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While this is mostly sour/funk geared...I think its also a good look at what a wonderful process/training a brewery as large as New Belgium has.

Ingredients / ICUs (International Citrus Units) Hill Farmstead
« on: May 15, 2012, 12:37:06 PM »
Shaun from Hill Farmstead gives advice on his scale for measuring the amount of Citrus in a beer. I thought it was a pretty cool idea.

General Homebrew Discussion / My New Sour Beer Website
« on: August 15, 2011, 02:37:27 PM »
Here is my Sour, Funky, Wild beer website.

and FB page

Hope it helps. Enjoy!


Announcing the 16th Annual Music City Brew Off
November 4th and 5th, 2011

To all homebrewers, judges, stewards, and beer enthusiasts, I personally invite you to the 16th Annual Music City Brew Off.  We are continuing our efforts to make our competition the finest in the South East.  Our competition this year will be held at the Courtyard Marriott in Goodlettsville, TN (865 Conference Drive, 37072).  Room rates for Attendees are $82/night (2 Queen room or King) or $99 for a Suite.  Please use the link on our website: or call the hotel:  615-851-3000.  This year’s special guest will be Gordon Strong, author of ‘Brewing Better Beer’, Accomplished Homebrewer, and President of the BJCP.

This year we will be kicking off our festivities with a dinner followed by presentation by Gordon  (Brewing Better Beer and brewing for competitions). Menu TBA.

On Friday afternoon we will have a judging session starting at 3 pm.  This will last for 3 hours. Dinner and presentation to follow starting at 7 pm.  Saturday morning our BJCP/AHA Sanctioned Competition will continue. We will have a Judge and Steward orientation beginning at 8:30.  Judging will start at 9:00 and end at noon.  Lunch will be provided for all judges and stewards courtesy of the Music City Brewers.  Judges  and stewards will be receiving a special gift from the MCB in appreciation of their participation.  Following the judging will be the BOS round starting at 2:00 and running till 4:00.  The Awards Ceremony and Raffle will begin at 5:00 and run until 7:00. 

All 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners from beer categories 1-23 will receive a medal and a gift certificate from Rebel Brewer ($15, $10, and $5 respectively). Best of Show will also receive a medal and a gift certificate of $150 from Rebel Brewer.  2nd and 3rd Best of Show will also receive medals and gift certificates ($75 for 2nd and $50 for 3rd).  Best of Meads and Ciders will receive medals as well along with gift certificates from Rebel Brewer (1st- $30, 2nd- $15, 3rd- $10). 
The winner of the Hop God Challenge will receive a $250 certificate from Rebel Brewer. Please contact Tom Vista directly for entering the Hopgod Challenge *** Do not register your HopGod Entries in the program****  These Entries are $10/entry and you must enter 3 bottles.  Please print off the standard labels from for these entries.

Also ‘The Ed Tate Club Award’ will be given to one of the participating clubs with a minimum of 10 entries.  The Ed Tate Award represents a quality award based on 10 categories of involvement.  The winning club will receive an engraved plaque and will also be engraved on a permanent plaque held by the Music City Brewers.
 Following the awards will be our 2nd annual “Club Crawl”.  This is basically the same as NHC club night. We will have the ballroom set up with tables and jockey boxes where regional clubs can bring their beers to showcase.  This was a blast last year, so hopefully the fun will continue.  If you or your club would like to have a table, please contact me to make arrangements. Dinner on Saturday night will be on your own.  There is a Bistro in the hotel and several restaurants that are very close.

Interested in Judging/Stewarding please contact Jonathan Adams at

For details regarding the HopGod Challege, please contact Tom Vistsa
Tom Vista:

Interested in having a table at the “Club Crawl” please contact Jonathan Adams at

Hotel Reservations can be made by going to our website and following the link for reservations.

Dinner Reservations:  Details to follow.  Keep an eye on the website

Entry and Judge/Steward Registration is up and running now.
Rules, Regulations and all timelines can be found at
Entry registration will close on October 14th . We are accepting entries starting on October 14th.  All entries must be at Rebel Brewer by 5 pm on October 21st (No exceptions).   
Please ship all entries to: MCBO
                                    C/O: Rebel Brewer Homebrew Supply
                                    105 Space Park North
                                    Goodlettsville, TN 37072
                    Store Hours for drop off:   

Feel free to contact me with any questions you may have regarding the 16th Annual Music City Brew Off. 
Jonathan Adams, Competition Director
Phone:  615-504-7673 Email:

Hope to see you all there

The Pub / Beer Laws: TN House Bill SB1224
« on: May 13, 2011, 08:39:55 AM »
I wanted to  alert you to an amendment to SB1224   Which has provisions for High Gravity Beer to be produced in Tennessee. However it does indeed divide the state into 3 areas (East, Middle and West) allowing only 1 high alcohol production place per area.  With that things get a bit fuzzy for every brewery in the state. I urge you to contact your legislators to ask for clarification and their stance on SB1224.

If this passes the beer scene in the state will change, but is it for the good or bad? Seems like it creates an unfair advantage

Quote from a Nashville Attorney

The bill is bad. No need to go over every negative point (like the fact that this is a “Pilot Program” that is supposed to provide feedback to the legislature. Yet the bill doesn’t say what the legislature is supposed to do with the feedback or why the feedback is needed. This, I suspect is just a guise to pass the monopolistic bill… but I digress).

The bad is easily pointed out, but what about the possible good. First, Alcoholic beverages as defined by statute still includes every alcoholic beverage that is not “patent medicine or beer” (beer being defined as beverage less than 5% abw). A “manufacturer’s or distiller’s” license still allows licensees to make alcoholic beverages. As high alcohol beer is not excluded from the definition of alcoholic beverages, a “manufacturer’s or distiller’s license” should still allow brewers to make high alcohol beer. The ABC could take the position that it will not give any more manufacturer’s licenses to breweries because of the new law defining high alcohol beer. However, the forms to be filled out to obtain a manufacturer’s license do not ask what is being produced.

Second, Ive heard that the bill is being pushed by a large craft brewer who hopes to open a $100+ million dollar facility in E. TN. If so, allow the law to be passed and have $100 million invested in our state. Then oppose the bill after the brewery begins construction. It is much harder to get a law repealed than passed. However, this is a law that you could get wide public support for. Hell, every brewery in the state save three would support its repeal. Also, the supposed rationale behind the bill, “a pilot program” sets itself up to be repealed in total or licenses being made available to every brewery in the state. There should be no middle ground for a pilot program to last in perpetuity. Also, there may be no need to oppose if I am correct on my first point.

There are numerous points to attack the bill if you wish to contact your senators. (1) why does TN need a pilot program when X number of breweries in the nation/world already produce high alcohol beer. If TN legislature needs feedback, they can look back on hundreds of years of brewing history for all the feedback they want. No need for a pilot program when high alcohol beer has been produced for generations. (2) The law makes current TN brewers less competitive. Currently a brewery could open in Bowling Green, make high alcohol beer and export it to TN. However, of the X number of breweries in TN only 3 could produce high alcohol beer. This puts all of those breweries at a competitive disadvantage. (3) When has prohibition ever worked …

Homebrew Competitions / 1st round Nashville Score sheets
« on: May 02, 2011, 09:13:22 PM »
Mailed out the first bit of score sheets tonight. Will be mailing more tomorrow.

Classifieds / Wanted: 10 Gallon Corny Keg
« on: March 17, 2011, 01:26:07 PM »
Looking for a 10 gallon Corny Keg.

Greetings fellow judges and stewards,

The time is nearing for the first round of the NHC.  This year the first round of the NHC in the South will be held in Nashville, TN.  The location is the Courtyard Marriott in Goodlettsville, TN.  This is a very nice location. The Music City Brewers used this location for their 15th annual Music City Brewoff. Everything worked out well so we decided to use the same location for the first round of the NHC. We will start the judging on the morning of April 16th.  Lunch will be provided for all volunteers. The hotel has a large conference area that is well suited for judging.  This is also a separate wing of the hotel so it is free of food smells and obnoxious noises. We are currently in need of as many Judges and Stewards as we can get. Please come on out for some judging.

The hotel has approved a special room rate for this event.  Reservations can be made by following the link below.

Both rooms have a rate of $82
Two Queens

King bed

Feel free to contact Jonathan Adams  (Judge Coordinator) or Brandon Jones (Site Director) with any questions you may have.


Cheers and looking forward to seeing all of you.

General Homebrew Discussion / Cask of my Pro Am beer is on now
« on: July 29, 2010, 09:40:50 AM »
If any of you are in Nashville today or tomorrow come by Blackstone Brewing to try my American Brown through the beer engine. We re-dry hopped it in the cask with more Centennial and some Magnum. It should be on tap for a couple months starting AUgust 6th.

The Pub / Hey Gibson guitar owners.....
« on: November 17, 2009, 02:13:05 PM »
The value of your guitar may have just went up...Federal agents just raided the shop here in Nashville concerning construction of guitars with illegally imported wood....

Just saw this on our internal wire
Law enforcement officials raided a Gibson manufacturing plant in Nashville after allegations the company has been illegally importing endangered wood from West Africa.

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