Brew U - School that Matters

The Beer Barons of Milwaukee mission is to provide education about beer and brewing to all interested parties. We began doing this since the beginning of our club in 1989 through informal meetings and private get-togethers.

Today we offer a wide range of courses from beginning brewing to our well regarded Sensory Analysis and Beer Judge Certification Program (BJCP) training courses. Most of these courses last from 2 to 4 hours and are conducted by senior members, high ranking judges, or BJCP officers.

Course attendees do not need to be a club member to participate.  For a list of classes, dates and locations select one of the items from the categories below.

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    Registration Now Open for Remaining Courses & Judging Exam
    by Bruce Buerger - Tuesday, 14 March 2017, 2:38 PM
     

    Registration is open for the final three courses in our Beer Sensory Analysis & BJCP Training program, as well as the BJCP Judging Exam that we'll be hosting on May 6th in Milwaukee. Get your spots reserved now!

    http://brewumke.com/course/index.php?categoryid=6


     
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    Coming Soon: Sensory Analysis & Beer Judge Training
    by Bruce Buerger - Wednesday, 2 November 2016, 9:12 PM
     

    Our 2016 sensory analysis and beer judging program will be starting up in Decemeber. Take a moment now to check out the program courses. Registration opening in early October.

    (Edited by Jonathan Greene - original submission Thursday, 4 August 2016, 1:18 AM)



    Available courses

    Learn the basic analysis process through discussion and sampling of example beers and ingredients to begin developing your palate. This class teaches the basic fundamentals needed for analysis of beer. It is recommended to take this class if you plan on taking any other courses.

    • Date: December 3rd, 2016
    • Time: 9:30am to 12:30pm central
    • Location: Northern Brewer - Milwaukee 1306 South 108th Street, West Allis, WI 53214

    An overview of grains and the malting process, flavors associate with various malts, beer styles and impact malt choice plays on finished product – Characteristics of base malts and specialty malt such as the impact of the boil on Pilsner malt, Caramel vs. Crystal malts, and when to choose a de-bittered malt.

    • Date: January 7th, 2016
    • Time: 9:30am to 12:30pm central
    • Location: Northern Brewer - Milwaukee 1306 South 108th Street, West Allis, WI 53214

    A review of everything water: different mashing techniques, sparging (the importance of temperature and pH), water quality and modifications (assessing, adjusting and additives). We will cover water profiles of famous beer regions.

    • Date: January 21st, 2017
    • Time: 9:30am to 12:30pm central
    • Location: Northern Brewer - Milwaukee 1306 South 108th Street, West Allis, WI 53214

    We’ll discuss hop varieties, characteristics, and brewing techniques that have an impact on the beer in your glass. 

    We will also cover the impact of the Boil on beer as well as the addition of adjuncts and effects that they can have on finished product.

    • Date: Feb 11th 2017
    • Time: 9:00am to 12:00pm CST
    • Location: Northern Brewer Milwaukee - 1306 S. 108th Street, West Allis, WI 53214

    Various strains, dry vs. liquid, pitching rates, alcohol and temperature tolerance. Importance of choosing the yeast for the desired flavor profile and acceptable by-products.

    Fermentation techniques, Importance of temperature control, Lagers vs. Ales. Common technical flaws and its side effects.

    Proper handling post fermentation. Bottle or kegging - advantages and disadvantage of each. Proper storage techniques. Off flavors associated with conditioning/packaging.

    • Date: March 18th, 2017
    • Time: 9:30am to 12:30pm central
    • Location: Northern Brewer - Milwaukee 1306 South 108th Street, West Allis, WI  53214

    Learn how to detect various flaws and their causes as well as ways to ways to control the flaws. This session consists of sampling and discussing flawed or doctored beers.

    • Recommend taking both part 1 and 2

    • Date: April 1st, 2017
    • Time: 9:30am to 12:30pm central
    • Location: Northern Brewer - Milwaukee 1306 South 108th Street, West Allis, WI  53214

    Part 2 continues with our sampling of doctored beers to develop our skills in detecting various flaws and their causes as well as ways to ways to control the flaws.

    • Recommend taking both part 1 and 2

    • Date: April 29th, 2017
    • Time: 9:30am to 12:30pm central
    • Location: Northern Brewer - Milwaukee 1306 South 108th Street, West Allis, WI  53214

    Sign up for the BJCP tasting exam in Milwaukee.

    • Date: May 6th, 2017
    • Time: 10:00am to 11:30am central
    • Location: Northern Brewer - Milwaukee 1306 South 108th Street, West Allis, WI 53214