Tag Archive: homebrewing

  1. Intro to Homebrewing

    An intro to homebrewing that will get you started making your own great beer.

    • Designed for beginning through intermediate brewers
    • Learn key terms
    • Overview of the ingredients and what they contribute
    • How different beer styles are created
    • The basic brewing process
    • Tips and Tricks for a successful brew day
    • Emphasis is on partial grain AKA extract AKA extract with grains brewing.
    • Saving the universe through homebrew!
    • Class Length – 1.5-2 hrs

    View our intro to brewing video here.

    Reserve Your Seat Here

  2. National Learn to Homebrew Day! Brew Demo and Beer!!

    Join us this Saturday for an ultra-exciting LIVE and in-person brewing demo! Watch the process and learn some new tips. We will have beer specials all day. Bring your friends! New to homebrewing? Come see what this hobby is all about.

    This event is FREE

  3. Mastering Malt Workshop

    Are you a brewer of any level interested in elevating your brewing knowledge about malt? Are you in the industry and planning on taking an advanced beer service certification exam? Welcome to our Master Workshops!

    Using malt teas and an in-depth presentation on the malting process, get to really know the most fundamental ingredient in beer. This class is designed for brewers of all levels.

    This hands-on malt workshop covers in depth the malting process and how the choice of different malts can dramatically effect your beers.

    In the first half of the class we will discuss how grain becomes malt and the different processes that create base and specialty malts.

    The second half of the class we will taste up to 20 “malt teas” in order to get really know this essential ingredient

    Topics will include:

    Barley varieties
    Grain to malt
    Workings of a modern malthouse
    Base grains and their uses
    Kilned vs roasted malts
    Mashing and enzymes
    Malt tea tasting
    Tools and tips to for choosing the malt bill of your next recipe

    Class includes two 8oz. pours from our tasting room

    Class length 2 hours

    RESERVE YOUR SEAT HERE

     

     

     

  4. Beyond Booch: Fermented Probiotic Beverage Workshop

    You’ve got your home kombucha brewing going strong. Want to take it to the next level? In this workshop which builds on the “Kombucha 101” material, We will:

     

    – Discuss additional fermented beverages such as ginger bugs, water kefir, and even the vegetable tonics known as “kvass”

    – Show you techniques for crafting mildly alcoholic, but still probiotic brews

    – TASTE various probiotic beverages

    – DO: You’ll get to start your own batch of water kefir

    – TAKE HOME: Provide you with a water kefir starer culture so you can start making your own at home

     

    Here is what is included in the two options:

    Class and Kit:

    – 2 Gallon Ceramic Beverage Brewer with Bottling spigot

    – All ingredients (organic tea and sugar) for a 1 gallon starter batch

    – Water Kefir Grains (SCOBY)

    – A 16oz bottle of water kefir that you will flavor in class with seasonal fruits and herbs

    – Tasters of water kefir, kvass, and mildly alcoholic beverages

    2 gal. Ceramic Brewer included in Class and Kit option

    2 gal. Ceramic Brewer included in Class and Kit option

    Class Only:

    – Water Kefir Grains (SCOBY)

    – A 16oz bottle of water kefir that you will flavor in class with seasonal fruits and herbs

    – Tasters of water kefir, kvass, and mildly alcoholic beverages

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    Take home one reusable 16oz bottle of Kombucha in both class options

     

    Reserve Your Seat Here!

     

    $90 – Class and Kit

    $50 – Class Only (Does not include fermentor or ingredients)

    Sunday July 9th – 6:30pm

     

     

  5. Intro to Kegging Homebrew

    This class covers the entire process of kegging homebrew — from equipment needs to the carbonation process, serving methods and troubleshooting. We’ll also look at home draft systems and their maintenance. This class is designed for brewers of all levels.

    Topics will include:

    Demonstration of the kegging process
    Options for carbonation
    Overview of draft systems — from picnic taps to commercial and DIY kegerators
    Basic principles of draft system balance and maintenance
    Filling bottles and growlers from your tap
    Troubleshooting common issues

    Class includes two 8oz. pours from our tasting room

    Class length 1.5 hours

    RESERVE YOUR SEAT HERE

  6. Beer Off Flavors Workshop

    Learn about the beer off flavors, how to identify them, and how to correct them.

    A large part about improving yourself as a brewer is understanding how to identify off flavors, how they are created, and how to avoid them. These skill sets are also important for bartenders, servers, restaurant/bar owners.

    The average beer consumer should also be aware of how to identify these flaws, and how to politely address the issue if they are served a flawed beer. Not all flaws are equal, and some “flaws” are acceptable to a certain degree in many styles. This course will serve as a building block for building your overall beer knowledge and appreciation.

    This 1.5 hr class will provide samples of a control beer that has been dosed with the chemical compounds that we associate with the most common off-flavors in beer production and draft dispense. Includes:

    *8* Off-flavors
    1 control beer
    Guided tasting/instruction

    Must be 21, or older, to attend. Valid ID MUST be present at tasting.

    RESERVE YOUR SEAT HERE

  7. Fine-Tuning and Creative Brewing Seminar

    Fine-Tuning and Creative Brewing Seminar

    Want to eliminate the dreaded “homebrewed” taste from your brews? Learn from  multi-award winning homebrewer Brian Trout how to fine tune and creatively modify your beers, meads and ciders. This seminar will focus on transforming your brewday by giving you the tools you need in the form of easy and often overlooked steps. This seminar will elevate your brews from average homebrews to superior craft brews.

    There will be a hands-on portion of the seminar where you will be able to “dose” a base beer to practice some of the tips you’ll learn in the seminar.

    This is the seminar Brian will be presenting at the 2016 National Homebrewers Conference in Baltimore. You won’t want to miss it!

    Brian an active member of San Diego’s QUAFF homebrewing club, president of Queso Diego (cheese making club), a BJCP and mead judge, instructor of numerous homebrewing and cider workshops, and contributing author for BeerAdvocate and West Coaster magazines. Brian has earned numerous regional and national awards, including two best of show mead/cider and two Brewing Machine awards at America’s Finest City Homebrew Competition, MCAB gold, silver and bronze medals, and a silver medal at NHC 2015 in the Sour Ale category.

    includes two 8oz pours from the tasting room taps

    class length 1.5 hours

     

    RESERVE YOUR SEAT HERE

  8. AHA Big Brew for National Homebrew Day 2016

    Participate in the AHA Big Brew for National Homebrew Day 2016 at The Homebrewer!

    Come join us for brewing demos, beer, and camaraderie in celebration of National Homebrew Day. We will be joined by local award-winning homebrew club The Brewing Borrachos — Gabe Padilla, Jason Justeson, Victor Carrasquillo and Ralph Carrasquillo — as well as FDC Brewing’s Dave Stepp and Todd Nelson. We will be brewing extract and all-grain versions of the 2016 Big Brew beers. A traditional alt-bier and a delicious ginger honey summer ale: http://www.homebrewersassociation.org/aha-events/national-homebrew-day/

    Both clubs are part of the larger San Diego Firefighter homebrewing community and we are so lucky to have them. We will  have beer to sample from Home Brewing Co. as well as food available for purchase. The brewers will be available to answer questions and demonstrate their techniques.

    Also, we will be raffling off a Equipment Starter Kit to a lucky new homebrewer — please bring your friends interested in this great hobby!

    This is event is FREE.

     

  9. Blind Tasting Group – FREE

    Sharpen your skills! Taste a beer blind, describe it, try to guess the style… then discuss it with the group.

    This is a group activity, where we can all help each other grow, and learn from our collective experiences.

    This is a free tasting group. You just need to bring a classic example to share.

    (1) Everyone brings a classic example of a style of beer.

    (2) That beer is kept secret to the rest of the group.

    (3) You will pour your beer for the group, but the person to your left will lead the tasting notes (this will be limited to about 6 minutes).

    (4) That person will try to guess the style – there are no points… it’s just for discussion.

    (5) The rest of the group will get a shot to weigh in.

    (6) The person that poured the beer will reveal it… a short discussion will follow

    … rinse and repeat.

    George will begin the session with an overview of how we should go over the tasting together. He will also moderate the evening, to help keep track of time and keep the learning going.

    Here are the rules:

    Q: What kind of beer should I bring?

    A: Bring a beer that is a classic example for a particular beer style.

    Q: How do I know it’s classic?

    A: Consult the BJCP Guidelines at bjcp.org. They list several easy to find classic examples. They have apps for that too.

    Q: Where should I buy them?

    A: Go to a reputable bottle shop. Freshness is key. Especially since many of these are NOT whales.

    Q: Should I bring this super hard to find whale, bro?

    A: NO. That’s not the point of this session.

    Q: Then what is the point?

    A: To work and train our palates, and to spend time appreciating where our beer culture came from.

    Q: Is this a bottle share?

    A: NO. Only bring your blind beer. We’re here to work, not to hang out.

    Q: Will everyone think I’m cool if I show up with some boozey, out of balance beer from Indiana, that is famous because it is hard to get, but no one seems to really actually enjoy it for real?

    A: NO.

    Q: Are you just being coy, and I should bring my super overly sour American made, out of balance beer that I just spent $30 on shipping to trade for?

    A: NO. Either you should not show up to this class, or you may really need to. Bring a classic example.

    Q: Do you think rare beers are cool?

    A: Sure, whatever.

    Q: Do you think that classic, well balanced beers are way more sexy?

    A: Yes, I must admit it.

    Reserve your seat here.

    http://www.thehomebrewersd.com/product/blind-tasting-group-free/

  10. Basic Off Flavors

    A large part about improving yourself as a brewer is understanding how to identify off flavors, how they are created, and how to avoid them. These skill sets are also important for bartenders, servers, restaurant/bar owners. The average beer consumer should also be aware of how to identify these flaws, and how to politely address the issue if they are served a flawed beer. Not all flaws are equal, and some “flaws” are acceptable to a certain degree in many styles. This course will serve as a building block for building your overall beer knowledge and appreciation. This 1.5 hr class will provide samples of a control beer that has been dosed with the chemical compounds that we associate with the most common off-flavors in beer production and draft dispense. Includes:

    • 6 Off-flavors
    • 1 control beer
    • Guided tasting/instruction

    Must be 21, or older, to attend.

    Reserve your seat here. 

     http://www.thehomebrewersd.com/product/basic-off-flavors-course

  11. CANCELLED – Beer Style Breakdown: The UK

    This is a curated study group. I will select and purchase all of the styles according to the BJCP.

    We will split the cost of the beers amongst all of us. Bring $15-30 cash.

    The flight of beers will follow a specific trend/theme designed for breadth and depth where possible.

    We will go over the beers together and spend time researching/discussing the brewery, the beer itself, the style, food pairings, etc…

    This will be fun and light hearted, but the goal is to have a place where we can be a little more focused and organized, so the only other request is that you take it seriously, and keep chatter down to a minimum.

    🙂

    Must be 21, or over, to attend.

    Each group starts at 6:30pm

    To Register:

    Go to http://www.thehomebrewersd.com/product/style-focus-study-group-series/

    select the appropriate date/class.

     

  12. Beer & Cheese Pairing: Southern Europe

    This series of courses explores the affinities for food and beer using cheese as our guide. We will spend time reviewing the basic tenants of beer and food pairing before we turn to some specific examples of beers and cheeses.

    Tasting will include a flight of beers following the specific theme listed in the title, and 3-4 classic cheese examples to explore.

    We will use this as a platform to facilitate group discussion about tasting and pairing.

    Reserve your seat here.

    http://www.thehomebrewersd.com/product/beer-and-cheese-pairing