This week I take a look at the process of lautering or sparging your all grain beer. What appears to be a simple process actually has some interesting complexities to it. Lautering Lautering would appear to be one of the simplest steps in all grain brewing. Hot water is run through the grain bed to […]

Beer Design Case Study: Marzen

by Brad Smith on November 18, 2022 · 0 comments

This week I present a design case study for developing a Marzen beer recipe. Along the way I describe my thought processes as I work through creating and brewing a new recipe. Designing a Marzen Beer Before I start a new beer, I sit down and describe what I’m trying to accomplish. This beer was […]

Beer Design Case Study: A Robust Porter

by Brad Smith on August 4, 2022 · 1 comment

This week I though I would share a case study in beer recipe design to explore how I approach beer recipe design and some of the critical decisions made along the way. I will be designing a robust porter, which is one of my favorite beer styles. Defining the Robust Porter Before I start on […]

John Blichmann joins me this week to discuss how to design the perfect home brewery. John is the President of Blichmann Engineering and an avid home brewer. 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. […]

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: […]

Strategies for Beer Recipe Design – Part 2

by Brad Smith on August 3, 2017 · 1 comment

This week I take a look at the “building block” approach for designing beer recipes. This method, introduced by Gordon Strong, is a great design strategy for more experienced brewers. Last week in Part 1, I covered the decidedly technical (vs artistic) bent in beer brewing as well as the traditional approach many brewers use […]

Strategies for Beer Recipe Design – Part 1

by Brad Smith on July 20, 2017 · 7 comments

This week I take a look at different approaches to designing your own beer recipes. Though beer recipe design is an artistic and very personal journey, few of us really consider that there are different strategies that one can use to create new and unique beers. A Few Strategies for Beer Recipe Design Beer recipe […]

Gordon Strong, President of the Beer Judge Certification Program, joins me this week to discuss Modern Homebrew Recipes and his philosophy for designing beer recipes. Gordon provides a unique perspective on how he creates award winning beer recipes. Subscribe on iTunes to Audio version or Video version or on Google Play Download the MP3 File […]

Brewing author Drew Beechum is my guest this week to discuss how you can transform one beer into another with a few simple changes to your recipe. Drew’s approach to recipe design is unique – so join me for another great episode! Subscribe on iTunes to Audio version or Video version Download the MP3 File […]


Beer Recipe Design on the Go? I’m pleased to announce the release of BeerSmith Mobile for iPhone and iPad. BeerSmith Mobile brings full recipe design and editing to your iPhone or iPad, and joins last week’s versions released for Android and Kindle Fire. BeerSmith mobile includes seamless recipe integration via the cloud site so […]

This week I discuss how to design a beer recipe with Denny Conn. Denny shares some of his tips on creating a home brewing recipe from scratch including imagining the beer, selecting ingredients, applying techniques and iterating to perfect the beer. Download the MP3 File – Right Click and “Save As” to download this mp3 […]

Home Brewing with BeerSmith Book – Its Released!

by Brad Smith on October 23, 2010 · 3 comments

I’ll keep this post short as I’ve already talked quite a bit about my new book that was just released. Its a collection of about 75 of the best articles on home brewing techniques and beer styles from the BeerSmith home brewing blog that will be available in paperback format and on the Kindle next […]

Home Brewing with BeerSmith – My New Book

by Brad Smith on September 30, 2010 · 6 comments

I’ve had a lot of people ask me if there was any way to get a printed collection of the articles from the BeerSmith blog. Soon, the answer will be yes. I’m in the process of editing my first home brewing book titled “Home Brewing with BeerSmith” for publication in late October. I’m really excited […]

Beer Recipe Design

by Brad Smith on January 27, 2010 · 16 comments

Over the years, I’ve come to realize that the basic principles of beer recipes design are often misunderstood and rarely well articulated. This week we’re going to look at how you can design a great beer recipes at home using a tried and true process. What follows is an what I consider an overview of […]