Friday, August 7, 2015

Teaching Newbies on Saturday... What should we brew... and How?

So here's the deal.  I'm teaching some newbies how to brew this weekend.  And how to brew better.

So come on yall give me some input.  Should I teach them extract, all grain biab small batch, or partial mash.

Im leaning toward all grain small batch.  Most people own a 2-4 gallon pot already.  And all grain costs less to brew than extract.

But I'd like some input.  If you could go back in time and have someone teach you,  what would you want to learn?

My thoughts are that for the beginning brewer, extract is the easiest, but the hardest to do really well.  All grain small batch BIAB is probably the way to go 2 gallon batch right on the stove top.

Now,  the next question is what recipe?   I'm thinking a crazy hoppy AIPA. My thoughts are that many, many deficiencies that new brewers encounter would be hidden by the hops.

What say you?

1 comment:

  1. I do agree extract is easy, but it is how about 90% of us start. I do not agree that wxtract is the hardest to master, BIAB and all grain have additional steps than extract.

    I see extract as an apprenticeship step in home brewing, you get to learn 90% of the basics and when you get handle on those you can move into the type of breweing you wish todo.

    As for the recipe I would suggest something simple, maybe as simple as a SMASH. I would consider a brown or a stout , something that is just plain easy.

    Remeber this is a begineer class, and keep it simple, the easier it is for them the more they will take from the class. Set up your students for sucess!