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What is Hop Isomerization in Beer Brewing?

by Brad Smith on August 21, 2021 · 1 comment

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 […]

Recipe Adjustment Tools in BeerSmith Web

by Brad Smith on June 20, 2021 · 0 comments

An overview of some of the recipe adjustment tools available in the BeerSmith Web beer recipe editor. These same tools are also available in the desktop and mobile versions. Related Videos: Recipe Design Tab | Building a Recipe | Find/Scale Recipes | Pro Recipe Tips | All Videos

The Sulfate to Chloride Ratio and Beer Bitterness

by Brad Smith on February 11, 2016 · 5 comments

This week I look at the Sulfate to Chloride ratio and how it can have a significant impact on the perceived bitterness of your beer. In fact, it is probably second only to mash pH when we discuss the flavor impacts of water as a beer ingredient. The Sulfate to Chloride Ratio Chloride ions tend […]

This week I invite Dr Charles Bamforth to talk with us about beer bitterness, isomerization, alpha acids and hops in your home brewed beer. Dr Bamforth is a Professor of Brewing Science at the University of California at Davis, and author of numerous books. Download the MP3 File – Right Click and “Save As” to […]

Balancing your Beer with the Bitterness Ratio

by Brad Smith on September 26, 2009 · 23 comments

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The balance between bitter hops and sweet malts has always been important in crafting world class beer. This week we take a look at the bitterness ratio and how you can use it to improve the balance of homebrewed beer recipes.

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A look at beer bitterness for home brewers, estimating International Bitterness Units (IBUs) and balancing your beer recipe. How much beer hops is enough? With the hop crisis in full swing, it is important to understand the quantity of hops you need to properly balance your home brewed beer…