Homebrewing

RIMS and HERMS Brewing with BeerSmith Software

by Brad Smith on January 15, 2018 · 1 comment

Today I take a look at how to handle RIMS and HERMS brewing systems in BeerSmith brewing software. I’ve had quite a few people ask me how to incorporate these systems into BeerSmith, so below is a quick overview. What Makes RIMS and HERMS Systems Different? Lets start with what makes a RIMS or HERMS […]

Brewing Considerations for Very High Gravity Beers

by Brad Smith on January 10, 2018 · 0 comments

Brewing high gravity beers like barley wines, tripels, and imperial stouts present some challenges unique to high gravity brewing. This week I provide a few tips and considerations that come into play when brewing high gravity beers. Big Beer Challenges High gravity beers which start at around 1.080 original gravity and can go as high […]

This week I take a look at the proper method for hydrating dry yeast for beer brewing to maximize your viability and produce a healthy fermentation. Dry Yeast for Home Brewing While dry yeast does not offer quite the selection of liquid yeast, it does have some significant advantages as it is much easier to […]

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Owen Lingley and Jess Caudill from Imperial Yeast join me this week to discuss brewing yeast, yeast starters, pitch rates, and caring for your beer yeast. Subscribe on iTunes to Audio version or Video version or on Google Play Download the MP3 File – Right Click and Save As to download this mp3 file [Audio […]

Digital Thermometer Options for Beer Brewing

by Brad Smith on November 29, 2017 · 2 comments

This week I take a look at digital thermometer options to use with your beer brewing system. Digital thermometers currently on the market have a wide temperature range, are inexpensive, very accurate and easy to use. Types of Brewing Thermometers In this article I want to focus on digital thermometer options, but first I’ll describe […]

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Tomme Arthur, the Director of Operations at The Lost Abbey, joins me this week to discuss Belgian beer styles, producing high end craft beers, sours, barrel aging and more. Subscribe on iTunes to Audio version or Video version or on Google Play Download the MP3 File – Right Click and Save As to download this […]

This week I take a look at the Anvil Kettle Strainer, which is actually a pretty efficient way to separate your hops and trub from the wort after the boil when beer brewing. The Anvil Kettle Strainer As I covered in an earlier article, I upgraded to a Blichmann BrewEasy 10 gal system last year […]

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Marshall Schott from Brulosophy joins me to discuss his ongoing brewing experiments, the Hop Chronicles, Short and Shoddy and his new podcast. Subscribe on iTunes to Audio version or Video version or on Google Play Download the MP3 File – Right Click and Save As to download this mp3 file [Audio clip: view full post […]

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Jason Romano joins me from Lake Anne Brew House in Reston, VA to discuss his experience in opening and running a small nano-brewery and tap-house. Subscribe on iTunes to Audio version or Video version or on Google Play Download the MP3 File – Right Click and Save As to download this mp3 file [Audio clip: […]

Kettle Souring Beer – Brewing Techniques

by Brad Smith on October 8, 2017 · 1 comment

This week I take a look at “Kettle Souring” beer which is a technique for making sour beer that offers faster fermentation times and better control over the souring levels. The Kettle Souring Method The traditional method for making sour beer is to brew some wort and then pitch both traditional brewing yeast along with […]

The pH meter has become a critical piece of equipment for all grain beer brewers as well as for cider, wine and mead making. This week I take a look at selecting, calibrating, and using a pH meter to brew beer. Uses for a pH Meter In the last 10 years or so, our understanding […]

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Jennifer Talley joins me to discuss her new book “Session Beers: Brewing for Flavor and Balance”. Jennifer is a professional brewer with over 20 GABF and World Beer Cup awards. Subscribe on iTunes to Audio version or Video version or on Google Play Download the MP3 File – Right Click and Save As to download […]

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 […]

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Stan Hieronymus joins me this week to discuss cutting edge research in the use of certain hop oils in beer brewing. Stan has some interesting results regarding which oils provide key flavors in IPAs and pale ales. Subscribe on iTunes to Audio version or Video version or on Google Play Download the MP3 File – […]

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John Blichmann, founder of Blichmann Engineering joins me this week to discuss setting up an indoor electric brewery at home. Subscribe on iTunes to Audio version or Video version or on Google Play Download the MP3 File – Right Click and Save As to download this mp3 file [Audio clip: view full post to listen] […]