We will start with a short presentation about the basics of beer brewing and the varieties of malts, hops and yeasts. Then the group will be divided in three, each discussing and making up different brewing recipe's. Together with Jasper you will decide if you're going to make a stout, IPA, blond or even something more experimental. Then it's time to get the real work started! Step by step we will go through the process. First measuring and milling the malt and cook it. After deciding what hops you're going to use you will go into the mashing and filtering. Finally we store the beer in the fermentation buckets.
The bottling itself will happen two weeks later and will only take one hour. You will leave with your own batch of 'home-brewed' beers. A little patience is needed however, before opening your beers have to ferment in their bottle for another 2 weeks.
During the day there will also be a tasting of several special beers. We will compare and Jasper will explain us about different beers and brewing facts. There is enough time to ask questions. After the workshop you have gained knowledge to start brewing at home and more important: start experimenting with different flavors and ingredients.
About Jasper Swierstra
Jasper is a microbiologist at the University of Utrecht. He studied biomedical sciences and is currently doing a PhD at the Erasmus Medical Centre. Besides working on his PhD he is also a teacher at the Higher school of Rotterdam where he focuses on immunity and infections. But Jasper is also a passionate brewer, distiller and cook! With his company Brouwerij X he offers workshops, consultations and lectures about the wondrous process of brewing beer and other fermented beverages.
The workshop takes places in Mediamatic's Myco Brewery. A laboratory / test-kitchen / wet-lab which is suitable for working with fermentation and micro-organisms. At the moment Mediamatic uses the space for the development of new bio-degradable materials based on beer-waste and fungi. And of course for the production of their own Myco Beers, which are sold at the restaurant of Mediamatic ETEN.
The Beer Workshops are part of a larger program-line at Mediamatic where we investigate the use of micro-organisms in food. Take a look for instance at our Fermentation Blog.
Workshop: Brewing Beer
Saturday 13 may 13:00 - 18:00
Mediamatic Biotoop, Dijkspark 6, Amsterdam