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Big Brew Day 2021 Q&A

AHA Big Brew for National Homebrew Day
Sponsored by the Music City Brewers Homebrew Club
Saturday, May 1, 2021 from 10am – 3pm
Czann’s Brewing Company 4909 Indiana Avenue

About Big Brew and Big Brew Day with us

In 1988, May 7 was announced before Congress as National Homebrew Day. The American Homebrewers Association created Big Brew as an annual event to celebrate National Homebrew Day around the world.

Members of the Music City Brewers homebrew club will be gathering at Czann’s Brewing Company for Big Brew Day to brew with (hot) wort graciously prepared by Ken, the owner, and brewmaster.  You will need to purchase your own additions (like hops, other grain, yeast, etc) for the boil portion to brew your style of beer.

If you are not yet a homebrewer but interested in learning that is no problem. You are welcome to drop by see how it’s done for free!  Members (current and new) will get some special food and beverage benefits whether they decide to get wort or just come to support the event.

Members should signup using the form on the Facebook page to reserve up to 10 gallons of wort.  Becoming a new member is currently $12 (normally $25 per year).  The deadline to reserve your wort is April 23rd.  Then gather up your equipment, some hops and yeast, and whatever else you need to finish your recipe and come join the fun.

The wort will be comprised of roughly 90% pale malt (Franco-Belges), 5% Crystal 30, and 5% Flaked Barley. OG ~ 1.050.  We will set up brewing stations in the parking lot starting at about 10am.  If you plan to brew onsite with us please bring your own equipment.

Equipment: Minimum of a kettle, propane burner, propane, hops, yeast and chiller if you plan to brew on-site. Include some garden hose to hook up to your own chiller (immersion or counterflow) if you plan to use some chilling water that will be coming from the brewhouse.  A tent may also be required if it is raining.

Thirsty Thursday 2020

Thirsty Thursday Schedule 2020
  •     Feb 27 – Southern Grist – West (The Nations)
  •     March 26 – East Nashville Beer Works
  •     April 23 – Various Artist Brewing
  •     May 28 – Bold Patriot Brewing
  •     June 25 – Czann’s
  •     July 23 – Honeytree Meadery
  •     Aug 27 – Black Abbey
  •     Sept 24 – Little Harpeth Brewing
  •     Oct 22 – Harding House
  •     Nov 19 – M.L. Rose – 8th Ave (The week before Thanksgiving)
  •     Dec TBD – Yazoo (Christmas Party)

Special Club Events 2020

Special events
  •     May 02 – Big Brew Day (Location TBD)
  •     May 09 – Club Night Beer Selection
  •     June 13 – Club Night Final Beer Selection
  •     June 18-20 – National Homebrew Convention
  •     Oct 23-24 – MCBO 25th Anniversary
  •     Nov 07 – Learn to Homebrew Day
  •     Dec TBC – Club Christmas Party

Brew Style Challenge 2020

All the information you need for the 2020 BSC


*This contest is open to individual brewers only, Including Club Officers (see judging below)

*Contest beer can be brewed with a friend, but only one person will be awarded points for the entry.

*The beer has to be brewed on a homebrew system.

*The beer has to be judged at the time the others are judged.

*Joseph Nance is required to bring beer for this competition/educational portion of our meetings, since he is putting this on, and based on that alone he is not allowed to win any prizes along the way, including the top prize.


The entries will be judged for crowed favorites, in a blind tasting. We are limiting the judges to a total of 15 so that participants will only have to bring 1 growler. Active club members will get preference, and then if all the judging spots aren’t taken up we will allow non club members.

*The style of the month – judges will be given a small sample of each entry, the crowd will then rank each entry based on the most well executed version to the least, and not solely to style. The beer must a true attempt to brew the style of the month.

Example: A Porter will not be accepted in the comp when we have a German Pilsner as the monthly style.

*Clone challenge months – Entrants will be required to bring the exact commercial example of the beer they are brewing as well as their homebrewed version.  Any style beer is accepted, just as long as you bring the commercial example you attempted. The judges will then get a sample of both the commercial and homebrew examples and will rank the beers on a point scale as to how close the brewer got. The point scale will be explained the day of the judging.

*Beer On Hand months – Bring whatever beer you have brewed at that time.  This one takes very little effort.

Point Structure: Each month no matter the challenge

1st = 4

2nd = 3

3rd = 2

all others = 1

Point Calculation:

Points will be added up in multiple ways. We will have a monthly winner, we will have a quarterly drawing where all the points you have earned in that quarter will get you 1 ticket for each point in a drawing and this will be done 3 times in 2019, and finally the total points for the year will earn you the grand prize, TBD but it will be worth it….


*Monthly = Recognition In the BrewScore News Letter, Facebook and plain ole bragging rights… And points towards the following.

*quarterly = we will draw from a bucket and each point you have for that quarter gives you that many tickets in the drawing. The winner will get 1 pound of a popular hop. Drawings are planned for the April, August & December.

*Grand Prize = person with the most points collected throughout the year. Prize TBD, but it will be worth it….

  •     March 14 – American Amber 19A
  •     April 11 – Beer On Hand (bring what you have and be ready to talk about it)
  •     May 09 – Blonde Ale 18A
  •     June 13 – IPA (any style) 21
  •     July 11 – Clone (brew it and bring it)
  •     Aug 08 – English IPA 12C
  •     Sept 12 – Irish Red 15A
  •     Oct 10 – English Mild 13A
  •     Nov 14 – English Porter 13C
  •     Dec 12 – Beer On Hand (bring what you have and be ready to talk about it)

2020 MCB Candidates Announcement

The Music City Brewers Homebrew Club will hold annual elections at the regular club meeting to be held on January 11, 2020 at the home of Joseph Nance, located at 1628 Shady Circle, Lebanon, TN 37087. For those interested, a brew day will begin at 9 a.m. – The meeting and vote will begin at 3 p.m.
All club members current on 2019 or 2020 dues are eligible to vote. A paper vote will take place at the meeting, however an absentee ballot (email) will be accepted no later than January 9, 2020 to
Candidates for each position are as follows:
Joseph Nance
* I have served as President in 2018 and Vice President in 2019.
* I do well at organizing events/function and setting agendas.
* I encourage an environment for club members to continues to learn and teach as well as get their social fulfillment.
* I was Mid-South Brewer of the year and TN Brewer of the year from 2018-2019.
* I can lead as well as follow.
My 2020 Vision:
* I plan to keep the Brew Style Challenge going, but this year I would like the club members to pick the beers they want to brew and learn about. I would also like the annual BSC Comp to continue to help encourage members to brew on a more regular basis. (Congratulations Brian Sommers for winning the 2019 BSC).
* I plan to start attending festivals again to help promote the club as well as grow the club’s membership.
* I would like to find a charity, agreed upon by the club members, and hold an event to raise funds for them. Our club reaching out to the community to help others would be a great thing to do in general.
* I plan to hold a mini club comp where club members bring their best beers, and have the club vote on the ones that will go to Club Night at NHC in Nashville.
* I would like to form a committee to create possible themes for Club Night and figure out ways to present it, as well as build all props, along with additional club members assisting with the build.
* I vow to promote our Annual Club Competition to its fullest and form the committee earlier in the year. This next year has great potential to be the biggest in the last 5 or 6 years.
* The Thirsty Thursday schedule will be set up for the whole year, and all club meeting locations should be set in stone no less than 2 weeks out, but the dates will be set at the beginning of the year.
* I plan to hold, with the help of John Lawless, an off flavor and tasting class to help each of us get better at picking up on them in beer.
* This year’s Big Brew Day will more than likely need to be at a new location, and I would like to explore different option with the club.
* I plan to hold a “field trip” to the water treatment plant and exploring water on a deeper level.
* I plan to hold a “professional” brew day, where the club gets to set in on a brew day and have the brewers go over everything they are doing and why they do it the way they do.
* I plan to hold a club brew day where we brew and fill a barrel to then bottle and split with all those that would like to participate.
* There are a few other special club group brewing projects I would like to hold, one being a possible SamiChlaus clone.
Justin Heskew
· I served as club President in 2019
· I am familiar with the organization of club events including monthly regularly scheduled meetings and Thirsty Thursdays, the Music City Brew-off, and Big Brew Day
· I have an encouraging demeanor towards all club members and try to ensure their expectations of club membership are met.
Troy Holm
· 2020 is a very important year for our club with the National Homebrew Con coming to Nashville. This will take a lot of communication from the club and leadership to the members. I think I would be a consummate candidate for this position as I am very well versed in documentation professionally.
Currently there are no applicants for Secretary. Any interested applicants please email to A.S.A.P.
Steve Johnson
I would like to continue in the role of Treasurer for the Music City Brewers homebrew club for 2020. As many of you know, I am one of the founding members of the club, and have been the Treasurer for quite a few years now (at least ten?), having also held other positions in the club (Vice President, President, Competition Coordinator) as well as being a “go to” historian when it has come to seeking advice on what we have done in the past in addition to offering suggestions on what we can do in the future. Through my contacts in the local and national brewing community, I have also been able to assist in coordinating various events and activities for the club since its start in 1996.
Since taking on the role of Treasurer, I have been a faithful steward of managing the club’s finances, and have years of documentation on past expenditures that will also help us in planning for events in the future. We all know that 2020 will be a major year for the club as we prepare for the National Homebrewing Convention, known as HomebrewCon, that will be here in Nashville in June, as well as our own Music City Brew-Off in the Fall, which will be our 25th such event.
Despite my retirement and subsequent moving to Crossville, I plan to continue to be an active participant and supporter of the club, and work with the club’s leadership team and members to help our 2020 celebrations be financially sustainable and make every effort to create working budgets for these events that will ensure that we stay within our means. I anticipate that in order to do so, we may need to work more diligently than we have in past years to get additional real dollar sponsorships to assist us in putting together two big events in the same year. I will do everything I can to assist in this effort.
I look forward to continuing to serve in the capacity of club Treasurer, and being a part of and supporting the Music City Brewers for many years to come!

2020 Club Leadership Voting…

Please at least read the top paragraph to learn how this years voting will take place. If you are interested in running for a position please read the description for the position below.
The Music City Brewers Homebrew Club will hold annual elections at the regular club meeting to be held on January 11, 2020 at a place, time, and date to be determined. Candidates for each position must declare their candidacy no later than December 20, 2019 by submitting a brief description of how they can benefit the club in the respective position they wish to represent. Potential candidates can submit this information to Once candidacies have been declared, a ballot will be posted to the club website, Facebook page, and an email distributed to membership. All club members current on 2019 or 2020 dues are eligible to vote. A paper vote will take place at the meeting in January, however an absentee ballot (email) will be accepted no later than January 9, 2020 to
Annual elections will be for the following positions President, Vice-President, Secretary, & Treasurer (as described in the club by-laws):
President – This officer will preside at all MCB board and membership meetings. The President will be responsible for securing the meeting place. The President will be responsible for planning and preparing an agenda for meetings of the membership, Board of Directors and Executive Committee. The President shall appoint chairs and members of ad hoc committees established by the Board. The President shall review the financial records of the club on a regular basis. The President shall appoint a liaison with the American Homebrewers Association (“AHA”) and/or other national organizations. The President will serve as ex-officio member of all committees.
Vice-President – This officer shall, in the absence or disability of the President, perform all of the duties of the President and,when so acting, shall have all the powers of and be subject to the restrictions on the President. The Vice-President shall maintain a record of all property owned by the Music City Brewers and shall supervise its proper use and safekeeping. The Vice-President shall perform such other duties and have such other authority and powers as the President, within his or her authority, may from time to time delegate.
Secretary – This officer shall record, or cause to be recorded, all votes, actions, and minutes of major proceedings at meetings of the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee, and at all regular meetings of the membership. The Secretary will be responsible for distributing minutes to the board in accordance with board policy. The Secretary shall assure that elections are conducted in accordance with these bylaws, including, but not limited to, preparation, validation, and counting of ballots. This officer shall oversee all official correspondence of the Music City Brewers. This officer shall supervise the maintenance and safekeeping of all records and historical archives of the Music City Brewers. The Secretary will be responsible for notification of meetings to the relevant parties. The Secretary is an ex-officio member of the Communications Committee.
Treasurer – This officer will have custody of all funds and securities of the Music City Brewers and will be responsible for properly accounting of all income and disbursements. The Treasurer, or his/her designate, shall report on the current financial condition of the MCB at all board meetings, and shall render, upon request, to the President or the Board of Directors an accounting of all financial transactions. The Treasurer shall prepare an annual budget showing expected revenues and expenditures for the corning year. This will be presented to the Board prior to the annual meeting of the membership and thereafter to the membership for approval at the annual meeting.The Treasurer shall file, or cause to be filed, any tax returns or related forms that may be required by law.

2019 National Learn to Homebrew Day

We are going to be covering so much this year, I don’t even want to list it all because my fingers would get tired of typing. If you are a new or experienced homebrewer I would suggest making this event because you will walk away with at least one nugget of info that will either make your life easier or total change the quality of beer you are currently making.  Bring a chair and a snack to share.  I’ll have a light lunch.  Also if you want to bring some beer that you have made feel free to do so, but heavy drinking while brewing is not allowed.  There will be upwards of 50 gallons of hot liquid and I can’t have someone getting hurt. We will be meeting November 2nd from 9am to 5pm.  Come and go as you need to, so don’t feel restricted to this time.  If you want to learn about water and help mill some grain then try to be there around 8am.

As a special offer for this year’s Learn to Homebrew Day, anyone purchasing an AHA membership using the offer code LTHD2019 will receive a FREE copy of Brewing Eclectic IPA by Dick Cantwell ($19.95 value). The AHA will automatically mail the books after Learn to Homebrew Day.

Please RSVP ASAP at the links below.

Or check the event out on facebook and do it there.

2019 Big Brew Day, May 4th @ Czann’s Brewing Company

We will be at it again at Czann’s Brewing Company. Ken has agreed to provide wort for us this year. We will have around 250 gallons available, so all you need is a way to boil, chill and a fermenter. A light lunch and water will be provided as well as one around of beers for each club member. You do not have to be a club member to come join us, but you do have to be current with your dues to receive wort. Please message me with any questions. I’ll have a list of all current members soon

Email me (Joseph Nance with your request to reserve wort.  Again you must be a dues paying member in good standing to have it reserved.

The recipe, roughly, 90% 2 row, 5% Flaked Barley, and 5% C40.