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).
Advanced Yeast Techniques – with Dr. Chris White
Join Dr. Chris White of White Labs as he shows you how to master different yeast-related techniques including harvesting yeast, figuring cell counts, the dos 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 chance to learn about getting the most from your yeast first-hand in a small-class environment from one of the true leaders in the beer yeast field. Register
Brew Chem 101 – with Ashton Lewis
Understanding the basics of brewing chemistry will make you a better homebrewer, but not everyone can remember back far enough to the chemistry you might have been taught years before in school classes. Brew Your Own Technical Editor Ashton Lewis will break down what you need to know – and why you need to know it – so you will leave with a firm grasp of brewing chemistry and most importantly, how it will help you make improved beer at home. Register
Sour Beer Techniques – with Michael Tonsmeire
Learn hands-on traditional European as well as newer American methods to produce sour and funky homebrews from Michael Tonsmeire, Brew Your Own’s “Advanced Brewing” columnist who also literally wrote the book on the subject with American Sour Beers. Michael will demonstrate the unique skill 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. Our focus will be on practical topics difficult to convey by words alone, no biology or chemistry degree required! You will leave with a clear understanding of the processes to reliably produce sour beers suited to your palate and desired time frame. So get ready to roll up your sleeves and dive into the world of funk and bugs! Register
Homebrewing 101 – with John Palmer
John Palmer, author of the best-selling book How to Brew will show you step-by-step how to successfully get started making your own great beer at home with his full-day workshop. John will walk through all you need to know from equipment to techniques and skills using brewing demonstrations to help you better understand. This is a special opportunity to learn how to homebrew in a small-class from one of the top experts in the hobby. From adding your first ingredients right through to bottling you’ll cover all the steps you need to know. So get ready to leave at the end of the day ready to fire up your brew kettle at home and make your own wonderful beer thanks to a full-day of learning with John. Register
Cidermaking – with Chik Brenneman
Join Chik Brenneman from University of California-Davis to learn all the steps you need to know to successfully craft your own hard cider, both still and carbonated, at home. Chik has taught hundreds of UC-Davis students about winemaking and hard cider. He’ll have you roll up your sleeves and take you through the process of crushing, pressing, fermenting, all the way to bottling. You’ll learn how to choose apples and get to know cidermaking equipment and the tests you need to run on your cider. Register
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.
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! 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'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. 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. 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, you must sign up for 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