Category: Big Brew

Big Brew – March 17th 2019

Hey Everyone,

For those that may not have been receiving the emails, the Big Brew is this Sunday March 17th and we still have some spots available. If you wish to attend please send me an email ASAP.

Here are some event details:

  • The event will start at 10 AM at Oxus brewing at 1180 Sanford St.
  • We’re doing a Pot-Luck, so bring a food item.
  • We are doing work so wear clothes you don’t mind getting dirty.
  • The floors have an anti-slip coating but can still be slippery when wet. Please wear appropriate footwear with decent grip.
  • Bring a chair. There aren’t many chairs in the building, so if you don’t bring one you may be standing.
  • Bring a CLEAN carboy. We will have a sanitation station (starsan) setup, but you need to make sure it’s cleaned first.
    • If you bring a glass carboy make sure to bring a milk crate (or something similar) to transport it. Glass carboy on a cement floor isn’t a good plan.
  • In the event we have more wort than carboys you may want to bring a second carboy just in case.
  • Yeast will be pitched at home, not at the brewery.
    • Recommended yeast for this recipe is: Wyeast Labs #1968 (London ESB Ale).
    • This isn’t provided, and the choice of yeast is up to you.
  • Payment for the event will be collected at the event.

Here are some of the jobs / stations, at the start of the event we’ll organize people to the various jobs. Think about which one you want to be part of.

  • Mashing in / water chemistry
  • Vorlauf
  • Transfer to boil kettle
  • Empty and clean the mash tun
  • Boil station
  • Whirlpool
  • Knockout (chilling via the heat exchanger)
  • Boil kettle cleanup
  • Oxygenate the wort
  • Carboy sanitization
  • Carboy filling
  • General cleanup

Sean Richens will have a couple of informative presentations with a slideshows during the day.

Sean S will have a NEIPA (I believe) on tap for us 🙂

This should be a fun day of brewing, learning and hanging out with some really cool people. 🙂



Big Brew 2019

Hey Everyone,

It’s hard to believe there’s only 4 meetings left in the season! It feels like it’s been flying by. March is here and with it comes the Big Brew.

Traditionally the Big Brew has always (to my knowledge) been held at Half Pints. Half Pints has been a gracious host to the club over the years and I want to personally thank them for what they’ve done for us through the years. However, due to logistical reasons (occupancy limit and space issues) we have to look elsewhere. Just in case some have been wondering why we haven’t met there (except for the first meeting of the year) lately. We’ve simply grown too big and we don’t want to cause them any issues. I’ve been talking with Sean S (yep. there’s a lot of us) at Oxus Brewing Co. and he’s going to be hosting us this year. We’re booked in for St. Patrick’s Day (March 17th). Sean himself (as some of you know) was a former member of the club and has been eager to give back

The only catch is that we can only do 500 L at a time. Rather than do a double batch in one day (a very long day) he’s going to run a 500 L batch the day before and store it at 0 C for us, then we can just focus on the one 500 L batch.

The estimated cost for attending the Big Brew is $25, but we’ll have to see what the cost of the ingredients will end up at. Also the event is open to any Winnipeg Brew Bombers member that has paid for their 2018/2019 membership. If you haven’t paid yet but would like to enter there’s still time to pay the dues (you can send an email to Also note that in the cost of the membership you get a steak at the end of year BBQ. 🙂

There’s also limited space so we’re limited to 50 spots. If you would like to attend please RSVP to myself ASAP.

The choice for this year’s Big Brew has been narrowed down to three styles. If you’re planning to attend you can vote on the style you wish to do here:

I’ll leave the vote open until the end of the week (Sunday).

More details will be provided as we get closer to the date.

Big Brew Announced – Sunday March 13th 2016

This years Big Brew will be held Sunday March 13th. Your IPA competition winner, Myles, has selected a fine German Altbier to brew!

7B. Altbier
A well balanced, well attenuated, bitter yet malty, clean, and smooth, amber to copper colored German beer. The bitterness is balanced by the malt richness, but the malt intensity and character can range from moderate to high (the bitterness increases with the malt richness).

As always, this will be held at Half Pints brewery, usually running about 9am – 4pm. Your brew master Dave Rudge has lined up some presentation with members of the Manitoba Brewer’s Association, these should be quite informative!

* This is a members only event

Big Brew style of 2013 announced.

Our February Malt forward competition had eight entries and they were all well-crafted brews that were enjoyed by our members.  The winners of the competition were:

3rd place: Ken Yost for his Barley Wine.

2nd place: Mark Borowski for his Russian Imperial Stout

1st place: Jared Carlberg for his Eisbock

Special thanks to Nathan, Sean, Roger, Chris, and Bob for entering your beverages.  They were all very tasty beers.

Since Jared won the competition, he had the opportunity to choose the big brew of 2013.  After some deliberation, he decided that the Winnipeg Brew Bombers will be making a Dunkelweizen at Half Pints Brewing Co.

As soon as we have the costs broken down, we will let you know how much 23 liters of wort will cost each member.  Payment will be accepted at our March 5th meeting. Unfortunately, we will only be able to fill about 43 carboys so it will be on a first pay, first served basis.



March Big Brew

Half Pints Brewing Company is once again allowing us to brew a batch of wort on their Premises.  The date of the Big Brew is March 17th starting at about 9 AM (exact time to be confirmed later).

You will be allowed to fill up one 23 liter carboy or bucket (Cost of wort TBD)

You must be a paid member in good standing.

You will be responsible for adding the yeast to your fermentor at home. You have free reign to use any yeast you want.

Due to a couple hiccups last year, we will check, clean, and sanitize your fermentors on site to make sure they will not pass on any bacteria to other carboys.

This year, we will give you the opportunity to vote for what beer style you want to brew.


  Update: January 11, 2013 – Since we do not have 51 members of the Winnipeg Brew Bombers, it looks like someone(s)took into their hands to skew the results. As the president, I am making an executive decision:  “The Irish Red and the Wheat Beer are tied at 16 votes each and the winner of the Malt Forward competition in February will choose the beer style to be brewed.”