Created: Fri, 02 Aug 2013 05:27:00 EST
Updated: Fri, 02 Aug 2013 09:02:25 EST
The Macon Beer Company is brewing beer in order to get their first batches out to the masses come the Macon Beer Festival
Owners Cory Smith and Jeremy Knowles received their state license and commercial equipment that will brew 310 gallons of beer three weeks ago. The equipment still needs to be installed but in the meantime, Smith and Knowles are brewing in 20 gallon batches. However, making a smooth beer has been a bit hoppy for the owners. The first batch did not pass the taste test.
"Yeast didn't do what we wanted it to do,” Smith said. “It wasn't very healthy going in and the result was beer that tasted a lot like jewelry cleaner."
Smith tossed out 40 gallons of beer and started from scratch. However, he’s more confident in this batch.
"We have much healthier yeast this time,” he said. “So we'll be able to get exactly what we want from this batch. And the only issue we're going to run into is time with this one."
After the festival, Smith and Knowles will start brewing their brown beer, “Macon History.” Both beers are expected to be brewed in large batches at the end of the month. Smith said the brewery is also developing a cherry wheat beer for next year’s Cherry Blossom Festival.