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Brad Smith

Ask the Experts: Why Did This Beer Come Out Bitter?

Homebrew expert Brad Smith, author of the Beersmith homebrewing software and the voice behind the Beersmith podcast, looks at what can cause unintentional bitterness in beer.

Beer Storage

We’ve heard it many times: Store your beer in a dark, cool place. Brad Smith explains what damage light and heat can do to finished beer.

Ask the Experts: On “Saving” a Batch of Bad Beer

Homebrew expert Brad Smith, author of the Beersmith homebrewing software and the voice behind the Beersmith podcast, tackles a question about saving a batch of beer gone wrong.

Brewing Efficiency in All-Grain Brews

Getting really low efficiency when brewing all-grain and missing your original gravity target? Brad Smith explains the areas to check for sources of problem.

Ask The Experts: Oxygenating Wort, Fruit Beers, Dark Malts

Homebrew expert Brad Smith, author of the Beersmith brewing software and the voice behind the Beersmith podcast, tackles your homebrewing questions about oxygenating wort, brewing with fruit, and using dark crystal and other darker malts.

The Pros and Cons of Going Electric

An electric brewery gives you the option of brewing inside year-round. If this is a road you want to go down, here are some of the things to consider when planning your electric system.

Actual Beer Color vs. Predicted Color

Ever wondered why is the color of your beer is different from the predicted color on a color scale or software? Brad Smith has the answer.

Brewing Light Beers with Extract

Brad Smith explains why many beers brewed with extract come out darker than you might expect.

Water and Mash pH

If you are an all-grain brewer, the most important thing to worry about is mash pH. Brad Smith delves into why and how to achieve the right pH.

Brewing Darker Beers

Here are some tips for brewing darker beers without adding a roast or off-flavor to it.