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Brewing Techniques and Advice

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.

Brewing Outside the Lines

If you have a set of recipes you always use or if you usually stay within the bounds of the BJCP styles, challenge yourself once in a while to ignore the style guide and go where your muse leads.

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.

Hipster Homebrewing

The challenge with all-grain brewing is hitting and holding your mash temperature. The sous vide cooker solves both of those problems with a minimum of fuss.

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 Secrets of British Cask Conditioning

From brewing to serving, pros from the other side of the pond share some of the tricks of the cask-ale trade.

Make Your Best Irish Extra Stout

This Irish Extra Stout has an extra bump of alcohol and a deeper coffee and dark chocolate flavor profile that make it a great seasonal beer.

A Hazy Shade

Haze in beer, in and of itself, is not something to be praised or condemned. It can be desirable and helpful in a number of styles, but it can also signal a serious problem. Here's where it comes from, how you can create it, and how you can avoid it.

Popular Pumpkin Beer Spices

Here are 6 of the more popular spices used in pumpkin beers, along with the common flavors they impart.

Can I Have That To Go?

There are a couple of good options for taking your draught beer to go.