2013 National Homebrew Day

On May 9, 2013 by KC Nanobrews

Thanks to everyone that came to a very cold and rainy KC Nanobrew Big Brew day!

For those that don’t know, the 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.


Bad Cat Brewing (aka Frank’s house) was gracious enough to host this years event. Between drinking, eating, and sharing homebrew tips, we managed to brew (4) 5 gallon batches. It was controlled chaos at its best. In case the day became a little fuzzy… we’ve highlighted the brewers and their methods below.

photo 1Name: hAz Hops
Lagunitas IPA clone

Method: All Grain
Brewmiester: Frank the Tank
Brewery name: Bad Cat Brewery

After a short hiatus, Bad Cat Brewery has made it’s triumphant return! Here Frank brews his first all-grain batch, a Lagunitas IPA clone hopped with 6 ounces of Willamette. Again, a big thanks to Frank for hosting this years event!

photo 3Name: Boil Over Ale
Amber India Ale

Method: Extract Beer
Brewmiester: Andrew McNally
Brewery name: Angry Walrus

Starting with a standard Amber ale kit Andrew kicked it up a notch by adding the one thing everyone loves, more hops! Here Andrew and Chris add extract and work together to try and prevent a boil over.

photo 2Name: Broken Hydrometer Belgium Blonde
 Belgium Blonde
Method: BIAB (Brew In A Bag)
Brewmiester: David Schumacher
Brewery name: SchuBrew

David used the “brew in a bag” method which originally started in Australia. The concept behind it is to move to all grain brewing with minimal extra equipment, setup or time. It also builds up your biceps, as demonstrated here by David.

Name: Hopless Mild
Style: English Mild
Method: All-Grain
Brewmiester: Robert Rys
Brewery name: Supernatural Brews

Robert’s techniques are extremely dangerous and confidential so for legal reasons no pictures were taken. Although, we didn’t want to leave you hanging! So for your viewing pleasure I present….”Ode to Ale” as written and performed by Maestro Rich.

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