Is Prohibition still alive and well? What’s going on here!?


Well, there is definitely a movement with some to bring back Prohibition, but that’s not what I’m going to be talking about here. What I’d like to talk about is the unofficial 75th Anniversary of the end of Prohibition! That’s right, back on April 7, 1933 there was a change in the Volstead Act which changed the legal intoxicating amount of alcohol in beer from 0.5% to 3.2% alcohol. After the country had been dry for 13 years, this was some MAJOR news. The Eighteenth Amendment was completely repealed by the Twenty-first Amendment on December 5, 1933. So happy 75 years of brewing to our current brewing community!

So, what’s going on in the picture? Well, that is me at my wits-end I suppose. I dumped a case of homebrew. Only the third time in over 100 batches that I’ve ever done something like this, and the most I’ve ever dumped. This time I dumped about 20 bottles of Saturday IPA. Garrett and I had brewed a 20 gallon batch of this back in July. This was an awesome monster of a beer. My bottled beer took a very long time to carbonate. We used two different yeast, with one yeast the bottles did eventually carbonate, with the other they never did. So, I have been slowly opening beers from this batch since July to see how they have developed. It never developed. It was flat and the flavors became both overly sweet and slightly sour. I decided I couldn’t take it anymore, and … drain pour. It hurt, but I new it was the right thing to do, it was better for the beer. (Sorry Garrett)

4 Responses to “Prohibition”

  1. Garrett Says:

    Ack. That’s a shame. It was a very good beer on tap… But if it was starting to get funky, then yeah – probably best it was disposed of.

    Can’t wait for you to start kegging regularly so this is never an issue again!

    We’ll have to do another awesome monster sometime soon.

  2. David Says:

    How are you holding the camera in that picture?

  3. Brian Says:

    Ha ha . . . Karen is on a chair over my shoulder with the camera. I told he I wanted the picture to look like what I see. I think she captured that.

  4. The GD Says:

    for my dead homies: pigpen, keith, brent, and vince…

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