The 2009 Teach a Friend to Brew Day Crew

The 2009 Teach a Friend to Brew Day Crew

Today’s Teach a Friend to Brew Day event was successful in several ways.  First and foremost, it was a wonder social event – many good (old) friends, some good (new) friends (I got to meet some local Twitter folks – Hi @AlexisDias !) and many friends of friends.  Homebrewing just seems to attract high quality people.  It’s one of my favorite things about the hobby:)

Between Brad and I, we brewed 20 gallons of ale, 10 of my annual TAFTBD IPA, and 10 of Brad’s German Hefeweizen.  My brew day went well, short of forgetting to add clarifier and yeast nutrient (I get distracted with so many fun people around:), and the IPA has been put to bed for a nice cozy fermentation.  Everything else aside, we made beer!

Most importantly, I think we may have picked up as many as four new homebrewers out of the event!  The Teach a Friend to Homebrew Day event is all about showing people how easy it is to brew great beer, showcasing the ales you’ve brewed and lighting the burner under new brewers.  I think we did that today:)

A Photo Gallery has been posted of the day’s activities for your viewing pleasure.

The 2008 Teach a Friend to Brew Day Crew

The 2008 Teach a Friend to Brew Day Crew

Teach a Friend to Brew Day 2008 was a huge success!  The official head count came in at 24 attendees – and very few raindrops!  We had a very diverse group – with a gentleman all the way from New Zealand.  Best of all, three of the attendees have all but confirmed that they will start homebrewing, with one more as a strong probable.  Since this is what TAFTBD is all about, I see this as a big victory.

Many thanks to the Two Steves (Stephen V. and Steve H.) for providing hours of teaching and brewing advice to those who listened intently, while I brewed my annual ten gallon batch of TAFTBD IPA.  It was great to have additional homebrewing veterans on hand to yak it up while I tried to stay on task:)

One of the best moments of the day was when Steve H. whipped out three large swingtop bottles of TAFTBD IPA, the recipe we were brewing, for one of those cooking show moments where you pull the fully cooked recipe item out of the oven – in all its glory!  It was a real eye-opener for everyone to actually taste the ale we were brewing – it brought it all home for everyone.

Everyone kicked in food and munchies for the day, and special thaks go out to John for organizing the day’s food and slaving away over the grill.  It was a good thing we had such great food support as my best guess is that we went through 12-15 gallons of ale.  At the end of the day, three kegs were blown (with one more containing only 2 or 3 more pints), the Old Man Bitter, the Evil Twin Red Ale and the Black Widow Stout.  We need some momento for folks when the blow a keg at Sociables Alehouse.  I’m thinking of a commemorative T-shirt or something.  Of course, people would have to go a long ways to beat Stephen, who’s been dubbed, The BlowMaster, for his prowess in killing kegs. 🙂

A Photo Gallery has been posted of the day’s activities for your viewing pleasure.

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