Brewing 101

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Wednesday, February 10, 2016 - 6:00 PM to 11:00 PM
2417 W Hubbard St
60612 Chicago , IL

Want to learn how to brew beer, but aren't sure where to start? CHAOS's Brewing 101 class is for you.  A CHAOS brewer will lead you through all of the steps necessary to brew your first beer using malt extract and steeping grains.* This class will focus on the basics of brewing, including an introduction to grains, extract, hops, and yeast. We will also introduce students to the required equipment and cover appropriate sanitation practices.

Once students have brewed their beer, they can ferment it in CHAOS's temperature-controlled fermentation room. Future classes will provide instruction on bottling and carbonating the finished beer. The recipe will result in approximately 5 gallons, or around 48 12oz bottles of beer. Students can expect drinkable beer in 4-6 weeks.

(Click HERE for membership info). Web-only members may not attend.

Even if you know nothing about beer and beer brewing and don't want to brew, this class is for you! You can watch, listen, ask questions, and help out on someone else's batch.

Everyone should RSVP by clicking "I will attend" below so I know how many people to expect. But, if you're interested in actually brewing, please post a comment below "I'd like to brew!" The first four people to post a comment below that they're interested in actually brewing will get one of the four brew bays I've reserved. I'll confirm with all interested brewers closer to the event and open up more slots of people have to cancel.

Everyone else is welcome to come watch/help! If you're brewing, you MUST have a signed release on file; you'll receive the form when you start your membership.

We'll start with a pretty basic recipe: the American pale ale from Brewing Classic Styles. You can buy the book if you want to, but don't worry: I'll bring copies of the recipe.

    Shopping list is as follows. All items available at Brew & Grow or Brew Camp, and the employees at both are great about helping new brewers figure out what they're looking for.

    • Equipment:
      • Fermenter: bucket or carboy, 6 gallons or bigger
      • Bucket lid or carboy cap
      • Airlock
      • Muslin grain bag
    • Ingredients
      • Steeping grains
        • 0.75 lb Victory (28 °L)
      • Malt extract: these usually come in one-pound packages, so you'll wind up with some extra
        • 6.5 lb Light DME (dry malt extract)
        • 0.4 lb Munich DME
        • 0.4 Wheat DME (or, if you're the "relax, don't worry" type, you could replace this with the other half-pound of Munich and see what you get)
      • Hops: come in 1 oz packages, so you'll have extra Horizon
        • 0.66 oz Horizon
        • 1 oz Cascade
        • 1 oz Centennial
      • Yeast: pick ONE of these two options. Both are good, and S-05 is cheaper
        • 1 packet of Safale S-05
        • OR 2 packs Wyeast 1056 American Ale

    PRO TIP: Hops are a commodity and it's very hard to predict availability. So, if the hop listed above happens to be out of stock, don't fret: there are substitutes that can be found.  Ask an employee or click here.

    If you have any questions or concerns, post a comment here, send Brock a private message, or text him directly at (202) 374-5348 .

    * Although there is no charge for this class, students must provide their own ingredients and fermenter.  See the above shopping list for more information.

    Last seen: 1 year 11 months ago
    I was planning on observing,

    I was planning on observing, not brewing

    ellen ruschhaupt

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    Just observing

    Just observing/assisting if needed.

    The emperor is not as forgiving as i am

    Last seen: 1 year 11 months ago
    Actually - it looks like not

    Actually - it looks like not many folks signed up so I'm happy to try brewing if there is space.  Let me know either way.  

    ellen ruschhaupt

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    Last seen: 2 years 5 months ago
    Looks like there is indeed

    Looks like there is indeed space! Go ahead and pick up your ingredients and fermenter!

    Last seen: 7 years 7 months ago
    Sorry for the last minute

    Sorry for the last minute RSVP, I wasn't sure if I could make it. I am excited I can attend. However just observing.

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