Mark has been a home brewer for over 45 years. Mark started beer research using a computer with a massive 4MG of RAM with dial up connection, brewing with liquid wort, bread baking yeast (one strain) and no hops, how things have changed (but not his computer). Mark brews a wide selection of styles seasonally influenced using 2015 BJCP guidelines as target. Mark's preference to imbibe is also seasonal. Mark is also a purveyor of Cask Ale (naturally carbonated, unfiltered and unpasteurized) on return trips to UK with wife Debbie (partner that is more beer critical than he) they have visited over 136 different Cask Marque Certified Pubs, (English audited recognition program of beer serving, storage and excellence). He is also a hobbyist in Bee Keeping currently with 5 hives. Over 2 years ago he converted over to BIAB with a goal of reducing the brew day, equipment profile is simple. Mark also judges at AHA/BJCP sanctioned events with over 400 beers scored and surprisingly he prefers to judge home brew over commercial, as generally it is better!!
Chris has been brewing a little over 4 years. He Started with extract and has been brewing all grain with BIAB the last year and a half. He always say if he didn’t join the club he would still be doing extract. Chris's favorite style to brew is IPA and Stout but his goal is to brew every style at least once.
I started out over 25 years ago while living in Albuquerque, NM. A friend had started brewing and I joined in. We were just doing extract out of a can, which as I recall, made a few decent batches. I moved to the Charlotte area in 1995 and met Jess Faucette (Alternative Beverage). I brewed many of his dry malt recipes through the years and had a couple sabbaticals through the years as well. Got back into brewing a few years back and learned about UPZS and since then, my brewing has grown by leaps and bounds. I currently brew all grain recipes with my mainstay being Pale Ales and IPAs. I enjoy most every style and have had success with Pilsners through Scottish Ales. My equipment list had grown exponentially, however I would be quick to point out to beginners that you can make great beer out of a plastic bucket!
I started home brewing like a lot of folks did. I received a home brewing kit for my birthday in 2009. I immediately started home brewing extract recipe kits from the local homebrew shop. As my interest in brewing and beer grew, I wanted to learn more. I upgraded to an All Grain three vessel system I built from old damaged kegs. I also found out about a home brew club and decided to join. After a couple of years, I noticed that I had a lot of friends near where I live that home brewed. A friend of mine and I met for a beer and on a napkin, we started to write down some ideas about starting a homebrew club. After much discussion, planning, and support from other clubs I started the Upper Palmetto Zymurgy Club. Many contributed and helped get it off the ground in those early days in 2016. It has grown and been true to its name sake (Zymurgy – the science of all things fermented) and its mantra of being a homebrew education club. Thankful for all the friends I’ve made and all that I’ve learned from them. I continue to learn something new every time I brew. I currently brew on an all-in-one electric system which has simplified my brew day significantly. Keep brewing. Keep learning. And remember, RDWHAHB!
Jon has been brewing for 9 years. He began brewing with extract kits and now enjoys brewing on an all grain keggle system. Jon has an inquisitive palette and enjoys funky and wild fermentation. Jon hopes for world peace, but would settle for less boil overs.
I am originally from Cheyenne, Wyoming but have been in South Carolina since 2008, which is roughly when I took up homebrewing. I started on Mr. Beer but quickly moved to extract kits from Alt Bev. These days, I brew all-grain on a custom-built, 240V BIAB rig. My favorite style is Extra Special Bitter, but I also enjoy a good stout. Also IPA's. And Belgians. Sours are good too. Oh, I also love a good Oktoberfest. I guess when you get down to it, my favorite style is homebrewed.
I have been brewing since 2015. I started brewing extract kits on the stove, then moved to all-grain BIAB over a propane burner in the driveway. I have been brewing on a 240V electric single vessel system in my new brewery out in the barn for about a year and a half. I like brewing most styles of beer but I guess I tend to gravitate to having a Wit, Stouts, and IPA’s on tap most of the time. I enjoy making wine as well, almost exclusively red wines, and typically have one or two of those on tap as well. UPZS has been a huge part of my brewing education, and I give credit to the members of the club for the feedback and encouragement to brew the beer and make the wine for both of my kids’ weddings in 2018! Cheers!