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!!
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.
My name is Dennis and I'm originally from Minnesota. My wife and two boys moved down to the Charlotte area about 7 years ago. I work as a City Planner for the City of Rock Hill and have several hobbies, including woodworking, fishing, and brewing beer(of course). I started brewing after buying all of my groomsmen Mr. Beer kits for our wedding. I loved the brewing process, and although that beer wasn't great, I was hooked. Ten years later I still have a passion for brewing and even started a YouTube Channel, called Cityscape Brewing, dedicated to helping others get into the hobby of homebrewing and teaching others some tips and tricks that I've learned along the way. Being in charge of the Education role for UPZS is a great fit for me. Even after 10 years, I'm still learning, and I hope to bring interesting guest speakers and brewing topics to help us brew better beer!
I have been brewing for seven years or so and have been a member of UPZS for the last three years. I got started on the Mr. Beer products moved on to BIAB and have been improving ever since. Those three vessel systems make me jealous, but having a three to four hour brew day is pretty nice too. I have found that competitions didn’t ignite much desire to win (I’ll take any wins I can get though), but rather taught me about my beer and my process.
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!