Enzymes are naturally produced in malted barley during the malting process. Chief among these are alpha amylase and beta amylase. They are […]

Working with Fruits in BeerSmith 3

by Brad Smith on September 19, 2021 · 1 comment

This week I cover some of the basic concepts of using fruit in BeerSmith for making beer, wine, cider or meads. Fruit Basics BeerSmith 3 supports the use of fruit juice, purees, honey and whole fruits natively when making beer, mead, wine and cider recipes. Typically most fruits are added during primary or secondary fermentation. […]

Principles of Good Beer Recipe Design

by Brad Smith on September 8, 2021 · 0 comments

Today I focus on some of the principles of good beer recipe design, and how they can help improve your beer. As many of you know I’ve been doing presentations and classes on the topic of beer recipe design for some time now, and thought it best to summarize some of the key elements below: […]

Hop Cone Composition and Beer Brewing

by Brad Smith on August 26, 2021 · 0 comments

This week I take a look at the hop cone and how its composition affects flavors when brewing beer. Hop Cone Composition If we look at the hop cone image (upper right, Source: Stan Hieronymus) we can see the various parts of the hop cone. The bulk of the compounds we are interested in are […]

Stan Hieronymus joins me this week to discuss hop survivables, biotransformations, and understanding which hop oils survive the brewing process. 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 […]

What is Hop Isomerization in Beer Brewing?

by Brad Smith on August 21, 2021 · 2 comments

This week I take look at hop isomerization in beer brewing and how it applies to brewers. Isomerized alpha acids in beer are the primary bittering compound used to offset the sweetness of the malt in beer. What is Isomerization? Isomerization is a process where a molecule is transformed into another molecule that contains the […]

This week I take a look at how to exchange profiles and ingredients between the desktop version of BeerSmith and the web based version. These features were added as part of the BeerSmith 3.2 release and BeerSmith Web release. These features are also covered in a video tutorial on web based profiles and ingredients here. […]

This week I take a look at the big six water ions in your water profile that drive the water chemistry of beer brewing. The Big Six Water Ions When we measure our starting brewing water or adjust our water, there are six main ions dissolved in the water that drive the mash pH as […]