Workshop: brew your own six-pack

Start designing your own beer

23 mei 2015

With over 250 micro-breweries in the Netherlands alone, and these numbers quickly rising, we seem to be entering another golden age of brewing. What unites these independent breweries is the fact that most of them started their business in their own homes and kitchens. And now you can do the same! Start designing a beer brand and learn how to brew your own sixpack. From milling and mashing to filtering, storage, naming and bottling.

This workshop is divided into two parts, brewing (6 hrs.) and bottling (1 hr), and given by Simon Buijs from Brouwerij De Bierkraai.


Cooking the malt during the Brew your own beer workshop - Brew your own sixpack workshop in the green house at Mediamatic Biotoop. Sam and Faye are cooking the malt for their recipe. Ana Valls


What will you do?

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 Simon 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 a sixpack of 3 different 'home-brewed' beers. A little patience is needed however, before opening your beers have to ferment in their bottle for another 2 weeks.


Filtering the beer during the Brew your own six-pack workshop - Ana Valls


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


Beer tasting during the workshop -

About Simon

Simon Buijs started brewing in is own student kitchen in the east of Amsterdam. Once he got the hang of it, he and 3 other friends started their own micro-brewer called Brouwerij de Bierkraai. Being 3 scientists and one gastronomer, they share a a great combination of knowledge and sense of taste. Their beers are now sold at numerous locations in Amsterdam.


Workshop: Brew your own sixpack.
Part 1: saturday 23 may, 12:00 - 18:00
Part 2: 5 june, time to be announced.
Tickets: €75,00. With discount you pay only €52,50 *
Location: Mediamatic Biotoop, Dijksgracht 6, Amsterdam
Language: the workshop will be in english unless everyone speaks Dutch

*Students, freelancers and artists can get a 30% discount! Fill in the discount code 'bierbrouwen' at the check out. Please notice we will ask for proof of subscription of your university or your KVK number.

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