Boot Camp

Friday, Feb. 2, 2018 Schedule

Friday, February 2, 2018 Boot Camp Options

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).

Barrels & Wood-Aging – with Michael Tonsmeire

Learn how to choose, use, and maintain oak barrels – and oak alternatives – for your brewing. Barrels are a significant investment in money, time, and beer so understanding how to properly select and use them is essential. Learn hands-on from Brew Your Own Columnist and American Sour Beers book author Michael Tonsmeire. Michael will also cover options for barrel alternatives and how to best use the broad variety of available products such as chips, staves, and spirals including both oak and non-oak alternatives. This full-day workshop will also cover special brewing and recipe considerations to making beers to complement the flavors of woods, spirits, and wines to take your wood-aged beers to a new level. Register

Troubleshooting Homebrew Faults & Fixes – with Ashton Lewis

Join Brew Your Own’s Mr. Wizard and Technical Editor Ashton Lewis as he walks you through the potential minefield of beer flaws and faults homebrewers can face. You’ll learn how to troubleshoot- and fix! – your own homebrews with Ashton who has helped thousands of homebrewers over the last 20 years as BYO’s Mr. Wizard. You’ll have the chance to experience many faults first-hand to better recognize them later.Register





Turning Pro & Commercial Brewery Start-Up – with Steve Parkes- SOLD OUT

FULL TWO-DAY (Friday and Saturday combined) BOOT CAMP: 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.

When you register for this Boot Camp you will attend it for both Friday and Saturday inlike our other offerings to better cover more material in greater depth. Opening a commercial craft brewery is a far cry from just ramping up the amount of beer you brew. Over Friday & Saturday you’ll walk through the steps, planning decisions, and keys you need to know on both the brewing and management side to successfully open a commercial craft brewery with the Lead Instructor and Owner of the American Brewers Guild Steve Parkes, who had trained hundreds of professional brewers. Learn from Steve’s decades of expertise and wide range of experience to help you better achieve your goals. Over two full days you’ll be guided through all the various elements you’ll have to know for the next big step toward starting a craft brewery.Register

Please note due to repeated requests we are repeating four of our most popular Boot Camp topics from Friday again on Saturday to give more people the opportunity to register for the following workshops. You can sign up to take the following three Boot Camps on either Friday or Saturday when registering.

All-Grain Brewing Essentials with John Palmer and John Blichmann

Designed for intermediate to beginner homebrewers getting into all-grain brewing, this full-day workshop will cover all you need to know to successfully make great homebrews using all-grain brewing both with traditional and newer techniques. How To Brew best-selling author John Palmer and equipment guru John Blichmann will take you hands-on through the full all-grain process from milling, mashing, and sparging before going into the boil. You’ll get to know the equipment, techniques, and ingredients first-hand and learn all-grain brewing by doing in a small-class environment. They’ll also cover newer homebrew all-grain techniques such as Brew-in-a-Bag and No Sparge in addition to traditional mashing and some advanced tips as well. Please note this workshop will also be offered on Saturday.  Please note this workshop will also be offered on Saturday as well.   

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 Saturday as well.  Friday: SOLD OUT -Saturday still available

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 Saturday as well. Register

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 Saturday as well.  Register

Boot Camps wrap up with a San Diego County Craft Breweries Reception at the hotel pouring samples of their beer.

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