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Old 05-26-2009, 02:52 AM   #1
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Default Brew School and Hop Class Agenda

Grow Your Own, Brew Your Own School 2009
July 18th & 19th Rising Sun Farm, Paonia Colorado

This program will concentrate on growing your own brewing ingredients, with hands-on brewing activities for the beginner to intermediate small-scale brewer who wants to grow and brew with their own ingredients.

This weekend we will follow the creation of beer, starting with barley and hops at the farm. Students will learn farming basics; complete with lectures and hands-on farm activities on an organic hop farm. Next we’ll move into the brewery to brew up a half-barrel batch of farm ale. As we brew the day away, students will learn about brewing science and biochemistry, equipment, kegging, and brewing sustainably. Finally, comes the beer portion. Students will learn beer-tasting basics, and evaluate many beers including their own homebrews, alongside their peers and professional brewers.
At the end of the weekend, the winner of the “1st Annual Rising Sun Homebrew Competition” will be announced

Saturday, July 18th

8:30 am – Paradise Theater, Paonia, CO
Registration and homebrew submission
Coffee and continental breakfast
9:00 am - Presentations by Ali Hamm and Dr. Ron Godin
Growing 1: Growing Hops – From Rhizomes to Beer
Includes: Hop ecology and growing overview
Planting and irrigation
Fertility – pre and in-season
Variety selection
Trellising options
Harvesting for peak quality
Post harvest processing
Using hops in the brewery

Growing 2: Row Malting Barley – From Seeds to Beer
Includes: Barley ecology and growing overview
Field preparations & seeding
Fertility and irrigation req.
Variety selection
Harvesting and cleaning
How to malt your barley
Steeping
Germination
Kilning
Specialty malts

12:00 noon – Lunch at Revolution Brewery
1:00pm – Rising Sun Farms
Farm Tour and Activities
Hands on hop workshops
Hands on farm laboring
Prepare for Brew Day
Share homebrews
6:00pm – BBQ at the Farm
Live Music!

Sunday, July 19

9:00 am: Breakfast at the farm
10:00 am: Tasting Session
Roundtable beer tasting using BJCP Guidelines
10:30am: Brewing Session
Learn brewing science step by step
Rotational workshops
BBQ and Homebrews
(Competition Judging)
4-5:00 pm: Closing
Rising Sun Homebrew Competition Award Ceremony
Closing cheers
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Old 05-26-2009, 03:48 AM   #2
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Sounds like a great weekend. I've considered growing and malting my own grain for a long time. Hope all goes well for you.
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