Monster Brew January 24th

On January 24, 2015 Smog City Brewing Company  and its SmogCityLogo Brewmaster, PG’s Jon Porter, will be hosting
their second Pacific Gravity Monster Brew.

PG Brewmaster Carl Townsend and Porter have developed a new base wort for
this event, based on the highly-popular Little Bo Pils recipe.   This will
be a great starting point for just about any light-bodied beer.  But,
keeping with past monster brews, the recipe can be the base for whatever creative
endeavor you might want to do.   For you hop heads, boost up the
bitterness with your favorite American hop tea to make an awesome IPA, or
darken it up with chocolate malt to make a porter.   Or, use your
imagination to make the most awesome beer ever.  Each person will need to
pitch a yeast of their 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 Smog City?


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.  Please
sign up as soon as you can, by dropping me an e-mail at [email protected].

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.

If possible, please pay in advance.  You can drop off a check at any
time at Culver City Homebrew Supply.  Be sure to include your name, telephone number,
and E-mail address.  If you have paid in advance, but find you cannot
attend, 24 hour notice must be given in order to obtain a refund. On event day,
all monies collected will be given to Smog City Brewing. Such notice may be
sent to Pacific Gravity Treasurer, Ramesh Khalili at [email protected]  or
Competition Coordinator Carl Townsend

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. Please make sure you fermenter has a wide opening to we can use the
fire hose when it is time to pour.  Plastic buckets are ideal, but you can
use a Cornelius keg if you want.  Please do not bring skinny-neck
containers.  Our aim isn’t that good!

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


The event will be starting EARLY, at 7:30AM. 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
2-3 PM.  Smog City Brewing Company is at 1901 Del Amo Blvd., Ste B, Torrance,
CA 90501


Please park on the WEST side of the building to keep the tap room lot open.
The tap room will be opening to the public at noon.


Smog City will have coffee, bagels, pastries, etc. for breakfast.  In
addition, Porter has arranged for Serendoggity
Hot Dog cart to arrive at 11:00 AM.  They have amazing hot dogs and
sausages at $4-6 for extreme yumminess.

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.

Here is the recipe:

  • 660 lbs German Pilsner Malt 
  • 55 lbs   Cara-Pils      
  • 55 lbs   Wheat Malt 
  • 55 lbs   Vienna Malt   
  • 26 lbs    Acidulated Malt
  • Summit  32oz (FWH)
  • Saaz  48oz (15 min)
  • Saaz  48oz  (Flame Out)
  • Target OG – 1.052
  • Target SRM – 4
  • Target IBU – 22


Jon Porter, Brewmaster, [email protected]

Carl Townsend  C[email protected]

Brian Holter    [email protected]

Ramesh Khalili     [email protected]