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Big Brew: 2013 National Homebrew Day celebrated at Boscos in Memphis

May 06, 2013 By: mike Category: Events, Homebrew, Memphis

Homebrew Day group

On Saturday, Boscos played host to Memphis’ celebration of National Homebrew Day, with close to 40 local homebrewers boiling wort on the back parking lot of the brewpub in Overton Square.

It was a cool morning with no rain, so conditions were good for the American Homebrewers Association Big Brew, which is celebrated by homebrewers from around the world and always takes place the first Saturday of May.

Homebrewers from the Bluff City Brewers & Connoisseurs and the Memphis Brewer’s Association marked the occasion this weekend. Boscos provided the space and gave each homebrewer free wort to brew with, as well as optional yeast. Brewers brought their own hops and created their own hop schedule and recipe.

Big Brew-Filling the KettleHomebrewer Adam Steele assisted Boscos head brewer Adam Hargove in the brewhouse and got to experience brewing on the 7-barrel system. He filled the homebrewers’ kettles with either five or 10 gallons of wort.

Big Brew-kettleTo celebrate the Memphis Grizzlies’ playoff run, I brewed ten gallons of “Grit Grind IPA,” with Belma, Citra and Columbus hops.

Big Brew - moving kettles to chillerSite manager Joe Barnes (left) helps homebrewer Stephen Russell carry a kettle to the wort chilling area.

Big Brew-toastAt noon, Big Brew participants paused to join in on a world-wide toast. Ben Pugh (left) led the toast at Boscos.

Big Brew-AdamAdam jumped in the kettle to clean it out and posed for a quick photo. Thanks for all your hard work Saturday, Adam!

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