BeerSmith Home and Beer Brewing Podcast

BeerSmith Home and Beer Brewing Podcast Podcast

Home Brewing and How to Brew Podcast for Beer Brewers








Homebrewing Fermenters with Chris Graham – BeerSmith Podcast #177
This week Chris Graham from MoreBeer joins me to discuss the wide variety of new fermenter options available to home brewers including everything from a simple bucket to a temperature controlled stainless conical. You can find show notes and additional episodes on my blog here....


Post-War British Beer with Ron Pattinson – BeerSmith Podcast #176
This week Ron Pattinson joins me to discuss his new book called "Austerity!" about British brewing in the post World War II period from roughly 1945 through the 1960's. Ron shares with us how breweries copied with many shortages in the post-war period. You can find additional episodes and show notes on my blog here....

Session Mead with Steve Piatz- BeerSmith Podcast #175
This week Steve Piatz joins me to discuss how to make a low gravity session mead including mead nutrients, backsweetening and how to spice or accent your mead.  Using modern techniques, you can make a great session mead in as little as a few weeks. You can find additional episodes and show notes on my blog here....


Gluten Free Brewing with Robert Keifer – BeerSmith Podcast #171
Robert Keifer joins me to discuss brewing using gluten free grains including rice, mullet, sorghum, quinoa, and buckwheat.  Gluten free brewing has expanded greatly the last few years to aid those who may be sensitive to gluten in beer. You can find additional podcasts and show notes for this episode here on my blog....


Beer Maturation and Yeast with John Palmer – BeerSmith Podcast #168
John Palmer, author of "How to Brew" joins me to discuss the beer maturation process and the critical role that yeast play in beer maturation.  We also discuss methods to speed up the maturation process. You can view show notes and additional episodes on my blog here....






Session Beers with Jennifer Talley – BeerSmith Podcast #155
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. You can find show notes and additional episodes on my blog here....

Tasting Cider with Erin James – BeerSmith Podcast #154
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. You can find show notes and additional episodes on my blog here....


Hop Oils in Beer Brewing with Stan Hieronymus – BeerSmith Podcast #152
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. You can find show notes and additional episodes on my blog here....

Mead Making with Steve Piatz – BeerSmith Podcast #150
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, melomel, pyment or cyser. You can find show notes and additional episodes on the BeerSmith blog here....



Starting a Small Malt House with Dark Cloud Malting – BeerSmith Podcast #144
Jesse Kaiss and Danny Buswell from Dark Cloud Malt House join me this week to discuss their experiences starting up a small local malt house.  Jesse and Danny are malting their own barley and selling it locally in central Maryland. You can find show notes and additional episodes on my blog here....


Mead Making and Melomels with Ken Schramm – BeerSmith Podcast #143
This week Ken Schramm from Schramm's Meadery joins me to discuss big sweet fruity meads and melomels.  Ken is a founder of the Mazer Cup, author of the book The Compleat Meadmaker, nationally award winning mead maker, and founder of Schramm's Meadery near Detroit. You can find show notes and additional episodes on the blog here....

German Brewing Traditions and Reinheitsgebot – BeerSmith Podcast #141
Rory Lawton joins me from Berlin, Germany to discuss the tradition of the German Purity Law or "Reinheitsgebot" and some very controversial efforts to challenge it.  Along the way we discuss the history of the law, how it has evolved and how it affects brewing in Germany. You can find additional episodes and show notes here....



Brewer John Mallett and Maltster Andrea Stanley – BeerSmith Podcast #135
John Mallet, Director of Operations at Bell's Brewery and Andrea Stanley from Valley Malting join me to have a discussion about craft malt houses, malt and how small malt and hop houses are changing the face of craft beer. You can find show notes and additional episodes here....


AHA Update with Brew Guru Gary Glass – BeerSmith Podcast #134
Gary Glass, the Director of the American Homebrewers Association joins me this week to discuss the Great American Beer Festival, Brew Guru, Pro-Am Beer Competition, homebrew laws, new hop products and more. You can find additional show notes and episodes here....

Scottish Ale History with Ron Pattinson – BeerSmith Podcast #133
Ron Pattinson joins me this week to discuss the surprisingly complex history of Scottish beer brewing.  We learn that Scotland had a rich and complex history brewing a wide variety of beers both for internal consumption and export. You can find additional episodes and show notes here....


Unlocking the Genetic Code of Brewing Yeast with Chris White – BeerSmith Podcast #131
Dr Chris White, the President of White labs joins me this week to discuss an ongoing collaboration to unlock the genetic code of yeast.  Chris has been working with scientists around the world to categorize various types of yeast and tie their genetic codes to yeast traits. You can view the full episode with show notes here....

Modern Homebrew Recipes with Gordon Strong – BeerSmith Podcast #130
Gordon Strong, President of the Beer Judge Certification Program, joins me this week to discuss Modern Homebrew Recipes and his philosophy for designing beer recipes.  Gordon provides a unique perspective on how he creates award winning beer recipes. You can find show notes for this episode here....

The zerogravity Beer Project – BeerSmith Podcast #129
William Brennand and Stefan Occhi from the University of Nottingham in the UK join me this week to discuss their Master's level brewing project called "zerogravity".  They are part of a team brewing at a commercial level as a capstone project for their degrees. You can find additional episodes and show notes here....


Brewing Yeast with John Palmer – BeerSmith Podcast #128
John Palmer joins me this week to discuss beer brewing yeast, the yeast life cycle and his upcoming new edition of "How to Brew" in a show recorded from the Homebrew Con 2016 show floor in Baltimore. You can find additional episodes and show notes here....

Wood and Beer with Peter Bouckaert – BeerSmith Podcast #127
This week it is an honor to host Peter Bouckaert, the brewmaster at New Belgium Brewing to discuss his new book Wood and Beer.  Peter has been at New Belgium for over 20 years, and has just finished his book on wood and barrel aged beers with co-author Dick Cantwell. You can find the full episode with show notes here....


The AHA and HomebrewCon 2016 with Gary Glass – BeerSmith Podcast #123
Gary Glass, the Director of the American Homebrewers Association (AHA) joins me to discuss trends in homebrewing, the AHA, and this year's HomebrewCon 2016 conference.  Gary is Director of the 40,000+ member AHA organization representing American home brewers. You can find the full episode show notes here....



Melomel – Meads and Fruit with Michael Fairbrother – BeerSmith Podcast #119
Michael Fairbrother, award winning mead maker and CEO of Moonlight Meadery joins me this week to discuss making fruit meads and melomels.  Michael uses fruit in many of his top selling meads and has a unique perspective on what fruits to use and how to get the best mead from fruit and honey! You can find the full episode with show notes here....

Beer Water Testing with Christian Krzykwa – BeerSmith Podcast #118
Christian Krzykwa from Industrial Test Systems joins me to discuss how to measure your beer brewing water, understanding a water report and also managing your mash pH.  With the introduction of test kits and pH meters you can use at home you can get more control than ever over your brewing water and the beer brewing process. You can find the full episode show notes here....

Brewing High Gravity Beers with John Blichmann – BeerSmith Podcast #117
John Blichmann from Blichmann Engineering joins me this week to discuss brewing "big" high gravity beers.  John covers some of the special challenges including reduced mash efficiency, split mashing, balancing your big beer and fermentation and aging. You can find the full episode show notes here....


German Wheat Beer with John Palmer – BeerSmith Podcast #116
Author John Palmer joins me this week to discuss German Wheat Beer styles and beer brewing.  John just returned from a trip to Germany and he shares some of his tips for brewing the perfect Weizen or Weisse. You can find the show notes for this episode here....

Historical Beer Myths with Randy Mosher – BeerSmith Podcast #115
Randy Mosher tells us why almost everything we've been told about the history of beer is wrong.  In a wide ranging interview, Randy shares why many of our beer stories are actually myths, and shares a history of beer that is much more varied and dynamic than previously thought. You can find podcast show notes here....


Czech Lagers with Chris Lohring – BeerSmith Podcast #113
Chris Lohring, the founder of Notch Brewing joins me this week to discuss brewing Czech Lagers.  Chris has been brewing Czech Lagers as session beers since 2010 and has some interesting insights on Czech lagers and their variants. You can view the full episode show notes here....

Barrel Aged Sours with CJ Shamas- BeerSmith Podcast #112
CJ Shamas joins me this week to discuss his barrel aged sour beer program.  CJ has come up with a method to schedule his beers to maximize the flavor and utilization of oak barrels for making great beer. You can find the full episode with show notes here....

Speed Brewing with Mary Izett – BeerSmith Podcast #111
Mary Izett, author of the new book "Speed Brewing" joins me this week to discuss rapid brewing of all grain beer as well as mead, cider, Buch and Kefir.  She provides some great tips on how to create a variety of fermented beverages on a short time scale. You can find the full episode with show notes here....


Nano-Brewery Startup Tips with John Blichmann – BeerSmith Podcast #110
John Blichmann, President of Blichmann Engineering joins me this week to discuss starting a nano-brewery including equipment options as well as many of the business considerations that come into play with starting a beer brewery on a shoestring. You can find the full episode with show notes here....

Electric Beer Brewing Systems with Adam Shake – BeerSmith Podcast #109
Adam Shake joins me this week to discuss making beer with electric brewing systems, and we cover a wide variety of equipment topics including heating elements, pumps and different types of controllers to automate your brewing system. You can see the full episode with show notes here....

Brewing Sour Beers with Michael Dawson – BeerSmith Podcast #108
Michael Dawson, former host of Brewing TV joins me this week to discuss brewing the perfect sour beer.  Michael shares some amazing tips for quickly brewing a Berliner Weisse as well as Lambic in this special episode recorded at the National Homebrew Conference in San Diego. You can find the full episode and show notes here....


Chilling Your Wort with Chris Graham – BeerSmith Podcast #107
Chris Graham, the President of MoreBeer joins me this week to discuss methods for rapidly chilling your wort when home brewing beer.  Chris discusses immersion chillers, counter-flow chillers and plate chillers and how rapidly cooling your wort can make better beer. You can find the full episode with show notes here....

Beer Styles with Stan Hieronymus – BeerSmith Podcast #106
Stan Hieronymus, brewing author and most recent winner of the AHA Governing Committee award, joins me this week to discuss hops and emerging beer styles.  Stan is the author of "For the Love of Hops", "Brew Like a Monk" and also "Brewing with Wheat". You can find the full episode with show notes here....


The 2015 BJCP Beer Style Guide with Gordon Strong – BeerSmith Podcast #104
BJCP President Gordon Strong joins me to discuss the 2015 BJCP Beer Style Guide update that was just released by the Beer Judge Certification Program. The new, expanded style guide is used worldwide by home and professional brewers for competition and brewing great beer. You can find the full episode with show notes here....

Beer Recipe Transformers with Drew Beechum – BeerSmith Podcast #103
Brewing author Drew Beechum is my guest this week to discuss how you can transform one beer into another with a few simple changes to your recipe.  Drew's approach to recipe design is unique - so join me for another great episode! You can find the full episode with show notes here....

Evaluating Your Beer with Denny Conn – BeerSmith Podcast #102
Denny Conn joins me this week to discuss a number of experiments he has made on evaluating and improving your beer.  Specifically he addresses decoction mashing, first wort hopping and biases in evaluating your beer. You can find the full episode with show notes here....


National Homebrewers Conference with Gary Glass – BeerSmith Podcast #101
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. You can see the full episode with show notes here....

Beer Brewing Q&A with John Palmer and Randy Mosher – BeerSmith Podcast #100
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". You can find the full episode with show notes here....

Bohemian Pilsner Beer Brewing with Chris Graham – BeerSmith Podcast #99
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. You can find the full version of the podcast with show notes here....


Mastering Homebrew with Randy Mosher – BeerSmith Podcast #98
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. You can find the full details including show notes here....

Nano-Brewery Start Up with Michael Mraz – BeerSmith Podcast #97
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. You can find the full show with video and show notes here....

Trends in India Pale Ale (IPA) with Mitch Steele – BeerSmith Podcast #96
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. You can find full details on this episode including the show notes here....


Beer Brewing Secrets with Michael Tonsmeire – BeerSmith Podcast #95
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. You can find the full episode with show notes here....

Malt for Beer Brewing with John Mallett – BeerSmith Podcast #94
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 beer brewing. You can find the full episode with show notes here....

New Hop Varieties with Nathan Smith – BeerSmith Podcast #93
Nathan Smith joins me this week to discuss the many new hop varieties coming out for home and craft beer brewers.  Nathan, an award winning brewer, gave a presentation at last year's National Homebrew Conference on some of the great new hops entering the market, and shares this with us today. Note: The full episode with show notes can be found here....


Home Brewing Equipment with John Blichmann – BeerSmith Podcast #92
John Blichmann, the President of Blichmann Engineering is my guest this week to discuss intermediate and advanced Brewing Equipment.  John tells us about basic three tier all grain systems, RIMS/HERMS systems, heating your wort and using hybrid techniques like BIAB or his new BrewEasy system. You can find the full episode including show notes here....

Beer Fermentation with Chris Graham – BeerSmith Podcast #91
Chris Graham, the President of MoreBeer, joins me this week to discuss beer fermentation, fermenters, temperature control and how to get the most out of your fermentation.  Chris provides some great advice on the equipment to use, methods, and control of your home brewed fermentation. You can find the full episode with show notes here....

Experimental Homebrewing with Drew and Denny – BeerSmith Podcast #90
The authors of the upcoming book Experimental Homebrewing Denny Conn and Drew Beechum join me to discuss some of their home brew experiments as well as their upcoming book.  Drew and Denny provide some unusual and unique ideas to spice up your home brewed beer! You can find the full episode with show notes here....


Tasting Beer with Randy Mosher – BeerSmith Podcast #89
Randy Mosher, the author of Radical Brewing and Mastering Homebrew joins me this week to discuss tasting beer, beer aroma, judging beer and also his upcoming book.  Its another great episode with one of home brewing's masters! You can find the full episode with show notes here....

Mead Making with Michael Fairbrother – BeerSmith Podcast #88
Michael Fairbrother from Moonlight Meadery joins me to discuss how you can make mead with the same equipment you are using now to brew beer.  Michael walks us through the entire mead making process and provides some great tips along the way! You can find the complete episode with show notes here....

Brewing Lagers with John Bolton, Dave Carpenter – BeerSmith Podcast #87
John Bolton and Dave Carpenter join me from Craft Beer and Brewing Magazine to talk about brewing lagers.  We cover the major procedures and techniques needed to brew a good lager including considerations like refrigeration, starter size and avoiding off flavors. Note: You can find the full episode with show notes here....


Yeast with Dr Chris White from White Labs – BeerSmith Podcast #86
Chris White, the President of White Labs yeast joins me today to talk about his new "Pure Pitch" technology for producing and distributing beer yeast.  He's replacing the entire White Labs line of vials with yeast distributed in the same container it is grown in.  The new technology, 5 years in the making, will hit home brew stores in the next few months. You can find the full episode with show notes here....

Sour Beer Brewing with Michael Tonsmeire – BeerSmith Podcast #85
Michael Tonsmeire joins me this week to discuss his new book "American Sour Beers" which was just published by the brewer's association.  Michael shares some great tips on brewing sour beers including both ingredients and techniques. You can find the full episode here including show notes....

Trends in Home Brewing with Jake Keeler – BeerSmith Podcast #84
Jake Keeler from the American Homebewers Association and a former Brewing TV cast member joins me this week to talk about the changes we're seeing in homebrewing as well as homebrew supplie.  This episode was recorded directly on the expo floor at the National Homebrew Conference in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Note: You can find the full episode with show notes here....


Brewing Beer Around the World with Stan Hieronymus – BeerSmith Podcast #83
Author Stan Hieronymus joins me this week for an interview recorded on the expo floor of the National Homebrewing Conference in Grand Rapids, Michigan.  Stan shares his experiences with homebrewers and craft brewing from a variety of nations including Belgium, Brazil, Argentina, Poland and more.  We also discuss beer styles, techniques and ingredients. You can find the full episode with show notes here....

Five Tips for Beer Brewers from John Palmer – BeerSmith Podcast #82
John Palmer joins me this week to discuss his top five tips for new home brewers.  John is the author of the top selling "How to Brew" book as well as his new book "Water", and provides some great tips for brewers just getting into home brewing or even experienced brewers interested in making better beer. You can find the full episode with show notes here....

Malted Grains for Beer Brewing with Randy Mosher – BeerSmith Podcast #81
Randy Mosher joins me this week to discuss what different malts and grains bring to your home brewed beer.  He gives us an tour of the most popular malts used in home brewing and explains the flavors they really bring to the beer. Note: You can find the complete episode with show notes here....


Beer Freshness and Oxygen with Chaz Benedict- BeerSmith Podcast #80
This week my guest is Chaz Benedict, who is an expert in commercial beer freshness and reducing oxygen content in finished beer.  We explore beer freshness, oxygen in beer, and ways a home brewer can create beer that is long lasting and has a stable flavor profile. Note: You can find the full episode with audio, video and show notes here....

Kegging your Home Brewed Beer with Chris Graham – BeerSmith Podcast #79
This week we discuss how to keg your home brewed beer with Chris Graham from MoreBeer.  I highly recommend watching the video as this week Chris provides a detailed overview on kegging equipment, kegging techniques and how to make the transition from bottles to kegs! Note: You can access the entire episode including show notes and video here....

Baltic Porter and The Maltose Falcons – BeerSmith Podcast #78
This week three members from the Maltose Falcons homebrew club join me to talk about Baltic Porter.  We discuss the Baltic Porter style, how to brew it and also their recent Baltic Porter contest.  We also discuss the Maltose Falcons 40th anniversary and their celebratory Baltic Porter brew. NOTE: You can find the full episode including video and show notes here....


Brew in a Bag (BIAB) with Jake Keeler – BeerSmith Podcast #77
This week Jake Keeler joins me to discuss how to Brew in a Bag (BIAB). Brew-in-a-bag is a popular alternative to traditional all grain beer brewing methods and saves on both time and equipment needed to get into all grain brewing. Note: You can find the full episode with show notes and video here....

Schwarzbier Brewing with Jason Jaworowicz – BeerSmith Podcast #76
This week on the BeerSmith podcast we talk about brewing the perfect German Schwarzbier (Black beer). Jason Jaworowicz from Rivertown Homebrewers is my guest, and he provides a detailed walkthrough on how to brew this rich German lager.  Also subscribe on iTunes for my new video podcast feed! Note: You can capture the full video and show notes for this episode here....

Vintage English Beer Brewing with Ron Pattinson – BeerSmith Podcast #75
This week my guest is Ron Pattinson, who is an expert on historical beer brewing. Ron joins us to discuss Vintage English beers and covers a wide variety of topics including English historical styles, classic ingredients and beer brewing techniques. Ron is the author of a new book "The Home Brewer's Guide to Vintage Beer. NOTE: You can find the full video and show notes for this episode here....


Flavor Stability in Beer with Dr Charlie Bamforth – BeerSmith Podcast #74
This week we talk about flavor stability in beer with brewing science Professor Charles Bamforth from the University of California at Davis. Charlie has been studying flavor stability in beer for a number of years, and shares with us some of the complexities of keeping beer fresh tasting as it ages. We explore the aging of beer, off flavors, and what can be done to improve the flavor stability of beer over time. The full video and show notes for this episode can be found here....

Grodziskie Beer from Poland with Stan Hieronymus – BeerSmith Podcast #73
Stan Hieronymus is my guest this week, and we're talking about the resurgence of the Grodziskie beer style from Poland made from oak smoked wheat malt. This style was nearly lost to us, and out of production in the mid 20'th century, but home brewers and craft breweries have brought this style back to life. The full video and show notes for this podcast can be found here....

Belgian Strong Ale with Michael Mraz – BeerSmith Podcast #72
This week I discuss Belgian Strong Ale Recipes with Michael Mraz from Mraz Brewing Company. Michael tells us how to brew the perfect Belgian Golden Strong including the grain bill, hop schedule, fermenting and finishing your beer. The full video and show notes for this episode can be found here....


Wild Yeast Beer Brewing with Booth’s Homebrewing – BeerSmith Podcast #71
Francis Booth and Leslie Deppert from Booth's Brewing join me this week to talk about making beer with wild yeast. Wild and native yeasts are used in many Belgian styles, and Francis and Leslie share their experience brewing beer at high temperature with wild yeast. The full video and show notes for this episode can be found here....

Beer Brewing Water with John Palmer and Colin Kaminski – BeerSmith Podcast #70
John Palmer and Colin Kaminski join me this week to discuss their new book "Water, A Comprehensive Guide for Brewers". We discuss the best water for brewing beer, mash pH, residual alkalinity, beer brewing water for extract and all grain brewers, water sources and much more. The full video and show notes for this episode can be found here....

Hops and Malt with John Mallett from Bell’s – BeerSmith Podcast #69
John Mallett from Bell's Brewery is my guest this week. John joins me to discuss how the changing landscape in hops and malt is driving craft beer and home brewing forward and pushing new frontiers for craft and home brewers worldwide. The full video and show notes for this episode can be found here....


Modern Times Brewery Follow Up – BeerSmith Podcast #68
Jacob McKean and Michael Tonsmiere join us again from Modern Times brewery do to a follow up interview on their microbrewery launch and lessons learned from transitioning to pro brewing. They have had some success and some challenges as they moved to producing craft beer. The full video and show notes for this episode can be found here....

Hop Techniques for Beer with Gordon Strong – BeerSmith Podcast #67
Hop techniques for beer brewing is this week's topic. Grandmaster beer judge and award winning brewer Gordon Strong joins me this week and shares his thoughts on a wide variety of hop techniques including first wort hopping, aroma hop additions and dry hops. The full video and show notes for this episode can be found here....

Professional Brewing Education with Burghard Meyer – BeerSmith Podcast #66
This week Burghard Meyer joins us from the Research and Teaching Institute in Berlin (VLB) to discuss professional brewing education and how you can get the training needed to become a certified brewmaster. The VLB is dedicated to educating master brewers worldwide. The full video and show notes can be found here....


Making Mead with Michael Fairbrother – BeerSmith Podcast #65
Making Mead is this week's topic with Michael Fairbrother from Moonlight Meadery as my guest. He shares his thoughts on mead as both a professional and award winning mead maker. The full video and show notes for this episode can be found here....

Designing Beer with Ray Daniels – BeerSmith Podcast #64
This week I'm pleased to have Ray Daniels, the author of "Designing Great Beer" as well as the founder of the Cicerone program join me as a guest. Ray and I discuss designing beer recipes, homebrewing, commercial brewing and the Cicerone certification program. The full video and show notes for this episode can be found here....

All Grain Beer Brewing with Chris Graham – BeerSmith Podcast #63
This week we talk about how to make the switch into all grain beer brewing. My guest is Chris Graham, Chief Operating Officer of MoreBeer and also a Brewer's Association board member and American Homebrew Association Governing Council member. The full video and show notes for this episode can be found here....


Brewing Water and Mash pH with Bob Hall – BeerSmith Podcast #61
This week my guest is Bob Hall.  Bob shares with us some great tips for managing your brewing water and mash pH. Bob teaches biology and ecology at the University of Wyoming and has been homebrewing for 23 years. The full video and show notes for this episode can be found here....

Beer Brewing Water with John Palmer – BeerSmith Podcast #60
This week my guest is John Palmer.  John joins us to discuss brewing water and pH control for mashing in beer brewing. He explains why understanding your brewing water and controlling your mash pH is very important as well as describes how to calculate residual alkalinity for your local water source. The full video and show notes for this episode can be found here....


Malting Barley for Beer with Andrea Stanley – BeerSmith Podcast #59
This week my guest is Andrea Stanley from Valley Malting. She shares with us some of the challenges in going from home brewer to creating one of the first small malt houses East of the Mississippi, as well as shares with us how you might grow and malt your own barley at home. The full video and show notes for this episode can be found here....

Hops and Beer Bitterness with Dr Charlie Bamforth – BeerSmith Podcast #58
This week I invite Dr Charles Bamforth to talk with us about beer bitterness, isomerization, alpha acids and hops in your home brewed beer. Dr Bamforth is a Professor of Brewing Science at the University of California at Davis, and author of numerous books. The full video and show notes for this episode can be found here....

Nanobrewing Beer with Michael Mraz – BeerSmith Podcast #57
This week Michael Mraz joins me to talk about his new project starting a microbrewery. Mike is a nationally award winning home brewer who is now launching his own nano-brewery on a full time basis in El Dorado Hills, CA. We talk about some of the challenges a starting pro-brewer faces including setting up the business, getting the licenses and actually brewing the beer. The full video and show notes for this episode can be found here....


Brewing a Lager with Erik Schmid – BeerSmith Podcast #56
This week we discuss how to brew the perfect Lager with Erik Schmid from The Brewmeister homebrew shop. Erik tells us how to overcome some of the challenges with Lager including refrigeration, yeast selection, ingredients, aging and dealing with off-flavors. The full video and show notes for this episode can be found here....

Designing Beer with Denny Conn – BeerSmith Podcast #55
This week I discuss how to design a beer recipe with Denny Conn. Denny shares some of his tips on creating a home brewing recipe from scratch including imagining the beer, selecting ingredients, applying techniques and iterating to perfect the beer. NOTE: The full video and show notes for this episode can be found here....

Pro Beer Brewing Startup with Modern Times – BeerSmith Podcast #54
This week I interview Jacob McKean and Michael Tonsmeire who are involved in a cross country beer collaboration to build a new brewery in San Diego called Modern Times. We walk through some of the challenges in going from home brewer to pro brewer! NOTE: The full video and show notes for this episode can be found here....


Eco-Friendly Brewing with Amelia Loftus – BeerSmith Podcast #53
This week we discuss eco-friendly home brewing with Amelia Loftus. Amelia is an writer on ecologically friendly brewing and also a founding member of Seven Bridges Cooperative, a brewing supply shop that specializes in organic ingredients. NOTE: The full video and show notes for this episode can be found here....

For the Love of Hops with Stan Hieronymus – BeerSmith Podcast #52
This week Stan Hieronymus joins me to discuss his new book "For the Love of Hops." Stan has spent the last five years studying hop growing, production, and its use in both home brewing and commercial beer brewing. NOTE: The full video and show notes for this episode can be found here....

Single Malt and Single Hop (SMASH) with Drew Beechum – BeerSmith Podcast #51
This week Drew Beechum joins me to discuss SMASH brewing (Single Malt and Single Hops). SMASH brewing is a great way to not only get familiar with brewing ingredient, but also a way to simplify your brewing to create great beer with fewer ingredients. NOTE: The show notes and video for this episode can be found here....


Brewing Saison Beer with Nathan Smith – BeerSmith Podcast #50
This week Nathan Smith joins me to talk about how to brew the perfect Saison or Farmhouse Ale. Saison is a light, refreshing beer that is highly drinkable and Nathan shares his secrets on how to brew a perfect one. NOTE: The complete video and show notes for this episode can be found here....

Brewing India Pale Ale (IPAs) with Mitch Steele – BeerSmith Podcast #49
This week my guest is Mitch Steele from Stone Brewery. Mitch is the author of a new book called IPA: Brewing Techniques, Recipes and the Evolution of India Pale Ale.  Mitch tells us how to brew the perfect India Pale Ale. NOTE: The video and show notes for this episode can be found here....

Oktoberfest and Marzen Beers with Gordon Strong – BeerSmith Podcast #48
This week my guest is Gordon Strong, who is back to talk about the Octoberfest, Marzen and Pumpkin Fall beer styles.  Gordon gives us a great overview on brewing some of the most popular autumn beers. NOTE: The full video and show notes for this episode can be found here....


How to Brew Beer with Midwest’s David Kidd and Nick Stephan – BeerSmith Podcast #47
This week my guests are David Kidd and Nick Stephan from Midwest Homebrewing. Beginning home brewing for new beer brewers is the topic of this week's show, and David and Nick give you some great tips on getting started with Extract and also answer some of the most common questions they get from beginning and intermediate home brewers. NOTE: The full video and show notes for this episode can be found here....

John Palmer on Hops and Home Brewing – BeerSmith Podcast #46
This week my guest is John Palmer, author of "How to Brew". John shares his thoughts on brewing with hops including some of the newest understanding regarding how to get the most out of high alpha hops, hop freshness and when to best add hop additions to maximize your flavor and aroma. NOTE: The full video and show notes for this episode can be found here....

Brewing in Brazil with Randy Mosher – BeerSmith Podcast #45
This week my guest is Randy Mosher, the author of Radical Brewing.  Randy and I discuss his recent trip to Brazil and how breweries there are taking advantage of local cuisine, ingredients and customs to develop their own flavors in beer. In a wide ranging interview, Randy once again opens our minds to a world of interesting brewing possibilities. NOTE: The complete video and show notes for this episode are found here....


American Homebrewers Association with Gary Glass – BeerSmith Podcast #44
This week my guest is Gary Glass, the Director of the American Homebrewers Association (AHA). Gary provides us with an overview of the AHA, how it got started and some of the many services and events the AHA sponsors and provides to the homebrewing community. NOTE: The full video and show notes for this episode are here....

Moonlight Meadery with Michael Fairbrother – BeerSmith Podcast #43
This week my guest is Michael Fairbrother from Moonlight Meadery. Michael is a national an international award winning mead maker who made the transition from making mead at home to professional only two years ago. Michael is going to share his tips on making great mead at home. NOTE: The full video and show notes for this episode are found here....

Sour Beer Brewing with Mike Mraz – BeerSmith Podcast #42
This week my guest is Mike Mraz, an award winning homebrewer who joins us to talk about brewing sour beer styles. Mike will tell you how to brew those distinctive sour beers like Belgian Flanders, Lambics or Sours at home. We also discuss using Brett and Lacto to sour your homebrew. NOTE: The full video and show notes for this episode are here....


Growing Hops with Jason Perrault – BeerSmith Podcast #41
This week my guest is Jason Perrault, a fourth generation hop grower from Perrault Farms. Jason joins us to talk about how to grow hops at home, and along the way we also talk about how to store and use fresh hops to enhance your homebrew. NOTE: The full video and show notes for this episode can be found here....

Pilsner Beer Brewing with Erik Schmid – BeerSmith Podcast #40
This week my guest is Erik Schmid from "The Brewmeister" home brew shop. Erik is going to teach us how to brew the perfect Pilsner beer this week, and has extensive experience with brewing lager beers. NOTE: The full video and show notes for this episode can be found here....

Advanced Home Brewing with Gordon Strong – BeerSmith Podcast #39
This week my guest is Gordon Strong, three time Ninkasi award winner (best in the US) and a Grandmaster Beer Judge. We discuss advanced homebrewing techniques - specifically for all grain brewers who have the basics of beer brewing down but want to do more. NOTE: The full video and show notes for this episode can be found here....


Hop Chemistry and Beer with James Altwies – BeerSmith Podcast #38
This week my guest is James Altwies, the President of Gorst Valley Hops. James is an expert in hop chemistry and this week we're going to discuss what alpha acids, beta acids and hop aroma oils are and how they can help you make better beer. James also shares how you can maximize your hop aroma and flavor in beer. NOTE: The full episode video and show notes can be found here....

Brewing Like a Monk with Stan Hieronymous – BeerSmith Podcast #37
This week my guest is Stan Hieronymous - the author of "Brew Like a Monk". Stan joins us to talk about brewing Belgian beers, the history of Belgian Abbey and Trappist ales, and how to brew them at home. NOTE: The full video and show notes for this episode can be found here....

Home Brewing Clubs with Drew Beechum – BeerSmith Podcast #36
This week I invite Drew Beechum back to talk about the merits of homebrew clubs. Drew was president of the Maltose Falcons and is active in the American Homebrewers Association, and provides a unique perspective on what clubs have to offer to homebrewers. NOTE: The full video and show notes for the episode can be found here....


Malting Barley with Bob Hansen from Briess – BeerSmith Podcast #35
This week I invite Bob Hansen from Briess malting and ingredients company to talk about beer brewing, malts, malting your own grain and also malt extract. Bob provides a great overview of how malted barley is grain, how specialty grains are made and even how they make malt extract. NOTE: The full video and show notes for this episode are linked here....

Justin Crossley from The Brewing Network – BeerSmith Podcast #34
This week I invite Justin Crossley from the Brewing Network to talk a bit about his journey in beer broadcasting, some of his shows and his recent journey into television. Justin is the popular host of the Session (a podcast) and runs a network of several shows centered around homebrewing. NOTE: The full video and show notes are linked here....

Brewing High Gravity Beers with John Palmer – BeerSmith Podcast #33
This week I invite John Palmer back to talk about brewing high gravity "big" beers. John shares some of his tips on getting the most from your high gravity mash, scaling recipes up to higher gravities, balancing your big beer and fermentation and aging.  High gravity beers provide a special challenge for many extract and all grain brewers. NOTE: The full episode video and show notes can be found here....


Developing Hop Varieties – BeerSmith Podcast #32
This week we talk about American hop varieties and developing new hops.  Al Haunold, a retired genetic engineer from USDA and Dave Wills from Freshops.com are my guests as we talk about how some of the most popular US hop varieties came about, how high alpha varieties are used now and how hops are grown. NOTE: The video and show notes for this complete episode can be found here....

Diacetyl in Beer with Charlie Bamforth – BeerSmith Podcast #31
Dr Charles Bamforth, Professor of Brewing Science from the University of California is my guest on this week's show and he shares with us a detailed look at diacetyl (an off flavor) and how to control it in your beer.  Charlie provides insights into the source, and also how to reduce diacetyl. Join us for a detailed look at this interesting bit of home brewing science. NOTE: The full video and show notes can be found here....

Designing Beer with Randy Mosher – BeerSmith Podcast #30
This week, we discuss designing beer with brewing author Randy Mosher. Randy shares with us the process he uses for designing beer and also gives us a sneak peek into the new book he's working on. Randy provides some great insights into beer design. NOTE: The full episode video and show notes can be found here....


Beer Brewing Myths – Holiday Episode – BeerSmith Podcast #29
This week I invite a panel of three of the top home brewers together to talk about beer brewing myths for an extended holiday edition of the BeerSmith podcast. My panel includes John Palmer, Gordon Strong and Denny Conn in a wide-ranging discussion of beer brewing techniques and myths. NOTE: The full episode with video and show notes can be found here....

Beer Brewing Equipment with John Blichmann – BeerSmith Podcast #28
John Blichmann of Blichmann Engineering makes some of the highest quality equipment for homebrewing including pots, three-tier systems, high end RIMS and HERMS systems and also his very popular Beer Gun. This week I interview John about everything from simple stainless pots to high end pump and temperature control systems. NOTE: The full episode video and show notes can be found here....

Batch Sparging with Denny Conn – BeerSmith Podcast #27
Batch sparging has become a popular technique for all grain home brewers to save time and money. This week I invite Denny Conn who is an expert in batch sparging to provide his advice on the best way to batch sparge your home brewed beer. NOTE: The full episode with video and show notes can be found here....


Porter Beer Recipes with Gordon Strong – BeerSmith Podcast #26
Porter beer recipes and brewing Porter is the subject of this week's interview with Grandmaster Beer Judge Gordon Strong. Beer author and BJCP President Gordon shares some of his top tips for brewing an award winning Porter beer at home. NOTE: The full episode with show notes and video can be found here....

Heretic Brewing with Jamil Zainasheff – BeerSmith Podcast #25
This week my guest is Jamil Zainasheff from Heretic Brewing. Jamil is an icon in the homebrewing community - author of two books, a podcast of his own and very active in the AHA and other home brewing organizations. Last year Jamil quit his day job in software to found his own brewery called Heretic Brewing Company. He talks today about his experience in the first year as a pro-brewer. NOTE: The full episode with show notes can be found here....

Trappist Beer and Abbey Ales – BeerSmith Podcast #24
This week I interview Dan Morey and we talk about how to brew Abbey and Trappist Ales.Trappist (or Abbey Ales) are a popular Belgian style that has become very popular and is widely duplicated by microbreweries here in the United States. Dan walks us through the variations of the Trappist styles, their character and how to brew them at home. NOTE: The full episode with show notes can be found here....


Head Retention with The Pope of Foam – BeerSmith Podcast #23
Beer foam and head retention are the topics for this week's podcast with Dr Charles Bamforth, the Anheuser-Busch endowed Professor of Brewing Science at the University of California, Davis. Known as "the Pope of Foam", Charlie has been studying beer foam since 1979. He provides a complete overview of carbonation, how foam forms in a beer, how you can enhance the head retention in a beer, and much more. NOTE: The complete show notes for this episode can be found here....

Session Beer with The Mad Fermentationist – BeerSmith Podcast #22
This week my guest is Mike Tonsmeire, aka "The Mad Fermentationist". Mike walks us through the fine art of designing and brewing very low gravity beers called "Session Beers". Session beers are eminently drinkable beers that are still full bodied and enjoyable, without weighing you down. NOTE: The full version of the episode with show notes is here....

The Homebrew Chef – Sean Z. Paxton – BeerSmith Podcast #21
This week my guest is "The Homebrew Chef" Sean Z. Paxton.  Sean is arguably the most famous beer chef in the world - and has been the chef for the last several National Homebrew Conference banquets. He is also an active author, has a new podcast on cooking with beer and cooks for major beer events around the country. NOTE: The full episode with show notes can be found here....


Making Mead with Curt Stock – BeerSmith Podcast #20
This week Curt Stock is my guest and we talk about mead making.  The leap from making beer to making mead is not a large one, and most brewers have the equipment they need already on hand. Curt was the 2005 AHA mead maker of the year and serving in his second term on the AHA governing committee. He's a member of the Saint Paul Homebrewer's club. NOTE: The full episode with show notes can be found here....

Brewing on a Budget with Chris Graham – BeerSmith Podcast #19
This week I interview Chris Graham from MoreBeer.com and we talk about how to save money brewing beer at home. Given the economy, many brewers are working on a tight budget both in terms of time and money so Chris provides some useful tips on how keep within your budget and save a bit of time while still enjoying your home brewed beer. NOTE: The full episode with show notes can be found here....

India Pale Ale and Carrot Cake – BeerSmith Podcast #18
This week I bring back prolific beer author and tasting authority Randy Mosher to talk about tasting beer. Tasting beer and sensory evaluation are important topics for anyone who wants to brew better beer, and Randy is an expert on both.  The best beer brewers are often also beer judges. NOTE: You can find the full episode with show notes here....


Brett and Sour Beer Brewing – BeerSmith Podcast #17
This week we talk about methods for making sour and wild beers using Brettanomyces yeast (Brett). Brett is used in many sour beers styles including Lambics, Gueze, Oud Bruin, Berliner Weisse, and others. My guests are Drew Beechum and Nathan Smith - both of whom have done extensive brewing using Brett. NOTE: The full episode with show notes can be found here....

Going All Grain with Gordon Strong – BeerSmith Podcast #16
This week we go all grain with Grandmaster brewing judge Gordon Strong.  Gordon tells you how to make the leap from extract brewing to all-grain, including basic equipment, how to do a simple infusion mash, and sparging. All grain beer brewing gives you more control over your finished beer. Gordon also shares his thoughts on his new book "Brewing Better Beer" which was just released. NOTE: The full episode with show notes can be found here....

Growing Hops with Dave Wills – BeerSmith Podcast #15
This week my guest is Dave Wills of Freshops and we talk about how to grow your own hops in your garden. Dave is a long time brewer, hop grower and also microbrewer at the Oregon Trail Brewery and he provides some great advice on how you can start your own hop garden. NOTE: The full episode with show notes can be found here....


Mashing with Dr Charlie Bamforth – BeerSmith Podcast #14
This week I interview Dr Charles Bamforth, the Anheuser-Busch endowed Professor of Brewing Science a the University of California at Davis.  We talk about the entire all grain mashing process for beer brewing from start to finish. Charlie explains how mashing actually works, how changes in the process affect the finished beer, and the role that multiple step mashing, decoction mashing and lautering play in brewing beer. NOTE: The full episode with show notes can be found here....

Beyond Barley Brewing – BeerSmith Podcast #13
This week I interview popular brewing author Randy Mosher and veteran brewer Dan Listermann about brewing with grains other than barley. We explore the full range of alternatives - everything from common grains like wheat and corn to more exotic options like gluten-free beer, unmalted grains, sorghum, oats, rice, rye, and even cicada beer. NOTE: The full episode with show notes can be found here....

National Homebrewers Conference Preview – BeerSmith Podcast #12
This week I interview the co-organizers for the 33rd annual AHA National Homebrewer's Conference which is scheduled for San Diego from June 16-18 of this year. We talk about what the conference is all about, many of the key events and how to register to attend. I will be attending this year's conference as well - so I hope to see you there! NOTE: The full episode with show notes is here....


Irish Stout Recipes with John Palmer – BeerSmith Podcast #11
Just in time for St Patrick's day, John Palmer is back as my guest and we go into depth on the Irish Stout beer style. Irish Stout is a favorite of mine, so I pulled in the co-author of "Brewing Classic Styles" to talk about this famous beer from Dublin. John is the author of "How to Brew" at HowToBrew.com, the co-author of "Brewing Classic Styles" and the co-host of Brew Strong on the Brewing Network. NOTE: The full show notes and episode is listed here....

Brew in a Bag (BIAB) Down Under – BeerSmith Podcast #10
From half a world away in Australia, Patrick Hollingdale is my guest for this week's episode. We talk about the Brew-in-a-Bag (BIAB) all grain brewing technique that started in Australia but has become popular worldwide. BIAB lets an all grain brewer start with nothing more than a large pot and grain bag and brew a full all grain batch in a single vessel (the boiler). NOTE: The full show notes for this episode are here....

Beer Bitterness and IBUs with Glenn Tinseth – BeerSmith Podcast #9
Dr Glenn Tinseth, the author of the Tinseth equation for estimating bitterness is my guest this week. The Tinseth equation is the most widely used equation for estimating bitterness by brewers from around the world. Glenn talks about hops, bitterness, international bitterness units, hop utilization and much more. NOTE: The full episode for the podcast is here....


Historic Beer Brewing – BeerSmith Podcast Episode #8
This week I feature a trio of brewers with expertise in historic brewing techniques - including Chris Bowen, Dan Morey and Mike Tonsmeire. We cover a range of historic brewing topics including why we brew historic beers, traditional equipment, ingredients and various historic styles. NOTE: The full episode and show notes are here....

Beer Brewing Like a Pro – BeerSmith Podcast #7
This week I feature Scott Hettig, the Brewmaster at St Francis brewery and George Bluvas the Brewmaster at Water Street Brewery. Both are avid home brewers who eventually became full time professional brewmasters, and this week they share a bit of their story and brewing advice. We talk in detail about what it takes to become a professional brewer, how it differs from home brewing and how a passion for brewing is critical for success. NOTE: The full episode and show notes are here....

Judging Beer with Grandmaster Gordon Strong – BeerSmith Podcast #6
Gordon Strong, the President of the BJCP is my guest this week. He is the world's only Grand Master Level V beer judge and also one of the top competitive home brewers in the US.  We talk about judging beer, what it takes to be a Grandmaster Level V beer judge, and how an average home brewer can use competition and beer judging skills to improve their beer. Gordon also talks about his new book "Brewing Better Beer" which is being released this Spring. NOTE: The full episode with show notes is here....


Multiplying Your Home Brewed Beer – BeerSmith Podcast #5
This week we focus on getting more than one beer from a single batch in a round table discussion with author Drew Beechum and Nathan Smith. We cover popular techniques such as parti-gyle brewing, but also many lesser known techniques such as splitting beers in the boil, at fermentation and even blending finished beers to get more variety from a single batch. It all starts with the mash, but the techniques go well beyond that in this unique episode. NOTE: The full episode with show notes is here....

Chris White on Yeast and His New Book – BeerSmith Podcast #4
This week I interview Dr Chris White, the founder of White Labs and coauthor of the new book "Yeast, The Practical Guide to Beer Fermentation". Chris covers a wide range of beer brewing topics including the life cycle of yeast, importance of yeast starters and temperature control, aeration and also says a few words about his new book. Thank you again to Dr Chris White for taking time out of his very busy schedule to do the interview. NOTE: The full episode with show notes is here....

John Palmer – The Home Brewing Celebrity – BeerSmith Podcast Ep #3
This week I talk with  John Palmer, author of "How to Brew" which is the top selling Home Brewing book on Amazon. John is also co-host of Brew Strong on the Brewing Network and a popular speaker on home brewing. John shares with us how he got started brewing, how he wrote "How to Brew" as a free book on the internet and eventually (by going door-to-door) turned it into a successful home brewing book. We also chat about what his life is like as a beer brewing celebrity. NOTE: The full episode with show no...


Beer Bloggers and 365 Beers-BeerSmith Podcast Episode #2
This week we talk with two of my good blogging friends, Ron and Al from Hop Talk and also Alan Wright who is hosting the first ever Beer Blogger's Conference. In a wide ranging discussion, we talk about beer blogging, Al's experiment to drink 365 beers in a year and blog every day about it, the upcoming blogger's conference, home brewing, social media, and much more. NOTE: The full podcast and show notes are here....

Arctic Alchemy with Chris Bowen -BeerSmith Podcast Episode #1
In the first episode of the BeerSmith Home Brewing podcast, I interview Chris Bowen of Arctic Alchemy as he walks us through a story of how a single bottle of beer on eBay led him to a nearly 4000 mile adventure across Canada to brew beer in the arctic! Chris gives a wide ranging interview about his interest in historical beers, his adventure to the arctic circle to brew beer and film a , and his trip to Burton on Trent. NOTE: The full original episode with show notes is here!...