Boot Camp

Friday, March 22, 2019 Schedule

Friday, March 22, 2019 Boot Camp Options

10:00 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Different Boot Camps will run Friday, March 22 and Saturday, March 23. 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

All-Grain Brewing Essentials with John Palmer and John Blichmann

SOLD OUT  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. SOLD OUT

Advanced Yeast Techniques with Dr. Chris White

SOLD OUT  Join Dr. Chris White of White Labs as he discusses 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 in a full-day seminar format about getting the most from your yeast from one of the true leaders in the beer yeast field. SOLD OUT  

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

FULL TWO-DAY (Friday and Saturday combined) BOOT CAMP: When you register for this Boot Camp you will attend it for both Friday and Saturday unlike 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 has 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 here

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 four Boot Camps on either Friday or Saturday when registering.

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. Register

Advanced 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 Hopping Techniques– with Dave Green

Join Brew Your Own’s Recipe Editor and Associate Editor Dave Green 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 and 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

Homebrew Experiments – with Drew Beechum, Denny Conn and Marshall Schott

Developing your own recipes, refining your own brewing techniques, and tweaking your equipment set-up all require the know-how to conduct your own homebrew experiments. Without reliable results you rely on guesswork instead of facts to improve your brewing. Join three of the true leaders in experimenting with homebrews – podcasters/book authors Drew Beechum and Denny Conn from Experimental Brewing and blogger/podcaster Marshall Schott from Brülosophy – as they first walk you through how to properly conduct your own experiments at home including structured blind evaluation techniques, and then walk you through some real life homebrew case studies to show how these experiments can play out. Get ready to roll up your sleeves and get your science on! Please note this workshop will also be offered on Saturday as well. Register

Boot Camps wrap up with an Asheville Craft Breweries Reception at the hotel pouring samples of their beer as part of your registration.  (If you have a guest who you’d like to join you for the reception only, there are a limited amount of guest passes available for the receptions:) Click here to purchase a separate guest registration for a guest (s) of yours.