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Chicago homebrew classes

Discussion in 'Great Lakes' started by Jwren5, Oct 12, 2012.

  1. Jwren5

    Jwren5 Savant (300) Illinois Aug 26, 2011

    Has anyone in the area attended a local homebrewing class? I see Brew Camp and Brew and Grow both offer classes. Does anyone have any reccomdations for either of these, or for other places I am unaware of? I would like to take one sometime in the near future, so input is greatly appreciated.
  2. lsteffens

    lsteffens Zealot (80) Illinois Feb 21, 2008

    It was several years ago, but Ed Seaman was doing homebrew classes at his shop in St. Charles. The class was very helpful, and we were invited back when he put the beer we made on tap in his shop.

    Home Brew Shop, Ltd.225 West Main Street
    St. Charles, Illinois 60174
    Phone: (630) 377-1338
    Fax: (630) 377-3913

  3. Jwren5

    Jwren5 Savant (300) Illinois Aug 26, 2011

    I will definetly check that place out sometime if I am in that area. For right now though, I am more looking for something in the city that I can get to relatively quickly.
  4. funkyaudio

    funkyaudio Advocate (530) Illinois Feb 14, 2009 Beer Trader

    BevArt Brewer & Winemaker Supply
    10033 S. Western Avenue in Chicago.
    (773) 233-7579

    The offer classes from beginner classes to all grain classes
  5. match1112

    match1112 Champion (750) Illinois Mar 2, 2011

    Have you tried local home brew clubs? The ones down here meet up once a month, give seminars, do bottle shares, take bus trips to breweries and festivals, and are more than helpful with any advice that one would need and also invite people over on brew days to teach.
  6. Jwren5

    Jwren5 Savant (300) Illinois Aug 26, 2011

    That isn't a bad idea. I don't know of any in the area right offhand, but this is something I could look into.
  7. honestly, skip the classes and just find a friend that homebrews and offer to help with a brew session. failing that, a homebrew club is great.
  8. match1112

    match1112 Champion (750) Illinois Mar 2, 2011

    If only there was some sort of thingy that could help do the searching, some type of "engine" if you will. Or you could start at your local bottle store if they sell kits or equipment, and see if they could point you to someone. Or maybe the yellow pages for supply stores in your area, just thinkin out loud here. Good luck!
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  10. jpsy422

    jpsy422 Savant (365) Illinois Jul 12, 2009 Beer Trader

    I did this for a bachelor party earlier this year. The class was fun and you drank a lot during it. (Bring pizza with you, seriously). However almost all of the beer we made there ended up infected and moldy.

    If you are really looking to learn how to brew, find someone that already brews and have them help you with a batch. Join the AHA and go to some meetings. Or just buy. A kit, a pot and a recipe and go for it.
  11. dvelcich

    dvelcich Savant (370) Illinois Feb 6, 2008

    I always found it weird that it was connected to a dog grooming place. :confused:
  12. ThirstT

    ThirstT Aficionado (205) Illinois May 5, 2012 Beer Trader

    I know that you had stated that Saint Charles may not be the vacinity that you're looking to go to, but this is the website for the brew club that I attend. It is a smaller club of about 10 steady members with another 10-20 people who have chosen to stop in occasionally. This is the only brew club that I know that brews a beer during its meeting. So, you'd get an opportunity to see a brew process as well as talk with some folks that are passionate about their varying levels of brewing experience. If that interests you, please feel free to inquire.
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  13. jpsy422

    jpsy422 Savant (365) Illinois Jul 12, 2009 Beer Trader

    I just joined up for that Wingnut Brew Club. There appears to be a meeting next week and it's $5 to join. that a pretty slick deal.
  14. Kyleisdesign

    Kyleisdesign Aficionado (155) Illinois Jan 27, 2011 Beer Trader

    If you are looking for something in the city proper look up the club I belong to Chaos Brew Club. Our new site is www.chaosbrewclub.net
  15. Jwren5

    Jwren5 Savant (300) Illinois Aug 26, 2011

    This place looks pretty awesome. Where is it located at?
  16. Kyleisdesign

    Kyleisdesign Aficionado (155) Illinois Jan 27, 2011 Beer Trader

    Grand and Ogden essentially.
  17. loki993

    loki993 Savant (260) Michigan Apr 16, 2009

    Id second that idea, they usually have a small fee to join the club, cheaper then a class id imagine, and you get to meet a lot of cool people that are knowledgeable and always willing to help a newbie....
  18. Your local or nearby library might offer a homebrew class. The libraries by me have them once in a while.