Saturday, November 6, 2021 Boot Camp Options
9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Different Boot Camps will run Thursday, November 4 and Saturday, November 6. 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 is a three-day option beginning on Thursday).
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 hands-on what you may have read in books and magazines, or listened to in seminars, and Kara’s the perfect teacher to lead you through the world of yeast using lab equipment you can source for your home use. 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‘s 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 your beer. You will have the chance to understand not only how to use and care for the equipment properly, but also how to take the results and out 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 home brewery. Register
Brewing Water Adjustments – with John Palmer
Water is the least understood ingredient when 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 make different styles 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 from this critical brewing ingredient. Register
Advanced Recipe Formulation – with Brad Smith
Take your recipe creations to the next level by dialing in the specific grain bill, hop schedule, ingredient proportions, and water treatments to meet your brewing goals. Brad Smith, owner of Beersmith software and a Brew Your Own Contributing Writer, has helped thousands of homebrewers design their own beer recipes and now he’s ready to get in-depth on the details of beer design so you end up with the beer you had envisioned in your glass. You’ll explore ingredients, techniques, and understanding your own brewing system during this boot camp designed for advanced homebrewers that will help you craft your own recipes for better beers. This workshop can be taken in combination with Brad’s Recipe Formulation Essentials class on Thursday that offers more of an introduction to intermediate and beginning brewers to the concepts of writing your own recipes. 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 Thursday as well. Register
Homebrew Experiments – with Drew Beechum and Denny Conn
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 two of the true leaders in experimenting with homebrews – podcasters and book authors Drew Beechum and Denny Conn from Experimental Brewing 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! Register
Day 3 of 3 Turning Pro & Commercial Brewery Start-Up – with Steve Parkes
FULL THREE-DAY (Thursday, Friday and Saturday combined) BOOT CAMP: By popular demand, we’re expanding our past two-day Commercial Brewery Start-Up Boot Camp to three full days (unlike our other offerings) to better cover more material in greater depth.
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 three 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