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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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An Overview of BeerSmith 3 Software for Beer, Mead, Wine and Cider Making

Here is an overview video of some of the mead, wine and cider features included in BeerSmith 3 software.

BeerSmith 3 adds a variety of new features for beer brewers including in-recipe water tools, mash pH adjustment and updated data as well as support for mead, wine and cider recipes for the first time ever.… Read More

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Ancient Brews with Dr Patrick McGovern – BeerSmith Podcast #153

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

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Topics in This Week’s Episode (48:58)

  • Today my guest is Dr Patrick McGovern.
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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.

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Topics in This Week’s Episode (51:44)

  • Today my guest is Steve Piatz.
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Aeration Wands (Pure Oxygen) for Beer Brewing

This week I take a look at the Anvil Oxygenation Kit (aka Aeration wand) which lets you aerate your wort using pure oxygen without spending a ton of money. The oxygen wand is actually my favorite new brewing toy and I’ve used it on beer, meads, wines and cider with great results.… Read More

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