Workshop: Brew your own Beer

Microbiologically brewed to perfection

25 nov 2017

Even though it only takes water, hops, yeast and grains to develop a beer, the variations and additions are endless. During this introductory beer workshop with Blake Allen you will learn how to brew beer with the utmost microbiological perfection. Suitable for all adventurous (and unexperienced) brewers.

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Brewing a stout beer - The stout and grains try to escape the pot, during the cooking phase in the brew your own 6 pack workshop with Simon, May 2015 Xiang Yu Yeung



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 Mark 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. 

(Note: be aware that bottling is taking place at Mediamatic's CleanLab but needs to be arranged by participants via e-mail which you will receive after the workshop.)


Test Batch Beer - Come and try the weekly brewed beers at Mediamatic ETEN. Lisanne Groenewoud


During the day there will also be a tasting of several special beers. We will compare and Blake Allen 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 Blake Allen

For over five years, Blake Allen has been experimenting with homebrewing and growing hops organically. He has worked as Assistant Brewer at two breweries, wrote the operations plan for the largest hop farm in Canada, and was most recently the Brewer for Mediamatic's MycoBrewery. After brewing over 100 batches of beer, he now enjoys teaching people about the brewing process, and is constantly looking to expand his own knowledge of beer making.


Myco Brewery

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: Brew your own Beer
Saturday 25 November 10:00 - 18:00
Mediamatic Biotoop, Dijkspark 6, Amsterdam
Tickets: Presale €75 | Students €60


Beer Brewing Workshop - The participants listen intently to what the days' activities will be Het brouwen speelt zich vooral af rond deze ketels: de Grainfathers. Hierin wordt de brouw op temperatuur gebracht en gehouden.


Testing Beer Batches - The Myco Brewery is a permanent installation on the Bio Clean Lab, where we brew beer and use the spent grains of this process to develop new materials with. In the background you see the different chambers for: 1st. and 2nd fermenatation and the Myco Incubation chamber Anisa Xhomaqi, Ashley Scarborough, Linde van Beers


Beer Brewing Workshop - Isa Miralles is giving the workshop teams instructions on how to cook the milled grains in their 'Grainmasters.' Megan Bishop


Beer Brewing workshop - New beer batch during the workshop Brew your own Beer on 14 October. Anisa Xhomaqi

Met: Mark Henke

Tasting Myco-Brewery Beer 29 - At the beer brewing work shop there is the opportunity to taste the previous brews of the Mediamatic Myco-Brewery. Megan Bishop


Brewing Beer - Mediamatic staff are seen here meticulously controlling the temperature of their brews! Megan Bishop


Isa testing the Myco Beer - Brew specialist Isa created a lovely beer for our Myco Brewery. Anisa Xhomaqi


Brewing Beer! - 23th May 2014 Gathering ingredients for the beer brewing workshop with Simon Buijs. Xiang Yu Yeung


Home brew - Bottle it well