Brewing 101 - Intro to Home Brewing w/Extracts

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Wednesday, November 13, 2013 - 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM

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.  Our recipe will be decided very soon and listed below.

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.

You must be a member to attend this class (Trial Member or above - web-only members cannot attend). 

Please RSVP using the "I will attend" link below.  Class size will be limited to 4 batches.  However, multiple students can work on a single batch of beer if they want.

Shopping list (all items available at Brew & Grow or Brew Camp):

  • Equipment:
    • Fermenter (bucket or carboy);
    • Lid/cap;
    • Airlock;
    • Muslin grain bag.
  • Ingredients
    • 6lbs of Light Dry Extract;
    • 1lb of Amber Dry Extract;
    • 1lb of Fawcett Crystal Malt I (this will be grain);
    • 1oz of Horizon Pellet Hops;
    • 1oz of Columbus Pellet Hops;
    • 1oz of Centennial Pellet Hops;
    • 2 Packages of Safale US-05.

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

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

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Now that the party is over..

Now that the party is over...let's get down to business.  What shall we brew on the 13th?

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Hi everyone. I'm new to the

Hi everyone. I'm new to the club and was planning on being at the class tomorrow. My dumb ass didn't sign up till today, though, and was reading that it's a 4 batch max. There are 7 people signed up total. Does that mean I need to pair up with someone or can I still brew if I bring all the ingredients. Thanks for your help!

 

John

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John,

John,

You will be able to brew a full batch for yourself one of the groups is doubled up. Bring all the listed ingredients and you will be good to go!

Ken

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Thanks Ken!

Thanks Ken!

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Also new to the club here. I

Also new to the club here. I have been out of the homebrew loop for awhile and am woried that I have forgotten more or less all of the basic skills. Will there be instructors on hand to help someone like myself out during this class?

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Absolutely...there will be

Absolutely...there will be several members in attendence assisting with the brews tonight and doing our best to answer your questions!

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Thanks Ken. Cant wait!

Thanks Ken. Cant wait!