MEETING MINUTES

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September 9th, 2021

Club Meeting Minutes

Our Host Pleasure Housing Brewer, Virginia Beach

Brian thanked everyone for coming out and showing up for our September club meeting. We also want to thank Drew Stephenson and all the co-owners of Pleasure House Brewing for hosting our meeting and their hospitality.

New Members: We have two new members since our last meeting, Gregory Gonzales and Chris Reese.  Gregory a new member and first-time attendee was at the meeting, and we welcomed him to our club. Gregory likes dark beers, porters, and stouts.

First-Time Attendees:  We also had a first-time guest, Justin. Justin has brewed several batches of beer and likes porters.

Treasurer’s Report:  Dempsey presented the Treasurers Report.

Club Mugs: We have some campfire stoneware mugs with our 7CB logo left for sell.  We are selling them for $8.50 each.

Tonight’s Raffle: We are going to have a 50/50 raffle using raffle tickets.  Ed will be coming around with the raffle tickets.

Club’s Barrel Program:

Dempsey talked about the status of our barrel program.

We currently have a Grisette in the sour barrel. We talked about options for the sour barrel. Brian and Dempsey are going to Tim Rouse to see what we want to do.  Several options were discussed.  Empty the sour barrel, save, and wash the yeast and reuse the yeast in a fresh barrel. Empty the sour barrel and refill it with another sour recipe.

 Our the Wee Heavy in our Wee Heavy barrel is ready to be replaced.  Dempsey is going to create a pole for our barrel brewers to determine what we want to put back in it. The Wee Heavy was put in the barrel on July 10th, 2021. Sam mentioned that we should try something different for the barrel, maybe a NEIPA.

Our barrel brewers have brewed a Belgian Quad for the next barrel fill.  Imperial Yeast donated 11 packets of B48 “Triple Double” Belgian Ale yeast. We will be emptying the Old Ale out of the barrel and putting in the Belgian Quad. The transfer date is planned for Sunday October 3rd.

We have been struggling for the last several barrel fills in getting everyone to provide containers and their shares on time so, we are planning for an in-person barrel transfer where everyone shows up at American Homebrew Supply.

Brian mentioned that we would like to change out barrels after two cycles.

If you would like to be a part of our barrel brewer program, let Dempsey or Brian know and we will get you on the list of barrel brewers for upcoming barrel fills. We have a separate Facebook group for the barrel fill that talk about barrel fills and recipes.

Homebrew Competitions:

The 28th Annual Dominion Cup was held on Thursday, August 12th, 2021, through Saturday, August 14th, 2021.

The Dominion Cup was hosted by the James River Homebrewers homebrew club at the St. George Brewing Company, Hampton Virginia. The online Awards Ceremony was held Saturday, August 14th, 2021.


There were 184 registered participants, judges, and stewards.

 

 Seven City Brewers Who Placed:

European Malty Lagers

2nd place Tim Rouse out of 8 entries with his Bavarian Kellerbier Style 7C Kellerbier.

European Bitter Lagers

2nd place Tim Rouse out of 11 entries with his Bavarian Pils Style 5D German Pils.

American Porter and Stout

1st place Patrick Smith out of 15 entries with his Tsar Style 20C: Imperial Stout. Dempsey has placed in several competitions and last year’s Hop ~ N ~ Hab party homebrew competitions.  Dempsey said he had two bottles left for the next competitions.

Belgian and French

2nd place Brandon & Carla Christian out of 15 entries with their Witbier Style 24A: Witbier.

 

Great Job and Congratulations Seven City Brewers!

Other upcoming AHA sanctioned homebrew competitions mentioned:

The Blue Ridge Brew Off is being organized by the Mountain Ale & Lager Tasters in Asheville, NC.  Judging is being held on September 17th thru 19th, 2021. Entry registration is open.  They are limiting entries to 200 for this competition.  As of September 4th, 2021, they had 126 entries. Registration closes September 11th, 2021. You can register online at https://blueridgebrewoff.brewcomp.com. Gregory Gonzales mentioned that he would be willing to take entries to Asheville if needed.

The Maryland Microbrewery Festival Homebrew is being organized by the Midnight Homebrewers’ League in Westminster, Maryland.  Judging is being held on September 25th, 2021. Entry registration is closed.  They are limiting entries to 100 for this competition. Information is online at https://mdmicrobrewfest.brewcompettion.com. Brandon & Carla Chrisitan have entered the Maryland Microbrewery Festival Homebrew.

Brian talked about the Hampton Roads Brewers Cup a local homebrew competition that the club participated in prior to the pandemic.  Brian has reached out to the HRBC Coordinator Marck Weiss several times but has not been able to get in touch with him.   We do not expect to have any HRBC competitions this year.

We are looking at what it would take for the Seven City Brewers to hold a homebrew competition.

Let Brian know if you are entering a homebrew competition, judge, or steward so that he can enter your points toward the Seven City Brewer of the Year Award.

Brian introduced Tim one of the brewers at Pleasure House Brewery.  Tim introduced himself and will give us a tour of the brewery and answer questions after the formal meeting.

 

The Hop ~ N~ Hab Party: with the Pepper Lovers Club is Saturday September 25th starting at 1 PM.  For anyone wanting to help setup, please show up at 12 PM.  Flyers and emails have been sent to our members.

 

We have a 6-tap bar that was built by John Allen.  John used a computerized CNC machine to engrave the Seven City Brewers logo on it. Plans is to periodically change out kegs if the 6-tap bar is full so that we can sample everyone’s beer.

 

So far, we are looking at:

 

Karen Martinis is bringing a keg of Bourbon Barrel Robust Porter, a keg of Session IPA and maybe a seltzer.

Fred Baker is bringing a keg of barrel brewers Grisette V 1.0.

Louie Drebig is bringing his Chocolate Imperial Stout with Serrano Pepper.

Julian Durden is bringing a NEIPA and Mango Hefeweizen.

Dempsey Smith is bringing a Ryewine.

 

We are having a 2021 Hop ~ N~ Hab beer competition with the winner receiving a complimentary membership to Seven City Brewers for 2022.  Bring at least a six pack of beer if you plan to enter the homebrew competition.

Karen, talked about the food competition.  Justin Davis won the food competition last year and has chosen tacos as the food theme for this year’s competition. Snacks and dessert are always welcomed.

 

Karen let us know that this is the last event for the Pepper Lovers club, they are disbanding.  The pandemic has made it hard to hold meetings where food is served.
 

Nomination of Officers: Our Bi-Laws specify that nominations are to be submitted during our August and September meetings with the election of new officers at the November meeting. Newly elected officers will take office in January.

This coming year Karen Martin and Fred Baker are not running for an elected officer position.

Nominations for elected officer positions was opened during our August meeting.

We currently have:

Brain McCrickard nominated for President

Dempsey Smith nominated for Vice President

Paul Wilson nominated for Treasurer

And Beth Madden nominated for Secretary

Do we have any other nominations for 2022 Elected Officers?

We had no other nominations. A motion was made by Fred Baker to close the nominations and seconded by Dempsey Smith.

Everyone in favor raise your hands.  Everyone opposed raise your hands.  Let the record show that everyone was in favor of closing the nominations for elected officers for 2022.

Justin our guest pulled the raffle ticket out of the bucket for the 50/50 raffle.  Congratulations to Brian Madden for winning $ 43.00.

This concludes our formal meeting.

August 11th, 2021

Club Meeting Minutes

Our Host Legend Brewing Depot, Portsmouth

Brian thanked everyone for coming out and joining our August club meeting. We also want to thank Legend Brewing Depot for hosting our meeting.

New Members: We have one new member since our last meeting, David Rabidoux.  David did not attend the meeting.

First-Time Attendees:  We had no first-time attendees.

Treasurer’s Report:  Dempsey presented the Treasurers Report.

Club’s Barrel Program:

The Grisette was put in the sour barrel on June 27th, 2021. The club decided to set up a vote to determine the next sour barrel fill. 

Dempsey discussed the replacement for the Old Ale.  The club will be brewing a Bourbon Barrel Belgian Quad.  4-5 more brewers are needed to fill out the barrel for this beer.  Brew-by date is 5 September, and transfer date for the barrel is 3 October.

Dempsey thanked Imperial Yeast for sponsoring the club’s barrel program with yeast.  They will be supplying 11 packets of B48 “Triple Double”.

If you would like to be a part of our barrel brewer program, let Dempsey or Brian know and we will get you on the list of barrel brewers for upcoming barrel fills. We have a separate Facebook group for the barrel fill that talk about barrel fills and recipes.

Homebrew Competitions: The 28th Annual Dominion Cup: is being organized by the James River Homebrewers for August 14th in Richmond Virginia.  Entry registration is closed they have reached their 300-entry limit. Go to www.dominioncup-jrhb.org for results.

Let Brian know if you are entering a homebrew competition, judge, or steward so that he can enter your points toward the Seven City Brewer of the Year Award.

Other upcoming AHA sanctioned homebrew competitions mentioned: The Blue Ridge Brew Off (September 2021) and the Maryland Microbrewery Festival Homebrew Competition (September 2021).

The Hop ~ N~ Hab Party: with the Pepper Lovers Club is Saturday September 25th starting at 1 PM.  For anyone wanting to help setup, please show up at 12 PM.  Flyers and emails have been sent to our members.  If you did not get the email let Fred know.  Check your trash file.

 

We are planning to setup a 6-tap bar and the club’s canopy for the party. John Allen or Karen Martin is donating a keg of Bourbon Barrel Robust Porter.  Fred Baker is donating a keg of Grisette V 1.0.

 

Do we have any other Seven City Brewers who want to donate a keg of beer for the party? We will provide the ice, containers, and Co2 for hookup to the 6-tap bar, you just bring your keg.

 

Dempsey made a motion to award the 2021 Hop ~ N~ Hab beer competition winner a complimentary membership to Seven City Brewers for 2022.  Brandon Christian seconded the motion.  Motion passed with unanimous consent.

 

Nomination of Officers: Our Bi-Laws specify that nominations are to be submitted during our August and September meetings with the election of new officers at the November meeting. Newly elected officers will take office in January.

This coming year Karen Martin and Fred Baker are not running for an elected officer position.

Nominations are open, do we have any nominations for 2021 Elected Officers?

Dempsey Smith nominated Brian McCrickard for President and was seconded by Brandon Christian.

Brian Madden nominated Paul Wilson for Treasurer and was seconded by Brian McCrickard.

Brian McCrickard nominated Dempsey Smith for Vice President and was seconded by Tim Woodard.

Brian Madden nominated Beth Madden for Secretary and was seconded by Dempsey Smith.

We had no other nominations at this meeting. Nominations will remain open until the end of our September meeting.

This concludes our formal meeting.

July15th, 2021

Club Meeting Minutes

Our Host Reaver Beach Brewing Norfolk

Dempsey thanked everyone for coming out and joining our July club meeting. Our President is with his family watching his kids play baseball. We also want to thank Josh Bennett and Reaver Beach Brewing for hosting our meeting.

New Members: We have one new member since our last meeting. Please welcome Michael Doyle.  Michael likes German and Belgium beers and is looking forward to learning more about homebrewing.

First-Time Attendees:  We had first-time attendee Clint.  We welcomed Clint to the meeting. Clint lives in Great Bridge and is in the army. Clint was born and raised in Chesapeake.

Treasurer’s Report:  Dempsey presented the Treasurers Report. We have cancelled the Zoom Pro service now that we have recommenced having physical meetings.

Club Merchandise: We have some campfire stoneware mugs with our 7CB logo left for sell.  We are selling the mugs for $8.50 each. We also have a few ball caps and beer sampler glasses left for anyone who wants one.

Tonight’s Raffle: We are going to have a 50/50 raffle using raffle tickets. Plus Fred Baker donated a $25.00 AHS gift card.  Dempsey will be coming around with the raffle tickets.

The Homebrew Equipment Swap & Sale was on Saturday June 12th the food was great and everyone had a good time.  We want to thank everyone who came out and brought your homebrew equipment to sale. The food was catered by Redwood Smoke Shack.

Club Member Insurance: Each year part of your membership dues goes to providing General and Liquor Liability insurance coverage for club meetings and club sponsored events.  This homebrew club insurance provides coverage for negligence that causes someone to be physically injured or someone else’s property to be damaged because of a mistake by someone in our club or our club’s activities.  This year we paid $4.41 per club member.

Club’s Barrel Program: Brian McCrickard and Tim Rouse filled the two freshly emptied A. Smith Bowman bourbon barrels with a Wee Heavy V2.0 and a Bourbon Barrel Old Ale. The plan is to keep the Old Ale in the barrel for about 2 months and keep the Wee Heavy in the barrel for about 4 months. 

Dempsey will be posting in our Barrel Fill Group a poll for what style we want to put in the barrel next.

There was no update for the emptying of the Sour barrel with the Grisette. Fred said the sour barrel was filled on June 27th, 2020 and is ready to come. So far, we have no sour recipe to go back in and we might want to considered emptying the barrel and replacing it later.

If you would like to be a part of our barrel brewer program, let Dempsey or Brian know and we will get you on the list of barrel brewers for upcoming barrel fills. We have a separate Facebook group for the barrel fill that talk about barrel fills and recipes.

Homebrew Competitions:

Results of the 2021 National Homebrew Competition: The 43rd Annual National Homebrew Competition Awards Ceremony was broadcast live on June 19th.

World’s best homebrewers were honored during the awards ceremony. There were 5,045 beers entered and 126 medals awarded to recognize brewing excellence.

Our Seven City Barrel Brewers placed 3rd in Category 42 Wood Aged Beers out of 144 entries with their Wee Heavy Wood Aged Ale. The base beer style is 17C Wee Heavy, also known as a “Strong Scotch Ale”.

This beer was a collaboration of 11-barrel brewers and a freshly emptied Buffalo Trace Bourbon Barrel.  The Wee Heavy was wood aged in the barrel for 4 months. 

Beer hoarder Jason Erfle is the only know barrel brewer that still has a full keg of the Wee Heavy V1.0.

This beer is a one of a kind, you will never get the same blend of beer shares, the same bourbon barrel taste, and the same wood aging as the Wee Heavy V1.0, but we will never stop trying to make it better.

Our Wee Heavy Seven City Barrel Brewers were Kyle Alexander, Rafael Corredor, Bob Buerger, Brian McCrickard, Jason Erfle, Julian Durden, John Wallace, Dempsey Smith, James Strane, Joshua Corl, and Tim Woodard.

Good Job and Congratulations!

Go to www.homebrewcon.org for more information.

The 28th Annual Dominion Cup: is being organized by the James River Homebrewers for August 14th in Richmond Virginia.  Entry registration is closed they have reached their 300-entry limit. Go to www.dominioncup-jrhb.org for more information. Brew & Bottle in Newport News is an authorized drop off point. Drop off your entries before 7/24/21 5:00 PM EDT.

Let Brian know if you are entering a homebrew competition, judge, or steward so that he can enter your points toward the Seven City Brewer of the Year Award.

 

Open Discussion:

Fred wanted to let everyone know that our Bi-Laws specify that nominations for elected officers are to be submitted during our August and September meetings with the election of new officers at the November meeting. Newly elected officers will take office in January. We are going to need a new Secretary for 2022, Fred is retiring from elected office.

 

We briefly talked about the 2022 National Homebrewers Convention in Pittsburg, PA. Julian is from Pittsburg and is a good point of contact for where to stay.  Plan now to go to the convention June 23-25, 2022.

 

Brian Madden talked about the homebrew battles between members in the club, no rules, no styles just pick a beer and brew it.  Judges are assigned and popular vote wins.  Next battle is a session beer with less than 3 ½ % ABV.

 

We have no update for whether the club is going to hold a homebrew competition.

 

The Hop ~ N~ Hab Party with the Pepper Lovers Club is September 25th. Flyers and emails have been sent to our members.  If you did not get the email let Fred know.  Check your trash file.

This concludes our formal meeting.

After the formal meeting, Michael Doyle our new member pulled the raffle ticket out of the bucket for the 50/50 raffle and $25.00 gift card.  Congratulations to Fred Baker for winning $50.00 and the gift card.  Fred kept the $50.00 and donated the AHS gift card back to the club and Paul Wilson won the AHS gift card. Congratulations to all!

June 10th, 2021

Club Meeting Minutes

Our Host

American Homebrew Supply

Brian thanked everyone for joining our June club meeting at American Homebrew Supply. We want to thank Rafael Corredor and American Homebrew Supply for hosting our meeting.

New Members: We have two new members since our last meeting: Tim Thornton, and Danielle Taylor.  Danielle was at the club meeting. Danielle has been brewing for about 6 years and likes Modelo Lagers & Creme Ales. Tim was not at the meeting.  If you see Tim, let him know we appreciate him joining our club. Guest Jeff Stockton was at the meeting and is new to brewing and likes dark and stout beers.

First-Time Attendees:  We welcomed Mike Hayes and Bill Lima to the meeting.

Food Competition: Tonight, we are having a food competition.

Rules Are:

 

$50 Gift card to the top main dish
$25 Gift cards to the top 2 side dishes
$35 Gift card to the top dessert

Each family may enter up to 2 categories.


1. Main Dishes: $50 Gift Card to the best main dish:
● Main dish: must be a hot one-pot/pan dish. Crock pot recommended.
●Enough portions to share with the club. Beer/wine/cider MUST be used as an ingredient.

 

2. Side Dishes: 2, $25 Gift cards to the top 2 side dishes.
● Side dishes can be hot or cold.
● Beer/wine/cider as an ingredient is not required but is STRONGLY encouraged.

 

3. Dessert: $35 Gift Card to the best desert
● Hot or cold
● MUST include beer/wine/cider as an ingredient.

 

Tonight’s Raffle: We are going to raffle off a Blichmann Quickcarb Carbonator.

We purchased a Blichmann Quickcarb Carbonator from AHS to raffle off at the meeting to our Members in Good Standing.  

 

You do not need to be present to win.  

 

Each chance to win is $10.00.  Dempsey was not able to be at the meeting. You can pay Fred at the meeting or via PayPal to treasurer@barfclub.org. Use friends and family.  We are all friends in the Seven City Brewers club and we are using your money to pay for items for you, nothing friendlier than that.

 

We will be using the Wheel of Names to randomly pick the winner at the meeting.  

 

If by chance we receive your PayPal money after the cutoff and your name is not added to the Wheel of Names before the drawing your money will be refunded. 

 

We will make arrangements with the winner if they are not present at the meeting to get the Quickcarb to you.

 

Treasurer’s Report:  Dempsey has gone on a cruise with some fellow sailors, so Brain presented the Treasurer’s Report.

Club Mugs: We have 15 oz terracotta campfire stoneware speckled mugs with our 7CB logo for sell.  We are selling them for $8.50 each. Due to a limited supply, we will initially be limiting the number of mugs to one per member.  We are selling them during our June 10th meeting and at the Homebrew Swap & Sale on June 12th.

Homebrew Equipment Swap & Sale Event: The Homebrew Equipment Swap & Sale is Saturday June 12th from 1 PM to 5 PM in Fred Baker’s backyard. Details will be emailed to our Members in Good Standing.

We all know that homebrewers have Hoarder tendencies.  Now is the time to dust off your unwanted and not needed homebrew equipment and sale or trade it for something you can use.

 This event is being catered by Redwood Smoke Shack. We have ordered enough food for 40 members, please reply via email or Facebook post if you are planning to attend. This is a Members in Good Standing Event Only.  Guest and children are not invited. We will be selling leftovers at cost.

Members are requested to bring homebrew and deserts to share.

If we have several members willing to bring kegs, we will hook them up to the 6 tap Seven City Brewers Bar.

 This is going to be a good time so plan not to miss it and bring your equipment to swap or sale!

Club’s Barrel Program: Dempsey emptied the Barleywine and the American Strong Ale bourbon barrels on June 6th. We have two freshly emptied bourbon barrels to replace these bourbon barrels.​

Our barrel brewers have a Wee Heavy Part 2 recipe and a Bourbon Barrel Old Ale recipe for the two fresh barrels. The recipes include instructions for both extract and all grain brewers.

We have 9 brewers for the Wee Heavy and need 2 more!  Brew by date is now June 13, and fill date is now June 20th.

We have 7 brewers for the Old Ale and need 4 more!  Brew by date is now June 20, and fill date is now June 27th.

If you would like to be a part of our barrel brewer program, let Dempsey or Brian know and we will get you on the list of barrel brewers for upcoming barrel fills. We have a separate Facebook group for the barrel fill that talk about barrel fills and recipes.

Homebrew Competitions:

The 2021 National Homebrew Competition: The 2021 National Homebrew Competition Awards Ceremony will be broadcast live on June 19th, 6 PM MT – 8 PM MT. and is open to the public and will be livestreamed via YouTube.  Go to www.homebrewcon.org for more information.

Results of the 14th Annual Virginia Beer Blitz: The Fourteenth Annual Virginia Beer Blitz was completed on May 15th. There were 97 total entries with 735 registered participants, judges, and stewards. You can go to www.colonialalesmiths.org for more information.

 Seven City Brewers Who Placed:

2nd place Brian McCrickard out of 5 entries with his Mad Irishman Style 15A Irish Red Ale.

3rd place Sam Asbell out of 5 entries with his Bitter Patter, Lets Get After Style 11C Strong Bitter.

1st place Patrick Smith out of 7 entries with his Tsar Style 20C: Imperial Stout.

2nd place Sam Asbell out of 8 entries with his Window Kicker Style 9C: Baltic Porter.

2nd place Brandon & Carle Christian out of 6 entries with their Robust Porter Style 20A: American Porter.

3rd place Dan Tully out of 7 entries with their Bhurbon Fanaile Buama Style 33B: Specialty Wood Aged Beer.

1st place Jack Wallace out of 6 entries with his Everything Nice Style 30C: Winter Seasonal Beer.

Congratulations Seven City Brewers!

 Let Brain know if you entered the competition and participating in judging or stewarding.

The 28th Annual Dominion Cup: is being organized by the James River Homebrewers for August 14th in Richmond Virginia.  Entry registration opens June 21st with an entry deadline of July 24th. Go to www.dominioncup-jrhb.org for more information.

Results of the 2021 Carboy Shamrock Open XXVI: The Shamrock Open was completed on April 17th. As of 6/3/21 the results of the Carboy Shamrock Open have still not been posted. You can go to www.carboyclub.com for more information.

Let Brian know if you are entering a homebrew competition so that he can enter your points toward the Seven City Brewer of the Year Award.

Seven City Brewers Cup Competition: We are thinking about holding a member only Seven City Brewers Homebrew Competition August. Brian is going to talk with Marc Weiss the Hampton Roads Brewers Cup coordinator to see if he is going to restart the HRBC competitions.

Guest Speaker:  Tonight, Larry Lentz is going to demonstrate how to quickcarb a keg of beer using the Blichmann Quickcarb Carbonator.  

 

Open Discussion:

Karen, let us know that the Pepper Lovers Club Hop~N~Hob Party is being scheduled for September 25th. Karen said they have a place to hold the party.  Karen will email members the address and information in advance of the party.

We spun the Wheel of Names the winner of the Blichmann Quickcarb Carbonator raffle is Brian Madden.  Congratulations to Brian for winning the Blichmann Quickcarb Carbonator.

 

We spun the wheel two more times to give away two beers that were donated by Larry.

This concludes our formal meeting.

May 13th, 2021

Club Meeting Minutes

Our Host

Pirates Cove Restaurant in Chesapeake

 

Brian thanked everyone for joining our May club meeting at Pirates Cove. We have had a wild and crazy ride with this COVID. We want to thank John Tillery and Pirates Cove for hosting our meeting and please show your appreciation for our servers Morgan and Erin.

As we all know this is our first in person club meeting since last May.  We want to remind everyone to drink responsibly.  It is not our intent for members to go home drunk. If you need a ride please let us know.

The Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control Statute specifies that:

 “giving to any person to whom beer may lawfully be sold a sample of such beer, not to exceed two ounces by volume for on-premises consumption at events organized for judging or exhibiting such beer, including events held on premises of a retail licensee.” That being said, limit your sample size to two ounces when sharing your beer.

New Members: We have one new member since our last meeting: Mike Dean.  Mike was not at the club meeting. If you see Mike let them know we appreciate them join our club. Mike lives in Alexandria Virginia and join because he plans to spend some time in Hampton Roads while his son goes to Christopher Newport College. Mike is a member of the Brew Tubbers Group and knows Larry and SJ Porr.

First-Time Attendees:  Rafael’s sister Diana and Danielle by way of VPH 5ttended the meeting. Diana is going to be working with Rafael at AHS and Danielle has moved to the Southside of Hampton Road and plans to join the Seven City Brewers.

Tonight's Raffle: We are going to have a 50/50 raffle using raffle tickets.  Ed will be coming around with the raffle tickets.

Treasurer’s Report:  Dempsey has gone on a cruise with some fellow sailors, so Brain presented the Treasurer’s Report.

Club Mugs: We have ordered 40 15 oz terracotta campfire stoneware speckled mugs with our 7CB logo on them from Bargain Mugs.  We are going to be selling them for $8.50 each. Due to a limited supply, we will initially be limiting the number of mugs to one per member.  We are planning to distribute them during our June 10th meeting and at the Homebrew Swap & Sale on June 12th. Get your order in early.

Mark Your Calendars: Saturday June 12th from 1 PM to 5 PM.  Homebrew Equipment Swap & Sale in Fred Baker’s backyard. Details will be emailed to our Members in Good Standing. We all know that homebrewers have Hoarder tendencies.  Now is the time to dust off your unwanted and not needed homebrew equipment and sale or trade it for something you can use.  This is going to be a catered event by Redwood Smoke Shack. Members are requested to bring homebrew and deserts to share. If we have several members willing to bring kegs, we will hook them up to the 6 tap Seven City Brewers Bar.  This is going to be a good time so plan not to miss it and bring your equipment to swap or sale!

June Meeting: Is going to be at American Homebrew Supply on Thursday June 10th.  Rafael is planning on doing a beer experiment and we are looking for 6 brewers to do a simple grain, simple hop brew and bring the beer in kegs to the meeting.

Club’s Barrel Program: We have received a call from A. Smith Bowman Distillery in Fredericksburg VA. They have two freshly emptied bourbon barrels to replace our current bourbon barrels.​ Fred is planning to pick up the barrels Monday the 17th and drop them off at AHS. We need to get our barrel brewers brewing.

If you would like to be a part of our barrel brewer program, let Dempsey or Brian know and we will get you on the list of barrel brewers for upcoming barrel fills.

We have no update for the Grisette that is in the sour barrel and we are looking for a recipe to use for the next barrel emptying/refill.

Brian talked about the status of the Ryewine barrel. We will be emptying the Ryewine barrel and replace it with one of the fresh barresl.

 

Up Coming Homebrew Competitions:

Brian talked about the following upcoming homebrew competitions:

National Homebrew Competition: The 2021 National Homebrew Competition is completed, and results will be announced in June during the National Homebrewers Convention.

The 14th Annual Virginia Beer Blitz: The Fourteenth Annual Virginia Beer Blitz is being planned by CASK homebrew club. They limited the number of entries to 101 and registration is close. Judging is being conducted in person from May 8th to May 15th. You can go to www.colonialalesmiths.org for results.

2021 Shamrock Open XXVI: CARBOY homebrew club in North Carolina hosted the Shamrock Open in Raleigh, NC.  Final judging was completed on April 17th. You can go to www.carboyclub.com for Results. As of 5/12/21 Results have not been posted.

Colonial Cup 2021: was organized by Lowcountry Libations homebrew club and held at Hobcaw Brewing Company in MT. Pleasant, SC. There were 146 entries judged and 78 registered participants, judges, and stewards.  Judging was conducted on Saturday April 24th. We had no Seven City Brewer winners in this competition. You can go to www.colonialcup.lowcountrylibations.com for results.

Let Brian know if you are entering a homebrew competition so that he can enter your points toward the Seven City Brewer of the Year Award.

Seven City Brewers Cup Competition: We are planning to hold a Seven City Brewers Homebrew Competition late July or early August.

Fred talked about the Seven City Brewers Cup that we are planning to present to the winner. 

John Allen will be making a base for the cup to sit on.  We are planning to have the base engraved with the Seven City Brewers name and logo.

Some things to know about the Seven City Brewers Cup competition:

This would be a non-BJCP sanctioned event.

You must be a Member in Good Standing to enter. 

We will be limiting entries to one entry per member.

Only one style or category of beer will be judged. We will determine by members voting on the beer style/category they would like to use. Majority vote will determine which beer style/category that will be. 

We are looking at awards for first, second and third place winners with the first-place winner hosting the Seven City Brewers Cup in their brewery for about nine months.

The Dominion Cup is in August with entry drop off in July.

Guest Speaker:  Tonight, our guest speaker is US, we are going to talk about oxidation. Fred will facilitate the discussion and you all get to tell us what you know about oxidation and things we can do to prevent it in our homebrew.

 

 

Open Discussion:

Rafael talked about the Father’s Day Sale at AHS.

Karen talked about the Pepper Lovers Club wanting to have the Hop~N~Hob Party in September.  They are looking for a place to hold the event. Let Karen know if you want to volunteer a place to hold the party. They are looking at not holding a food competition but have last year’s winner pick the food theme.

Dan Tully has the club’s jockey box.  We are looking to see if we need to repair or replaced any components.  The jockey box is available for our members to borrow.

Morgan an independent observer pulled the raffle ticket out of the bucket for the 50/50 raffle.  Congratulations to Carla Christian for winning $45.00.

This concludes our formal meeting.  We want to again thank everyone for coming out.  Please be safe going home.

 April 7th, 2021

Zoom Club Meeting Minutes

Brian thanked everyone for joining our April Zoom meeting.

Tonight’s Zoom meeting is brought to you by Crestwood Brewing Company. Carla & Brandon donated this month’s Zoom Pro premium. Brian thanked Carla & Brandon for supporting our club.

If you and your brewery would like to donate money to the club to help fund our unlimited zoom minute plan let us know. 

New Members: We have three new members since our last meeting: Steinar Dromnes, Randy Miracle, and Sean Sims.  Steinar, Randy, and Sean were not at the Zoom meeting. If you see these guys let them know we appreciate them join our club.

 

We have a first-time attendee, Marco Pineda. Fred invited Marco as our guest.  Marco is new to homebrewing and has expressed interest in joining a homebrew club. Marco has brewed about 4 batches of beer and wants to learn more about homebrewing.

Online Raffle: We are going to have an online 50/50 raffle using the Wheel of Names for our Members In good standing. You do not need to be present to win.

If you would like to participate in the raffle here is what you will need to do:  Send your money to the treasurer@barfclub.org PayPal account with a note that it is for the April meeting 50/50 raffle. Dempsey will monitor PayPal and add your name(s) to the Wheel of Names.

 

Each name on the wheel is 5 dollars.  You can enter your name as many times as you like but each name is $5.00.  At the end of the meeting, we will shuffle the names, spin the wheel, and a winner will be determined.  Dempsey will forward your winnings to you via PayPal.

 

Treasurer’s Report:  Dempsey presented the Treasurer’s Report.

Dempsey talked about the club having sufficient funds to sponsor an event and have it catered by someone like Redwood Smoke Shack. We are also looking a doing a camping and brewing event in the fall.

 

Club’s Barrel Program: The Red Wine barrel has been sold.  We are looking at getting two new bourbon barrels around May or June to replace our current bourbon barrels.​ We have about $160 in the barrel fund to purchase the next barrels.  Previously, we asked for $10 per barrel brewer to help pay for the replacement bourbon barrels, however once we sell the two bourbon barrels, we will likely have enough to purchase their replacements, more to follow!  We will be taking the Ryewine out of its barrel at the end of the month.

 

Brian and Dempsey talked about the Grisette that is in the sour barrel and that we are looking for a recipe to use for the next barrel emptying/refill. More information will be posted in the Seven City Brewers Barrel Fill Group. Looking a June time frame for next barrel fill with freshly emptied bourbon barrels.

Dempsey talked about our barrel program.

If you would like to be a part of our barrel brewer program, let Dempsey or Brian know and we will get you on the list of barrel brewers for upcoming barrel fills.

Up Coming Homebrew Competitions:

Brian talked about the following upcoming homebrew competitions.

2021 National Homebrew Competition: The competition is being held in Denver, CO from April 26th to May 2nd.  Winners will be announced during the National Homebrewers Convention on Saturday June 19th. The National homebrewers Convention is going to be virtual this year.  Next year’s NHC is going to be in Pittsburgh, PA.

The club entered two barrel-aged beers, the Wee Heavy and the Wheatwine, and several barrel brewers chipped in together to split the costs. 

Brian talked about the NHC.  The last in person NHC was in Providence, RI and about 5 of our homebrewers went.  Brain expressed that everyone had a great time and that we need to get together and go next year.  During the conventions they have a lot of seminars, brewery night with pro breweries serving beer and club night where homebrew clubs serve their beers.  During the Providence NHC in 2019 the Seven City Brewers had their own Seven City Brewers Shirts and setup a tent with a six-tap bar that was built by John Allen. Everyone thought our setup was great.

The 14th Annual Virginia Beer Blitz: CASK homebrew club is planning the Fourteenth Annual Virginia Beer Blitz. They are limiting the number of entries to 101.  Registration is open and will close on April 24th. Go to www.colonialalesmiths.org for rules and online registration. Judging will be a conducted through a combination of virtual and in person seasons from May 8th to May 15th.

Dan Tully is a member of CASK and talked about CASK doing a good job hosting the competition.  They are limiting individual entries to two. Dan recommends if you want to know more about homebrew competitions this is a good time to learn. 

 

Joe said that they currently have 79 entries so if you plan to enter you need to register soon.

Brandon talked about his experience at the Virginia Beer Blitz and Judging and Stewarding for the competition. He thought it was an awesome experience.

Let Brian know if you are entering a homebrew competition so that he can enter your points toward the Seven City Brewer of the Year Award.

2021 Shamrock Open XXVI: CARBOY homebrew club in North Carolina will be hosting the Shamrock Open again this year in Raleigh, NC.  They are limiting entries to 300 total and registration is closed. Go to www.carboyclub.com for additional information. Judging will take place over the course of 10 days with the Best of Show being held on April 11th.

Colonial Cup 2021: Is being organized by Lowcountry Libations homebrew club and being held at Hobcaw Brewing Company in MT. Pleasant, SC. They are limiting entries to 150 total and online registration is closed.  You can go to www.colonialcup.lowcountrylibations.com for rules and results. Judging will be conducted on Saturday April 24th.

Brian mentioned that the Dominion cup is this fall. The Dominion cup is the oldest homebrew competition in Virginia.

Seven City Brewers Cup Competition: Brian talked about the club is looking at hosting a Seven City Brewers Cup homebrew competition. This would be a non-BJCP sanctioned event. Some things we are looking at:

You must be a Member in Good Standing to enter. 

We will be limiting entries to one entry per member.

Only one style or category of beer will be judged. We will determine by members voting on the beer style/category they would like to use. Majority vote will determine which beer style/category that will be. 

Cash awards go to the first, second and third place winners with the first-place winner hosting the Seven City Brewers Cup in their brewery. 

 

Guest Speaker:  Tonight, our guest speaker is our own Dempsey Smith. Dempsey is going to talk about packaging and shipping homebrew for homebrew competitions.

 

Highlights from Dempsey’s Presentation & Discussion:

There is information on packaging and shipping beers on our website in the club News page.

Dempsey showed us how he packages his beers for shipping. There are commercially available boxes with precut foam for inserting bottles.  Dempsey typically uses bubble wrap.

Shipping costs vary with number of bottles (weight) and the distance being shipped.

 

Brian Madden has some memory foam if anybody wants to use some for packaging their beers for shipping, just let him know.

Dempsey said to make sure you read the rules, they can change the number of bottles required per entry.

Dempsey talked about doing informal homebrew competitions between brewers.

 

Open Discussion:

Dan talked about the club’s two tap jockey box and that Joey was going to drop it off at American homebrew Supply and we can pick it up there.

Brian is talked about having an in-person club meeting in May.  If anyone wants to host our meeting let us know. Brian asked Don to reach out to John Tillery.  John has expressed a desire to host a club meeting at the Pirates Cove in Great Bridge. 

 

We will be looking at locations to host our meeting.

Brian mentioned that JD would like to host a meeting in his back yard. Brian will get with JD and see if he is still interested.   

We want to thank Rafael and American Homebrew Supply for shipping the beers to the National Homebrew Competition using their business account to save on shipping cost.

Dempsey shuffled the names on the Wheel of Names and spun the wheel for the 50/50 raffle.  Congratulations to David Tu who won $60.00.

​Larry talked about Big Brew Day coming up quick the first Saturday in May.  Larry has five brewers coming over to his house.  Brain and Dempsey are looking at setting up a virtual Big Brew Day on Zoom for anyone who wants to attend. If anyone wants to host a Big Brew in their back yard let us know.

Joe asked about drop off points for Virginia Beer Blitz. Dan said that if we wanted to drop off our entries at AHS, he would let CASK know. 

Joe asked about adjuncts added to the style of beer and how it would affect the scoring of the beer.  Brain said that if the beers even though it tasted great would be scored lower if it strayed away from the BJCP style guidelines.

This concludes our formal meeting anyone wanting to have an after-meeting party stay online.

 March 11th, 2021

Zoom Club Meeting Minutes

Brian thanked everyone for joining our March Zoom meeting. Brain has been working on backshift and he is back with us.

Tonight’s Zoom meeting is brought to you by Mac’s Brewing Company the Original Brewery in Chesapeake. Ed McDermott donated this month’s Zoom Pro premium. Brian thanked Ed.

 

If you and your brewery would like to donate money to the club to help fund our unlimited zoom minute plan let us know. 

​Brian is talking about having an outdoor event meeting in April.  If anyone wants to host our meeting let us know.

New Members: We have two new members since our last Zoom meeting: Jesse McCarrel and Chris Caruthers. Jesse and Chris attended the Zoom meeting.  Chris is an extract brewer and has been brewing for about a year. First time attending the meeting is KG Scott. KG has been brewing for about 6 years and is on his fourth batch. Hugo Vanegas also attending for the first time has been brewing for 5 years.

 

Brian introduced the elected officers and Tim Rouse our club’s Competition Coordinator to our new members.

 

Online Raffle: We are going to have an online 50/50 raffle using the Wheel of Names for our Members In good standing. In addition, we are raffling off an Aprea PH60-Z pH meter that was donated by Dempsey Smith for a club fund raiser. You do not need to be present to win. Plus, an additional yeast beer sample pack to each winner.

 

If you would like to participate in the raffle here is what you will need to do:  Send your money to the treasurer@barfclub.org PayPal account with a note that it is for the January meeting 50/50 raffle. Dempsey will monitor PayPal and add your name(s) to the Wheel of Names.

 

Each name on the wheel is 5 dollars.  You can enter your name as many times as you like but each name is $5.00.  At the end of the meeting, we will shuffle the names, spin the wheel, and a winner will be determined.  Dempsey will forward your winnings to you via PayPal. Dempsey will make arrangements to get the Aprea pH meter to the winner.

 

Treasurer’s Report:  No treasurer’s report for tonight’s meeting.

 

Club’s Barrel Program: Dempsey emptied the Imperial Chocolate Porter out of Thing 2 and refilled it with an American Strong Ale on February 21st.  The American Strong Ale will stay in the barrel until at least May.  The Ryewine was sampled and will stay in the barrel until the end of April.

​The Red Wine barrel has been cleaned, but not sold yet.  We are looking at getting two new bourbon barrels around May or June to replace our current bourbon barrels.​ Dempsey let us know that we have some money in the barrel fund and typically asked our brewers for about $10 per barrel brewer to help pay for the barrel.

Tim Rouse talked about the Grisette that is in the sour barrel and that we are looking at getting a recipe ready for the next barrel emptying/refill.

Brain also wants us to get ready for the next barrel fills with a freshly emptied Bourbon barrel.

If you would like to be a part of our barrel brewer program, let Dempsey or Brian know and we will get you on the list of barrel brewers for upcoming barrel fills.

Up Coming Homebrew Competitions:

Tim Rouse our Competitions Coordinator talked about upcoming homebrew competitions.

2021 National Homebrew Competition: Online application and registration closed March 3rd.  The club will be entering two barrel-aged beers, the Wee Heavy and the Wheatwine, and several barrel brewers will be chipping in together to split the costs.  American Homebrew Supply has offered to ship them with their business account to save on shipping as well.

Dempsey entered 4 beers and one split with Karen.  Dempsey will be sending in the barrel brewers Wee Heavy and the Wheatwine.’ with the help of AHS.

Important Dates

 

Shipping Window March 29th to April 9th

 

 

The 14th Annual Virginia Beer Blitz: Cask is planning to hold the Fourteenth Annual Virginia Beer Blitz in mid-May. The format will be limited in entries, most likely 100 and judging rounds will be virtual except for the Best of Show. So far CASK has not updated the Virginia Beer Blitz website.  We will let you all know via Facebook and Gmail when CASK updates the competition information.

2021 Shamrock Open XXVI: CARBOY homebrew club in North Carolina will be hosting the Shamrock Open again this year.  They are limiting entries to 300 total and registration is currently open at www.carboy.com. $7 per entry. Competition is Saturday, April 17th.

Important Dates

 

Registration: March 1st to March 20th

Shipping Window: Entries must be received by the 20th.

Colonial Cup 2021: Organized by Lowcountry Libations and will be held at Hobcaw Brewing Company in mt pleasant, SC. They are limiting entries to 150 total and registration is currently open online at www.colonialcup.lowcountylibations.com. $7 per entry. Competition is Saturday, April 24th.

Important Dates

 

Registration: Accepted through April 9th 11:59 PM, EDT.

Shipping Window: Entries must be received by April 19th.

 

Guest Speaker:  Tonight, our guest speaker is our own Rafael Corredor. Rafael is the club’s Cellarman has been planning, soliciting brewers, sorting, and distributing homebrews for the 7CB Yeast SMASH Ex-beer-iment.

 

Highlights from Rafael’s Presentation & Discussion:

Rafael thanked everyone for helping with the yeast sample beer share. The goal was to identify and distinguish differences and similarities between popular yeast strains. Rafael’s presentation was recorded, and we will Gmail our members with the information to access the presentation.

 

We talked about the different taste the beers had.

Rafael talked about the club doing several beer sampling experiments throughout the year and using Imperial Yeast.

 

Open Discussion:

Brian talked about the Seven City Brewer of the Year Award and award point for club events. Make sure you let Brain know when you enter a competition.

Larry talked about Kevin O’Connor being a guest speaker. Larry also brought up getting back together for club event maybe in May for the Big Brew Day.

Karen talked about obtaining trademark for the club logo. Karen talked to the owners of Bench Top Brewing who just trademarked their Logo. Karen has the lawyer’s contact information.  If we want to trademark the 7CB Logo it is going to cost about $1500.00. Fred said he will contact Kevin Carobine who he thinks is the graphic designer for the 7CB Logo and will talk with him and let us know.

Ryan talked about going to White Labs if you are ever in San Diego. Brain mentioned that White Labs is also located in Ashville, NC.  This might be a good thing to do for a club event.

 

Tim Rouse talked about yeast pitch rates and whether to do starters and where to look for online calculators. Dempsey talked about doing a 5-gallon starter and bottling that and using the yeast cake to ferment a larger gravity beer. Brain talked about professional brewers using their yeast cakes for 6 to 8 generations before replacing the yeast.

Joe talked about the barrel brewers Chocolate Imperial Porter. Very oaky but with a smooth underlining taste.  Dempsey recommends bottling the Porter and let it condition for a few months.  Everyone recommends letting it age out for a little bit.

Brain talked about the bourbon flavor no longer being present in our existing barrels. Dempsey is recommending replacing our barrels with freshly emptied bourbon barrels.

Ed McDermott talked about an article about using maple in beers in the Brew Your Own magazine March/April addition.

Ed McDermott talked about being a member of HRBTS and 7CB and the loss of Ernest (Ernie) Lang.  Ernie pasted away due to complications with cancer.  Ernie was a homebrewer and a member of the Hampton Roads Brewing and Tasting Society. A lot of our members knew Ernie and we want to send condolences to the family. We took a minute to remember Ernie.  Brian talked about Ernie being a great guy and being helped by Ernie.  Ernie was a great guy.  Several of our members have brewed with Ernie, he will be missed.

Fred talked about Asheville brewery tours that we could do in the fall and that this might be a good time to visit White Labs.

Brain talked about the next year’s American Homebrewers Convention being on the east coast. Brain highly recommended going to the convention we you can. Brain talked about the brewery night and the club night at the convention.  For club night we set up for severing our homebrew.

Rafael brought up voting for the Homebrew Shop of the Year on the American Homebrewers Association website and appreciates our support.  If you like what American Homebrew USA does, please vote for AHS for Homebrew Shop of the Year.

 

Wes asked if the club is going to brew with cannabis in 2024? Dempsey requested that any beers brewed with cannabis be properly identified.

 

Rafael talked about decanting a yeast starter to get just the yeast cake. A lot depends on the size of the starter and whether you want it to affect your beer.

Todd asked about oxygenating the wort.  Fred said that he oxygenates his wort, and it works fine, and the yeast seem happy. Tim said he stopped oxygenating his wort and did not see any change in fermentation.

 

Dempsey shuffled the names on the Wheel of Names and spun the wheel for the 50/50 raffle.  Congratulations to Tim Woodard who won $55.00. Fred Baker won the extra yeast sample pack.

Dempsey shuffled the names on the Wheel of Names and spun the wheel for the Apera PH60-Z pH Meter fundraiser raffle.   Congratulations to Brian Madden who won the pH meter. Wes Riley won the extra yeast sample pack.

Brain talked about our last in person meeting being a year ago and we hope to be returning to somewhat normal life soon. We want to have a big shin dig with a catered event.  We are looking to have a Homebrew Swap and Sale in June in Fred’s back yard. Brian mentioned that he wanting to have a brewing & camping trip this year.

This concludes our formal meeting anyone wanting to have an after-meeting party stay online.

February 11th, 2021

Zoom Club Meeting Minutes

Brian thanked everyone for joining our February Zoom meeting. Things have been crazy, but we have made the best of it.

Tonight’s Zoom meeting is brought to you by Madd Brews.  Brian and Beth Madden donated this month’s Zoom Pro premium.  Current Zoom fees are funded by donations through the May meeting.

 

If you and your brewery would like to donate money to the club to help fund our unlimited zoom minute plan let us know.  Brian & Beth would like to host a club meeting once we are able to meet together again.

New Members: We have four new members since our last Zoom meeting: Cody Popelka, Jason Kneiszler, Kevin Gardner, and Alex Voytilla. Cody Popelka, Jason Kneiszler, Kevin Gardner, and Alex Voytilla did not attend the Zoom meeting.  If you see these guys welcome them to our club.

 

Online Raffle: We are going to have an online 50/50 raffle using the Wheel of Names In addition, we are raffling off the Valet tray that was donated by John Allen for a club fund raiser.

 

If you would like to participate in the raffle here is what you will need to do:  Send your money to the  treasurer@barfclub.org PayPal account with a note that it is for the January meeting 50/50 raffle. Dempsey will monitor PayPal and add your name(s) to the Wheel of Names. You do not need to be present to win.

 

Each name on the wheel is 5 dollars.  You can enter your name as many times as you like but each name is $5.00.  At the end of the meeting, we will shuffle the names, spin the wheel, and a winner will be determined.  Dempsey will forward your winnings to you via PayPal. Fred will make arrangements to get the valet tray to the winner.

 

Guest Speaker:  Tonight, our guest speaker is going to be Eric Tennant. Eric is the Founder & Master Brewer at Bench Top Brewing.  We are planning to record Eric’s guided tasting of the Magnifico a Foeder Aged Bohemian Dark Lager and provide the recording to our members. Magnifico was brewed with Magnum and Saaz hops and fermented with German Larger yeast. Eric tells us about your “Foeder”.

 

Highlights from Eric’s Discussion:

Bench Top Brewing has four horizonal 14-barrel Foeders. Two Foeders are used for sour beers.  The other two Foeders, one is lightly toasted, and one is heavily toasted. The Foeders were built and provided by Foeder Crafters of America in St. Louis, Missouri.

 

Bench Top keeps the beer in the Foeder for 2 to 4 weeks and then moves the beer to a horizonal SS fermenter for slow carbonization.  The Foeder adds character to a 5% ABV beer.

 

Eric hoses out the Foeder between batches to clean out the yeast and cleaning the cooling plates. They circulate hot water through the Foeder to sanitize.  Prior to refill the Foeder is CO2 purged to get the oxygen levels down to 7 to 8 PPB.  During refill the Foeder is refilled to overflow.

 

For anyone that does not know a Foeder is a French word for a Big Barrel.

 

Eric talked about the cooling plates in the Foeder causes the outside of the Foeder to sweat.

 

A question was asked if the Foeders were charred. Eric stated that the Foeders were charred and that the builder can vary the level of charring for what you want.

 

Eric talked about using bread in their beers and how it adds flavor and dextrin for body.

 

There were additional questions and answers that have been recorded and will be provided to our members.

 

Bench Top Beer Share:  We thanked Eric and Bench Top Brewing for supporting this month’s beer share for our club.  Bench Top was gracious in allowing our club to bulk purchase sample packs at a reduced cost for our tasting enjoyment.

 

Treasurer’s Report:  Dempsey presented the treasurer’s report.

 

End of Year Financial Review and Report:  Dempsey reported the status of the End of Year Financial Review. The financial review has been performed and the report is being prepared.  The financial report provides a detailed accounting of all the club’s transactions for calendar year 2020.  The report is required by our Bi-Laws to be prepared by the Treasurer and submitted to the President for audit. Dempsey will submit the report to Brian for review and comment.  The End of Year Financial Report and the club’s financial records are available for review by any Member in Good Standing.  The financial review also ensures Dempsey is not using the money for his own beer.

Membership: Do not forget to pay the 2021 club membership dues before March 1st to stay as a Member in Good Standing. We currently have 91 members on our Membership List of which 64 have paid their membership dues for 2021.

If you wish to pay your 2021 membership dues, you can go online to our PayPal account at treasurer@barfclub.org and pay the $25.00 yearly membership dues. Add a note for membership dues. Use Friends and family.  We are all friends in our homebrew club.

 

Club’s Barrel Program: Dempsey talked about our barrel brewers are planning to empty Bob Buerger’s Imperial Chocolate Porter out of Thing 1 and refill it with an American Strong Ale on February 21. The plan is to drop off full containers by February 20th and pickup their shares starting February 21st.

Dempsey emptied the Belgian Quad out of “Lucy”, our red wine barrel, on 31 January.  The beer was tasty and fermented from a batch OG of 1.04 down to a FG of 1.004 resulting in an 11% ABV!  Not everything was well in the barrel though, as a significant pellicle was present, so you can call it a Quad or a Belgian Dark Sour, depending on how much ‘funk’ you pick up!  As a result, we will be selling the red wine barrel.  Used barrels can typically fetch around $70.

The bourbon barrels are getting a little long in the tooth and may be ready for replacement soon.  The American Strong Ale will be the fourth beer in “Thing 1”, and “Thing 2” currently holds the English Ryewine, its fourth beer.  Details for selling old barrels and buying new barrels will be considered soon.  Current plan is to sale the Red Wine Barrel and use the proceeds to purchase a freshly emptied Bourbon Barrel.  Our barrel brewers typically donate funds toward a purchase of a replacement barrel.  Dempsey will let us know.

If you would like to be a part of our barrel brewer program, let Dempsey or Brian know and we will get you on the list of barrel brewers for upcoming barrel fills.

Yeast Experiment for March Meeting: We are in the process of brewing six five-gallon batches of beer, each using simple ingredients and a different yeast.  We have six brewers brewing the yeast experiment with six different yeast strains. The club purchased two cases of new bottles. We are planning to sale the new bottles in six packs for $4.50 and they will come with yeast experiment beer in them.  One six pack of bottles per couple/household.

 

Brain is planning to have experiments quarterly.

 

Up Coming Homebrew Competitions:

 

Brain is hoping we will get back into homebrew competitions soon.  He wants to get in touch with Marck Weiss the HRBC Coordinator to see what his plans are. Brain mentioned that the Seven City Brewers might consider sponsoring a homebrew competition in the later part of the year.  It would take a lot of planning and we would need volunteers to help.

 

2021 National Homebrew Competition is ON: Online application, registration, and payment opens February 17th, 2021 and closes 3 PM MST on March 3rd, 2021. Fees are $29 per entry and will require 5-6 bottles each. This year there is only a single round of judging.

 

Barrel brewers are encouraged to collaborate on submitting barrel beers so we do not duplicate entries, and so we can spread the burden of the number of bottles required per entry. Tim Woodard thought the barrel brewer’s dark sour is awesome.

 

Dempsey recommended that our barrel brewers enter the Wheatwine and Wee Heavy barrel beers. Several of our barrel brewers volunteered to provide shares.

 

Rafael said he will help to reduce shipping cost by using his business shipping account.

 

Important Dates

 

Shipping Window March 29th to April 9th

 

 

The Virginia Beer Blitz: Cask is planning to hold the Fourteenth Annual Virginia Beer Blitz in mid-May. The format will be limited in entries, most likely 100 and judging rounds will be virtual except for the Best of Show. We will monitor the Virginia Beer Blitz website and let you all know via Facebook and Gmail when CASK updates the competition information.

Brain mentioned to keep him informed when our brewers enter homebrew competitions so that he can add their points toward the Seven City Brewer of the Year Award.

Open Discussion:

Carla Sefick asked about making things with the club LOGO.  Currently the club has no policy concerning members using the club logo on items that they make. 

Motion: A motion was made to allow members personnel use of the club logo. The motion was first by Brain McCrickard and seconded by Bruce Steward. Ed McDermott had long term concern about allowing members to use the club logo. Karen said she would look into trademark / copy rights for the club logo.

Vote on the Motion: A vote on the motion was asked for. All opposed were asked for a voice vote.  Bruce Steward indicated he was opposed.  All in favor were asked for voice vote.  Let the record show that everyone at the meeting except Bruce was in favor of allowing club members personnel use of the club logo.

Question was asked about barrel brewers bring cleaned sanitized containers for their share of the barrel beer. Dempsey explained the process on how we empty the barrels and provide everyone with equal shares.  We do not want anyone adding ingredients to their clean containers before they get their share back.

Joe asked about building or having a club Foeder built.  He mentioned that he thought Woodcrafters would be able to build a Foeder.  Discussions indicated that building a Foeder would not be easy. That the Foeder would need to be sanitized and charred.  Fred brought up that it would be easier to get a fleshly dumped bourbon barrel if we wanted that Bourbon Wood Oak flavor in our beer then building a Foeder.

Karen let us know that Eric Tennant is a behind the scenes kind of guy and if you get a chance to see him, let him know that we thank him for being our guest speaker and Bench Top Brewing’s help.

Dempsey shuttled the names on the Wheel of Names and spun the wheel for the 50/50 raffle.  Congratulations to Brain McCrickard who won $100.00.

Dempsey shuttled the names on the Wheel of Names and spun the wheel for the Valet Tray Fund Raiser raffle.  Congratulations to Sam Asbell who won the valet tray.

Sam talked about repotting his hops and that he should have some rhizomes to give to our brewers.  Sam will let us know when the rhizomes are ready.  Sam also talked about how high his trellis run and how he that he used trail and error to see what worked and what did not work.

Fleming Hop Farm was mentioned as a locate source of hops.

Joe mentioned that Botanical Gardens has a course on Hop Growing and has hops growing at the Gardens.

This concludes our formal meeting anyone wanting to have an after-meeting party stay online. We want to thank everyone for joining the zoom meeting and please stay safe!

January 14th, 2021

Zoom Club Meeting Minutes

Brian thanked everyone for joining our first Zoom meeting for the year and hoped everyone had a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Tonight’s Zoom meeting is brought to you by Todd Cannon at Sasquatch Brothers Brewing.  Todd donated this month’s Zoom Pro premium.  If you and your brewery would like to donate money to the club to help fund our unlimited zoom minute plan let us know. If you do not already have a name for your brewery come up with one.

2021 Elected Officers: Our 2021 Elected officers have taken office.  Please Thank the following officers for supporting our club:

Vice President Karen Martin

Secretary Fred Baker

Treasurer Dempsey Smith

President:  Brian McMcrickard

 

New Members: We have four new members since our last Zoom meeting: Mike Zodum, Michael Acosta, Aaron Van De Graf, and Raymond Molinary. Mike Zodum, Michael Acosta, Aaron Van De Graf, and Raymond Molinary did not attend the Zoom meeting.  If you see these guys welcome them to our club.

 

Online Raffle: We are going to have an online 50/50 raffle using the Wheel of Names with a minimum win of $100.00.

 

If you would like to participate in the raffle here is what you will need to do:  Send your money to the  treasurer@barfclub.org PayPal account with a note that it is for the January meeting 50/50 raffle. Dempsey will monitor PayPal and add your name(s) to the Wheel of Names. You do not need to be present to win.

 

Each name on the wheel is 5 dollars.  You can enter your name as many times as you like but each name is $5.00.  At the end of the meeting, we will shuffle the names, spin the wheel, and a winner will be determined.  Dempsey will forward your winnings to you via PayPal.

 

Seven City Brewer of the Year Award:  The award was established to recognize and award the Seven City Brewers who participated in club activities and events and exhibited outstanding homebrewing ability.

Earning points toward the Seven City Brewer of the Year Award is easy. If you attend a meeting you earned points, if you participated in the homebrew competitions you earned points, if you participate in the homebrew share you earned points, if you host a meeting or event you earn points.

The rules and points for the 2021 Seven City Brewer of the Year and is post on our website in the Club News Page.

 

The club leadership has set a 2021 Brewer of the Year cash awards of $150.00 for 1st Place, a cash award of $100.00 for 2nd Place, and a $75.00 cash award for 3rd Place. 

 

Please let Brian know if you enter a homebrew competition. He will add your points toward the Seven City Brewer of the Year Award.

 

Treasurer’s Report:  Dempsey presented the treasurer’s report.

 

Membership Dues: We want to remind everyone that your 2020 Club membership expired December 31st, please pay the 2021 club membership dues before March 1st to stay as a Member in Good Standing.

For members renewing their membership you do not need to fill out the new membership application. New members can fill out the application online and pay via PayPal.  Please use friends and family when using PayPal, we are all friends in our club. 

 

If you wish to pay your 2021 membership dues, you can go online to our PayPal account at treasurer@barfclub.org and pay the $25.00 yearly membership dues. Add a note for membership dues.

 

Dempsey showed us the 2021 membership cards and because of COVID your membership cards will be mailed to you. Dempsey requested member addresses to provide the membership cards.

 

Club’s Barrel Program: Dempsey provided an overview of where we are at in the barrel program.  The barrel brewers are planning for a an American Strong Ale for next month’s barrel fill.

Dempsey talked about the red wine barrel and that he was planning to clean and sanitize it before refilling.

Brain mentioned using local sourced hops and malts but no discussion with any local Hopster or Malter yet. Fleming Hop farm was brought up as a source of local hops.  Fleming Hop Farms is one of the club’s sponsors and provides club members a 10% discount.

If you would like to be a part of our barrel brewer program, let Dempsey or Brian know and we will get you on the list of barrel brewers for upcoming barrel fills.

Yeast Experiment: Rafael talked to us about doing a yeast experiment for our March meeting.  We are looking at brewing three five-gallon batches of beer with the same ingredients and use different yeast in each one.  Rafael wants to try and get an Imperial Yeast company representative to join our zoom meeting and talk to us about their yeast.  We are coming up with the plan on making a sample pack for our brewers to share and talk about during the March meeting.

 

Guest Speaker: Brian introduced Reaver Beach Head Brewer Winston Percefull. Winston talked about his backgrounds in Forestry and about 9 years ago started part time working for Midnight Brewing in Goochland.  Winston worked for Midnight Brewing for about 1 year. He attended the American Brewers Guild to learn more about brewing and in 2018 started working for Reaver Beach Brewing as their head brewer. Winston let us know that Reaver Beach is opening their new brewery in Norfolk on February 12th. 

 

While living in Richmond, Winston was a member of the James River Homebrew club. James River Homebrew club organizes the Dominion Cub.  Brain and Dempsey let Winston know that we had six Seven City Brewers placed in the 2020 Dominion Cup.

Winston talked about the beers we were tasting.  Hotopus is a Imperial/Double IPA and is Reaver Beach’s main house beer.

Winston talked about grinding coffee beans, putting them in a steeping bag, and putting it in the fermenter to extract their flavor. He samples the fermenter periodically to ensure they are getting the flavor profile they want. To keep the coffee beans from causing a green pepper taste, they maintain the temperature at 50 degrees and limit the time in the fermenter to 3 to 5 days.

For their beers that they want to vanilla notes, Winston uses vanilla beans and scraps the inside of the bean out.  The vanilla bean scrapings is then bagged and put in the fermenter.

Founding owner of Reaver Beach Brewing is Justin MacDonald.  Justin was an early member of BARF.

Dempsey told Winston about the club’s barrel program and asked Winston about Reaver Beach’s soar barrel beer.  Winston said they barrel age their soar barrel beer for about 3 to 9 months and sample periodically to get the soar notes that they want.

Dempsey asked about the use of Paw Paws in soar beers to add a fruity banana taste to the beer. Winston said that was interesting and that they do not use Paw Paws in their soar beer.

Winston let us know that River Beach periodically sends out water samples for analysis and that Virginia Beach water chemistry is stable, so they do not sample for each batch.

Winston talked about being a homebrewer and using his SS Brew Tech system with a mash cooler for test batches.

Winston talked about using the original Beach Brewing recipes and only tweaking them for enhancement.

Winston favorite beer is Cerberus an American IPA.

Hazy Tides is a New England IPA that uses recipe that was developed by Winston.

Winston talked about the beer distribution laws in Virginia being garbage and need to be changed.

Dempsey thanked Reaver Beach and their staff for the help in the beer share. Dempsey said it was great dealing with them.

Brain thanked Winston for being our guest speaker and for their help in the beer share.

Up Coming Homebrew Competitions: Tim Rouse is our Competition Coordinator and was not able to attend the meeting.

 

2021 National Homebrew Competition: The 2021 National Homebrew Competition is ON. The AHA is still working out the details. Online application, registration, and payment opens February 17th, 2021 and closes 3 PM MST on March 3rd, 2021. Enter your best beers and bring back a medal for the Seven City Brewers Homebrew Club. Brian talked about registration and competing the against the best of the best.

 

Some of the changes this year, the competition will be done at one-site and all entries will be judged from the AHA’s refrigerated warehouse in Colorado.  The AHA is preparing to judge upwards of 5,000 entries over a six-day period. Entry fees are going to be $29 per entry.  The increase in entry fees cover the cost of judging in one place and to allow them to take the necessary health and safety precautions. The AHA website has been updated with the 2021 competition rules and regulations. We have some great brewers in our club if anyone needs help in filling out beer label forms, identifying beer styles and shipping requirements let us know and we will help you.

 

Dempsey is planning to enter our Seven City Barrel Brewers Wheatwine and Wee Heavy to so how they stand up against stiff competition.

 

Important Dates

 

Registration & Payment February 7th to March 3rd

Shipping Window March 29th to April 9th

 

 

The Virginia Beer Blitz: Cask has not updated their website for the Fourteenth Annual Virginia Beer Blitz. Dan Tully mentioned last month that CASK was planning the Blitz for Match. We will monitor the Virginia Beer Blitz website and let you all know via Facebook and Gmail when CASK updates the competition information.

Dempsey talked about being able to drop off your entries instead of mailing them. Additional Dempsey talked about the Virginia Beer Blitz being a good experience for our members to learn more about stewarding and Judging beers.

 

Open Discussion:

Dempsey shuttled the names on the Wheel of Names and spun the wheel for the 50/50 raffle.  Congratulations to Karen Martin. Karen won $140.00.

Ed McDermott asked Dempsey about getting additional Seven City Brewer business cards.  Dempsey said he will be ordering more club business cards and will get some to him.

Ed McDermott asked about the substitute that can be used for getting the maple syrup flavor in your beer. Dempsey said it was Fenugreek seeds. Fenugreek is the imitation flavor that some pancake syrup manufacturers use. There is additional information online talking about using finely ground fenugreek seeds for flavoring.

Several members expressed concerns over the beer selection for this meeting.  Several of our members did not care for IPAs. We apologized and offered to drink their beers. We were limited on the selection of beers available from Reaver Beach. Our goal is to get the same sample pack for everyone so that we can taste and talk about them at our meeting.

Karen talked about the February beer share will be from Bench Top and she is asking our members if they want to participate. Dempsey will let us know our cost when we place the club bulk order.

Dempsey talked about in person meetings and that for now we will be continuing with Zoom Meetings.

Several members said they like having the zoom meetings and that they think we can put out more structured brewing information and training in these meetings compared to the in-person meetings. Several members thought it was a good ideal to continue the zoom meetings even after we go back to in person meetings.

Carla and Joe brought up serval trivia websites that our members could use to have fun and to socialize outside of the normal club meetings.

Fred showed us a custom-made Valet tray.  John Allen has made a Valet tray with the club's logo on it and has donated it to the club for a fund raiser. The Valet tray has a smart phone QI compatible charging station and blue led lights.  John has engraved the 7 City Brewers LOGO into it. Fred will be Emailing our members and posting information on our Facebook page the information.

 

Brian talked about that in these COVID times when we can not meet as a group that he wants to keep the brewing spirit alive.  Brain asked our members to let him know if anyone wants to provide any training at our meetings.

 

Brian welcomes suggestions and wish everyone well.

 

This concludes our formal meeting and the after party has started. We want to thank everyone for joining the zoom meeting and please stay safe!

December 10th, 2020

Zoom Club Meeting Minutes

Brian thanked everyone for joining our Zoom meeting.

Tonight’s Zoom meeting is brought to you by David Tu & Dora Tram at Tu’s Brews.  David & Dora donated this month’s Zoom Pro premium. 

 

If you and your brewery would like to donate money to the club to help fund our unlimited zoom minute plan let Fred know.

New Member: We have one new member since our last Zoom meeting: Sam Asbell. Sam attended the Zoom meeting, and we welcome him to our club. Sam talked about his brewing experience and lives in Chesapeake.

 

Online Raffle: Typically, this time of year we have our Holiday Party and hold a big raffle for our members. Last year we held our Holiday Party at American Homebrew Supply and the year before the party was at Momac Brewing in Portsmouth. Well, we are not able to have our party this year but that does not mean we cannot make one of our brewers incredibly happy. We are going to have an online 50/50 raffle using the Wheel of Names. With the winner guaranteed a minimum of 100.00 dollars.

 

If you would like to participate in the raffle here is what you will need to do:  Send your money to the  treasurer@barfclub.org PayPal account with a note that it is for the December meeting 50/50 raffle. Fred will monitor PayPal and add your name(s) to the Wheel of Names. You do not need to be present to win.

 

Each name on the wheel is 5 dollars.  You can enter your name as many times as you like but each name is $5.00.  At the end of the meeting we will shuffle the names, spin the wheel, and a winner will be determined.  Fred will forward your winnings to you via PayPal.

 

Seven City Brewer of the Year Award: The award was established to recognize and award the Seven City Brewers who participated in club activities and events and exhibited outstanding homebrewing ability. The club leadership set a 2020 Brewer of the Year cash awards of $150.00 for 1st Place, a cash award of $100.00 for 2nd Place, and a $75.00 cash award for 3rd Place. 

Earning points toward the Seven City Brewer of the Year Award is easy. If you attend a meeting you earned points, if you participated in the homebrew competitions you earned points, if you participate in the homebrew share you earned points, if you host a meeting or event you earn points.

The 2020 Top Five Seven City Brewers are:

5th place Fred Baker with 53 points

Fred gets nothing, Better Luck next Year!

4th place is Rafael Corredor with 62 points

Rafael gets an elbow bump and a slap on

the back, do better next Year!

3rd place is Tim Rouse with 73 points

Tim receives a $75.00 cash award and a Congratulations from all of us!

2nd place and Runner Up Award is Dempsey Smith with 80 points.

Dempsey receives a $100.00 cash award

and we Salute You!

1st place and the

2020 Seven City Brewer of the Year

is Brian McCrickard with 96 points.

Brian receives a $150.00 cash award and has earned the right to display the coveted

Seven City Brewers Cup in his brewery.

Brian showed everyone the Hampton Roads Brewers Cup that he won the right to display in his brewery for 2020 and the coveted Seven City Brewers Cup.  Brian will sharpie engrave the Seven City Brewers Cup and send a photo to the club. The plan is to display the HRBC at American Homebrew Supply for a couple of months before taking it to Brew & Bottle so they can display the trophy.

We are currently working on the rules and points for the 2021 Seven City Brewer of the Year and will be posting the rules on our website.

 

Treasurer’s Report:  Fred presented the treasurer’s report.

Membership Dues: We want to remind everyone that your 2020 Club membership expires December 31st, please pay the 2021 club membership dues before March 1st to stay as a Member in Good Standing.

For members renewing their membership you do not need to fill out the new membership application. New members can fill out the application online and pay via PayPal.  Please use friends and family when using PayPal, we are all friends in our club. 

 

If you wish to pay your 2021 membership dues early, you can go online to our PayPal account at treasurer@barfclub.org and pay the $25.00 yearly membership dues. Add a note for 2021 membership dues.

 

Club’s Barrel Program: We emptied the Porter Barrel with the White Stout Baggott and refill it with an English Rye Barleywine on November 22nd.

We are changing our plans for the Sour Barrel when we remove the Grisette V2.0.  Brain, Tim, and Rafael were looking into obtaining local grown grains, hops, and yeast. That did not pan out, so we are looking for another soar recipe for the barrel.

We did discuss getting rid of Bonnie our soar barrel and using the wine barrel as our club’s soar barrel. But no one seemed interested in getting rid of Bonnie.

If you would like to be a part of our barrel brewer program, let Dempsey or Brian know and we will get you on the list of barrel brewers for upcoming barrel fills.

 

Results of the 27th Annual Dominion Cup Homebrew Competition:

 

The competition was held on November 7th thru November 14th.  The Best of Show will be announced November 14th, 2020.  The Dominion Cup was organized by the James River Homebrewers, in Richmond, VA. You can go to https://dominioncup-jrhb.org for results and additional information.  There were 99 Total Entries, 6 Entries from 7CB.

Winning Brewers!

 

Tim Woodard the one the only Gold Medal winner for the Seven City Brewers. 1st Place out of 5 entries for his American Lager, Under Pressure Lager. This lager was fermented under pressure about 15 psi and at house temperature using a spuding valve.

 

David Tu 2nd Place out of 5 entries for his American Lager, Kurt the Squirt.  Brian wants to know more about how the beer got its name.

 

Devin Keatts 2nd Place out of 8 entries for his Berliner Weisse, Pineapple Berliner Weisse.

 

Patrick Smith 2nd Place out of 7 entries for his Imperial Stout, Tsar.  Dempsey also won the beer contest at the Hop ~N ~Hob Party with the Tsar.

 

Brian McCrickard 2nd Place out of 9 entries for his Spice, Herb, or Vegetable Beer Chocolate Decadence. Big beer with a preboil of 9 gallons and a boil time of 3 hours.  Brian used 3 pounds of Chocolate malt.  Diabetics in a bottle. As known as a Pastry Stout

 

Brian McCrickard and the Wee Heavy Barrel Brewers* 2nd Place out of 8 entries for the Specialty Wood-Aged Beer 33B: Bourbon Barreled Wooded Aged Wee Heavy Ale.

 

*Wee Heavy Barrel Brewers were Kyle Alexander, Rafael Corridor, Bob Buerger, Brian McCrickard, Jason Erfle, Julian Durden, John Wallace, Dempsey Smith, James Strane, Joshua Corl, and Tim Woodard.

Congratulations to all!

 

Please let Fred know if you enter a homebrew competition. He will add your points toward the Seven City Brewer of the Year Award.

Up Coming Homebrew Competitions:

 

2021 National Homebrew Competition: There is no longer a first round and a final round. The competition will be done at one-site and all entries will be judged from the AHA’s refrigerated warehouse in Colorado.  The AHA is preparing to judge upwards of 5,000 entries over a six-day period. Entry fees are going to be $29 per entry.  The increase in entry fees cover the cost of judging in one place and to allow them to take the necessary health and safety precautions. The AHA website is still being updated for the 2021 competition.  They plan to post the updated Rules and Regulations this month.

 

Important Dates.

 

Registration & Payment February 7th to March 3rd

Shipping Window March 29th to April 9th

 

 

Open Discussion:

Dempsey talked about the maple syrup addition he did to the barrel White Stout Bagot and the use of LME in converting the recipe for the extract barrel brewers.

We talked about using chocolate pale malts and Hersey candy bars for flavoring.

Question was asked about how many bottles are needed for a competition. It varies with the competition and COVID, typically you need two 12-ounce bottles.  The competition organizers will specify on their website the amount and size in the rules and regulations.

The American Homebrew Association canceled the National Homebrewers Convention in Nashville this year, but we are hoping we can get a few club members together to go to San Diego this coming year.  The convention should be on the East Coast in 2022 and hopefully within driving distance.

Dan Tully mentioned that CASK was thinking about having the Virginia Beer Blitz in March. 

Brian talked about the Hampton Roads Brewers Cup being a laid-back local competition among the local homebrew clubs.  Good opportunity to gain experience in judging and being a steward. Fred brought the fact that Ed McDermott brings extra beer to drink. The HRBC coordinator typically pairs experienced judges with inexperienced judges to help them learn.  The HRBC competitions use the 2015 BJCP Guidelines for judging and the guidelines are readily available on the internet.

We shuttle the names on the wheel of names and spun the wheel for the 50/50 raffle.  Congratulations to Larry Lentz.  Larry won $105.00.

This concludes our formal meeting. We want to thank everyone for joining the zoom meeting and please stay safe!