Off Flavors Workshop

Learn about the Main 8 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.

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Cider Workshop with Brian Trout

Lets Cider!

Join us at The Homebrewer while guest instructor and local award winning cider maker, homebrewer, and competition judge Brian Trout  guides us through an exploration of craft cider.

You will learn about the history and production of Cider while sampling examples of different styles from around the world. We will also teach you an easy step-by-step method for crafting cider at home. There is even an option to leave with all the supplies required to make your own 1 gallon batch of cider.

 

Class Includes:

– Cider Flight

– History of Cider

– Crafting Ciders: Old World, Artisan, and Basic Methods

– Examining and Improving Cider Fermentations

– Basic Primer on Adding Herbs/Spices to your Cider

– Step by Step Walk Through of Making Your Own Cider

Two ticket options:

– Class and Equipment option $75 (1gal glass fermenter, juice, yeast, sanitizer, nutrient,  and airlock)

– Class Only $45  (Multiple  samples of craft cider and lecture. No equipment or juice)

 

*please note this workshop covers alcoholic, or “hard cider”.

21+ w/ valid ID

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Take home everything you need for your first batch!
Class+Kit option: Take home everything you need for your first batch!

 

 

 

 

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Venissimo Beer & Cheese Pairing

Beer & Cheese Lovers Rejoice!

Join us as we host the talented Cheese Gurus of Venissimo Cheese for a guided beer and cheese pairing!

Flight will feature 5 Beers and Cheese Pairings, handpicked for maximum sensory satisfaction.

Space is limited. Reserve your spot here.

About Venissimo:

Venissimo is a cheese lover’s dream come true. Knowledgable and friendly cheese nerds will guide you through the wonderful world of fromage, and make your next party, picnic, hangout, or dinner the best it can be!

www.venissimo.com

Can Release Party: @theSherbertPervert IPA

The Sherbert Pervert IPA:

This beer is a Sherbert IPA. We don’t really know if that exists… but well… it does.

Lactose, oats, and a blend of our favorite European base malts provide a hint of bread, toast, & pastries, and a rich and full bodied mouthfeel.

A perverted amount of citrusy and fruity hops, but with low bitterness keep this beer drinkable and refreshing.

We’ve also created some special glassware for the occasion.

More details to come… but we’ll see you there!

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.

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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

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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

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Hop Growing 101

Hop Growing Class – Includes Rhizomes!

Local homebrewer and hobby hop-grower, Sean Gardinier, will walk us through the entire hop growing process — from rhizome selection to harvest, to root maintenance.

You will walk away with your choice of several rhizomes from his own farm, so that you can plant hops this year as well.
The evening will include an 8oz pour of your choice from Home Brewing Co, samples of homegrown hops, and hop tinctures to taste.

$35

Includes: class, rhizomes to take home (2-3 per person depending on availability), and samples of hops.

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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

 

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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.