Brewers make wort, yeast makes beer.
Yeast is one of the most important ingredients of beer, and perhaps the most temperamental. Each strain produces different flavors in different conditions. Becoming familiar with yeast is an essential part of becoming a great homebrewer and also for understanding the beer you drink.
The guys at Bittter and Esters in Prospect Heights are holding a yeast class this Saturday, March 31 at 1 p.m. The class will involve the history of yeast use, chemistry, flavor profiles, and nitty gritty homebrewing techniques. They have also taken homebrewed pale ale wort and separated it into eight different batches, each fermented with a different yeast strain to help demonstrate how the different strains create different flavors.
Tickets are $70 for the class or $86 for the class and a textbook on yeast.