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Big Brew 2022

Big Brew, the annual Bay Area Society of Homebrewers (B.A.S.H.) celebration of National Homebrew Day was held on Saturday, May 7 at B&J’s Pizza on Staples at Timbergate. The club shade canopies blocked the relentless sun. Two demonstration brews were performed. Recipes were provided by the American Homebrewers Association (AHA) – an all-grain “Tha CommUNITY American Lager”and a mini-mash “Dark Inception Imperial Porter”. As usual, Paul Holder supplied the ingredients. The primary brewers were Jay “Imperial” Porterfield and Vic Aguilar, using their propane-fired systems. Chris Ackman, Wild Bill Lehfeld and Tom Ormrod assisted.

The event was very well attended. At high noon, Paul Holder led us in the global synchronized toast to homebrewing. We feasted on B&J’s delicious pizza and cold beer during the afternoon. We also conducted a swap meet of sorts, with brewing equipment changing hands.

A few nebulous comments were overheard during the brew :

Jay – “Is it OK if I squeeze it?”

Jay – “I’m stuck in the crack right now!”

Vic – “It doesn’t fit in the hole!”

The festivities wrapped up by 4:30 p.m. The teams took their brews home to add yeast. Join us at the July meeting to sample the results.


  • 15-May-22: B.A.S.H. meeting (John Daniels, NOTE: 3RD SUNDAY)

  • 12-Jun-22: B.A.S.H. meeting AND POOL PARTY (Jacob Dunson, competition: Czech pale lager/premium pale lager, BJCP 3A-B)

  • 10-Jul-22: B.A.S.H. meeting (B&J’s Pizza on Staples at Timbergate, hosted by Paul Holder)

  • 14-Aug-22: B.A.S.H. meeting AND POOL PARTY (Dave/Kathy Clark, competition: Extract Challenge > 50% extract)

  • 11-Sep-22: B.A.S.H. meeting (need host)

  • 9-Oct-22: B.A.S.H. meeting (Mark Woerner, competition: Weissbier, BJCP 10A)

  • 5-Nov-22: Iron Mash XIX

  • 13-Nov-22: B.A.S.H. meeting (need host, competition: Old Ale/Wee Heavy Ale, BJCP 17B-C)

Thank you Vic, Jay, Chris, Wild Bill and Tom. Special thanks to B&J’s for hosting and to Paul Holder for gathering the ingredients.

Visit our Big Brew page for pictures of the event.

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