Victoria Beer Week 2016 – Homebrewing Workshop at Category 12 Brewing

Victoria Beer Week Home Brewing Workshop Adding More Grain

Victoria Beer Week and Category 12 Brewing create a special VBW2016 brew

Saturday March 5th was the second day of Victoria Beer Week 2016, and one of the main events for the day was the home brewing workshop hosted by Michael Kuzyk.  Attendees were guided through the brewing process on Category 12’s small pilot batch system while Michael provided learning opportunities and hands-on experience with brewing beer.

Victoria Beer Week Home Brewing Workshop Boiling the Water

Michael explained and demonstrated the process he goes through for his R&D batches – only on offer at the brewery – while providing insight into brewing at home or at any scale.

From equipment, to technique, to common problems encountered primarily by home brewers as well as those that all brewers experience, Michael gave attendees an intimate look into the brewing process and a closer understanding of Category 12’s own methods of creating great beer.

Victoria Beer Week Home Brewing Workshop Taking the Temperature

Taking the temperature

Victoria Beer Week Home Brewing Workshop Mash Paddle

Mash Paddle

Saturday’s creation will go through the typical fermentation process of any of Michael’s pilot batches and will be served to patrons at the tasting room when ready.  Category 12 will announce the release of the beer through Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

Victoria Beer Week Home Brewing Workshop Starting the Mash

Starting the Mash

The workshop was also a way to introduce aspiring home brewers to BrewVic, the Victoria Home Brewer’s Club.  The group offers help and advice to home brewers of all experience levels, and members often meet up to share and discuss what they’ve brewed and what they are currently working on.

Victoria Beer Week Home Brewing Workshop Checking Wort Clarity

Checking wort clarity

Affordable, interesting, engaging, and delicious (thanks to a free glass or sample flight), the home brew workshop is an excellent event that is sure to attract more participants next year and is highly recommended for both novice and experienced home brewers, and those who aspire to be.

Victoria Beer Week Home Brewing Workshop Adjusting the Flow

Getting the right flow rate is important

Victoria Beer Week Home Brewing Workshop C12 Kegs

Category 12 Kegs

Victoria Beer Week Home Brewing Workshop Hop Bags Boiling

Bags of hops boiling to release their special flavours

Victoria Beer Week Home Brewing Workshop Removing the Hops

Removing the hops from the kettle

Victoria Beer Week Home Brewing Workshop Yeast

The yeast that will start the magic

Victoria Beer Week Home Brewing Workshop Transferring to the Primary

Transferring to the primary fermenter

Victoria Beer Week Home Brewing Workshop C12 Taps

The newest Category 12 taps

Victoria Beer Week Home Brewing Workshop New Bottling Machine

Bottles on the new bottling line

Victoria Beer Week Home Brewing Workshop C12 Barrel Aging Program

The beginnings of the Category 12 barrel aging program

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Jeremy Nemanishen

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  1. Mike
    Mike 19 March, 2016, 14:06

    Looks like that was a ton of fun.

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    • Jeremy Nemanishen
      Jeremy Nemanishen Author 20 March, 2016, 09:54

      It was loads of fun. Getting to learn directly from Michael as well as chat with other home brewers was great. Add to that some delicious pizza and a free C12 beer and you’ve got the makings of a stellar afternoon!

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