Category Archives: BrewQ

Brew Q #17 – But I Don’t Wanna Shake My Baby!

Brew Q: “I started brewing, finished the boil and cooled down my baby beer. Why do I need to shake it? Isn’t that cruel?” A: Now that you’re attached to your new baby beer, it’s understandable that you wouldn’t want to shake it (‘Isn’t that bad for babies?”). However, there’ a good reason. Your yeast […]

BrewQ #15 – What’s the RIGHT way to pour a BrewSmith beer?

This is something that I get wrong from time to time and can be one of the most irritating things about beer – it’s cloudy, too much head, or just shoots out of the bottle like an excited race-horse. Here’s how to pour a home-brewed beer properly (or any beer with natural sediment). Store your […]

BrewQ #14 – What kind of bottles should I use for my beer?

So your beer is bubbling away, and now you’re freaking out – “oh crap, I forgot to get some bottles!” Never fear; you may have everything you need in your recycling bin. Yes, really! To bottle your beer, you need something strong and resealabe (and meant for carbonation). At BrewSmith HQ, we use: Twist-off wine […]

BrewQ #13 – Can I Use Homegrown Hops in my Beer?

Of course you can! The hard part is using the right amount. Hops vary a fair bit in their bitterness when they are grown, generally 10-20% depending on the harvest. This can change the bitterness of your brew significantly. So what to do? Test them with your super sensitive chemical testing laboratory (your tongue). Make […]

BrewQ #12 – How Can I Make My Hoppy Heart IPA Even Hoppier?

So you’re a ruthless hop hunter, eh? A little bitter just isn’t enough? Ok, let’s play big, and play for keeps this time. There are two easy ways to get more bitterness out of the Hoppy Heart IPA recipe. Extra boil time. Rather than adding the ‘Add Me Next’ hops and the specialty grains after […]

BrewQ #11 – Why Add Hops at Different Times?

Answer: It’s for the flavour and the smell. We’ll explain: When you add hops to the boiling wort (your un-fermented beer), many chemical reactions take place. The most important (and most noticeable) of these is converting much of the hop resin into bitter compounds. This happens all the way through the boil, and it’s integral […]