Andrew Jones & Brian KC Jones
Your brewery’s name:
Rusty Tin Brewing Co.
Atchison County, Kansas
Number of years participating in the Festival? 1st year as a brewer; 2nd year as a participant
When did you start brewing? What got you brewing? How frequently do you brew?
Andrew started brewing in 2008 in a couple buckets in his bathtub. He can’t really remember why he caught the bug…but it stuck. Brian started brewing this past year and was quickly hooked. We try to never have our fermenters empty…at least once every two weeks were brewing something.
Describe your brew system.
Our system is a Sabco Brew Magic 1/2bbl system. We’ve added a lot of upgrades to our brewery but the Sabco is at the heart of it.
How did you come up with your brewery’s name?
When I built the brewery in the shop I knew that I wanted it to be rustic looking AND cheap to build. My brother gave me some galvanized rusty tin panels and I found some old fencing boards and Rusty Tin Brewing Co was born.
What is your favorite style of beer to brew?
We love brewing all beers but we both love brewing Porters and stouts the most.
What was your first beer you ever brewed? Did it turn out? The first brew was an extract brew kit, some type of Ale I think. It tasted ok for then. I then changed to BITB for a bit until we upgraded to the Sabco.
Do you have a homebrew disaster you’d like to share?
Fortunately we have no major disasters to share but we did have a whole leaf hops clogged in our pump once…if that counts as a disaster. Lol.
Do you have any homebrew related projects that you’d like to share? We just recently finished up the 8×6 walk in cooler with 6 taps all managed by coolbot. Super awesome addition for crash cooling and lagers.
Do you have a favorite homebrew trick or gadget that helps make brewing better/easier?
Gadget or trick? I would say the soda machine/glycol chiller I guess. Along time ago I bought a pump for it to pump the cold ass water through an immersion chiller for final wort chilling after the boil. It’s like a 15 gal reservoir glycol chiller.
Anything unique participants at the festival can expect if they come by your booth?
We’re fairly excited to not only have our kegged and bottled beer varieties at this years festival but we’re also going to bring a Kombucha that is exceptional.
Have you won any awards/competitions?
This was our first year in comps; KCBM was our first and we placed second with our Porter.
Do you have any plans to go pro?
Yes we will “go pro” when the time is right and when we have perfected our starting line up. We may start with distribution first then a mobile tap then maybe a brick and mortar location.
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Anything else you’d like to share?
We’re super excited to be at the NanoBrew Festival this year serving our brews and hanging out with all the other awesome homebrewers in our area. We’re hoping to collaborate with other local brewers sometime soon at our brewery.