Homebrewing

Calcium and Beer Structure in Beer Brewing

by Brad Smith on December 1, 2022 · 0 comments

This week I take a look at the role of the calcium ion in your beer brewing water and how it affects the structure of your beer. Calcium plays an interesting role in brewing. First and foremost, it does acidify the mash, driving the pH down which is typically needed for many lighter beers where […]

John Blichmann joins me this week to discuss professional brewing equipment and many of the equipment options a new Craft brewer faces when setting up a brewery. 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. […]

Dr Keith Villa joins me this week to discuss his long career with Blue Moon and his new business brewing non-alcoholic 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 […]

BeerSmith Forum Major Upgrade

by Brad Smith on August 15, 2022 · 0 comments

Over the weekend I completed a long overdue revision of the BeerSmith forum. I moved to a new forum software platform, which adds a ton of new features. I also secured the main BeerSmith web site, blog, forum and recipes site so they all redirect to our secure server now. This resolved a series of […]

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 […]

James Spencer from Basic Brewing Radio joins me to discuss 17 years of beer podcasting as well as some of his recent brewing experiments. 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 […]

Jamil Zainasheff from Heretic Brewing joins me this week for a beer brewing question and answer session. 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 […]

Brewing The Dunkles Bock Beer Style

by Brad Smith on May 20, 2022 · 0 comments

This week I take a look at the Dunkles Bock beer style from Northern Germany and examine its history and how to brew one. Dunkles Bock is a dark, strong, malty German lager. Dunkles Bock History Bock beer traces its history to Einbeck, a small German town between Kassel and Hannover. Brewing records mentioning bock […]

Randy Mosher, the author of Radical Brewing and Mastering Homebrew, joins me this week to discuss lager yeast flavors and tips. 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 […]

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, […]

This week I’m going to cover the two major methods (in two parts) used to create sour beers at a home brew level. While sour beer brewing is considered a more advanced brewing technique, it is possible for even a beginning homebrewer to create great sour beers using these methods. Sour Beer Basics Sour beers […]

This week I take a look at the shopping list and inventory features available on BeerSmith Web. These features were added in March of 2022 to the web based version which you can try for free on BeerSmithRecipes.com from any computer, tablet or phone. The web based version provides a common view of inventory and […]

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 […]

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 […]