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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!