Wort Day – Kettle Sour

Wort Day, Kettle Sour:
Bring in a Carboy, leave with Soured, Boiled Wort!

We will have pre-soured and boiled wort available to take home and finish up. Even if you’ve never made a beer, this is a way you can easily try your hand at fermentation.

Basic Info:

  • Pricing is per gallon
  • Limit 10 Gallons per homebrewer
  • Fermenters should be clean/sanitized when you bring them in
  • Bring some bottles to Wort Day Bottle Share (See Bottle Share Dates Below)
    • You’ll get sample other experiments done with the same wort!

Reserve your Wort

2018 Schedule:

Wort Day Pickup (12p-2p):
3/31/18 | 6/30/18 | 9/29/18
*Wort Day Bottle Share (6p-8p):
5/09/18 | 8/08/18 | 11/07/18

*Bottle Share is 5-6 weeks after wort day pickup. Bring 1-2 bottles by to share your experiments, and taste what everyone else tried as well.

Grainfather Get Together & Homebrewer Hangout

Come hang out with our friend and Grainfather National Sales Rep, Jason Stewart. We’ll have a special collab brew that Head Brewer Jacob and Jason created just for the event.
This is more of a social get together than a demo. Jason will of course be handy to answer any questions.

El Matador Can Release Party

Would you say you have a plethora of love? Do you even know what a plethora is?

Would you like to drink a delicious beer and not even bother debating whether it is a Black IPA or a Robust Porter?

Would you like to eat some candies named after some book, and watch a spoof that takes its name after the same?

 

This is a beer and a day dedicated to our friend Jeff McCue. He left a whole lotta love and good vibes behind for us. And he also left his homebrew recipe book.

We pulled this recipe, his wife Betsy’s favorite, and brewed it to celebrate Jeff.

Join us on Friday, 2/23/18 all day as we celebrate the one and only Jeff McCue.

The Movie will kick off at 6:30pm

#cheerstoyoumccue

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

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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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

 

 

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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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.

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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.

 

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.

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