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Gary Glass, the Director of the American Homebrewer’s Association (AHA) joins me this week to discuss the AHA and also what is in store for the 2015 National Homebrew Conference which is scheduled for June 11-13 in San Diego. Gary also tells us about the AHA and Brewer’s Association. Subscribe on iTunes to Audio version […]

BeerSmith Cloud

This week I provide a few tips to get the most out of the BeerSmithRecipes.com cloud site. I launched the BeerSmith Recipes site almost three years ago and it has grown to a collection of over 300,000 beer recipes making it perhaps the largest beer recipe site on the internet. Getting Started with the Cloud […]

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Top beer brewing authors John Palmer and Randy Mosher join me for a special episode #100 to answer some of your questions about brewing better beer. John is the author of the popular “How to Brew” book and video series and Randy Mosher has made a splash with his new book “Mastering Homebrew”. Subscribe on […]

Mastring Hombrew

Mastering Homebrew is the latest book from Randy Mosher, author of Radical Brewing and Tasting Beer. Randy’s new offering is a comprehensive book on brewing, covering a wide variety of topics and techniques. I personally believe Mastering Homebrew will quickly become a beer brewing classic. Mastering Homebrew Overview I first heard of Mastering Homebrew (Amazon […]

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Chris Graham, the President of MoreBeer joins me this week to discuss brewing the perfect Bohemian Pilsner. Bohemian Pilsners are one of the more challenging lagers to brew, but Chris provides some great tips to get started with this great beer style. Subscribe on iTunes to Audio version or Video version Download the MP3 File […]

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Have you ever missed your original gravity (OG) target when brewing all grain beer? Its not an uncommon problem for beer brewers, particularly when you start all grain brewing or change you equipment setup. This week we’re going to examine some of the possible causes of low OG and also how to mitigate them. Predicting […]

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Randy Mosher just published his new book Mastering Homebrew which I believe will soon become a home brewing classic. This week I join Randy to talk about his new book which covers a huge number of beer brewing techniques, ingredients, and focuses on the flavor of beer instead of just the technical aspects. Subscribe on […]

Carbonation Options for Your Home Brewed Beer

by Brad Smith on February 11, 2015 · 0 comments

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This week I take a look at different ways to carbonate your home brewed beer. Carbonation is an important feature of beer – it adds moutfeel, perceived body, and heavily influences the way that hop and malt aromas are delivered to your nose. It is also critical to the beer’s appearance and head retention. Understanding […]

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Michael Mraz from Mraz Brewing joins us to follow up on his nano-brewery startup. Michael launched his own 3 barrel brewery specializing in Belgian beers in a tiny 1000 sq foot shop in the Spring of 2013, and this week he shares some of his lessons learned in moving from amateur to pro-brewer. Subscribe on […]

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Original Gravity is a key parameter for beer recipe design. The original gravity of a beer is a measure of the potential sugars, about 60-75% of which will be converted into alcohol during fermentation. So original gravity drives both the alcohol content and the residual body of the beer. This week we’ll cover how to […]

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Mitch Steele, the Brewmaster at Stone Brewing Co joins me this week to discuss trends in IPAs. India Pale Ale has exploded the last few years, and is now one of the fastest growing styles in Craft Brewing. Mitch Steele at Stone is leading the trend. Subscribe on iTunes to Audio version or Video version […]

Should you use a Secondary for Beer Brewing?

by Brad Smith on January 15, 2015 · 14 comments

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About ten years ago a secondary fermentation in beer brewing was considered a “must do” by most top brewers. But in the last ten years, much has changed so this week we take a look at the eternal question “to Secondary or not?” Primary, Secondary and Tertiary Fermentation Beer fermentation starts in the primary fermenter. […]

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Michael Tonsmeire joins me to share some of his top pro beer brewing secrets. Michael provides 12 tips from the top brewers and shares his experience as an author and contributor to Modern Times brewery. Subscribe on iTunes to Audio version or Video version Download the MP3 File – Right Click and Save As to […]

Conical Fermenter Advantages for Home Brewing

by Brad Smith on December 30, 2014 · 4 comments

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Conical fermenters, once out of reach for home brewers, have recently become very popular as companies have started making conicals in small and affordable packages. Many home brew sized conicals have entered the market in the last few years in the sub-$200 price range. I have to say, I’ve been using primarily carboys for many […]

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John Mallett, the Director of Operations at Bell’s Brewing joins me to talk about his new book “Malt: A Practical Guide from Field to Brewhouse” This is the final book in the four part Brewing Element series from Brewer’s Publications. John discusses varieties of malt, the malting process and how various malts are used in […]