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Vienna Lager with Andreas Krennmair- BeerSmith Podcast #219

Homebrewing from Beersmith - Thu, 07/30/2020 - 1:09pm

Andreas Krennmair joins me this week to discuss his new book on the history of Vienna Lagers.

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Topics in This Week’s Episode (47:38)
  • This week my guest is Andreas Krennmair. Andreas is the author of a new book on the history of Vienna Lagers (Amazon affiliate link).
  • We discuss how Andreas got interested in homebrewing, the history of beer and eventually the Vienna Lager style.
  • We discuss the origin of Vienna Lager which can be traced back to a single brewer named Anton Dreher in the 1830’s-1840’s.
  • We discuss how Vienna Lager influenced both Czech and German styles including Marzen.
  • Andreas shares how the beer also jumped across the Atlantic to influence beers in the US and Mexico.
  • We discuss some of the differences between the Vienna Lager styles made today and the historic style.
  • Andreas explains some of the details of making a Vienna lager including the grain bill, hops and yeast to use.
  • We discuss how Vienna lager was traditionally brewed including a decoction mash and aging.
  • Andreas provides his closing tips on making a Vienna lager and describes where to find his blog and book.
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Thanks to Andreas Krennmairfor appearing on the show and also to you for listening!
iTunes Announcements: I launched a new video channel for the BeerSmith podcast on iTunes, so subscribe now! At the moment it will only feature the new widescreen episodes (#75 and up). Older episodes are available on my revamped Youtube channel. Also all of my audio episodes are on iTunes now – so grab the older episodes if you missed any.

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Another 3 Years of Sour Beers – Blending Strategy

Brew Dudes - Wed, 07/29/2020 - 12:48pm

Back in 2014, I started brewing Lambic style sour beers and had a plan to brew the same beer on the same day for 3 years in a row. In the summer of 2017, we tasted all three beers and then made up a blending plan. Then, I started the whole process again – starting […]

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Saison Brewing – Partial Open Fermentation

Brew Dudes - Wed, 07/22/2020 - 1:31pm

In the warmer months, these Brew Dudes like brewing a saison. The hotter temperatures work well with the style’s fermentation profile and the beer is a good one for quenching thirsts. Even though we like to brew these kinds of beers, it doesn’t mean we have been 100 percent happy with the results. Mike brewed […]

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Fruity IPAs with Randy Mosher – BeerSmith Podcast #218

Homebrewing from Beersmith - Mon, 07/20/2020 - 9:26am

Randy Mosher joins me this week to discuss brewing fruity IPAs and using fruit in your IPAs.

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Topics in This Week’s Episode (52:20)
  • This week my guest is Randy Mosher. Randy is the author of Mastering Homebrew, Radical Brewing, and Tasting Beer.  He’s also partner in two breweries near Chicago Five Rabbit and Forbidden Root.
  • We start with a short discussion of the new book Randy’s working on as well as the re-opening of his two breweries Five Rabbit and Forbidden Root.
  • Randy starts with a discussion of hops and how hops itself can be used to promote fruity flavors and aromas in an IPA.
  • We talk about the recent research into hops thiols, geraniol and linalool and how they can be used when dry hopping to promote tropical fruit flavors in IPAs.
  • Randy provides some advice on fruity IPA hop selection as it is critical for getting the flavor profile.
  • We next switch to the use of fruit in an IPA and how you can approach the correct flavor balance with an IPA. Randy also mentions citric fruits which do well with IPAs.
  • We discuss how fruit flavors change dramatically during fermentation which drives your fruit selection and also the level of sweetness needed in a beer to achieve balance.
  • Randy talks about acidity and how it can provide structure but can also easily upset the flavor balance especially in an IPA
  • We talk about backsweetening and the use of ingredients like lactose to sweeten a beer to replace sugars lost during fermentation.
  • Randy provides advice on using fruit in the primary vs secondary and also his preference for fruit juice versus whole fruit or puree.
  • Randy gives his closing thoughts on fruit beers.
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Thanks to Randy Mosher for appearing on the show and also to you for listening!
iTunes Announcements: I launched a new video channel for the BeerSmith podcast on iTunes, so subscribe now! At the moment it will only feature the new widescreen episodes (#75 and up). Older episodes are available on my revamped Youtube channel. Also all of my audio episodes are on iTunes now – so grab the older episodes if you missed any.

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BeerSmith Yeast and Hop Updates 2020 Available

Homebrewing from Beersmith - Sat, 07/18/2020 - 10:38am

I recently posted both yeast and hops updates for BeerSmith 3 and BeerSmith 2 to the add-ons server in BeerSmith. These are recommended downloads for BeerSmith users.

These add-ons update the core yeast and hops listings to include new yeasts such as Kveik as well as some 63 new hop varieties. To download these updates, open BeerSmith and go to File->Add-ons. The yeast update is listed as Yeast Update 2020 and the hops update is Hops Update 2020.

Also if you have not downloaded the BeerSmith 3.1 update for BeerSmith desktop I highly recommend downloading that as well.

In addition a number of other add-ons have been posted over the last several months – these include: Omega and Imperial Yeast updates, Spike equipment, official Grainfather equipment profiles, Crisp Malts, Agraria malts, Deer Creek Malts, Yeast Bay yeasts, Escarpment yeasts, Proximity malts, Blichmann equipment profiles, Coopers Extracts, Propagate Yeast, Muntons Malts, Brewzilla profiles, Admiral malts, Briess and more.

If you have an older add-on you can uninstall and then reinstall it to pick up new data.

Thanks again for your continued support of BeerSmith!

Brad Smith, BeerSmith LLC

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New Dry Hop Features in BeerSmith 3.1

Homebrewing from Beersmith - Wed, 07/15/2020 - 5:47pm

Today I’m going to highlight some of the new dry hop features in BeerSmith 3.1. BeerSmith 3.1 was released in mid-2020.

Dry hopping is one of the best ways to preserve aroma oils in your hops. Because it is done at low temperature, you don’t risk boiling off volatile aroma oils. Also the long contact time lets you infuse your beer with hop aroma over a period of days.

While previous versions of BeerSmith have always supported dry hops, the program simply let you specify the dry hop time. About 10 years ago most dry hops were added at the end of fermentation and aging, usually shortly before bottling.

With the Craft Beer IPA revolution, brewers started using dry hops in much larger quantities and often for shorter periods of time. In addition, many IPAs are double or triple dry hopped which means they add more than one dry hop addition, often spaced across different stages of the fermentation and aging.

In addition, the push for “fruity” flavored IPAs and New England IPAs has driven many brewers to experiment with hopping in the primary fermentation as a method for promoting biotransformations. American and Australia/New Zealand hops high in Gerianol and Thiols can often develop tropical fruit flavor and aroma if used late in the primary.

BeerSmith 3.1 Dry Hops

To support the newer utilization of dry hops, I added both a dry hop start time and start phase to the program. So for example you can now specify a traditional dry hop that is 3 days before bottling, but you can also specify a dry hop 4 days into the primary fermentation.

This gives you a lot more flexibility to record your dry hop additions, and you can better specify double and triple dry hopped beers. To use this feature, just add a new hop to your recipe and then select “Dry Hop” for the use field. The extra fields for start of dry hop and phase of the dry hop will be shown so you can specify the starting point and duration.

A lot of brewers also asked that dry hops be added to the calendar view, which has also been done. So now you can view a recipe from the calendar view (under Recipes->Calendar – and don’t forget to set the brew date for the recipe first), and it will also show when to add your dry hops.

I hope you enjoy some of the features in BeerSmith 3.1 – if you want to learn more about dry hopping, check out my two part series here. Thanks for joining me on the BeerSmith Home Brewing Blog. Please sign up for the newsletter or subscribe to my podcast for more beer brewing goodness.

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Brewing a Low ABV NEIPA

Brew Dudes - Wed, 07/15/2020 - 1:00pm

I am not sure what to call this beer. The style guidelines haven’t been adjusted for this type of beer. Mike was asked to brew a juicy hop bomb for his brother-in-law. The guy wanted all the fruity, hoppy flavors along with the haze of an NEIPA but with an alcohol by volume (ABV) of […]

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Kveik vs. US-05 Yeast Showdown

Brew Dudes - Thu, 07/09/2020 - 1:20pm

We finally got on the Kveik yeast strain train. We knew about the performance about this yeast, but we didn’t know what kind of flavor it would bring to a beer. So, we compared it to a neutral strain to learn more. Beyond just comparing yeast, we’ve also learned that Kveik is not just a […]

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Tilt Hydrometer and Fermentation Import Features in BeerSmith 3.1

Homebrewing from Beersmith - Wed, 07/08/2020 - 7:29am

This week I’m going to cover the new Tilt import features added in BeerSmith 3.1, as well as general features for importing and exporting CSV fermentation data from other sources.

Tilt Data Import

The Tilt wireless hydrometer has become a popular tool for home brewers. One of the top features many brewers asked for was a simple way to import their fermentation data into BeerSmith.

BeerSmith 3 added support for graphic fermentation readings including time, temperature and gravity. BeerSmith 3.1 adds a new Tilt Data Import button to the Fermentation Readings section of the session tab that lets you directly import your data. Click that button to get started.

From here you will be prompted to either import a CSV file or import directly from a Tilt Google Spreadsheet link. If you pick the google spreadsheet option, simply copy/paste your spreadsheet link into the field provided, and set your filtering interval as described below.

For the Tilt CSV import you can select the sensor color since Tilt CSV files can support multiple sensors, and you have the choice of importing the temperature in Celsius if needed. By default all Tilt apps output temperatures in Fahrenheit, but some third party apps do use Celsius. After that you can simply pick the CSV file to import.

Both methods also allow you to set a Filter Interval. Because these sensors can record a large amount of data – sampling every minute or more – you can filter the data in BeerSmith to only record samples separated by a certain amount of time. That time is known as the filter interval. For example if I set my filter interval to 60 minutes, the program will filter out samples that are not at least one hour apart.

Generic CSV Fermentation Import/Export

You can also now import and export your fermentation data to generic CSV files. This is supported by many additional devices and programs. The import and export of CSV files is very straightforward – just use the Import CSV or Export CSV buttons below the Fermentation Readings section on the session tab and then select the file to export or import from.

It is important to note, however, that the import/export of CSV is done in the current unit settings, so you do need to make sure your current units, which are set under Options->Units match the units of the temperature and gravities you are trying to import or export.

I hope you have enjoyed these tips on importing/exporting fermentation data in BeerSmith 3.1. Thanks for joining me on the BeerSmith Home Brewing Blog. Be sure to sign up for my newsletter or my podcast (also on itunes…and youtube) for more great tips on homebrewing.

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English Yeast Comparison – Three Different Ones

Brew Dudes - Wed, 07/01/2020 - 1:15pm

We said we would get to yeast experiments this year and we finally did. Here’s a comparison of three different well known English ale yeasts. Mike brewed a big batch of English Brown Ale wort and split it between three different fermentors. He pitched one yeast strain into each of them and he got three […]

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Short and Shoddy Brewing with Marshall Schott – BeerSmith Podcast #217

Homebrewing from Beersmith - Thu, 06/25/2020 - 2:19pm

This week Marshall Schott joins me to discuss how many “short and shoddy” shortcuts you can take when brewing beer and still produce good beer.

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Topics in This Week’s Episode (45:41)
  • This week my guest is Marshall Schott from Brulosophy. Marshall runs the Brulosophy.com web site which features a wide variety of interesting Beer Experiments where common brewing beliefs are tested experimentally.  In addition Marshall has a number of projects we’ll be talking about including the Brulosophy podcast, and “Short & Shoddy”.
  • We talk about Brulosophy and some of the challenges they’ve had getting experiments done during the current pandemic.
  • Marshall introduces the concept of “Short and Shoddy” brewing which involves taking as many shortcuts as possible while still making good beer.
  • We talk about an abbrevitated mash and how modern malts actually convert the sugars/starches in grains very quickly due to high levels of modification/enzymes.
  • Marshall also tells us about experiments using an abbreviated boil and how he has not had significant issues with DMS.
  • We discuss the direct pitch of yeast and how it can work even without using a starter.
  • Marshall explains how he sometimes gets away with pitching yeast slightly warm and without added oxygen.
  • We discuss brewing lagers at ale temperatures which can actually be successful if you choose the correct lager yeast strain.
  • We talk about gelatin from the grocery store and how it is a great clarity aid that is inexpensive and easy to use.
  • We talk about burst carbonation and he provides his closing thoughts.
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Thanks to Marshall Schott for appearing on the show and also to you for listening!
iTunes Announcements: I launched a new video channel for the BeerSmith podcast on iTunes, so subscribe now! At the moment it will only feature the new widescreen episodes (#75 and up). Older episodes are available on my revamped Youtube channel. Also all of my audio episodes are on iTunes now – so grab the older episodes if you missed any.

Thoughts on the Podcast?

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Kettle Soured Berliner Weiss

Brew Dudes - Wed, 06/24/2020 - 6:05am

If you have read our blog before, you know we like beers for the summer time. This summer, Mike brewed up a Berliner Weiss in which he used a kettle souring technique to bring to the beer a nice lactic acid flavoring. Watch this tasting video! Berliner Weiss Tasting Notes If you have ever tasted […]

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BeerSmith 3.1 Released

Homebrewing from Beersmith - Mon, 06/22/2020 - 11:06am

I’m happy to announce the official release of the BeerSmith 3.1 update. This update includes some significant updates to the BeerSmith data storage model, TILT data import, new brewing features and a large number of bug fixes.

This release is also a very important foundational step towards establishing both an online version of BeerSmith and my long term goal of having profiles/ingredients and inventory shared across platforms.

This is a free update for all BeerSmith 3 license holders, and of course anyone can try the free 21 day trial. You can download it from the BeerSmith download page now.

NOTE: Due to the large number of foreign language users of BeerSmith, I’ve delayed posting this to the automatic update server until we can get additional translation files published. At this time you will need to manually download/update the program.

BeerSmith 3.1 Highlights

A complete list of features are here and the release notes can be found here.

  • An improved storage system that saves data as soon as you press Ok (transactional) which should significantly improve the reliability in the event your computer or program shuts down.
  • Tilt data import for use with Tilt hydrometers – you can import fermentation data via Tilt CSV or Tilt Google Spreadsheets. Also generic CSV import which can be used with other devices.
  • Support for alternate mash pH models – the MPH model or BW model can be selected via dropdown on the mash tab depending on your preferences.
  • Support for “late dark grain additions” to the mash. If you specify a dark grain as “sparge” in the use field, it will not be included in the mash calculations but will be listed to be added right before the sparge. This is consistent with many brewers who now add harsher dark malts right before the sparge to reduce harshness.
  • New hop fields to specify which phase and which day to add your dry hops along with the duration. This supports new techniques like dry hopping during fermentation or double-dry hopping. The dry hops also now show up on the brew calendar.
  • The ability to sort by most fields including date in the cloud folder.
  • A new storage location (recommended) – which moves data to the %APPDATA% or Library folder. This prevents a variety of issues we had with programs and storage backup systems altering the old Documents directory.
  • New commands to backup and restore your data from a zip file makes backups easy and fast.
  • An effort so streamline and simplify some interface elements by removing stray icons and the small “ball” indicators. These can be enabled if desired from the Options->Look and Feel menu.
  • A huge number of bug fixes.

Again you can download the BeerSmith 3.1 update and try it here. Those are some of the highlights – you can find a complete list of features are here and the release notes can be found here.

Thanks again for your continued support!

Brad Smith, PhD, BeerSmith LLC

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Hop Aroma Standards Kit Review

Brew Dudes - Wed, 06/17/2020 - 1:48pm

I saw this kit on the Yakima Valley Hops site and thought it would be good to buy since These Brew Dudes post a bunch of reviews of hops. It seemed like an interesting tool to connect aromas with descriptors that we try to use when evaluating SMaSH beers. I bought this kit and we […]

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BeerSmith 3.1 New Update Features

Homebrewing from Beersmith - Thu, 06/11/2020 - 12:46pm

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Here is a summary of the new features coming in the BeerSmith 3.1 desktop update. I have posted the open beta version on the main download page at BeerSmith.com, and plan to publish the formal release in the next week or two. You can find additional details for all updates in the formal BeerSmith 3.1 release notes here. Also the earlier BeerSmith 3.0 release notes are here.

BeerSmith 3.1 Overview

BeerSmith 3.1 is another great step forward in the long term development of the BeerSmith suite of products. The focus in BeerSmith 3.1 was to lay the groundwork for an upcoming web based version of BeerSmith, as well as add some critical new features and updates to BeerSmith desktop.

Data Storage and Future Sync

One of the largest changes in 3.1 is the underlying data storage, which has moved to an incremental transaction based system. Older versions of BeerSmith read your data in on startup and saved it when you shut down the program. This created problems if the program or computer crashed or was shut down before BeerSmith could save the data. The new system stores data as soon as you press OK, so it should significantly cut down on data loss.

An additional benefit in the new system is that it lays the groundwork for syncing all data including profiles, ingredients and recipes across platforms. While not complete yet, this is my long term goal, and I’ve started work on an online web based version of BeerSmith which will sync with other platforms. In fact last Fall I released the Tools portion of this on BeerSmithRecipes.com and also made it mobile friendly. In fact, Gold+ mobile users of BeerSmithRecipes.com have basically the same functionality as the older BeerSmith lite mobile app now.

I’ve also moved the default data location of BeerSmith data to the %APPDATA%/BeerSmith3 on windows or ~Library/Application Support/BeerSmith3 on the Mac to comply with app security recommendations and also reduce issues with Antivirus programs which often block access to Documents. On startup you will be asked if you want to move your data to the new locations, which I do recommend.

To make it easier to backup/recover your data there are now Backup and Recover from Zip file commands on the File menu.

Brewing Features

A large number of people have requested the ability to import TILT data, which you can now do from the Session tab. Near the bottom there is a new Tilt Data Import button that lets you import either Tilt CSV data, or data from a Google Spreadsheet link. The data will be recorded and displayed on the temperature/gravity graph in BeerSmith.

BeerSmith 3.1 adds support for specifying both dry hop phase and days into the phase to support the more complex dry hop schedules that brewers are using now including dry hops in the primary fermenter. Dry hop additions also now show up on the brewing calendar.

I’ve also added support for adding dark grains at the very end of the mash or early in the sparge. This is a popular technique that helps reduce the harsh flavors from very dark grains. In BeerSmith you can now specify these grains as “sparge” additions and they will be excluded from the mash water volume and pH calculations but included in the sparge water calculations, so you can “sparge” your dark grains now.

I’ve added an additional mash pH model based roughly on the popular BNW calculator. The previous BeerSmith mash pH calculator used the MPH model but some brewers preferred an alternate model so now you can select which mash pH model to use on the mash tab. In general the two models are very close with mash pH estimates, but the BW model will result in much less acid needed to adjust the pH than the MPH model.

Other Changes

A large number of bug fixes and feature enhancements are in the program as well as an attempt to reduce some of the on-screen clutter. Again I refer you to the specific release notes for more details on these features.

  • The ability to customize cloud views with most recipe fields including recipe date for better sorting/management of cloud folders
  • Added a new option under Options->Brewing to make it easier to install a Lang.xml file into the program for using BeerSmith in other languages.
  • Added a new “Diastatic Power” value for recipes which estimates the diastatic power for the recipe. Values above 30 are considered good and will self convert, while those below that may not.
  • Simplified the installation of custom reports under Options->Reports
  • Removed the menu icons on the main menu by default to reduce clutter. You can turn these on if you prefer by going to Options->Look and Feel and checking the box “Show Menu Bar Icons”
  • Removed the small circular ball indicators from dialogs by default as they were causing confusion for new users. You can still turn them on if desired by going to Options->Look and Feel and checking the box “Show indicators”
  • A large number of bugs and crashes were fixed to improve stability.
Summary

I hope you enjoy the improved version of BeerSmith desktop. I am working on a companion 3.1 update for BeerSmith mobile as well as a web based version of BeerSmith for the future.

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Tasting a Six Year Old Melomel

Brew Dudes - Wed, 06/10/2020 - 11:27am

Mike went to the deepest corner of his basement and he found a 6 year old mixed berry mead also known as a melomel. We tasted this one before, not on camera, a few years ago. Mike didn’t know if he was going to keep it. I told him that he should let it age […]

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Apollo Hops SMaSH Beer Review

Brew Dudes - Wed, 06/03/2020 - 6:37am

We had a few viewers/fans/followers suggest we brew a SMaSH beer with Apollo hops. Since we aim to be a good opinion about these sort of things and to be helpful, we bought an ounce of pellets of this variety and then brewed up a 1 US gallon batch. See what we thought about this […]

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Virtual Homebrewcon with Gary Glass – BeerSmith Podcast #216

Homebrewing from Beersmith - Tue, 06/02/2020 - 11:50am

Gary Glass joins me this week to discuss the state of US Craft and Homebrewing, the upcoming virtual Homebrewcon and some of his own homebrew creations.

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Topics in This Week’s Episode (38:04)
  • This week my guest is Gary Glass. Gary is Director of the American Homebrewers Association. Gary heads up the 40,000+ member homebrewer’s association, and is also active in the parent Brewer’s Association organization and he joins us to talk about Craft and Homebrewing as well as the upcoming virtual Homebrewcon which is scheduled from June 18-20, 2020.
  • We start with a brief discussion of the craft beer industry which has been hard hit by the Corona virus pandemic.
  • We talk about the impact on the Brewers Association which is the parent organization of the AHA.
  • Gary mentions a few ways homebrewers can help local craft breweries.
  • We discuss the positive growth in homebrewing, as people are now taking a renewed interest in making beer.
  • Gary gives his thoughts on whether the homebrewing growth might be here to stay.
  • We talk about the cancellation of the Nashville Homebrewcon and move to a virtual online event instead.
  • Gary shares some of the activities planned for the virtual homebrew conference.
  • We talk about some of the speakers, virtual meet-ups and seminares planned.
  • Gary shares how you can sign up for virtual Homebrewcon.
  • We talk for a bit about Gary’s recent brewing including his equipment, some of the beers he’s brewed and some interesting ingredients.
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Thanks to Gary Glass for appearing on the show and also to you for listening!
iTunes Announcements: I launched a new video channel for the BeerSmith podcast on iTunes, so subscribe now! At the moment it will only feature the new widescreen episodes (#75 and up). Older episodes are available on my revamped Youtube channel. Also all of my audio episodes are on iTunes now – so grab the older episodes if you missed any.

Thoughts on the Podcast?

Leave me a comment below or visit our discussion forum to leave a comment in the podcast section there.

Subscribe to the Podcast on iTunes or BeerSmith Radio

You can listen to all of my podcast episodes streaming live around the clock on our BeerSmith Radio online radio station! You can also subscribe to the audio or video using the iTunes links below, or the feed address

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Brew Dudes Homebrew Swap – Exchange #39

Brew Dudes - Wed, 05/27/2020 - 6:03am

It’s been a while since we have exchanged beers with anyone outside of our dyad but this week, we got some beer from Brent in Missouri that he wanted to share. He sent us two beers and we tried his American Cream Ale since we think we know a thing or two about the style. […]

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Specialty Beers with Drew and Denny – BeerSmith Podcast #215

Homebrewing from Beersmith - Tue, 05/26/2020 - 8:54am

Denny Conn and Drew Beechum join me this week to discuss hop techniques and brewing beers with unusual specialty ingredients.

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Topics in This Week’s Episode (46:55)
  • This week my guests are Drew Beechum and Denny Conn. Drew and Denny are the authors of the books Simple Homebrewing, Experimental Brewing and also Home Brewing All Stars (All Amazon Affiliate Links).
  • We start with a quick update from both guests about what they have been up to.
  • Denny opens with a discussion on his experiments using cold dry hopping which involves hopping close to freezing.
  • Drew explains that they have had good results despite the expectation that it might not work. They also mention that certain varieties work better than others.
  • Next we discuss a beer they developed called “Serendipitous Pilpison” which is a combination of several beer styles/ingredients
  • They both explain how the recipe came together and what it tasted like.
  • Next Denny talks about his “Wee Shroomy” which is a beer made with Chantrell Mushrooms.
  • We talk about the challenges of working with unusual ingredients like mushrooms.
  • Drew and Denny finish with a few tips from their Simply Homebrewing book and we discuss what is meant by simple homebrewing.
  • They provide some closing comments and thoughts
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Thanks to Drew Beechum and Denny Conn for appearing on the show and also to you for listening!
iTunes Announcements: I launched a new video channel for the BeerSmith podcast on iTunes, so subscribe now! At the moment it will only feature the new widescreen episodes (#75 and up). Older episodes are available on my revamped Youtube channel. Also all of my audio episodes are on iTunes now – so grab the older episodes if you missed any.

Thoughts on the Podcast?

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Subscribe to the Podcast on iTunes or BeerSmith Radio

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