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Planning a Big Brew Day
Our club, Lancaster Fairfield Homebrew Crew, is fairly new being almost two years old. We have had two Big Brew Days since our start and the second was way more successful than the first.
When I first started thinking about planning a Big Brew day (First Saturday in May) for our club, I knew the big thing would be to have a water source for chilling or brew water. Also we would need space to all set up and I thought it would be cool to have it somewhere that non brewers would see us and ask what we were doing and maybe learn or get into brewing themselves. As we learned there are other things to consider as well.
Our first event was held at a local golf course that had a new pub serving craft beers along with food and golf. I asked the manager if we could set up outside. That way we would have plenty of space and would be easily noticeable. They provided a hose for our watersource and we were set outside on a beautiful day.
We only had 7 members our first year with only two of us brewing that day. But we made the most of it and had several members stop and check out what was going on. We also had several golfers and people visiting the pub asking questions and interested in how beer was made. So our first event was rather small but went well and taught us how to do the next one better.
After the first event we learned some other issue that can arise at a Big Brew Day.
1. Shelter (in case of Rain or Sun)
2. Having some literature about home brewing for people that are interested in getting started
3. Food - Especially when drinking while brewing
4. Plan with each other so minimal equipment is need at the site.
Our second event was at a club member's house where we had 5 batches going and two satellite batches at another club member's who that could not be there. This time we had shelter, food, and we all talked more about what we were bringing so we could share and not take our entire house to the brew location. We shared a mill, scale, water filter etc. so that made our packing up easier. We also cooked food all day so we could sip a few while we all brewed.
The second event went so much better and we are looking forward to the next Big Brew Day, May 5th 2018. We hope to plan it at a local brewery near us as that would provide quite of few of the requirements for the entire day. Also I think keeping homebrewing and local breweries connected is good for the craft and that cannot be a bad thing.
Planning Big Brew Day Considerations:
* Water and Chilling area
* Planning Equipment on site (Filter for water, Grinder, Chillers,etc.)
* Literature for new or learning brewers
— Scott Thomas is a member of Lancaster Fairfield Homebrew Crew in Lancaster, Ohio. Last modified on