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All-Grain Beer Brewing

January 24, 2016 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm


3536488_sJoin us for a steamy, fragrant morning of mashing grains, boiling worts and hops, and delightful aromas—all in the name of making many people’s favourite beverage, beer! 

This workshop will explore the process of all-grain brewing.  Beginning with milled grains and water, participants will proceed through all the steps for making a beer completely from scratch.  Each participant will brew their own 4 litre batch of beer on equipment that can be found in most home kitchens. 

But why make your own beer?  For some people it’s simply a desire to be able to make yet another food at home (after all, beer is known as liquid bread!).  For others the motivation is cost-related; good craft beer is pricey, whereas good homebrewed beer can be as cheap as $0.50 a bottle (and sometimes cheaper!).  Or maybe it’s the desire to understand and better appreciate all that goes into a wonderful glass of well-crafted beer.  For many people in the past (and hopefully never in the future) the only way to enjoy beer was to make it yourself!  Whatever the reason, this workshop will focus on giving you the knowledge and confidence you need to go home and start brewing.

If you have been curious about making your own beer but haven’t taken the plunge this workshop will be great for you.  Participants will have their choice of two different beers to brew, going through the process of mashing the grains to extract their sugars and flavours, lautering and sparging to rinse the grains, boiling the sweet wort, a 1-hour boil, multiple additions of hops, chilling of the wort, and pitching of the yeast.  Participants will take their wort home to ferment into beer prior to bottling, but the process for bottling will be demonstrated and practiced in the workshop. 

All throughout the workshop participants will have time to ask questions and also learn about how they can create their own recipes from scratch and what they can do to recreate some of their favourite styles at home.

You will learn:

10298997_s·  The process of making small batches (4-8 litres) of beer at home

·  How to create your own recipes

·  The importance of yeast strain on determining the style of beer

·  Sanitation and bottling

·  Insight into making other fermented beverages—wine, Kombucha, ginger bug, old fashioned sodas, etc.

You should attend this workshop if you:

·  Enjoy beer and want to learn more about how it’s made

·  Have wanted to make your own beer but haven’t been sure how to start, or have attempted home brewing but weren’t satisfied with the results

·  Are tired of paying high prices for good beer

·  Want to be able to create quality beer at home

You will get:

·  Guidance from an experienced home brewer and teacher who has worked with friends and family to develop a community supported home brewery in Kitchener-Waterloo

·  4 litres of un-fermented beer to take home

·  The opportunity to create your own recipe and put together the necessary ingredients for your own brew.

·  The equipment needed to ferment and bottle a small batch of beer (optional – you can bring your own equipment if you already have it).


When: Sunday,  January 24th 10am-2pm

Where: Artisanale French Country Cooking, 214 Woolwich Street, Guelph, ON

Cost:  $100 course fee + $50 for beer brewing equipment (if you do not have your own equipment).  Includes all materials and lunch. 

* You must have your own equipment in order to attend this workshop.  If you already have all your own equipment, you are welcome to bring it. If you have some of your own equipment and not a complete set, you are welcome to purchase individual items below. Please note that you are welcome to purchase your own equipment elsewhere.

To Bring: If you have your own equipment here is a list of what to bring: 2 gallon (8 litre) food grade bucket with lid (this is a minimum size), siphon and hose, bottle filler, hydrometer, wine thief, grain bag, capper, 100 caps, airlock and rubber stopper, sticker thermometer.

Methods of Registration: Eventbrite (below) or you can pay by cheque, cash, or e-transfer prior to the workshop. Email Ami at


Jon Spee


I have loved beer for a long time and have been brewing my own for a little over 2 ½ years.  I started with one recipe kit and from that point on have been creating my own recipes.   After about 5 batches of beer I decided I was having so much fun that I wanted to expand my abilities.  After a good amount of reading I got together a group of friends and family members and put together a brewing cooperative in which we would all share the cost of ingredients and equipment and I would brew the beer.  This has worked out great!  Everyone helps with the brewing when they can but as the head brewer I get to choose the recipes and lead the brewing.  I also have been selling basic homebrewing ingredients for the past year in KW with an emphasis on local hops.


Cancellation Guidelines

  • Minga will provide a 100% refund for workshops cancelled by Minga.
  • If a registrant cancels a workshop with more than 48 hours notice, a 100% refund will be issued.
  • If a registrant cancels with less than 48 hours notice or does not show up, no refund will be issued.
  • The above policies apply for pre-registered workshops. Refunds or credits will not be issued for a missed class.

* Please note that we’ll be sending out information about specifics of the workshop a few days before the workshop, including a reminder of what to bring.



January 24, 2016
10:00 am - 2:00 pm
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