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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.

2019 Thirsty Thursday

Please note that thirsty thursday is the 4th thursday of the month….Also please keep an eye on the list because it is subject to change due to places closing down unexpectedly or without us knowing. We will always have an event created on facebook for the current month.

Thirsty Thursdays
1/24 New Heights
2/28 Harding House
3/28 Smith & Lentz
4/25 Honky Tonk
5/23 Jackalope (The Ranch) –  (We will also be holding our BSC at this event due to our May meeting day being the Big Brew Day)
6/27 Little Harpeth
7/25 East Nashville Beer Works
8/22 Black Abbey
9/26 Blackstone
10/24 TN Brew Works
11/28 (thanksgiving) Flying Saucer
12/26 (post christmas) TBA

2019 Brew Style Challenge / Competition

This is the 2019 Brew Style Challenge, with a twist.  We want to have a lot of fun this year with the style challenge and we’re going to make this into a little comp and mini comps along the way.  Please read the rules below, and at the very bottom is a list of this years styles. (IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS PLEASE EITHER COMMENT BELOW OR EMAIL JOSEPH NANCE AT

Brew Style Challenge Contest
*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.

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.

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 on facebook, the club website, the brew score newsletter, 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….

Brew Style Challenge Monthly List
1/12 None
2/9 BOH (Beer On Hand)
3/9 English Brown
4/13 German Pilsner
5/11 Vienna Lager
6/8 Cream Ale
7/13 Clone Beer (Brew a Clone & Bring it’s commercial version as well. You pick the style.)
8/10 Saison
9/14 Fruit Beer
10/12 Festbier
11/9 Schwartzbier
12/14 RIS
1/11 Clone Beer (Brew a Clone & Bring it’s commercial version as well. You pick the style.)
2/8 Doppelbock
3/14 American Amber

Learn to Homebrew Day 2018

Joseph Nance's photo.


Ryan Reynolds
729 Drummond Drive
Nashville, TN 37211

We will be starting to heat the water and crush the grain at 9am, so please be there around 8:30am if you plan to participate in the brewing of this beer.

First of all I would like to encourage you music city brewers to bring someone that has shown a interest in beer and would like to come learn while enjoying some local homebrew.

This is a free event for you and your friends!!!!

We will be going over what it takes to make great beer from grain to glass. During this time we will be brewing a batch, and we would like those that are new to brewing to be able to take some home and ferment it. If you are new please stop by All Seasons and pick up at least a 1 gallon glass fermenter, they are $5. Please contact me Joseph Nance, 615-504-8375, and we will work out the details on what is expected from you so you can take some home. They system were are brewing on, its new to me, but it’s a 30 gallon system.

Please bring something to snack on. I will be making a crockpot pulled chicken dish and buns for everyone to eat.  This will be like pulled pork sandwiches, but made with chicken.

March 10th, 2018 Meeting Bootleg Biology

Important news about the March Club Meeting

Bootleg Biology’s Jeff Mello has offered up his lab for our March 10th meeting.  Not only has he done this, but he has gone even farther by coming up with the idea of having a club brewing contest at the meeting.  Jeff has volunteered to give out 15 packages of yeast to those that want to enter the contest. There is no entry fee, but you will be required to be an active club member who is current on their dues, you must brew the beer, ferment with the provided yeast and bring 1 full growler of your beer to the meeting on Saturday March 10th. When you go pick up the yeast from Jeff, he will give you a sheet that he’s asking you to fill out with the basic info about your beer and fermentation process. Your yeast packet “MUST BE PICKED UP BY THE WEEK OF FEBRUARY 5TH”, to ensure the freshest yeast possible and that you have enough time to brew your beer. The info sheet will help give Jeff additional data to work with on this yeast. The yeast that he is specifically propagating up for us is a blend of Sacc strains designed to be used in IPAs/NEIPAs/or anything with a heavy focus on fruitiness. He didn’t say if the yeast itself added fruity character or if it boosted what the hops put out. You will not be limited as to what style you make.  Even though he suggested using it for IPAs, you could be as creative as you want, we just ask that you only use this yeast to ferment it.

Since we want this to be fun, you all will be the judges.  That’s right, you will get a chance to taste all the entries (which is the reason we need a full growler from each entrant) and rate your top 5 favorite.  In the judging process we will supply club members with a small sample of each beer.  The cups will be labeled A-O, so you will not know who’s beer is who’s.  We do not want this to be super formal so we are throwing the BJCP guidelines out the window for this one.  Once everyone’s sheets are in we will count up who had the most votes, and that person will be the winner.  The winner will be able to select their prize from a selection of items provided by Jeff, things such as Bootleg Biology gear, Hops, and more Yeast.

In order to enter I need you to message me on facebook (Joseph Nance or Ultra-Junkie) or email me at, and provided you are up to date on your dues for the 2018 year, I will reserve you a spot and your free yeast packet. If you have any other questions or concerns please feel free to contact me.  If you do contact me by email, please put “MCB Bootleg Comp” in the subject line.


Thank you and good luck,

Joseph Nance

June Meeting – 6 / 16

Hey all!
June’s monthly meeting will be held at Tennessee Brew Works. If you have never been there, it is a beautiful facility and they have a great outdoor deck for events. Details from the email I exchanged with Tennessee Brew works:
The meeting will start promptly at noon.  Tennessee Brew works will open early for us so we can share our home-brews and have our typically meeting.
“What we propose is to schedule a private event for you on June 14 starting around 12 and lasting until 2. This would allow the members to bring their home-brews for an exchange/tasting and a social. We can arrange for a brewery tour as well! After we open the taproom at two, the outside beer would have to be removed due to our license. MCB would be free to continue your meeting and enjoy the atmosphere on our deck and taproom.”So this meeting will start promptly at noon and we will get into the tastings quickly. At 2 pm, once the taproom officially opens, we will have to put the homebrew away. We will definitely get a Brewery Tour, as they have a really interesting and unique system.See you all there!


May Meeting – Bosco’s Brew Off!

AHA Big Brew is a celebration of National Homebrew Day (May 3). 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.
Learn more about AHA Big Brew.

This year’s Big Brew beers are Pale Ale, Imperial Stout and Schwarzbier…recipes in the link below…

We meet behind Bosco’s (on 21st ave) and we have the 2nd row of spots blocked off for us. You can bring a canopy (a bunch of members do this) and bring your setup and brew. Wort Reservations have gone out through email to all club members, but don’t let that stop you. If you want to come out and you don’t have any wort reserved or didn’t get in on the reservation, just bring your setup and brew with us! It is one of the best times we have all year as a club!

If you want to reserve wort and are a member in good standing please e-mail Karen Lassiter @

When: Saturday, May 3rd, starting at 8 am.

Where: Bosco’s Brewery: 1805 21st Ave S (Hillsboro Village)



This Saturday will be Big Brew Day @ Boscos and I need to let everyone

know who is planning on coming that the parking situation at Boscos will be

very tight. When the construction company demolished the old structure and

then started work on the new building next door that eliminated a good portion

of parking spaces for the merchants in our area. We also share the parking lot

behind our building with Sam’s so they are entitled to parking privileges there

as well. For those coming to set up and brew, please plan on coming early to

claim a spot because we only get that first section of parking spaces for

our event.


If you are planning on coming to hang out, please park on the street or in

the lot next to the Belcourt. There is free street parking directly in front of

Boscos and those spaces fill up fast. The restaurant opens at 11:00 so if

you get there before then you’ll have a better probability of finding a space.

Also, the Bank of America on Belcourt is pretty tolerant of people parking

there since they are only open 9 – 1:00 on Saturday. And double up on

driving there! That will help with the parking situation as well.


Thanks everyone! Looking forward to Saturday! The weather is looking

good as well so we should have a good time!


Karen Lassiter

Head Brewer

Boscos Nashville Brewing Company

1805 21st Ave South

Nashville, TN 37212


615-385-0170 fax

April Meeting – Stouts and Swaps

Michael L Shew has graciously opened his home up to our monthly meeting! It will be the 1st Saturday in April (5th) due to some scheduling conflicts. He wants it to be a Stout theme! He will have numerous taps available to drink on during the meeting and he would like you to bring your favorite stout (whether its yours or commercial).

Our host may also have a brew day that will start earlier that morning (weather permitting). He has a RIMS system that is really interesting to see in action so if you want to observe a new way to brew an all grain batch this is the time!

In addition, he wants to have a Swap and Shop (homebrew yard sale) prior to the meeting. So starting around noon, if you have any brewing equipment that has been sitting around that you want to get rid of, bring it by and see if you can find someone to take it off your hands. One man’s useless sparge arm is another man’s Fly Sparge savior! and so on and so forth!

I also wanted to add that we might be having a judging session for the remaining NHC categories that are left after the actual competition. So keep your eyes open!

Come on out and join us! It will be a great time! Weather should be perfect!

Saturday, April 5th, 2014 @2pm

634 A Freedom Place, Nashville, TN 37209


Michaels number in case you get lost.


March Meeting – 3/8

Chris Allen has offered to host again at his awesome home brewery! There will likely be a brew day scheduled to start early that morning and all who come are welcome to show up and watch/help and clean tri clamp fittings…lol. There is a fairly good sized patio/driveway area that we utilized last meeting for others to brew, so that will be open to those who want to set up equipment and brew as well (weather permitting).

When: Saturday March 8th, 2:00 pm.

Where: 1600 A 6th Ave N, Nashville, TN 37208