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 […]

This week I take a look at “harsh zone” malts in the roughly 70-200L color range and how they can upset the balance of an otherwise perfect beer. A while back I did a review of Randy Mosher’s Mastering Homebrew book. The book, which I highly recommend, introduces a number of new concepts in balance […]

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Erin James joins me this week to discuss her new book “Tasting Cider”, the recent surge in craft cider making, styles of cider as well as cider cocktails and food pairings. Subscribe on iTunes to Audio version or Video version or on Google Play Download the MP3 File – Right Click and Save As to […]

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 […]

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Dr Patrick McGovern, Director of Biomolecular Archeology at the University of Pennsylvania Museum joins me this week to discuss research into ancient fermented beverages. 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 […]

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] […]

This week I take a look at the new ASBC method for doing sensory and flavor evaluation of malts for brewing beer. This new “hot steep” technique published last fall by the American Society of Brewing Chemists provides a standardized method to do a sensory (taste) analysis of malts and is a great way to […]

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Steve Piatz, the author of “The Complete Guide to Making Mead” and 2008 mead maker of the year joins me this week to discuss making the perfect mead. 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 […]

This week in Part 2 of my series on beer pumps, I review the new Blichmann RipTide Pump. Last week in Part 1 I covered general brewing pump features as well as the popular March and Chugger pumps. The Blichmann RipTide Pump Review While the March and Chugger pumps covered in Part 1 have been […]

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Michael Tonsmeire joins me this week to discuss aging beer in barrels as well as how to barrel age sour beers. 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 […]

This week I take a look at the most popular models of home brewing pumps: the March Pump and the Chugger Pump. Next week in part 2 I will cover the new Blichmann RipTide pump which has some significant advantages over the traditional brewing pump. Home Brewing Pumps In the last 10 years, larger stainless […]

In part 1 of this series I covered some of the general considerations in planning an electric brewery including size of the system, availability of water and in particular the electrical needs of the system and electrical safety considerations. This week I take a look at the other major physical constraint which is ventilation. Why […]