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Home Brewing Basics

When: Thursday, Sept. 3, from 7 to 8 p.m.
Where: The library meeting room at Oscar Foss Memorial Library, 111 S. Barnstead Road, Center Barnstead
Cost: Free 
Call: 269-3900 to register
Visit: oscarfoss.org




New to brew?
Learn the basics of homebrewing

09/03/15
By Allie Ginwala aginwala@hippopress.com



Whether your dream is to open a brewery someday or you just want an IPA made to your exact specifications, you can learn the ins and outs of home brewing beer at Oscar Foss Memorial Library on Thursday, Sept. 3, during a class led by veteran home brewer Justin Umlah.

Umlah began brewing almost a decade ago because he wasn’t happy with the beer selection on the shelves.
“Ten years ago, good beer was not everywhere, and it was definitely not economically priced, and I thought it would be a clever idea to start making my own,” he said in a phone interview.
His current home brew setup is a half barrel (15 gallons), and lately he’s been brewing IPAs and Belgian-style beers — he prefers IPAs while his wife enjoys the Belgians. He’ll make anywhere from 10 gallons to 15 gallons a batch, depending on the type of beer. 
With no classes available at the time, he learned how to home brew by reading books and doing lots of hands-on, trial-and-error learning.
“It was all books written by crazy people that just took a hobby way too far,” he said. “[A] big reason I’m doing the class is [to tell] anybody getting into brewing [that they] should not take the path I took.”
During the class, Umlah will focus on the theme of “keep it simple.”
“We’ve got four basic ingredients,” he said. “Stick to those and learn how to use them, then go off.”
Umlah has showed people how to brew in an individual setting, but never as a formal class before. He’s working on developing his own course with beginner, chemistry and advanced class options to cover all aspects of the process and equipment involved. He hopes to turn the inaugural standalone class at Oscar Foss Memorial Library into a series. 
Umlah said he designed this Home Brewing Basics class so that “if somebody walked in and said, ‘I don’t know what the differences in beer are,’ I can take it from there.”
He’ll talk about the simple ingredients involved and show the class malt and hops (including some fresh hops from his garden). He’ll go over the cleaning process, which is “ultimately 90 percent of the job,” he said, how to start with equipment most people already have in their kitchens, and of course the brewing process. He’ll wrap up the class with time for questions and book recommendations to help get started.
“Hopefully by the end of this one-hour class they can say OK, this is how you have to do it,” he said.  
 
As seen in the September 3, 2015 issue of the Hippo.





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