Second Mother Earth home brewing contest underway

Fire up your pots — Mother Earth Brewing’s again inviting home brewers near and far to enter its home brew competition, with the winner announced at the Festival on the Neuse in May.
“I was really surprised at the amount of entries we had for the last year, so hopefully it’s at least the same this year, if not more,” Mother Earth brewmaster Josh Brewer said of the inaugural competition. “We’re about a week behind from marketing and things like that, but I extended everything by a week, so we should be about the same. Hopefully it’s even better.”
The opening for registration was Jan. 12, but it runs through Feb. 12 at 5 p.m. The actual entries, in bottle form, have to be received at Mother Earth’s shipping location or at a drop-off location between March 2 at 9 a.m. and March 11 at 5 p.m. All other details can be found at the Mother Earth page on Facebook or
The winner gets to have their beer brewed and sold at Mother Earth.
“It’s fun from a home brewing standpoint, when you only brew 5 gallons at a time, for guys to come in and brew 90 gallons at a time, so they really enjoy doing all that and seeing the process on a bigger scale,” Brewer said. “But, I started as a home brewer and I can appreciate all that — being able to go in and brew on a professional system is pretty neat when you’re just a home brewer, and that’s kind of the whole point.”
Kinston resident Kris Hargitt said he missed the registration window last year but intends to get involved in this year’s competition.
“Personally, I like to clone beers I’ve already drank and do a little twist on them, maybe,” Hargitt said. “Like, brew an IPA I drank — kind of like a clone — and change around the hops scheduling to make it a different flavor.”
For the first-timer, Brewer said the process can be rather cumbersome if you’re brewing in your residence, and gets a little easier once moving to oyster boil-size pots outside, which you can hose off and that can spill without much consequence.
“When you have a big boil-over on your stove, it’s not just 8 ounces of … spaghetti water … it makes a pretty large mess,” Brewer said.
Hargitt said from his experience the brew takes up a healthy portion of the day.
“Depending on your process, it’s about six to eight hours — it can get up to 10 hours, depending on how quickly you can cool it down,” Hargitt said. “But from brew day to when you get a drink, is at least three weeks if you’re kegging your beer, and if you’re bottling it, it can take up to two months.” Wes Wolfe can be reached at 252-559-1075 and Follow him on Twitter at @WolfeReports.
Breakout BoxFor more information on the Second Annual Mother Earth Brewing/Festival on the Neuse Home Brew Competition, go to the Mother Earth page on Facebook or

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