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Big Brew for National Homebrew Day

Sign up as a brewer by email, RSVP if you are brewing or coming as a member!

Brewer sign ups for Big Brew Day will begin Friday April 11th @ 9 am. The first 5 Beerocrats that sign up by e-mail are in and then sign ups will close. Send your request to brew for Big Brew Day to [masked], include you name, recipe and size of brew.

The club will be subsiding 40% of the cost of ingredients. If you purchase your ingredients at the BP you'll get your 10% BP club discount and another Big Brew club 30% discount. The BP staff will have a list of the team captains, I'll email you after sign ups close, and then you can purchase your supplies. Tell the BP staff you're purchasing supplies for "Big Brew". If you purchase your ingredients elsewhere you will have to summit a receipt for reimbursement. Follow the link below for the 3 recipes. Of course you have to bring your brewery, and water that you will be using for the brew. We ask that you don't brew any more than a 10 gal. batch, and that the team captain bring a 6-pack and give a short speak on your finished beer at  a future Beerocrats meeting. 

This event is open to the public, we will be having posters, and a press release. Do you know somebody that's interested in checking out brewing? bring them along. The club will have an info booth (table) for new interested brewers. There's no limit to the people on your team and this is not a competition. If you're not one of the first 5 to sign up I'm sure there will be room for you on one of the teams. Make a request on this page. Come one, come all this is your club meeting for May. Looking forward to seeing ya!

Potluck Lunch
This will be a potluck lunch, bring your best "homemade" dish and homebrew to share. The club is working on a Mexican style main dish, it will be Good! We can't do this on our own, bring something to share to the event.

Here are some ideas:
Green Salad
Fruit Salad
Pasta dish
Rice dish
Cheese plates
Meat plates
Chips and dip

Worldwide Toast at 10:00am
The worldwide toast is held at noon CDT that's 10:00am our time. Show up at 9:30am to participate in the toast. 

Tap's will be pouring
Please send me an email [masked] if you have a beer that you would like to share on the club jockey box. We have room for 5 beers.

Ron, President

2014 Official Recipes

In anticipation of the 2014 National Homebrew Competition, the 2014 Big Brew Recipes are all gold medal winners from last year’s competition in BJCP categories 10- Pale Ale, 13- Stout, and 4- Dark Lager.

Regal Pale Ale – All Grain

Regal Pale Ale – Extract

Heath and Eileen Haynes won category 10 in last year’s National Homebrew Competition for their Regal Pale Ale, a beer that Heath was inspired to brew while stopping in the Naples Restaurant to order a Drifter Pale Ale from Widmer Brothers on a trip to Disney World several years ago.

Split Open and Melt Imperial Stout – All Grain

Split Open and Melt Imperial Stout – Extract

Pat Craddock grew his own Chinook and East Kent Goldings hops to brew this recipe for an Imperial Stout. Pat notes that any Phish fans out there will know where the inspiration for the name of the beer comes from!

Black Dog Lager Schwarzbier – All Grain

Black Dog Lager Schwarzbier – Extract

Jeffrey Lewis took home the gold medal in the 2013 National Homebrew Competition for this stellar recipe for Schwarzbier, which is a German dark lager. Schwarzbier has never made an appearance as a recipe for Big Brew in the past, and the AHA is proud to highlight this exciting style to homebrewers around the world!

Big Brew for National Homebrew Day Saturday, May 3, 2014


AHA Big Brew is a celebration of National Homebrew Day (May 7). Each year homebrewers around the world invite family and friends to their brewing site on the first Saturday in May to celebrate the holiday. Everyone is encouraged to help out with the brew, enjoy the fun and join in on a world-wide toast at noon CDT.


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In 1988, May 7th was announced before Congress as National Homebrew Day. The American Homebrewers Association (AHA) created AHA Big Brew as an annual event to celebrate National Homebrew Day around the world. AHA Big Brew is held each year on the first Saturday in May.

Homebrewing has been practiced in America since the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock. Today there are an estimated 750,000 homebrewers in the U.S. Homebrewers are passionate about brewing beer and love to share that passion with others.

AHA Big Brew gives homebrewers an opportunity to get together all over the world to share their love for the hobby.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    So how was it? What did you guys brew?

    May 4, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Oh, you know beer. All grain Imperial Stout 5 gals.

      May 4, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    A great time I'd never brewed away from home and despite logistical problems (brewery wouldn't fit in my camper shell, brought the other truck) all went well. Met a lot of nice folks and club members I didn't know.
    I would do that again. Thanks to Nancy, Cami, Ron ,Alex and every one else who helped me out.

    2 · May 4, 2014

  • Alex E.

    I'll be bringing rice, beans and salsa to add to Eliseo's main dish. See you all soon!

    May 3, 2014

  • Renee T.

    We will be on vacation - Have fun!

    May 2, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Yay - finally a member! Will have to miss this event - will be celebrating the day at the the BP Beer Style Tasting class that morning. Looking forward to the next event!

    1 · April 19, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      So, dare I ask, where's that class.

      April 29, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      It's offered through the Beverage People; the exact title of it is "Beer Style Tasting". Once you register, they give you a map of the location.

      April 29, 2014

  • Ron S.

    Byron's class is a fantastic travel through beer style and the countries they originated from. You will have a fantastic time!

    April 21, 2014

  • cami k.

    Hi Sue! Look forward to meeting you! Byron gives an awesome class! I'd be there too if I could! I love the passion you have for learning...See you soon.

    April 20, 2014

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