Homebrew Instruction Class
Making beer at home is cheap, easy, and great fun. Learn about the initial phase, which is basically tea made from grains (usually oats, wheat, or some similar combination thereof) and then adding sugar in.
Class schedule to be determined by speed of material acquisition. I would like to hold first class in December. Full fermentation (first boil to first beer) is about 6-8 weeks.
It consists of a lot of boiling and since we haven't tried it on this stove before... may be upwards of 3 hours long. Bring something to keep yourself entertained in the meantime (like a great book, some home brew you've already made, or your latest project).
A partial list of materials, blatantly stolen from the local brewshop's site:
* 6.5 Gallon Bucket with lid and w/Spigot (Primary Fermenter) * 6.5 Gallon Glass Carboy (Secondary Fermenter) * Handle for Carboy invaluable for help moving, like from brewsite to bottling site (floor to counter) * Funnel * Nylon steeping bag OR Cloth sleeve * Two Rubber Stoppers - not sure of the size, I can figure this out when we get the carboy secured * Airlocks 2 of em * Siphon Hose 8 feet * Bottle Filler * Bottle Brush * Bottle washer * Carboy Brush * Hand Bottle Capper * Bottle Caps * Hydrometer * Sample Jar * Fermometer * Siphon Starter * Glass bottles to hold 5 gallons of beer... approximately 60x 12 ounce bottles. * 5 gallon (the larger the better) brewpot WITH LID for making the wort in its initial phases * Plastic spoon for stirring wort whilst making the tea * Nice thermometer needs to go 200+ degrees Fahrenheit, with an attachment for attaching to side of brewpot
This is materials for a 5 gallon batch of beer, which yields about 4.75 usable gallons. The only thing needed for more beer (or beer to be brewed more often) is the ingredients and more carboys and bottles, all of which is highly modular and can be acquired as necessary.
Steve C is the local brewer, but has not done every type of beer out there... yet.