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Take your home brewing passion to a new level! Join Bob Sylvester - World-renowned craft brewer of Belgian style beers (Belgium, France, USA) - as he takes you through the entire beer brewing process from start to finish. Along the way, you’ll gain in-depth knowledge of the different ingredient varieties (grains, yeast/bacteria, hops) and processes (extract, dry-hopping, barrel aging) that go into craft beer as you learn how to brew a Blonde Ale, an IPA and an Imperial Stout.

Beer brewing is experiencing a renaissance and many of today’s successful indie beer brewers started out brewing in their garages.  This course is designed specifically for the beer lover who wants to go beyond the standard home brewing “packet kits” and really delve into the process. You’ll gain the kind of insights that a master brewer would normally impart only onto his apprentice and you’ll walk away with enough understanding to not only try your hand at crafting these tasty brews, but also improvise and experiment as today’s experts do.

Day 1.
Introduction to extract brewing: Blonde Ale w/ dry yeast
1. Sanitation
2. equipment
3. ingredients
4. brewing demonstration, explanation of the entire process (extract, malt, hops, water, chemistry, styles, etc.)
Discussion of the overlying process of wort production, malt extract, hops and the varieties, water, SRM, IBU, BJCP guidelines. The overall history of beer and impact on the world.

Day 2.
Partial mash Brewing: IPA w/ liquid yeast
1. grain conversion
2. yeast types
3. hop varieties
History of IPA’s, hops used traditionally and currently to date. Discussion on malt, malting and kilning process and varieties.

Partial mash brewing cont.
1. grain conversion
2. yeast propagation
3. hop utilization

Day 3. 
All-grain brewing: Imperial Stout w/ combo liquid and dry yeast
1. equipment set-up
2. mashing/sparge/vorlauft
3. history
4. recipe formulation
5. basic water chemistry
6. packaging options, ageing, barrels, corni kegs, etc.
Lagering options, temprature control.

Day 4.
Advanced equipment, legality know how, packaging, demo of bottling and kegging.