Off Flavors in Homebrewed Beer – Troubleshooting Off Flavors

This week I take a look at the 17 off flavors in home brewed beer found on the BJCP beer judging score sheet.  These are the major off flavors you will encounter when home brewing beer, and I’ve also provided links to my more detailed summaries of the causes and correcting each flavor.… Read More

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Brewing the Republic: a documentary on South African beer

Excited to see the film

It’s been a couple of years in the making and last night Brewing the Republic, a feature-length documentary on the South African beer scene, was premiered at the Labia Theatre in Cape Town.

It was a perfect evening: glorious weather to mingle in the courtyard sipping on Newlands Spring brews, an impressive turnout of brewers, beer personalities and festival organisers and a thoroughly enjoyable 77 minutes spent watching Brewing the Republic on the big screen.… Read More

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Growing Wet Hops Year-Round with Kyle and Greg Stelzer – BeerSmith Podcast #185

Kyle and Greg Stelzer join me from 24 Hour Hops where they are growing hops year-round in greenhouses in Arizona and providing wet hops to home brewers!

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Topics in This Week’s Episode (43:19)

  • Today my guests are Kyle and Greg Stelzer from 24 Hour Hops.
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BeerSmith Cloud Recipe Privacy and Sharing Explained

This week I present a short overview of the cloud sharing, privacy and folder features available in BeerSmith 3 home brewing software. The cloud features in BeerSmith let you share recipes between your computers and phone, share with other users or just use as an online private backup for your recipes.… Read More

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Quality in Beer with Dr Charlie Bamforth – BeerSmith Podcast #184

Dr Charles Bamforth joins me to discuss ensuring quality in beer and how it applies to both professional and home brewing. We also explore aspects of quality in beer.

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Topics in This Week’s Episode (49:52)

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Alcohol Tolerance in Beer Yeast and BeerSmith 3

Some brewers don’t realize that beer yeast, like all yeast has a limited alcohol tolerance.  In fact many some beer yeasts reach their limit below 8% ABV which can be a real problem for high gravity beers.

Yeast Alcohol Tolerance

Yeast is a one cell living creature.  As such it can only reproduce and grow within certain conditions.  One of those conditions includes the presence of alcohol.  Each yeast strain has a limit, called the yeast’s “alcohol tolerance” that indicates the level at which yeast cells start to go dormant and stop fermenting.  By convention, the alcohol tolerance is expressed as a percent Alcohol by Volume (%ABV).  Most major yeast suppliers do provide alcohol tolerance numbers for their yeast strains, though you may have to dive deep into the spec sheet to find it.… Read More

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Winners of the 2018 Brewmistress Awards

Voting has closed and the responses have laboriously been tallied. Just over 200 beer lovers took part in the second annual Brewmistress South African Beer Awards with dozens and dozens of breweries, bars and bottle stores nominated. Although it makes the count a bit of a pain in the ass, the fact that so many liquor stores and bars/restaurants are being mentioned shows that craft beer’s footprint is happily growing.… Read More

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