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Mississippi House approves homebrewing law; bill headed to governor

March 06, 2013 By: mike Category: Government, Homebrew

Today was a huge day for homebrewers in the state of Mississippi, as the state’s House of Representatives approved Senate Bill 2183, which authorizes the making of “homemade beer” for personal uses.

Raise-Your-PintsThe measure was approved by a margin of 73 to 37, and now heads to Gov. Phil Bryant for his signature. The state’s Senate approved the bill on Feb. 7.

Mississippi and Alabama remain the only two U.S. states that still don’t allow residents to make beer in their own homes, but the Magnolia State is poised to shed that distinction.

“Whew! Now I’m thirsty. Who in Jackson wants to go have a celebratory pint after our day jobs this eve?” tweeted Craig Hendry, president of Mississippi grassroots group Raise Your Pints, on Wednesday.

Raise Your Pints, which lobbied successfully last year to raise the alcohol-by-weight limit in beer from 5% to 8%, will claim its second major win in Mississippi with the homebrewing legislation. The American Homebrewers Association joined Raise Your Pints with the lobbying efforts.

The Mississippi law gives citizens 21 and older the right to make “homemade beer for personal, family, domestic or household uses …  if the beer is made in a county or municipality in which the possession of light wine or beer is lawful.”

In households with one person that is 21 and older, up to 100 gallons of beer can be brewed per year. In homes with two or more people of legal drinking age, up to 200 gallons can be brewed.

The law continues: “A person who makes homemade beer as authorized in this section may remove the beer from the premises of the household where it is made and transport the beer only for the purpose of participating in a bona fide exhibition, contest or competition where homemade beer is being tasted and judged; however, homemade beer may not be sold or offered for sale under any circumstances.”

Spent grain dog biscuit recipe: Homebrew treats for your best friend

February 18, 2013 By: mike Category: Homebrew, Oddities

Spent grain dog treats - Jack

I do my best to compost all my spent homebrew grain, but when the compost pile gets too unwieldy, I’ve had to dump grain in the trash. It’s a sticky, stinky mess.

So I’ve found another way to make use of my spent grains — and it makes my dog Jack and his buddies really happy.

Making dog biscuits out of your spent homebrew grains is an easy way to make snacks for your puppy with ingredients you probably already have in your kitchen.

And while I can’t vouch for how healthy these treats are — similar recipes are all over the Internet — the dogs love them.

Ingredients:

2 cups spent grain
1 cup flour
1/2 cup peanut butter
1 egg

The recipe make about two-and-a-half dozen medium-sized biscuits.

Spent grain dog treats - grain Start with two cups of spent grain. Be sure to make these treats on brew day or refrigerate the grains and make them in a few days before they get moldy.

Spent grain dog treats - ingredientsCombine all your ingredients in a bowl and mix well.

Spent grain dog treats - shapesTake a rolling pin and create a dense layer on your counter. Cut out your shapes with a cookie cutter or knife. With Valentine’s Day coming up, we created hearts.

Spent grain dog treats - bakedBake the biscuits at 350 F for 30 minutes to solidify them. Then, turn the heat down to 225 F and bake for additional 3 hours to dry them out and prevent mold growth. Once they cool, be sure to store them in an airtight container.

Spent grain dog treats - bagJack decided to share his loot and gave treats to his buddies. He was a popular pup on Valentine’s Day!

Cheap brewing kits available today in Memphis

January 28, 2011 By: grant Category: Beer Gear, Beer learnin', Homebrew, Memphis

If you’ve wanted to get into homebrewing but thought it was cost prohibitive, check out Groupon today. There is a deal for a $40 homebrewing kit from Midsouth Malts for only $20, or an $85 kit for $40.

It’s a great way to get started without worrying about screwing up a batch. At the end of the day you’ve only invested $20, so why not? The coupon is valid until July 31, 2011.

Midsouth Malts also has a new website.

Memphis homebrew on tap at Tennessee Cigar & Brew Fest

October 24, 2010 By: mike Category: Events, Homebrew, Memphis

Tennessee Cigar & Brew Fest Memphis homebrew and craft beer from across the United States will be on tap next weekend at the Tennessee Cigar & Brew Fest in Jackson.

The event, which is in its second year, will be held Saturday at Jackson Fairgrounds Park and will include cigars and more than 90 craft and homebrewed beers.

“The craft brew revolution is taking off in parts of the country and Jackson was kind of lagging behind, so I thought it would be nice to introduce some of the micro and mini-craft beers to folks in West Tennessee,” Dave Hacker, homebrewer and co-organizer of the festival, told the Jackson Sun.

The festival will feature “Beer Clone Wars,” where homebrewed clones of rare commercial beers not readily available in West Tennessee will be served.

“We went last year and it was awesome, and they invited us back,” J.L. Thompson, president of the Bluff City Brewers & Connoisseurs, told FuzzyBrew.

Thompson will be bringing two kegs of his beer — an Irish red and an English mild — and will join Hacker and a contingent of Memphis area homebrewers serving at the festival.

Tickets for the festival are $20 and available at cigarandbrewfest.com or at the door. Proceeds benefit the Jackson-Madison County Humane Society.