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National Homebrew Day at Boscos and the Grit Grind IPA

May 02, 2013 By: mike Category: Events, Homebrew, Memphis

The first Saturday of May is always a great day to be a homebrewer.

Homebrewers from around the world take part in the American Homebrewers Association Big Brew, an annual event to celebrate National Homebrew Day.Big Brew

This Saturday in Memphis, homebrewers from the Bluff City Brewers & Connoisseurs and the Memphis Brewer’s Association will mark the occasion at Boscos in Overton Square.

The brewpub graciously provides the space and gives each homebrewer free wort to brew with, as well as yeast. Brewers just have to bring their own hops and can make whatever concoction they want with the wort.

In 2012, an estimated 7,100 people celebrated National Homebrew Day at 254 registered sites. About 1,500 batches created some 11,200 gallons of homebrew enjoyed around the world. Nine countries participated with registered AHA Big Brew sites, including 44 U.S. states.

If you’re interested in checking out the Memphis event and learning more about the hobby of homebrewing, come to the back parking lot at Boscos anytime from around 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Memphis Grizzlies

To toast the Memphis Grizzlies’ playoff run, I’ll be brewing a “Grit Grind IPA.” It will burst with citrus and resiny hops and smack your taste buds like the Grizzlies are smacking around the Clippers. (Hopefully, on Saturday, we’ll also be celebrating a Game 6 and first-round series win after Friday night’s game.)

Boscos will provide wort based on its Bombay IPA recipe, and all I really know is that it’s mostly two-row malt, with some crystal malt, and it has an original gravity of around 1.054.

I’ll be using Belma hops for bittering and Citra and Columbus hops during the boil and for dry hopping. Here’s my hop schedule, based on a 10-gallon batch:

1 oz. of Belma at 60 min.
1.5 oz. of Citra at 20 min.
1.5 oz. of Columbus at 20 min.
1.5 oz oz. of Citra at 1 min.
1.5 oz. of Columbus at 1 min.
3 oz. of Citra dry hopped for 7 days
3 oz. of Columbus dry hopped for 7 days

If my rough calculations are right, and they are indeed rough, that should get me IBUs in the mid to upper 50s and a ton of nose.

How does my recipe look? And are you brewing for National Homebrew Day? Let me know in the comments below.

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10 Comments to “National Homebrew Day at Boscos and the Grit Grind IPA”


  1. Sounds like that will be a great beer! (Glad to see those Belma’s going to use also).

    I’ll be brewing a Belgian Pale Ale (to be named later), will stick with old world hops of the Saaz, Fuggles, Styrian Goldings variety I think (Although I might throw in a citrus-y American varietal just for fun!)

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    • Those Belmas are good for bittering and work well for American pales and IPAs b/c of their citrusy profile. Used them for that Palace Pale, which turned out pretty well.

      Nice to mix things up and do a Belgian!

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  2. I’m trying out mosaic for the first time in mine. I wonder if they’re talking 1.054 pre-boil, or is that the expected OG after a 60-minute boil?

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  3. I made a Belma Pale ale, with Cascade, I think the Belma gave it a really creamy mouthfeel, I like to make it again.

    You guys have a great time, Saturday I will be watching my daughter graduate UT Chattanooga with a 3.8!!!!

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  4. We have to be a member correct? And can I pay dues to someone saturday? Thanks!

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  5. Well y’all have convinced me to jump on the Belma train. Think I’ll do the Belgian pale with a mix of Belma, Saaz, and a little Ahtenum.

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