Master Class: Feb 19 – 21



(Note: This course is not offered by BeerGuevara, but we highly recommend it for those looking at getting into brewing professionally.)

Brewing Beyond The Basics

Want to advance your home brewing knowledge? Thinking of taking your brewing to a professional level? Join us for a three-day brewing course in Cape Town.

Brewing Beyond the Basics covers every step of the brewing process, starting with an in-depth look at each of the ingredients. Long-time homebrewer and founder/brewer at Aegir Project Rory Lancellas will kick off with an in-depth look at water – how to alter your water, using filters and monitoring pH. Next up, Nick Birkby – Brewers Co-op member and just about the only brewer in South Africa who has grown, malted and roasted his own barley – will tell you everything you need to know about choosing the right malt for the style, base malts vs speciality and the use of adjuncts in place of malt.

JC Steyn from Devil’s Peak will be talking yeast – what it does, how to clean and culture your yeast plus some important dos and don’ts when it comes to fermentation, then Savage Brewing founder David Savage covers the ABCs (Alphas, Betas and Citras) of hops. Day one ends with an introduction to the BJCP, including a tasting session with Lucy Corne.

On day two it’s time to brew. Follow every step of the process as the Afro-Caribbean Brewing Company take you through a full brew on their 120-litre system, in the all-new upstairs brewbar at Banana Jam Cafe. Each stage will be explored in-depth, with troubleshooting tips and information on different methods of mashing, cooling and sparging.

After a food and beer pairing lunch, we’ll turn our attention to filtering, kegging and bottling, including demos of local and imported equipment. Then Nick Bush form Drifter Brewing Co will give the lowdown on how to open your own microbrewery, including licence applications, red tape and sourcing equipment. Day two ends with a blind tasting session and a practical look at off-flavours with Lucy.

On day three we’re off on an excursion! We’ll venture out to Cape Brewing Company in Paarl for a session on storing and serving the beer with CBC’s brand ambassador, Scott Kelly, followed by a behind-the-scenes tour of the impressive brewery. We’ll then move to the Barley and Biltong for lunch and a few beers to finish off the weekend.

Details & Booking

The next BBB course will take place on February 19th-21st at Afro Caribbean Brewing Co/Banana Jam Cafe. The course costs R1850, which includes three lunches and plenty of beer (please get someone to drive you home if you plan to take advantage of the latter). Places are limited – to book, email brewing (at) or

get in touch.