10:00 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Different Boot Camps will run Friday, February 2 and Saturday, February 3. Attendance is limited to just 35 attendees per session. A great opportunity to get an in-depth learning experience in a small audience setting and learn from experts. You will pick one boot camp per day to attend (with the exception of our Steve Parkes' Turning Pro & Commercial Brewery Start-Up which is one Boot Camp that continues on to Saturday).
Beer Sensory & Off Flavor - with Aaron Hyde
Your own senses can be one of your most valuable brewing tools. Join Brew Your Own Columnist Aaron Hyde as you educate your beer evaluation palate and explore how to properly taste your homebrew critically and use that knowledge to make better beer. You’ll taste a broas spectrum of samples and learn how to identify the most common off-flavors in beer. You’ll also sample a variety of the most popular beer styles and how to achieve those specific flavors and aromas when homebrewing. Register
Advanced Yeast Techniques – with Dr. Chris White
Join Dr. Chris White of White Labs as he shows you how to master different yeast-related techniques including harvesting yeast, figuring cell counts and viability, the do’s and don’ts of repitching including steps such as yeast washing, building up a proper yeast starter, storing your yeast samples, and much more! Here’s your unique chance to learn about getting the most from your yeast first-hand in a small-class setting from one of the true leaders in the beer yeast field. Please note this workshop will also be offered on Friday as well. Register
Brew Chem 101 – with Ashton Lewis
Understanding the basics of brewing chemistry will make you a better brewer, but not everyone can remember back far enough to the chemistry you might have been taught in school classes. Brew Your Own’s Technical Editor Ashton Lewis will break down what you need to know – and why you need to know it – so you’ll leave with a firm grasp of brewing chemistry and how it will help you make improved beer at home. Register
Sour Beer Techniques – with Michael Tonsmeire
Learn hands-on traditional European as well as newer American methods to produce sour and funky beers from Michael Tonsmeire, Brew Your Own Columnist who literally wrote the book on the subject with American Sour Beers. Michael will demonstrate the unique skills set needed to create yourown delicious sour beers including wort production (extract and all-grain), growing alternative microbes, blending, aging on fruit, and sanitation. The focus will be on practical topics difficult to convey by words alone, so no biology or chemistry degree required. You’ll leave with a clear understanding of the processes to reliably produce sour beers suited to your palate and desired time frame. Register
Homebrewing 101 – with John Palmer
Author of the best-selling book How to Brew John Palmer will show you step-by-step how to successfully get started making your own great beer at home with this full-day workshop. John will walk you through all you need to know from equipment to techniques and skills using brewing demonstrations to help you better understand. This is a special opportunity to learn how to homebrew in a small-class setting from one of the top experts in the hobby. From adding your ingredients all the way to bottling you’ll cover it all. So get ready to leave at the end of this workshop ready to fire up your brew kettle at home. Register
Meadmaking– with Chik Brenneman
Interest in mead is on the rise throughout North America. Now you can learn all the steps you need to successfully craft your own homemade meads. Join Chik Brenneman who leads meadmaking classes for the University of California-Davis as he takes you through the keys to making great mead at home including the techniques, yeast selection, testing procedures, fermentation strategies, and more. Learn how to select and work with different honey varieties as well as best practices for adding fruits and spices to your mead. Register
Please note due to repeated requests we are repeating three of our most popular Boot Camp topics from Friday again on Saturday to give more people the opportunity to register for the following workshops.
Advanced Homebrew Hopping Techniques – with Mitch Steele
Join the former Brewmaster for Stone Brewing Co. and author of the book IPA, Mitch Steele as he explores when and how to add hops to create awesome hop-forward beers, You’ll cover timing and techniques of hop usage including mash hopping, boil hopping, whirlpool/knockout hop stand additions, and dry hopping. You’ll cover hop varietal choices, hop pairing/blending, evaluating hops including hop rubbing and sensory training, water adjustments & much more to get the most out of your hops and into your glass. Please note this workshop will also be offered on Friday as well.Register
Advanced All-Grain Techniques – with Gordon Strong
Pull out the mash tun and get ready to learn advanced all-grain techniques hands-on with Brew Your Own Columnist, book author, and President of the beer Judge Certification Program, Gordon Strong. Gordon will walk you through a world beyond straight infusion mashing with keys to mastering step mashing, sour mashing, and decoction mashing.Plus you’ll learn about playing with mash thickness and other ways to control your all-grain wort production. Please note this workshop will also be offered on Friday as well. Register
Recipe Formulation – with Brad Smith
Create your own signature recipes and learn the keys to developing the specific grain bill, hop schedule, and ingredient proportions to meet your homebrewing goals. Brad Smith, BYO Contributor and BeerSmith software owner, has helped thousands of homebrewers design their own beer recipes and now you’ll learn first-hand from this recipe building expert how to use both artistic and scientific approaches to beer design to end up with the beer you envisioned in your glass. You’ll also explore ingredients, techniques, and understanding your own brewing system. Please note this workshop will also be offered on Friday as well. Register
Turning Pro & Commercial Brewery Start-Up - with Steve Parkes
FULL TWO-DAY (Friday and Saturday combined) BOOT CAMP: *If you are interested in this class, you must sign up for both Friday and Saturday together. We’re expanding our past one-day Brewery Start-Up Boot Camp to two full days to better cover more material in more depth for you. When you register for this class you will attend it for both Friday and Saturday unlike our other offerings. Opening up a commercial brewery is a far cry from just ramping up the amount of beer you brew. Steve Parkes, who has trained hundreds of pro brewers as lead instructor and owner of the American Brewers Guild, will walk you through the steps, planning decisions, and keys you need to know if you want to open a successful commercial craft brewery. Learn from his decades of expertise and wide range of experience to help you better achieve your goals of turning pro. Over two full days Steve will guide you in depth through all the various elements you’ll have to know for the next big step toward starting a craft brewery. Register