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Old 04-17-2009, 02:43 PM   #1
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Our local brewery is supplying our club members with wort on Big Brew Day. The brewer will begin brewing a batch of English Mild at 0900 and club members will "help" with crushing, stirring, etc. In return, he'll provide each member with 5 gallons of wort for the price of the ingredients - $8! He'll provide the wort either before of after pitching the yeast (our choice) and even allow club members to pick up their finished five gallons after fermentation is complete, for $16 (the finished beer is taxed). What a way to support local home brewing! Way to go, Thunderhead!

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Old 04-17-2009, 02:51 PM   #2
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That's great! I think I'd choose to get the wort pre yeast, that way different members can choose different yeasts to ferment with and later you can compare the end results at a club meeting. This will be my first Big Brew since joining OmaHops and as I understand it we have a 100 gallon kettle.

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Old 04-17-2009, 04:33 PM   #3
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I plan to pitch my own yeast. I'm thinking Nottingham.

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Old 04-17-2009, 04:36 PM   #4
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Can you buy two batches? It'd be neat to buy 5 after the brewer handles everything and 5 to pitch with your own yeast.

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Sounds like they're doing the SS Minnow Mild Ale from Dry Dock Brewing. I did my "Big Brew Day" brew early - did a double batch of the Mild to hand out at work for National Homebrew Day. I just finished bottling it up about an hour ago and it tastes wonderful! No wonder it was a GABF silver medal winner.

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Old 04-18-2009, 01:06 AM   #6
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Our local brewery is supplying our club members with wort on Big Brew Day. The brewer will begin brewing a batch of English Mild at 0900 and club members will "help" with crushing, stirring, etc. In return, he'll provide each member with 5 gallons of wort for the price of the ingredients - $8! He'll provide the wort either before of after pitching the yeast (our choice) and even allow club members to pick up their finished five gallons after fermentation is complete, for $16 (the finished beer is taxed). What a way to support local home brewing! Way to go, Thunderhead!
Hey summersolstice! My local brewery is doing the exact same thing. Oh, same brewery, Thunderhead!! See ya there at 0900!
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Old 04-18-2009, 03:08 AM   #7
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Our local brewery is supplying our club members with wort on Big Brew Day. The brewer will begin brewing a batch of English Mild at 0900 and club members will "help" with crushing, stirring, etc. In return, he'll provide each member with 5 gallons of wort for the price of the ingredients - $8! He'll provide the wort either before of after pitching the yeast (our choice) and even allow club members to pick up their finished five gallons after fermentation is complete, for $16 (the finished beer is taxed). What a way to support local home brewing! Way to go, Thunderhead!
You really ought to let him bottle it for you too an pick it up then.

How exactly does this support home brewing? (since they totally remove the "home" from the "brewing".)
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That is the coolest thing I've heard all day.

Hope it turns out great!

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You really ought to let him bottle it for you too an pick it up then.

How exactly does this support home brewing? (since they totally remove the "home" from the "brewing".)
We all make a lot of homebrew. The owner is very active in the club as well. We just get a chance to do it like the "big guys" do it. He also has a canning operation going. One of our meetings a while back we all got to can a beer for our selves. That was cool! Check it out. Thunderhead Golden Frau honey Wheat. Kearney Hub - Hub Video

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Old 04-19-2009, 01:47 AM   #10
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I did this recently... it was a bit more expensive, $30 for the first 5 gal (but that included pizza, bagels, and beer...) and $15 for each 5 gallons after that. It's a great, great experience... kind of like getting to work on an indy 500 pit crew, if you're in to cars.

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