Homebrew School is a combination of classroom study and hands on demonstrations that will bring students from a standing start to a level of confident brewing in under 3 months.
We plan to offer this course 3 times per year, Fall, Winter, and Spring. All classes will be held at our Pickering store, in our classroom, beginning at 6:15pm on Wednesday nights, but some lessons may be offsite at a local brewery. Each class will last approximately 1.5 - 2.0 hours. Attendance is limited to 12 students. In the event of a need to cancel a class, a make up date will be posted ASAP.
The first class of the Homebrew School course is our existing Intro to Homebrewing class, which many people have already taken. Therefore, we are offering two options for registration;
- If you have already attended our Intro to Homebrewing class, you can select the PARTIAL COURSE and start the Homebrew School TWO WEEKS later. This will save you the cost of the Intro to Homebrew class ($10.00)
- If you have NOT attended our Intro to Homebrewing class, then you can register for the COMPLETE COURSE and your first class will be the Intro to Homebrewing class.
(If you are looking to sign up for our Intro to Homebrewing class, you will find dates and registration for that class HERE)
If you select the Complete Course and decide after the first class (Intro to Homebrewing) that you do not wish to continue, you can request a refund of the balance ($100.00), but this request must be made NOT LATER than 48 hours after the completion of the first class. This allows us time to fit in another student from our waiting list. Requests for refunds after that time will not be accepted.
This course will rely on an assortment of published material to explain and demonstrate the processes, the principals, and some of the science involved in homebrewing. In most cases, we have summarized some of this information into a format and length that fits our curriculum. This is NOT an advanced course and the only prerequisite is an interest in homebrewing. At the outset of each class, students will receive the material for that class, hole punched and ready to be added to their Brewing Binder.
- The first class is an overview of the basics (Intro to Homebrewing), giving you a glimpse at the process before you decide to commit to the whole course
- A bi-monthly classroom session that describes and demonstrates the various steps and processes of homebrewing, including selecting the right equipment, extract vs. all-grain brewing, sanitation, ingredients and their role, fermentation, off-flavours, and much more
- A structured tasting of your first brew (optional), which will deliver a constructive review of your beer, tips for improvement, and pointers for continued success
- Printed class notes to add to your Brewing Binder for a progressive overview of what you have learned so far
Your course tuition also includes free admission to 3 of our regular specialized speaker events, such as brewery owner talks, advanced brewing water techniques, malting by a maltster, and more. Each session normally sells for $10.00 per seat, so this is a $30.00 value for exposure and close contact with industry professionals you will not find elsewhere. (*some specialized classes and events are excluded)
SOME OF THE TOPICS COVERED
- Equipment selection that suits you and your budget
- Brewing methods, from extract to BIAB
- Mashing, the mystery of making wort
- Water, the basics you need to know
- Sanitation and why it is critical
- Packaging your beer, bottles versus kegs. Pro's and Con's
- Fermentation and how to get it right
- The role of malt, hops, and yeast
- Common brewing mistakes and how to minimize them
- Many more topics and sidebar discussions
WHO SHOULD ATTEND
This course is best suited to students with little or no knowledge of homebrewing beer, and are looking for an introduction to the hobby. As well, those who may have brewed boxed or canned extract kits in the past and want to move into a more creative and controlled process will find this both a refresher and a step-up from your earlier brewing experience. More experienced brewers will find the topics basic and since many brewers adapt processes to their own styles after a few batches, their techniques may differ from those being presented. We do want to stress that everyone is welcome and brewing as a couple or with a brew buddy is a great way to learn and enjoy a mutual hobby.
At present, we are offering this course in a Fall, Winter, and Spring block. The dates for each block are listed below. (Spring 2020 dates are approximate, not final). All classes will begin at 6:15pm and run approximately 2 hours. There is ample parking and easy access via GO train.
Fall 2019 Block: CLOSED
October 9 & 23, November 6 & 20, December 4 & 18 (may change to Dec. 11 after discussion with students)
Winter 2020 Block: NOW OPEN FOR REGISTRATION
January 15 & 29, February 12 & 26, March 11 & 25
Spring 2020 Block:
April 8 & 22, May 6 & 20, June 3 & 17 (not finalized)
We are working out how to best offer make-up classes for those who can't attend certain classes, or in the event of bad weather.