10:00 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Different Boot Camps will run Friday, November 3 and Saturday, November 4. 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 and Wood-Aging – with Michael Tonsmeire
Learn how to choose, use, and maintain oak barrels – and barrel-alternatives - for homebrewing. 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’s “Advanced Brewing” columnist and American Sour Beers author Michael Tonsmeire. Michael will also cover options for barrel-alternatives and how best to use the broad variety of available products such as chips, staves, and spirals including both oak and non-oak alternatives. In this comprehensive boot camp, we will also cover special brewing and recipe considerations for making beers to complement the flavors of woods, spirits, and wines and 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 troubleshoot common and not-so-common beer problems as BYO’s Mr. Wizard. You’ll have a chance to experience many faults first-hand to better recognize them later. Plus as a special bonus, bring in your own troubled homebrews and Ashton will use your beer as a live example walking the class through the thought process as he figures out what might have gone wrong with your homebrew and what you can do to fix the problem moving forward. Register
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 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 mash methods and some advanced tips as well. Register
Malts & Malting – with Aaron Hyde
Learn how to better use malt in all your homebrew and how to best brew malt-forward beers with BYO Columnist Aaron Hyde of Briess Malt. You’ll spend a full day on all things malt including learning the malting process, understanding the differences and characteristics between various malts and barleys, and the best brewday techniques and recipe design strategies for getting the most out of your malt in your homebrew. You'll also be provided with tips and techniques for home malting your own grains. Aaron will cover some the technical brew day aspects, including milling and mashing, as well as troubleshooting malt-related issues in homebrew, such as protein haze. 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 University of California-Davis as he takes you through the keys to making a great mead at home including key techniques, yeast selection, fermentation strategies, and more. Learn how to select and work with different honey varieties as well as best practices for adding ingredients such as fruits and spices to your mead. 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. 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. SOLD OUT
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. You can sign up to take the following three 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's “Style Profile” 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
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, owner of Beersmith software and a Brew Your Own Contributing Writer, 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 had envisioned in your glass. You’ll explore ingredients, techniques, and understanding your own brewing system during this practical boot camp that will help you craft your own recipes for better beers at home. Please note this workshop will also be offered on Saturday as well. Register
Advanced Homebrew Hopping Techniques– with Josh Weikert
Join Brew Your Own Columnist Josh Weikert as he explores when and how to add hops to create awesome hop-forward brews. You’ll explore the basics of hop biology (and why it matters to us!); techniques and timing of hop usage including mash hopping, boil hopping, whirlpool/knockout hop stand additions, and dry hopping; hop varietal choice strategies including hop pairing/blending; evaluating hops including hands-on hop rubbing and sensory training; and practical usage techniques including hop extracts, boil-hops "management" (bags, filters, free addition), and water adjustments for hoppy beers. By the end of the full day Josh will make sure you are making informed hops decisions and getting the most out of your hops – and into your glass! Please note this workshop will also be offered on Saturday as well. Register