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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.

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.

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.

Make Your Best Light American Lager

Some people look at the style description of American lagers with their “strong flavors are a fault” language and simply decide not to make them. You should, though. Despite their limited range of flavor, these are still great beers!

The Classic Saison Recipe

With one base recipe, you can create many distinct saisons just by manipulating the hopping. Here we’ve used Fuggle and Styrian Goldings to create a saison with a gentle floral, earthy, and spicy hops flavor and aroma.

Traditional Hefeweizen: Worth the Trouble?

A 3-hour mash? Three hours to lauter? A yeast that creates phenolic off-flavors? What were they thinking?