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Ask the Experts: Do I Need a Conical Fermentor to Make Good Beer?

Homebrew expert Brad Smith, author of the Beersmith homebrewing software and the voice behind the Beersmith podcast, examines the importance of conical fermentors.

Ask the Experts: Can a Homebrewer Do a Whirlpool Addition?

Homebrew expert Brad Smith, author of the Beersmith homebrewing software and the voice behind the Beersmith podcast, offers some practical advice for adding whirlpool hops.

Make Your Best Trappist Single

Big beers often garner a lot of attention, but don’t let that keep you from appreciating (or brewing) the smaller beers.

With So Much Craft Beer, Why Brew at Home? 

With so much flavorful, interesting beer on tap, is it worth investing the time and money into homebrewing? 

Make Your Best American Strong Ale

Although still something of a catchall category, there are some useful distinctions and targets to work with when it comes to American strong ale. As the air begins to cool this autumn it's the perfect time to try your hand at making one.

Ask the Experts: Addressing a Stuck Fermentation

Homebrew expert Brad Smith, author of the Beersmith homebrewing software and the voice behind the Beersmith podcast, offers some practical advice for when your fermentation becomes stuck when brewing with a low-attenuating yeast.

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.

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.