My Big Brew Day

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Since 1988, the United States has recognized May 7th as National Homebrew Day.  Big Brew Day is the day homebrewers get together to make beer and celebrate National Homebrew Day.  It is an annual event held on the first Saturday of May.  I decided to start making it an annual tradition in my neighborhood to officially mark the start of the brewing season.  I make the beer for neighborhood, so this is my way of conning them into helping out.

If you asked someone who isn’t a brewer, I’m sure they wouldn’t know about it.  Don’t feel bad if you didn’t know about it.  There are an estimated 750,000 homebrewers in the United States, but I’ll bet you a beer most homebrewers don’t know about the day.  According to the American Homebrew Association this is a world-wide event.  You can read the official word on the event at the beertown.com site.  (Humorously they even mention Americans have been homebrewing since the Pilgrims – um… not exactly)

Unfortunately this year the weather was crappy in Denver (six f-ing crappy weekends in a row).  It didn’t stop me.  Despite the poor weather, I and a friend “celebrated” Big Brew Day.  Here’s a few pictures of us brewing in the rain.  Hopefully in the future the weather will be warmer so more people show up.  If you’re a homebrewer, you should plan a homebrewing event with your friends too!

I usually share my brews on Twitter, follow me if you want to follow along!

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Chilling the wort at the end of the brew. #bigbrewcollecting the wort from the sparge #bigbrew
Me draining the mash from the kölsch #bigbrew


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DJ Spiess

DJ Spiess

Beer buddy

I live in Denver, Colorado. This blog is everything about beer, wine, cider, mead and other spirits.
I am a avid homebrewer and winemaker. I’ve been making my own beer and wine for many years. I started making beer when I was in college (mostly because the drinking age in the United States is 21). My first few beers were horrible. The beers are much better now, and I often supply my neighborhood with free beer! It is a great hobby!