Boot Camp

Saturday, March 23, 2019 Schedule

Saturday, March 23, 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).

Advanced Yeast Lab – with Kara Taylor

Join White Labs’ Laboratory Operations Manager Kara Taylor for some hands-on yeast lab work to develop skills you can bring back home to help you make better beer. Learn how to accurately count yeast using a microscope, culturing yeast, using slants, harvesting yeast, washing and reusing yeast, propagation and determining growth rates, and more. Here’s your chance to learn up close and personal what you may have read in books or magazines, or listened to in seminars, and Kara is the perfect teacher to lead you personally through the world of yeast using lab equipment you can source for your own home use.  Register

Brewing Water Adjustments – with John Palmer

Water is the least understood element to making great beer. John Palmer, who literally wrote the definitive book on the subject, “Water: A Comprehensive Guide for Brewers,” will help take the mystery out of water’s role in brewing and how to make better beer as a result. You’ll learn how to read water reports, understand flavor contributions, and how to adjust your brewing water to brew different style of beer. You’ll leave with not only an understanding of the chemistry concepts of brewing water, but also the practical how-to aspects of getting the most form this critical ingredient.  Register

Hands-On Homebrew Science – with Ashton Lewis

Get hands-on with pH meters, slants and loops, stir plates, centrifuges, and other brewing science gear with BYO Technical Editor and Mr. Wizard Columnist Ashton Lewis. Ashton will walk you through how to best use scientific gear at home to help you improve the quality of the beer. You’ll have the chance to understand how to not only use and care for the equipment properly, but also how to take the results and put that data into action to produce better beer in your glass. This workshop will focus only on those pieces of equipment suitable – and affordable – for your homebrewery.  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 your own 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

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, it covers 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

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:

Advanced Homebrew 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 Friday as well.  Register

Homebrew Experiments with Drew Beechum, Denny Conn and Marshall Schott

Drew Beecham, 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 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


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 Friday as well. Register

Boot Camps wrap up with an Asheville Beer Reception with local craft breweries pouring samples to wrap up your full day 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.