by Alexis Abel
With more than 28 styles of beer and hundreds of variations, homebrewing your own beer has been embraced by DIYers of all ages. If you’re interested in homebrewing, but don’t know where to start, the Lincoln Lagers Homebrew Club, Modern Monks Brewery and Misty’s Steakhouse will be hosting a “Learn to Homebrew Day” on Saturday, Nov. 12.
Established by the American Homebrewers Association in 1999, “Learn to Homebrew Day” is a way to get new brewers schooled in all that homebrewing has to offer. Lincoln’s event will be no different. Beginning at 11 a.m. outside Misty’s Steakhouse and Brewery, 200 N. 11th St, members of the Lincoln Lagers homebrew club will start the event with a demonstration of all grain brewing.
Many hobbyists begin brewing through the purchase of a homebrew kit that includes concentrated malt extract. This step allows new brewers to skip the mashing process and head straight to the boil and fermentation stages. Saturday’s demonstration will show new and experienced brewers alike how straight forward all grain brewing can be.
Jason McLaughlin, president of the Lincoln Lagers, has been homebrewing for three years and president of the Lincoln Lagers for one. Saturday’s event, he said, will show brewers of all experience levels the benefits of joining a homebrew club. Shortly after McLaughlin started homebrewing, a friend invited him to a Lincoln Lagers meeting.
“The beer that they were making was incredible,” he said. “It far surpassed anything I had imagined homebrewed beer could taste like. I became a member on the spot.”
Improving your beer is just one of many benefits the club can offer, McLaughlin said. Lincoln Lagers welcomes brewers of every level, from weekend hobbyists to professional microbrewers. The club’s monthly meetings consist of educational presentations and a tasting portion where members sample each others’ beer. About 10 Lincoln Lagers members are also certified judges who can help members find and improve faults in their beer.
Saturday’s event will also include an equipment swap, where brewers will have the opportunity to buy, sell or trade their unused brewing equipment. One of the hurdles, McLaughlin said, of starting a homebrewing hobby is purchasing costly brewing equipment.
One of the most rewarding aspects of homebrewing, McLaughlin said, is the thrill of discovery and experimentation. “I love to take a beer I’ve found commercially and recreate it to a quality that surpasses what I’ve found, or change it in ways to make it even better.”
“Learn to Homebrew Day” will be held Saturday, Nov. 12 outside Misty’s Steakhouse and Brewery, 200 N. 11th St., from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The event is free.