The Kitchn's Beer School Starts Monday (That's Tomorrow)!

The Kitchn's Beer School Starts Monday (That's Tomorrow)!

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Emma Christensen
Apr 13, 2015
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  • The Kitchn's Beer School: 20 lessons, 7 assignments to brew your first 1-gallon batch of beer.
  • Beer School Starts: May 4
  • Enroll here: The Kitchn's Beer School

Have you been wanting to try brewing your own beer, but aren't quite sure where to start? Or what equipment you might need? Or if you even have enough space in your apartment? Mark your calendar for May 4th and enroll in The Kitchn's Beer School! We'll guide you through brewing your first 1-gallon batch of beer.

Curious? Intrigued? Excited? More details below.

What Is The Kitchn's Beer School?

20 lessons, 7 assignments to brew your first 1-gallon batch of beer

Our Beer School will run for a total of seven weeks, starting May 4th. During these seven weeks, you'll learn everything you need to know to brew great beer at home. You'll get the details — from buying equipment to checking the alcohol level of your homebrew — in 20 lessons, and then you'll put your knowledge into practice in 7 weekend brewing assignments. That's right — we're going to brew an actual batch of beer together!

20 Short Lessons to Get You Up to Speed

Seven weeks can feel like a big commitment, but the daily lessons are meant to be bite-sized. They're the kind of thing you'll be able read on your commute to work or flip through on your coffee break. The real action will happen on the weekends. That's when we'll go shopping for equipment and ingredients, brew the beer, make sure it's fermenting correctly, and bottle it up.

Go at Your Own Pace

And if you need to take a break in the middle, all the lessons and assignments will be collected right here at The Kitchn's Beer School. You can come back to them whenever you like, as often as you like.

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What You'll Learn at The Kitchn's Beer School

Here's a rundown of everything you'll learn.

Week 1: Getting Started

  • Why Brew Your Own Beer?
  • A Timeline for How Beer is Made
  • Introducing the Official Beer of Beer School
  • The Equipment You'll Need to Brew Beer
  • The Ingredients You'll Need to Brew Beer
  • Weekend Assignment #1: Buy Your Ingredients & Gear

Week 2: Brew Day!

  • A Timeline for Your Brew Day
  • Brew Day Hour 1: The Mash
  • Brew Day Hour 2: The Sparge
  • Brew Day Hour 3: The Boil
  • Brew Day Hour 4: Cooling and Pitching the Yeast
  • Weekend Assignment #2: Brew Your Beer!

Week 3: Fermenting in the Primary

  • Here's What's Happening in Your Beer Right Now
  • The Etiquette of Brewing Beer at Home (i.e. Dealing with Resident Non-Brewers)
  • Where to Store Your Beer While It Ferments
  • How To Check the Alcohol Level in Your Beer
  • How To Transfer and Siphon Your Beer
  • Weekend Assignment #3: Transfer Your Beer From the Primary to the Secondary

Week 4: Fermenting in the Secondary

  • Here's What is Happening in Your Beer Right Now
  • 5 Easy Ways to Add Fun Flavors to Your Next Beer
  • How Beer Gets Fizzy
  • Trouble-Shooting Homebrew Problems
  • How To Bottle Beer
  • Weekend Assignment #4: 5 Things to Do While You Wait for Your Beer to (Finally) Finish

Week 5: Bottling the Beer

  • Weekend Assignment #5: Bottle Your Beer!

Week 6: Understanding Your Beer

  • Weekend Assignment #6: Here's What is Happening in Your Beer Right Now (Plus 5 Similar Beers to Taste)

Week 7: Graduation! Drink Your Beer!

  • A Menu of Recipes to Bring Out the Best in Your Beer
  • Weekend Assignment #7: Congrats! Drink Your Beer!

Who's Running The Kitchn's Beer School?

Hello! You may know me as The Kitchn's Recipe Editor, but I've also been homebrewing for going on six years now. My first cookbook, True Brews, focused on fermented beverages of all kinds, and my second book, Brew Better Beer, is coming out at the beginning of May.

I've spent a lot of time not only brewing my own beer, but also teaching other people how to brew it for themselves. Brewing beer is loads of fun and incredibly satisfying, but it can also be intimidating, frustrating, and baffling. My aim is to keep all the fun and satisfaction, but get rid of as much of the not-fun stuff as I can.

If you have any questions — now or along the way — you can email me or tweet me, and I'd be happy to answer. All my contact info is right here.

Ok, Sign Me Up!

Ready to brew some beer? Great! Sign up for daily emails with links to all the daily lessons and weekend assignments right here. See you in a few weeks!

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