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:
1 control beer
Must be 21, or older, to attend. Valid ID MUST be present at tasting.
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Why pay $4 a pint for kombucha? Learn how to do it Yourself in this workshop!
Learn all about kombucha (a fermented tea beverage) and why fermented foods are so good for you! Hosted by Austin Durant from The Fermenters Club.
This class will cover how to make it safely at home, including secondary flavoring. Sample various seasonal kombucha flavors!
We will make a bottle that you will carbonate and can try within days, and you will get to take home a kit with everything you need to start making kombucha for yourself!
(Ceramic 2-gallon container, organic sugar, organic tea, and a live SCOBY culture).
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Class Duration: 2 – 2.5 Hrs
$90 – Class and Kit
$50 – Class Only (Does not include fermenter)
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.
- Pricing is per gallon – If you would like 5 gallons, you need to add 5 items to the cart
- Maximum 10 Gallons per homebrewer
- Fermenters must 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!
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Wort Day Pickup (10a-noon):
*Wort Day Bottle Share (6p-8p): 11/02/19 |
*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.
Like Grains Through the Mash Tun of Time:
This is The Marzen of Our Lives….
Join us on the last Friday in March (3/30/18) as we drink delicious beers, watch soap operas, and enjoy some snacks.
We love collaborations, and we love taking the time to improve our take on any style. Few people in San Diego have had the opportunity to contemplate the Marzen style than our lovely friend, Doug Hasker.
Doug has brewed many a Marzen during his tenure as head brewer for a prominent lager brewery in town. When we sat down to discuss recipe ideas for our monthly collaboration/can release, he mentioned that, given the opportunity, he has a lot of thoughts about what he would do differently with the marzen style. We are excited to share that with you.
As for the beer: we wanted to brew a beer that showcases high quality German malts, with a hint of floral hop character. We also wanted the beer to finish dry, so that the drinker could enjoy the sweet taste of the richer malt profile, without the beer actually being sweet/sticky (in other words, we love dry, clean finishing, and refreshing lagers).
This light amber colored, malt forward beer is everything we could have dreamed of… and so was the opportunity to brainstorm, work(??), drink beers, and talk life with our friend.
As for the name: we’ve had some wonderful conversations over the years regarding life, time, friendship, the industry, beer styles, etc… We share similar views about many of those things, so we wanted the beer to reflect that somehow. I revel in the opportunity to turn a thoughtful discussion into an irreverent conclusion, so there you have it.
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.
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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Homebrew Competitions are a great way to receive feedback for improving your brewing techniques. The main function of a competition is to provide quality advice for making our favorite hobby all the more enjoyable.
What’s the Process Like?
Brewers sign up for each month using the links below, and drop off their beers in anonymous bottles. We review and score the beers based on brewing quality and style accuracy.
Who are the Judges?
Many of our crew are certified beer judges through the BJCP, and/or Certified Cicerones. When needed, we will also use certified judges from our fantastic homebrew community.
What Styles Can I Submit?
It depends on the month. We have a different theme each month. Click the link below for more details, and to sign up!
How Do I Compete?
Step 1. Complete a BJCP Bottle ID Form For Each Bottle – This is VERY important – we need to know what the beer is!
Step 2. Click the Competition Link(s) below to enter your beer and contact details.
2018 Homebrew Competition Lineup:
August: Session IPA vs American Pale Ale
September: Cal Common/Marzen/Festbier
October: Saison vs Trappist Single
November: Fall & Winter Specialty Beers
December: Stout vs Porter
Join us as we make a 5 gallon batch on the ultra compact Grainfather Brewing System.
Grab a pint in the tasting room, and join us as we cover:
All-Grain Brewing 101
Brewing Equipment Basics
& Much Much More
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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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.
Sorry for the inconvenience but this class has been rescheduled. Please contact us if you have already signed up but have not heard from us yet. Thanks!