Another Homebrewing and Beer appreciation class is in the books. Week 3 we did a mash demo, a bottling demo, and did a tasting of homebrews made by me and a couple other people. Then last night we finished up with a tour of the local 10bbl microbrewery and a tasting of six of their beers. I had them take a stab at writing a BJCP judging evaluation on a couple of the beers, that didn't seem to enthuse too many of them but I hope it gave them some insights into what aspects of a beer to think about when assessing a beer. All nine people seemed to enjoy themselves and wrote positive comments on the course eval forms.
I keep thinking about ways to change up the course. I might leave this one as is, and maybe offer a second advanced brewing course where I go more into malt selection, hops selection, reusing yeast, water chemistry, mashing techniques, and kegging. Not positive how many people would sign up for this, but a second course would be a way to recycle some of my previous students.
I am also thinking about having a beer appreciation course where I would purchase classic examples and we would get together and taste them. That'd be a lot of fun too. Of course the problem there is that no alcohol is allowed on premises at the college but we could do this at the local homebrew shop. I could even do this as a one-off thing where we would do a specific beer style once a month and the participants would just pay for the one session.