Looking for the winners of the Crazy Brew Day contest! You found them.
In episode 66, we asked viewers to send in stories and photos of their most bizarre brew day. We got a lot of great response. People talking about brewing in extreme heat and cold, under extreme stress and confusion, and through all sorts of brew day mishaps. In the end, we picked these three stories. The winners have been contacted. Thanks to everyone who shared their awesome stories with us.
Brew pals Jason and Cory were brewing an Oktoberfest recently near Atlanta when they were hit by a supercell storm. Did that stop them from getting their brew on? Heck no! And they had the presence of mind to shoot a quick video. And you know us - we love video. So they got brownie points.
Mark in New York brewed a Belgian ale with buddies on a freezing day using the Stein Beer Method. That means they used granite rocks heated IN a bonfire to boil the wort -- from the inside out! It doesn’t get more primitive and old-school than that. Mark says carrying the molten rocks in metal baskets swinging from a chain was “more interesting” after a few brews. You’re doing it right, Mark!
George is a U.S. service member. While deployed in Afghanistan he managed to collect ninety-five 200 ml boxes of apple juice and throw them in a 5-gallon jerry can (sanitized of course!). He pitched US05 yeast and slapped the finger from a surgical glove with small hole on it as an airlock. Ten days later, fermentation was complete - from OG 1.055 to FG 0.998. He poured it into thirty-three pint water bottles and sealed them up. Hey, you gotta do what you gotta do, right?! George adds “All for cider and cider for all!”