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Homebrewing 101: Pumpkin Beer
October 4, 2020 @ 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm EDT
Anyone can go to the grocery store and buy a case of beer, but where is the fun in that? The real adventure is learning the art of homebrewing so that you can brew your own beer. We understand that brewing your own beer can be intimidating and we want to help ensure you have an incredible first experience brewing your own beer. Join us for a series of three classes as we explore the art of homebrewing.
Nothing says fall like our Jack-O-Pumpkin Ale. This beer has lots of body and malty flavors along with an intoxicating honey aroma. The pumpkin is provided by the brewer, and you have lots of options: hold the spice, or bring out your vest, flannel, and Uggs.
For the uncomplicated brewer, we recommend a 30 oz can of pumpkin-pie filling. But, if you want this beer to really shine, try my mom’s pumpkin-pie recipe. Not into the spice of it all? – try adding 2 lbs worth of plain pumpkin-puree (substitute Yams or Sweet Potato, if so inclined).
Homebrewing 101 comes with everything else you need to brew this batch of beer and to continue brewing for many years to come. Once your order has been placed and if selected in the checkout, we will ship a 5-gallon brew kit, a 5-gallon pot and the ingredients needed to make the pumpkin beer. When all is said and done, not only will you have the equipment and skills needed to keep brewing, but 48 homemade beers to share with your friends. The only thing not provided with your purchase is the bottles you will use to bottle the beers. You can either purchase bottles off Amazon and have them shipped to you, or save/collect bottles over the next few weeks so that you are ready to bottle when the 3rd class starts.
If you already have a home brewing kit and don’t want to purchase another, that is ok! Please understand that different kits brew different amounts of beer and we can’t promise the quantity results with a kit that is not a 5-gallon kit.
Upon registering for this event, additional suggested items will automatically be added to your cart. However, if you already have the necessary equipment, you can remove those optional items by clicking on the red x in the cart, so be sure to review your cart before checking out!
What to Expect:
The class is split into 3 sessions over the course of 3 weeks:
Before Class Preparations:
• Clean and Sanitize all equipment.
• Have ready 30-32 oz worth of your pumpkin puree or whatever substitute you’ve selected.
• Have 10-20 lb of ice ready to give your pot an ice bath in your sink.
• Place 3 gallons of clean, drinking water in the fridge, ahead of time, preferably overnight. We will be using this water to cool our beer.
Session 1 – Brewing Day (Oct 4): This session will last approximately 3 hours and will include reviewing all contents in the ingredients and equipment kits, beginning the brewing process, and discussing what to expect over the next week and an overview of the next steps.
Session 2 – Conditioning (Oct 11): This session will last approximately 1 hour and will cover the conditioning process, transferring beer to secondary vessel, gravity reading/ABV equation, an overview of the next steps, and discussion of preparations required for the final session.
Session 3 – Bottling (Oct 18): This session will last approximately 1.5 hours and will cover a bottling overview, equipment setup, sugar preparation, transfer to bottling bucket, bottling/capping, and cleaning/storage.
Meet your Host:
My name is Rafael Corredor, with my wife Jen, we are the owners/operators of American Homebrew Supply in Norfolk, VA. I started brewing in 2001, when I got a job at a local pizza/brew shop in Irvine CA. The brewer would often pull me from my actual job making pizzas, to help him with grain, or kegs, or climbing into the fermenter to clean it. I learned that beer was much more than the watery-yellow-fizzy drink that we would pound on the weekends with my friends.