Mar 7, 2013

Alert to Home Brewers- 5th Annual Monster Brew at TBC

On March 9, 2013 the Tustin Brewing Company and its Brewmaster, Pacific Gravity’s Jon Porter, will be hosting their 5th professional style Monster Brew.

PG’s Brewmaster Carl Townsend and Jon have developed a new base wort for this event. This year we are going for a spelt-based recipe with about 1/3rd spelt malt and a bit of oats. This will be a great starting point for a spelt-based wheat beer, a Farmhouse ale, Saison or Wit. For you hop heads, boost up the bitterness with your favorite American hop tea to make an awesome spelt IPA, or darken it up with chocolate malt to make a spelt porter. Or, use you imagination to make the most awesome beer ever. Each person will pitch his yeast of choice, add adjuncts to the wort, dry hop in secondary, or do nothing special to it. For some great suggestions, see Carl’s article, How do I modify my wort from the Monster Brew at Tustin Brewing?



The cost will be $30 for each 5 gallons of wort. Everybody will be guaranteed 1 batch, and if mash volume permits, a second batch.  

Yeast and any additional ingredients you wish to add are not included. You can bring your yeast to the brewery, or pitch it at home.

Payment for the event must be done in advance by coming by Tustin Brewing Company to sign up and pay with cash. You cannot order wort the day of the event.  

You MUST be present at the event to get your wort. No friends will be allowed to pick up wort for youIf you have paid in advance, but find you cannot attend, 24 hour notice must be given in order to obtain a refund.

Some of us may want to purchase more than 10 gallons. Initially, ONLY 5 – 10 gallons may be purchased. However, if there is wort left over at the end we will hold a lottery to determine who may get an additional 5 gallon allotment. Bring an extra fermenter if you are interested.

Don’t forget to bring a sanitized fermenter for each 5 gallons you buy!


Fermenters MUST be either plastic or stainless steel. Absolutely no glass fermenters will be allowed in the brewery due to the danger of breakage on the tile floor. You may bring small glass vessels with yeast or other additions, however. If you have a fermenter with a small neck, bring a funnel to facilitate your fill.  

We will have extra plastic fermenters and airlocks available for on-site purchase.  If you think you may need one, please contact Jon Porter so that we can get a count. (see contact info below)


The event will be starting EARLY, at 6AM. If that is too early, you may show up by 12 noon and still get your pre-purchased wort. Of course, you’ll not get to take part in the actual brewing. Projected ending time will be between 1-2 PM.


Tustin Brewing will have coffee, bagels, pastries, etc. for breakfast, and we will buy our own lunches towards the end of the brewing session. In addition, there is a Trader Joe’s nearby, and an early opening restaurant where you can get breakfast if you wish.

Tustin Brewing’s kitchen opens for lunch at 11am.

In addition Jon will be supplying tasting samples of some of his fine brews during the morning. Cut off time for free pours will be 11am. After that, beer will be available for purchase.


Jon Porter, Brewmaster,

Carl Townsend 
Dave Mauceli 
Tim Bardet      Treasurer@pacificgravity.como