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Better Hopping Through Science: Tales from the Master Brewers Association of America

  • Speakers: Chris HotzDoug Brown
  • Track: Brewing Process
  • Homebrew Con 2018
  • Portland, OR

Brewing science is constantly evolving and improving. To bring homebrewers up to date on the latest scientific developments in the world of hopping, this seminar introduces attendees to four recent studies conducted by members of the Master Brewers Association of America. For each study, we explain how to incorporate the…

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Biggest Mistakes in Sour Beer Making

  • Speaker: Jay Goodwin
  • Track: Beer Styles
  • Homebrew Con 2018
  • Portland, OR

Perhaps the most difficult style of beer to execute well, sour beer is becoming increasingly popular for both home- and pro brewers. In this seminar, Jay Goodwin shares a few pitfalls of sour beer making from some of the best brewers in the world. From Cantillon and Rodenbach to Russian…

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Boil Pro: What Homebrewers Can Learn from Pros on Wort Boiling

  • Speaker: Martin Brungard
  • Track: Brewing Process
  • Homebrew Con 2018
  • Portland, OR

Boiling sterilizes wort, drives off unpleasant compounds, coagulates proteins, and isomerizes hop acids, all of which are critical for producing great beer. While homebrewers have been told for years that a vigorous boil is desirable, long and vigorous boils are neither necessary nor desirable for producing high-quality beer. This presentation…

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Bringing a Brewery Quality Control Lab into Your Home

  • Speaker: Dr. Kevin McCabe
  • Track: Technical
  • Homebrew Con 2018
  • Portland, OR

The laboratory at Full Sail Brewing takes advantage of the latest technology and instrumentation to ensure beer consistency and quality, but many of the most important, high-impact techniques can be easily and inexpensively adapted for the homebrewer. From cell counts to sensory analysis, Dr. McCabe will walk the audience through…

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Burton Ale

  • Speaker: Bill Schneller
  • Track: Beer Styles
  • Homebrew Con 2018
  • Portland, OR

Burton ale is the parent style of barleywine and old ale. It was a staple of British brewing from the 1820s through the 1950s and 1960s, when it died out. Like most beers, it changed over the course of time. We’ll explore the history of Burton ale and learn how…

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Coffee Beer: How Much Buzz Is in Your Brew?

  • Speaker: Kara Taylor
  • Track: Ingredients
  • Homebrew Con 2018
  • Portland, OR

Have you ever brewed with coffee and wondered how much caffeine was in your beer? In this presentation, we’ll discuss caffeine levels of different commercial beers and how different extraction techniques can affect the caffeine in your beer. The presentation will show how caffeine is extracted from beans and explain…

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Crash Course in the Business of Brewing

  • Speakers: Dustin FordJennifer GlanvilleMegan BakerMegan Parisi
  • Track: Going Pro
  • Homebrew Con 2018
  • Portland, OR

Do you know you have the drive, passion, and talent it takes to quit your day job and open up shop? The road to entrepreneurship can twist more than your tubing, but fear not! Samuel Adams has assembled a team of brewing and business pros to help you navigate the…

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Cultivating Diversity and Inclusion in Homebrewing

  • Speakers: Annie JohnsonAnthony SalazarDebbie CerdaDiane GriffinKiley Gwynn
  • Track: Other/Misc.
  • Homebrew Con 2018
  • Portland, OR

This diverse panel of homebrewers will provide a forum in which to discuss the challenges, successes, and opportunities for diversity and inclusion in our homebrew community. We’ll discuss how homebrew clubs and beer appreciation groups and the craft beer industry can foster a greater appreciation and involvement in craft beer…

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Designing Beer

  • Speaker: Dr. Brad Smith
  • Track: Recipe Formulation & Improvement
  • Homebrew Con 2018
  • Portland, OR

This seminar offers an up-to-date look at beer recipe design, including recent techniques and findings. We’ll discuss how to design new beer recipes from scratch, brew beers to style, understand ingredient contributions, and apply brewing techniques to achieve a desired flavor profile. Recent innovations in brewing techniques will be highlighted.

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Experimenting with Smoked Hops

  • Speaker: Brian Haslip
  • Track: Ingredients
  • Homebrew Con 2018
  • Portland, OR

A must for those who enjoy beers made with smoked malts, this course introduces homebrewers to an alternative method of introducing smoke flavor: smoked hops. Smoked hops can be added in the boil or as dry hops to deliver a unique smoke flavor different from that of traditional rauchbier. Participants…

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Ferment THIS!

  • Speaker: Lorena Evans
  • Track: Alternative Fermentation
  • Homebrew Con 2018
  • Portland, OR

As brewers and meadmakers, we have many of the tools and techniques (like sanitizing) to ferment other foods and drinks. Naturally pickled foods, hot sauce, cheese, sauerkraut, kimchi, vinegar, kombucha, wine, and sourdough bread are all fermented products. We will discuss how to ferment these foods and drinks while avoiding…

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Flavor Profiles and Recipe Formulation

  • Speaker: Rodney Kibzey
  • Track: Recipe Formulation & Improvement
  • Homebrew Con 2018
  • Portland, OR

In this presentation, accomplished homebrewer Rodney Kibzey discusses how ingredient flavor profiles can affect the development of a beer recipe.

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Gluten-Free Homebrewing: No Barley, Wheat or Rye

  • Speaker: Robert Keifer
  • Track: Beer Styles
  • Homebrew Con 2018
  • Portland, OR

In this talk, Robert Keifer will relate his own story of gluten-free brewing and offer various tips and tricks that he has learned over the years. The presentation will include an opportunity to taste a selection of gluten-free versions of popular beer styles.

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Homebrew Cheesemaking for the Beer Lover

  • Speaker: Mark Carlson
  • Track: Other/Misc.
  • Homebrew Con 2018
  • Portland, OR

Are you a creative type who likes to brew something different every time? Do you enjoy experimenting with unique aromas and flavors? In this session, you’ll learn to apply what you already know about homebrewing to the world of homebrew cheesemaking. Come discover techniques and microorganisms, find out how to…

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Homebrew on Draft: Setup Theory and Maintenance

  • Speaker: Michael Ferrari
  • Track: Technical
  • Homebrew Con 2018
  • Portland, OR

Join Michael Ferrari for this in-depth discussion of serving your homebrew on tap. We’ll go over how to build and maintain a clean, waste-free system. From draft system balance to cleaning and troubleshooting, you’ll learn to taste and share the best version of your beer!

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Hops Hops and How to use Hops

  • Speaker: Ted Hausotter
  • Track: Ingredients
  • Homebrew Con 2018
  • Portland, OR

It's hoppy hour! Come join us for an examination of hops, the spice of beer, from both a brewer's perspective and a hop industry insider. We will examine how hops are used, flavor profiles, hop varieties, substitutions, and storage.

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Hot Hot Hot! Brewing a Stein Bier

  • Speaker: Annie Johnson
  • Track: Historical
  • Homebrew Con 2018
  • Portland, OR

Stein bier is the result of a 10,000-year-old Germanic method of brewing with hot granite stones. Most common in Alpine regions of Europe, stein bier is all about a brewing method, not about a style—any beer can be a stein beer! Learn how to brew one safely in this red-hot…

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How to Brew with Low O2

  • Speakers: John WattMike PaladinoScott McCormick
  • Track: Brewing Process
  • Homebrew Con 2018
  • Portland, OR

This seminar discusses the myths, benefits, and techniques of low oxygen brewing (LODO). From hot-side aeration and flavor preservation to shelf stability, you’ll learn why you should care about keeping oxygen out of your beer at all stages of the process. Come discover why there is growing interest in this…

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Hyperlocal: Bringing the Pub Back to the Neighborhood

  • Speaker: Jason Romano
  • Track: Going Pro
  • Homebrew Con 2018
  • Portland, OR

Nanobreweries are uniquely suited to serve their local communities, not from strip malls or industrial parks, but directly in their own neighborhoods. Learn how to open a hyperlocal, community-focused brewery.

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Imbibing in Ancient Iberia: Celtic to Flemish Brewing and Beyond

  • Speaker: Travis Rupp
  • Track: Historical
  • Homebrew Con 2018
  • Portland, OR

At the 2015, 2016, and 2017 Homebrew Cons, we examined the world of brewing in the ancient Near East, Mediterranean, and Europe. This year we move to ancient Iberia and examine the development of caelia, an ancient beer that predated the Roman conquest of Spain in 206 BCE. As an…

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Is Your Beer Special? Deciphering the BJCP Specialty Beer Categories for Entrants and Judges

  • Speaker: Dennis Mitchell
  • Track: Clubs & Competitions
  • Homebrew Con 2018
  • Portland, OR

“Where do I enter my beer?” “Should this beer be judged in this category?” “Why would someone brew this?” With the expansion of specialty beer categories in the 2015 BJCP Style Guidelines, entrants and judges both new and old might find themselves unsure where a beer belongs. This presentation will…

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It’s a Sprint: Brewing Beer Faster

  • Speakers: Marshall SchottMatt Del FiaccoSachin "Chino" Darji
  • Track: Brewing Process
  • Homebrew Con 2018
  • Portland, OR

Can we brew beer faster without sacrificing quality? Between the increasing demands of life and the five-hour time commitment of a “traditional” brew day, it’s normal for brewers to ask themselves this question. In this talk, we examine the brewing process from mashing to carbonation and examine how we can…

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Kettle Souring: Four Brewers’ Different Approaches

  • Speakers: Adam RobbingsBen EdmundsBen LoveSean Burke
  • Track: Brewing Process
  • Homebrew Con 2018
  • Portland, OR

Join Ben Love from Gigantic Brewing, Ben Edmunds from Breakside Brewery, Sean Burke from Von Ebert Brewing, and Adam Robbings from Reuben’s Brews for a presentation about their individual approaches to and experiences with kettle souring wort. The presentations will be followed by a panel question-and-answer session to delve deeper…

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Lessons I’ve Learned in 50 Years of Brewing

  • Speaker: Ken Grossman
  • Track: Other/Misc.
  • Homebrew Con 2018
  • Portland, OR

Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. is a steadfastly family-owned, family-run business, and founder Ken Grossman plays a large role in the brewery’s day-to-day operations. Under his direction, the brewery has evolved from one built with used dairy vessels to one of the most state-of-the-art brewing facilities in the world. The continued…

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Mastering Mead: Pro Tips on Making Better Mead

  • Speakers: Eric LoweMark TannerSteve FlettySusan Ruud
  • Track: Alternative Fermentation
  • Homebrew Con 2018
  • Portland, OR

Join this panel of experienced professional and home meadmakers to have your burning questions about mead answered. Each panelist will offer in-depth tips on how to improve as a meadmaker. Come with an open mind and an inquisitive palate.

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Next Level Home Brewing

  • Speakers: Fr. Jeff PoirotNicholas McCoy
  • Track: Brewing Process
  • Homebrew Con 2018
  • Portland, OR

Join 2017 Ninkasi Award winners Father Jeff Poirot and Nicholas McCoy as they discuss what it takes to brew at the next level and win homebrew competitions. This talk includes an in-depth look at Jeff and Nick’s approach to brewing processes, equipment, and recipe formulation.

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Putting Brewing Water in Perspective

  • Speaker: John Palmer
  • Track: Ingredients
  • Homebrew Con 2018
  • Portland, OR

Brewing water can have a noticeable effect on beer flavor. This seminar reviews the science behind these effects and demonstrates them with three different waters used to brew the same beer recipe. The base waters and the beers will be served to the audience for evaluation.

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