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November 12th, 2020 Zoom Club Meeting Minutes

Brian thanked everyone for joining our Zoom meeting.

Tonight’s Zoom meeting is brought to you by Dempsey Smith at SandStone Brewing Company.  Dempsey 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: Bill Lina. Bill did not attend the Zoom meeting, but we want to welcome him to our club.

 

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

 

Online Raffle: Tonight, we are going to try something new as a fund raiser for our club. We are going have an online 50/50 raffle using the Wheel of Names.

 

If you would like to participate in the raffle here is what you will need to do:  Send 5 dollars to the  treasurer@barfclub.org PayPal account with a note that it is for the 50/50 raffle, then text or notify Fred at the Zoom meeting. 

 

Fred will add your name to the Wheel of Names.  At the end of the meeting we will spin the wheel and a winner will be determined.  Fred will forward your winnings to you via PayPal.

 

Election of Officers:  Nominations were submitted at the September and October meetings and we closed the nominations during our October meeting.

We have the following Seven City Brewers nominated for elected office for 2021:

For President Brian McCrickard, for Vice President Karen Martin, for Secretary Fred Baker, and for Treasurer Dempsey Smith.

Our Bi-Laws allow us to vote by a show of hands when we have only one person running for an elected position.

So, please vote by a show of hands:

All in favor for President Brian McCrickard, for Vice President Karen Martin, for Secretary Fred Baker, and for Treasurer Dempsey Smith.

All opposed for President Brian McCrickard, for Vice President Karen Martin, for Secretary Fred Baker, and for Treasurer Dempsey Smith.

Let the record reflect that a unanimous vote by all members present were in favor of President Brian McCrickard, of Vice President Karen Martin, for Secretary Fred Baker, and for Treasurer Dempsey Smith.

These elected officers will take office January 2021.

Club’s Barrel Program: We have a robust if not insane barrel program.  The club currently has four oak barrels full of beer being wood aged.  This amounts to approximately 212 gallons of beer. Forty-Nine of our Seven City Brewers participating in the group.  Our Cellarman, Rafael Corridor at American Homebrew Supply maintains and keeps our barrels.

Our Barrel King is Dempsey Smith.  Dempsey told us that our barrel brewers are planning to empty the Porter Barrel with the White Stout Baggott and refill it with an English Rye Barleywine on November 22nd. The brew by date for the English Rye Barleywine was November 8th.

We will be limiting the number of barrel brewers during the barrel fill.  Drop off and pickup dates will be posted in our barrel fill group.

We are looking at what we want to put back in the Sour Barrel when we remove the Grisette V2.0.  Brain, Tim, and Rafael are looking into obtaining local grown grains, hops and yeast.

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.

 

Our Quest Speakers: Tonight, we have with us Jen Blair, Jen is on the American Homebrewers Association (AHA) Governing Committee.  Jen helped the AHA just finished loading online the Zymurgy archived issues.  AHA members not only get new issues of Zymurgy magazine, but they also enjoy digital access to all past issues dating to 2000 with Zymurgy online.

 

Jen talked to us about sensory training and where microbreweries are going to six row barley for their base malt.  She talked about Malters wanting to create an American version of Maris Otter.  

 

We talked about the hot steeping method for extracting flavor from dark malts and smoked malts.  Jen shared with us several videos of the malting process.  Jen is going to forward us a copy of the videos and tonight’s presentation for our members to use.

 

We thanked Jen for joining our meeting.

Upcoming Homebrew Competition: Brian talked about the 27th Annual Dominion Cup Homebrew Competition that is being held on November 7th thru November 14th.  The Best of Show will be announced November 14th, 2020.  The Dominion Cup is organized by the James River Homebrewers, in Richmond, VA. 

This year due to the COVID virus they are limiting the number of total entries to 99. Three bottles per entry must be submitted.  There is a limit of 2 entries per person. 

 

Go to website www.dominioncup.jrhb.org for competition results.

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

We are looking at two upcoming homebrew competitions:

Monk Melee X Homebrew Competition in Hulmeville, PA. Registration is open and the deadline to register is 11/21/20.  The competition is on Saturday 12/05/20.  Go to https://monkmelee.brewcompetition.com/ for online registration and additional information.

Bring Out Your Dead (BOYD) Homebrew Competition in Rochester, NY. BOYD is a cellar cleanout competition so enter any beer you have on hand.  Registration is open and the deadline to register is 12/03/20.  The competition is on Saturday 12/12/20.  Go to https://www.unyha.com/comp/ for online registration and additional information.

November 7th was Learn to Homebrew Day:  We held a Zoom Learn to Homebrew Day where we had 17 participates. We live streamed American Homebrew Supply where several of our Seven City Brewers were brewing and talking about homebrewing brewing.  We want to thank everyone who come out and logged on for our virtual LTHD.

Open Discussion:

We are starting to look at plans for a Christmas Party and Meeting in December or January timeframe.  We still need to determine what we can do protect or members.

Fred went over process and the online raffle using the Wheel of Names Award Spinner.  We shuffled the names on the wheel and spun the wheel.  Congratulation to Brian Madden for winning $52.50 in our online fund raising raffle.

We want to thank everyone for joining the zoom meeting and please stay safe!

October 8th, 2020 Zoom Club Meeting Minutes

Brian thanked everyone for joining our Zoom meeting.

Our hearts go out to Karen Martin.  Her husband Crash died suddenly.  We are praying for her and her family.  We want to send out our condolences.

Tonight’s Zoom meeting is brought to you by Fred Baker at Up The Creek Brewing in Deep Creek.  Fred donated this month’s Zoom 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.

Treasurer Report: Fred presented the Treasurer’s Report.

New Member: We have one new member since our last Zoom meeting: Hugo Vanegas. Hugo did not attend the Zoom meeting, but we want to welcomed him to our club.

 

The Hop ~ N ~ Hab Party was held on Saturday September 12th with the Pepper Lovers Club.  This year’s party was hosted by Wes & Jill Riley. Everyone who attended enjoyed the food, the beer, and had a good time.  We want to thank Wes & Jill for being gracious hosts and for allowing us to hold the party in their backyard. The Hop ~N ~Hob Party is a joint get together with the Pepper Lovers Club.  We bring the homebrew, and they bring the food that lights people up.

Justin Davis with the Pepper Lovers club won the food competition with his Barbecue Chicken.

Our own Dempsey Smith won the Beer Challenge with his Russian Imperial Stout Tzar. Dempsey won Bragging Rights for a Year and a 2021 Seven City Brewers membership. Dempsey shows off his trophy.

Quest Speaker:  Larry introduced SJ Porr. SJ started homebrewing in 2007 and went to high school with Larry.  SJ is a member of his local homebrew club and founder of the SJ Porr Challenge.

 

SJ talked about the 2021 SJ Porr Challenge. It is a one-of-a-kind competition where the homebrewers are the judges.  Prior year competitions went national, but this coming year they are limiting participates to the United States. For more information and registration go to www.sjporrchallenge.org.  SJ will share a link on our Facebook group.

 

Brian thanked SJ for joining our meeting.

Nomination of Elected Officers: Election of officers is planned for our November meeting with the newly elected officers taking office in January.

Nominations were open during our August and September meetings.

Our current nominations for Elected Officers for 2021 are?

Brian McCrickard for President.

Karen Martin for Vice President.

Dempsey Smith for Treasurer.

Fred Baker for Secretary.

Before we close the nominations, do we have any other nominations for Elected Office for 2021?

Hearing no additional nominations, do we have a motion to close the nominations? Dempsey Smith made a motion to close the nominations and James Strane seconded the motion.

The motion to close the nominations for elected officers for 2021 has been made and seconded.

All in favor of closing the nominations raise your hands.  All opposed to closing the nominations raise your hands.  Let the record show that all members present were in favor of closing the nominations of elected officers for 2021.

 

Club’s Barrel Program: Dempsey Smith talked to us about where we are at in our planned barrel fills.

On September 20th we emptied our Red Wine Barrel with the Dark Sasion and refilled it with a Belgian Quad. 

Dempsey talked about the Dark Sasion being a little winey and slightly tart.

On September 27th we emptied our Wee Willie Barrel with the Wheatwine and refilled it with an Imperial Porter. 

The English Rye Barleywine won the vote to replace the W.S. Braggot in our Porter Barrel.  If you voted for the style, you have first right of refusal to be part of the batch.

 All the spots are currently filled for the English Rye Barleywine and we have started a standby brewer list. We are planning to transfer the beer in the Porter Barrel around November 22nd.  The brew no later than date is November 8th.

We are looking at what we want to put back in the Sour Barrel when we remove the Grisette V2.0.  Brain, Tim, and Rafael are looking into obtaining local grown grains, hops and yeast.

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.

Upcoming Homebrew Competition: Brian talked about the 27th Annual Dominion Cup Homebrew Competition is being held in November.  The Best of Show will be announced November 14th, 2020.  The Dominion Cup is being organized by the James River Homebrewers, in Richmond, VA. Entry registration opened October 1st, 2020. They are looking for Judges and Stewards. Brain said it is a fun time where you get to drink a lot of free beer, some good, and some bad.

Let us know if you enter the Dominion Cup for points toward the Seven City Brewer of the Year award.

This year due to the COVID virus they are limiting the number of total entries to 99. Three bottles per entry must be submitted.  There is a limit of 2 entries per person.  Go to website www.dominioncup.jrhb.org for registration and additional information.

Open Discussion:

We talked about fund raising and doing an online raffle.  Fred will investigate it and see what is available. Carla said she uses Award Spinner for online raffles.

Brian talked about the National Homebrew Convention next year and that we should start planning to attend now. Dan Tully brought up the fact that we should plan to arrive early to be able to visit the local breweries.

Dan Tully’s birthday was today, we congratulated Dan for making it to 73.

Brian brought up that he would like to do a brewing and camping event in the march April time frame.  He wants to look at Cherry Stone campgrounds on the Eastern Shore.

November 7th is Learn to Homebrew Day.  We are looking at what we want to do on LTHD.  It was brought up that we could do a Zoom Learn to Homebrew Day.  More to come.

Dempsey talked about his Ph meter and how it makes sure his Star /san solution is still good by checking its Ph.  A Ph of less than 3.2 indicates the star San Solution is still good.

We want to thank everyone for joining the zoom meeting and please stay safe!

September 10th, 2020 Zoom Club Meeting Minutes

Brian thanked everyone for joining our Zoom meeting.

Tonight’s Zoom meeting is brought to you by Brian McCrickard at Baines Creek Brew Works in Portsmouth.  Brian donated this month’s 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. 

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.

Nominations were open during the August meeting. Our current nominations for Elected Officers for 2021 are:

Brian McCrickard for President.

Karen Martin for Vice President.

Dempsey Smith for Treasurer.

Fred Baker for Secretary.

If you are interested in being an elected officer or if you want to nominate someone let us know.

Do we have any other nominations for Elected Officer positions at this meeting?

We had no other nominations at this meeting. Ed McDermott made a motion to close the nominations.  Fred discussed with the members that we wanted to keep the nominations open until after the next meeting to see if anyone else would like to volunteer to be an elected officer.

It was agreed that nominations will remain open until the end of our October meeting.

It was brought up that it appears that a new navy guy is going to take over as treasurer.  Fred assured everyone that Dempsey would be up to the task.

Brain thanked Fred for all the things he does behind the scenes for our club.

We had a brief discussion on our Cellarman appointed position.  Rafael at AHS is more that just our keeper of barrels, he helps sort and provides a centralized location for sharing our beers with our members.

 

We appreciated all the things Rafael does for our club.

Pleasure House Beer Share:  This month’s beer share was provided by Pleasure House Brewing. Fred thanked Pleasure House Brewing for giving us a great deal on their 6 packs of beer for our beer share.

 

Our guest speaker is Drew Stephenson, Owner and Head Brewer at Pleasure House Brewing was sick and not able to call in.

 

Fred talked about knowing Drew and that he was a member of the Seven City Brewers for several years and a past Vice President in the club.

Club’s Barrel Program: Dempsey talked a lot about where we are at in our planned barrel fills. We are getting ready to empty and refill two of our barrels. Dempsey provided the names of the barrel brewers for our next barrel fills and the following dates. 

 

We have a Seven City Barrel Fill Facebook group where we provided detail discussions on recipes and barrel fills.  Due to Covid 19, Dempsey has asked our barrel brewers to drop off their empty containers and shares and he will take care of the transfers.

Our next barrel empty and refill date is September 19th.  Have your empty containers and shares at AHS no later than close of business on September 18th.

The second barrel empty and refill date is September 26th.  Have your empty containers and shares at AHS no later than close of business on September 25th.

 

Bob Buerger who provided the Imperial Porter recipe for the barrel fill talked about the dark molasses that he uses in the recipe and that he typically adds the molasses at flameout.

Dempsey talked about gravity points and how they are affected when adding candi syrup.  Knowing when in the brewing process that you add the syrup and molasses provides a closer estimate on the final alcohol value of the beer.

Brain talked about taking the Grisette out of the sour barrel early and that we would try and pull a sample sooner than later.

Brain also talked about local sourcing homegrown malts and yeast cultures in Virginia to make a Virginia Farmhouse Saison that we can put in one of the barrels. 

 

Rafael thinks he can come up with local sources and will let us know.

Dempsey mentioned about when doing barrel fills if a brewer suspects his share is funky or they think it might be infected to let us know before we add it to a barrel.  We do not want to end up with two sour barrels.

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.

Open Discussion: Rafael talked about using apples from Sly Clyde Ciderworks in a fruit beer.

Rafael was seen on Facebook dumping his pear beer. Rafael talked about the process and the problem he had and that it was a Sad Day.

Rafael mention that Bill Smith owner of the Covid Brewing company would like to host one of our meetings. Dempsey brought up the fact that we could have a social gathering there and still keep our zoom meetings for now.

Treasurer Report: No Treasurer’s report was provided at this meeting.

Hop ~ N ~ Hab Party: You should have already received the flyer, the Riley’s home address, and the Best Beer Challenge information via sevencitybrewers@gmail.com.

Saturday September 12th with the Pepper Lovers Club.  We plan to start about 1 PM and this is an outdoor event.  This year Wes & Jill Riley are hosting the party in their back yard and we will be following Covid 19 rules so bring masks and lawn chairs to stay socially distance.  If you have a family canopy bring it.

Brain talked about the possibility of rain and need to postpone.  Plan for now is to setup extra canopies. This is the first event where we are getting back together and we want everyone to remain safe as possible, so wear mask as much as possible and keep a social distance.

Jason & Alisha Erfle have chosen the food theme for this year’s food competition.  This year the food theme is pulled chicken.

Fred can talk about the Best Beer Challenge.  Best Beer wins. No score sheets just popular vote. Bring at least 72 ounces of each beer you want to compete with. You will need a container to keep your beer cold, ice and if using a keg your own CO2 and party tap.

We want to thank everyone for joining the zoom meeting and please stay safe!

August 13th, 2020 Zoom Club Meeting Minutes

Brian thanked everyone for joining our Zoom meeting.

Tonight’s Zoom meeting is brought to you by the one and the only Dempsey Smith @ SandStone Brewing Co. 

Dempsey donated this month’s 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.  Brian volunteered to donate funds toward our October meeting.

New Members: We have two new members since our last Zoom meeting: Timothy Hobbs and Joe Luchansky. Tim is a founding member when we were BARF and moved to Northern Virginia in 2009.  Tim has been brewing for about 19 years and is back and ready to get busy brewing. Joe is getting back into brewing after a three-year hiatus. Tim and Joe attended the Zoom meeting and we welcomed them to our club.

 

Club Beer Share:  There was no beer share for this meeting.  However, we are working on a beer share with Pleasure House Brewing for our September Zoom meeting. The plan is to determine which beer styles we want in the 12 oz. variety six packs and how many of our members want to participate.  The club will pay Pleasure house and pick up the beers.  The plan is to drop off the six packs with Rafael at AHS by September 3rd along with a list of participating members and have you all pick up your beers there.  Participating members can reimburse the club via PayPal or check. The cutoff date for notifying Fred that you want to participate in the beer share is August 23rd.  We have had to get creative with our activities during the pandemic. For our October meeting we are looking at doing another club homebrew bottle share.

Nomination of Officers: It is time to start thinking about who we want as our Elected Officers for 2021. 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.

If you are interested in being an elected officer or if you want to nominate someone let us know.

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

Fred Baker nominated Brian McCrickard for President and was seconded by Tim Woodard.

Fred Baker nominated Dempsey Smith for Treasurer and was seconded by Brian McCrickard.

Fred Baker nominated Karen Martin for Vice President and was seconded by Dempsey Smith.

Larry Lentz nominated Fred Baker for Secretary and was seconded by Brian McCridkard.

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

 

Club’s Barrel Program: We have the ingredients ready at American Homebrew Supply for the Belgian Quad that is going into the Red Wine Barrel. Our Red Wine Barrel Brewers have finalized the recipe and we have a brew no later than date of August 30th. We have a target barrel empty and refill date of September 19th or 20th.

Our officers have appointed Dempsey Smith as our Barrel King.

The Barrel King is tasked with planning ahead and coordinating our barrel fills, keeping records on the barrels, and to facilitate getting our barrel brewers together on recipes and brew dates.  The Barrel King has the authority over the club's barrel program.

We want to thank Dempsey for accepting the Barrel King position.

Dempsey and Brian talked about the club’s barrel program.  We currently have a Dark Saison in the Red Wine Barrel that has been bourbon barrel wood aged for a year.

We talked about Rafael at American Homebrew Supply and that we should appoint Rafael as our Barrel Keeper and we tossed out a few names.  Barrel Keeper, Cellar Man, and Barrel Baron were a few.  Fred said he would contact Rafael and see what he thought.  The keeper of barrels is tasked with monitoring and maintaining the barrels in a controlled temperature environment.

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.

Treasurer Report: Fred presented the Treasurer’s report and talked about the club’s participation in the AHA-facilitated Homebrew Club Insurance.  The club is paying $4.25 per club member for general liability insurance and liquor liability insurance that covers both club meetings and club-sponsored events. As of 7/23/20 we have 77 Members in Good Standing and the 20/21 insurance policy premium was $327.25.

Hop ~ N ~ Hab Party: Save the Date Saturday September 12th for the Hop~N~ Hob party with the Pepper Lovers Club.  Will start about 1 PM and is an outdoor event with lots of space.  This year Wes & Jill Riley are hosting the party in their back yard and we will be following Covid 19 rules so bring masks and lawn chairs to stay socially distance.  This year we are having a Food Competition and a Best Beer competition.

Jason & Alisha Erfle have chosen the food theme for this year’s food competition.  This year the food theme is pulled chicken. 

 

Karen is working on a flyer that we will be sending to our members.  The officers will be getting with Wes & Jill next week at a zoom meeting to go over plans.

Wes said the pool is open so bring bathing suits.

Last year Jason & Alisha won the food competition. So good luck Seven City Brewers.

Brain talked about the best beer competition.  Best beer wins. No score sheets just popular vote. Bring at least a six pack of each beer you want to compete with or a keg.  Brian is working on the beer contest rules and prize for the winner.

Karen talked about the Hop~N~ Hob party with the Pepper Lovers Club and how our annual get together came about.

Anyone interested in knowing more about the Pepper Lovers Club email us and we will get you in touch with Karen.

Competition Coordinator: The officers have been thinking about when homebrew competitions restart, we want to better coordinate with our members on times and places for local, state, and national homebrew competitions.  

 

The officers have appointed Tim Rouse as our next Competition Coordinator.  As the Competition Coordinator Tim will be responsible for:


Looking ahead at upcoming homebrew competitions and notify our members in time for them to prepare and have their beers ready.

 

Posting  information and details on upcoming competitions on the club's Facebook page.   

 

Sending emails and text to the officers with competition results, 7CB's participating in homebrew competition, homebrew competition dates and information, and any information he would like posted on our meeting minutes and/or website.  

 

Presenting or providing information about homebrew competitions at our club meetings. The information provided will be used to recognize our brewers who have placed in competitions, to update our website with event information and club news.  

 

Providing training to our brewers on participating in homebrew competitions.

 

Be one of the club's representative on the Hampton Roads Brewers Council.

 

We thank Tim for accepting the Competition Coordinator position.

 

Guest Speaker: Brian introduced Tim Bauer from Cellar Works Brewing Co.  Cellar Works Brewing Co. is in Sarver Pennsylvania.  Sarver is a small town 30 miles north of Pittsburg.  Cellar Works does small batches of handcrafted beers. They are a locally minded independent craft brewery that focuses on locally sourced ingredients brewed with farmhouse philosophy.

 

Tim Bauer is one of three owners of Cellar Works. 

 

Tim talked about his background and how he got started in brewing.  Tim started brewing the summer of 2012 following discussions with Joe his homebrewing friend. 

 

Tim talked about Cellar works having a 5-barrel system and doing 180 to 190-gallon mashes of beer.  Tim is the Assistant Brewer at Cellar Works and is the go getter. Go get this, Go get that. 

 

Tim talked about using 1 to 3 pounds of Madagascar vanilla beans in their beers for a 155 batch.

 

Tim talked about how Cellars Works test their water ever month and adjust chemistry for the style of beer they are brewing. 

 

Tim said he would get up with Steward and send down several cases of beer to us to try.

 

Tim talked about price averaging their beers and not charging customers for the cost of ingredients for each batch.  Some beers are more expensive to make then others.  By cost averaging it keeps customer happy and results in fair pricing.

 

Tim talked about how the pandemic was affecting the brewery.  There is currently no seating at the bar, and they are limited to 25% occupancy.  So instead of 90 customers they are limited to 22 in the tap room.  They are following the rules.  To survive and increase sales they have started canning to move more beer.  Some breweries in Pennsylvania have gone out of business.

 

Tim’s order of drinking beers, he starts out with a Pilsner followed by a Stout then moves on to a Blood Orange Gose and wraps up with a Saison.

 

We thanked Tim for being our guest speaker.

We want to thank everyone for joining the zoom meeting and please stay safe!

July 9th, 2020 Zoom Club Meeting Minutes

Brian thanked everyone for joining our Zoom meeting and introduced himself to our guest.

Tonight’s Zoom meeting is brought to you by: Alexandria Gagnon & James Strane at Stran(g)e Labs Brewery who donated this month’s premium.  We had several other members offer to donate to the club to pay for our unlimited zoom minutes. 

Guest Speaker: Brian introduced Professor David Gauthier to the club. Professor Gauthier is an Associate Professor of Biological Sciences at ODU and is a homebrewer.  He and his co-instructor teach courses at ODU on biochemistry of fermentation, grain and malting, yeast, hops, water quality and adjustment, beer styles, and equipment.  Professor Gauthier has been brewing since he was 19 years old. David talked to us about the biochemistry of fermentation & the glycolysis cycle. David answered questions from our group. The club thanked David for speaking to us.  Rafael and AHS offered to sponsor a club membership to David if he wanted to become a member of the Seven City Brewers. We let David know that we would like to have him back to speak to us again. Several members expressed a desire to learn more and asked to him to let us know the class details for the ODU course.

Club Beer Share:  Brian thanked club members for supporting this month’s beer share for our club.  We thanked Rafael & American Homebrew Supply for sorting and distributing the club’s beers. We have some awesome brewers in our homebrew club.

 

Club’s Barrel Program: We emptied Bonnie our sour barrel on Saturday June 27th and moved her to American Homebrew Supply and refilled her with a Grisette V2.0.  The plan is to keep the Grisette in the barrel for about 3 to 4 months and grab a sample to see how it is coming along. A big shout out to Jason, Dempsey, Jack, Fred, and Tim for their help in emptying, moving, and refilling the barrel. Our family of four barrels are back together again.

We emptied the Porter barrel and refilling it with a White Stout-Braggot on Monday July 7th. The plan is to keep the Braggot in the barrel for about 5 to 6 months and grab a sample. 

 

The White Stout Bragott is going to be an interesting brew with the barrel ageing, the honey, and lactose. There was a discussion on whether to add coca nibs & coffee to it when they get their share.

We are also getting barrel brewers together to empty and refill the Red Wine Barrel.  We are looking at a Belgian Quad recipe to go into the barrel. Our last Belgian Quad was a Belgian Strong Ale the Pious-Westvleteren 12 Style Quad. We are hoping that we will have something ready in two to three weeks to put in the red wine barrel. 

 

Carl Perry expressed interest in being a part of the of our barrel fill program.

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

The Deacon Brewing System:  The Deacon Brewing System is a three keggle, three burner, two pump P-HERM system.  The Deacon Brewing System will be available starting next month for our members to Borrow it, Brew on it, and Bring it Back!  Plan is for our members to be able to keep it for up to a month.  This rig would be good to use for 10-gallon collaboration brew.

Operating instructions and borrowing guidelines are being finalized. 

We are developing a list of club members who would like to borrow the Deacon Brewing System. Let Fred or Brain know that you would like to borrow the system and we will add your name to the list.

Treasurer Report: Fred presented the Treasurer’s report.

Open Discussion, Training & Questions:

We applauded Julian for wanting to open his own brewery in Chesapeake and thanked him for the shout out to the Seven City Brewers on the local news.  We wish him the best in his endeavors to open his brewery and look forward to seeing his progress.

Edward Graves talked about moving to New York to be the head cider maker in a Buffalo cider works.  Sly Clyde Ciderworks is going to need an assistant cider maker.

Brian mentioned that he would like the club to do a camping & brewing trip this fall like what we did last year.  Several brewers rented cabins, brought out their families and brew rigs.  Bethany mentioned that her house is in Virginia Beach.

Rafael talked about the Porter that we just got out of the barrel.  He thinks it is amazing.

Brian mentioned that he would like our brewers to get together in November for the Learn to Homebrew Brew Day event. We will be looking at possible locations and maybe someone’s back yard where we can continue to social distance.  Rafael thinks he might be able to come up with something depending on the status of the Corvid 19.

We have had several members suggest and volunteer locations for our club meetings when we are able to meet again:

John Tillery has volunteered to allow us to use the Pirates Cove and was willing to allow us to use the restaurant even on the day that they are closed.

Wes & Jill Riley said they would like to host a club meeting in there back yard.

Bruce Steward mentioned that Back Bay Farms would also like to host one of our meetings. Bruce also talked about friend at Cellar Works outside of Pittsburgh would be willing to talk to us about opening a brewery.

Brian & Beth Madden volunteered their house for a club meeting and would like to get brewers together for a Beer River Cruise.  Brian Madden will post the invitation for the Beer River Cruise on FB.

Brian talked about how the officers and club leadership need to have a serious discussion what we need to do to be able to meet again.

Karen wants everyone to save Saturday September 12th for the Hop~N~ Hob party with the Pepper Lovers Club.  Will start about noonish and is an outdoor event with lots of space.  This year Wes & Jill Riley are hosting the party.  Jason & Alisha Erfle are choosing the food theme for the food competition.  Jason you need to pick the theme soon.  Last year Jason & Alisha won the food competition.  Brain mentioned he would like to do a beer competition.  No score sheets just popular vote.

Several members expressed a desire to keep the Zoon meetings going even after we start having physical meetings again.  There was some discussion on possible having two meetings a month with one of them being the Zoon meeting.

We want to thank everyone for joining the zoom meeting and please stay safe!

June 11th, 2020 Zoom Club Meeting Minutes

Brian thanked everyone for joining our Zoom meeting.  It is good seeing everyone.

Tonight’s Zoom meeting is brought to you by Fred Baker & Up the Creek Brewing who donated this month’s premium.  We had several other members offer to donate to the club to pay for our unlimited zoom minutes.  We are fortunate to have members who donate their time and money to support our club.

We have a new member since our last Zoom meeting: Maynard Peace. Maynard attended the Zoom meeting and we welcomed him to our club.

 

We also have Corey Bagley who reinstated his membership.  Corey initially joined the club in 2010 when we were BARF.

 

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

 

Guest Speaker: Liam, owner and brewer at Rip Rap Brewing talked to us about the brewery, their beers, and answered questions we had.  Rip Rap Brewing is located at 116 E 25th Street in Norfolk. Rip Rap Brewing opened in April of 2016. Rip Rap currently has a 5 Barrel electric system.  They started canning some of their beer about 4 or 5 months ago and have easy to go sample packs.  Rip Rap is currently brewing about 5 barrels weekly.  Liam went over the beers we purchased for the beer share and talked about each beer.

 

Club’s Barrel Program: Our barrel brewers are on track for emptying the Porter barrel and refilling it with a White-Stout/Braggot. The plan would be to keep the Braggot in the barrel for about 6 months. We will post additional information in our barrel fill group.

Bonney our sour barrel has the Grisette and we can empty the barrel anytime. We are going to need the next sour recipe and barrel brewers for the refill.  Plan is to empty the barrel at Jack’s house, move the barrel to American homebrew Supply and refill it the next day.  John Allen is building the club a barrel stand for the sour barrel. Carla wants to be on the list of barrel brewers for our next sour recipe.

We are also getting barrel brewers together to empty and refill the Red Wine Barrel.  We are looking for another good recipe to go into the barrel.

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

The Deacon Brewing System:  The Deacon Brewing System is a three keggle, three burner, two pump P-HERM system.  You Borrow it, Brew on it, and Bring it Back! 

Fred is working on the detailed operating instructions and guidelines for borrowing the system. 

The Deacon Brewing System will also be available if you guys want to do collaboration brews where each brewer would take home a share to ferment.

If you would like to be on the list for borrowing The Deacon Brewing System, please let Fred or Brian know. Bob Buerger would like to use the system when it is ready.

Treasurer Report: Fred presented the Treasurer’s report. Fred thanked everyone who participated in the Rip Rap Beer Share for reimbursing the club for their share and for those members who donated a little extra to the club.

Open Discussion, Training & Questions:

We had an open discussion and question on several issues:

Rafael talked about the ODU professor that would be willing to talk to us at our July meeting.  Rafael will contact him, and we will come up with a topic we would like him to talk to us about.

Brian Madden talked about the beer bottle labels he uses on his bottles. Brian’s wife comes up with the designs based on Brian’s ideals. Brain gets their labels from Avery and they apply them with mike. Brain also offered to donate to the club a T-Shirt to the club for a raffle item.

We welcomed back Michael Sefcik, Michael has been on deployment and is looking forward to brewing.

Ed McDermott still wants/needs to get rid of some brewing equipment and asked about when we planned to have another homebrew equipment swap and sale.  We have not set a date yet and are still waiting to see when it will be a good time for us to get back together.  Fred told Ed that if Marty was making him get rid of his stuff now that he should post it on our FB page.

We thanked Tyler Stuck for providing 65 pounds of honey for the White Stout Bragot that the club barrel brewers are brewing for the barrel fill.

There were several discussion items on what the next beer or cider should be for the Red Wine Barrel. Brian will create a poll and get our barrel brewers to vote on what we want to put in the Red Wine Barrel next.

Fred Baker intended to provide a discussion on Why Mash Temperatures Matters.  However, after three Rip Rap beers he was unwilling, actually unable to give the presentation.

 

We want to thank everyone for joining the zoom meeting and please stay safe!

 

May 14th, 2020 Zoom Club Meeting Minutes

Brian thanked everyone for joining our Zoom meeting.  This is a wild and crazy time but thanks to homebrewing our brewers can make it through these hard times.

Tonight’s Zoom meeting is brought to you by American Homebrew Supply.  Rafael & AHS donated the monthly premium to pay for our unlimited meeting minutes for May.

We have several new members since our last Zoom meeting: Marc Dalby, Ryan Griffis, and William Forest.  Rayan attended the Zoom meeting and we welcomed him to our club.

 

The Punisher Paddle: Tim Woodard won the Punisher Paddle Raffle and the paddle has been turned over to Tim. The Punisher mash paddle was engraved with Tim’s brewery’s name on the handle. John talked about making the Punisher Paddle and said he had something in the works.

 

Brian mentioned that the 2nd Bozeman Brew-Off Homebrew Competition was held back on March 7th in Bozeman, MT and our own Tim Rouse won Overall Winner for 1st Place, Gold with his Best Bitter.  Tim also won 2nd Place, Silver with his Saison. Tim won the chance to brew his recipe on Outlaw Brewing’s 10-barrel brew system in Bozeman, MT.  We are waiting on Tim to tell us what he plans to do.  Tim was not at the Zoom meeting.

 

Club’s Barrel Program: Our barrel brewers are deciding on the next recipe to go into the Porter barrel. We are coming up with a plan to safely empty and refill the Porter barrel. Looks like we are going to put a Bargot into the porter barrel and the club will get up with AHS for kitting the recipe. The plan would be to keep the Bargot in the barrel for about 6 months.

Brian will post additional information in our barrel fill group. If you would like to be a part of our barrel brewer program, let Fred or Brian know and we will get you on the list of barrel brewers for upcoming barrel fills.

Jack Wallace sampled Bonney our Grisette barrel and we can empty the barrel anytime. Jack said the Grisette had a good taste with a nice back flavor and was not overdone.  We are going to need the next sour recipe and barrel brewers for the refill.  Plan is to empty the barrel at Jack’s house, move the barrel to American homebrew Supply and refill it the next day.  John Allen said he would build the club a barrel stand for the sour barrel.

Discussion Items:

Ed McDermott asked about any plans for a Homebrew Equipment Swap & Sale. We have no plans yet. A lot of us have homebrewing items to swap & sale.

Julian talked about his Belgian wit and how he bought Bourbon Barrel cubes from Midwest Barrel Company. Said they worked great and he has a lot of them.  Contact Julian for real bourbon barrel cubes.

Rafael talked about the Rip Rap bottle share for our next zoom meeting.  Rafael will and Fred will get up with Liam owner of Rip Rap Brewing and get the four-pack bottle share plan going for our June meeting.  Liam will be our guest speaker.

Rafael talked about using local honey for the Bargot and that the harvest is going to be in late May and early June.  Rafael will get up with the local beekeeper and let them know what we are looking for.  We are looking about 5 ½ pounds of honey per brewer for the Bargot.

Fred talked about when we able to get back together as a club we need to have a Big Blast Party where the club pays for the food.

John Tillery volunteered Pirate Cove Restaurant as a club meeting spot once we can meet again in person.  Pirate’s Cove has an outside eating area that can hold about 40 people.

Liam from Rip Rap Brewing joined the zoom meeting and introduced himself to the club. Liam is looking forward to the 4-pack bottle share and being a speaker at our June meeting.

Brian talked about our May meeting with Mat Boiling and the AHA presentation.  Brian let everyone know that the June NHC has been cancelled but the AHA is going to have a virtual 3-day conference.

There was a discussion on using Kiviak Imperial yeast and under pitching to get a fruitier ester flavor.

Last open discussion item was on Fly sparging and Julian wanted to know how everyone else was doing it and what kind of efficiency everyone was getting.

 

The Deacon Brewing System:  Donated to the club by Robert Deacon is just about ready to be loaned out for brewing. 

For you all that do not know, the Deacon Brewing System is a three keggle, three burner, two pump herms system.  You Borrow it, Brew on it, and Bring it Back! 

We will be coming up with detailed operating instructions and guidelines for borrowing the system.  If you would like to be on the list for borrowing the Deacon Brewing System, please let Fred or Brian know.

Brian brought up that we could do collaboration brews where each brewer would take home a share to ferment.

Treasurer Report: Fred presented the Treasurer’s report.

Virtual Big Brew was held on May 2, 2020: The club held a Zoom Big Brew.  We had 18 Seven City Brewers participate with 15 brew rigs. We want to thank everyone for participating in the Zoom Big Brew.

 

Six-Pack Bottle Share: For tonight’s meeting we have about 24 Seven City Brewers sharing six beers with six other brewers. Rafael and American Homebrew Supply collected, sorted, and distributed the six packs to our members.  Brian and our members thanked Rafael for helping the club.

 

Beer Trivia: Brian facilitated a beer trivia game with the group.

 

We want to thank everyone for joining the zoom meeting and please stay safe!

April 9th, 2020 Zoom Club Meeting Minutes

Brian thanked everyone for joining our Zoom meeting.  A lot has changed in the last three weeks and we hope you and your families are staying safe and healthy.

We have several new members since our last meeting: Jillian Riley, Ralph and Paula Thompson, Ben Gilman, Heather Williams, and Kristina Malleck. 

 

Results of the Punisher Paddle Raffle: We want to thank everyone who donated to the raffle.  We generated $110.00 in donations to the club.  Tim Woodard won the raffle and his Punisher Paddle is being engraved with his brewery’s name on the handle. The Punisher Paddle will be a great addition to Tim’s brewery. John said he will have Tim’s paddle engraved on Friday or Saturday and Fred will get the paddle to Tim.

 

The 13th Annual Virginia Beer Blitz was held on March 13th and 14th at St. George Brewing Company in Hampton, VA and the results of the competition were posted on the colonialalessmiths.org website.  Brian thanked everyone who came out and helped judge and steward.   This year’s Virginia Beer Blitz was the largest and their sponsorship allowed for some nice prizes to the winners.

 

There were 463 total entries with 748 registered participants, judges & stewards.

 

 Seven City Brewers Who Placed:

 

1st place Tim Rouse out of 11 entries with his (non-barreled) Jack’s Straw Grisette style 27A Historical Beer.

 

2nd place Dempsey Smith and the Seven City Barrel Brewers out of 11 entries for their Bourbon Barrel Maple Barelywine style 31B Alternate Sugar Beer.

 

Dempsey Smith also placed 2nd out of 15 entries with his Raptors Style 18B American Pale Ale. Dempsey talked about how he entered his IPA in two styles and that it scored better and won in the American Pale Ale style.

 

3rd place Brian McCrickard out of 21 entries with his Wits End style 24A Witbier.

 

3rd place Brandon & Carla Christian out of 18 entries with their Robust Porter Style 20A American Porter.

Congratulations Brandon, Carla, Tim,

Dempsey, and Brian!

 

The 2nd Bozeman Brew-Off Homebrew Competition was held on March 7th in Bozeman, MT. Tim Rouse won Overall Winner for 1st Place, Gold with his Best Bitter and 2nd Place, Silver with his Saison. Tim won the chance to brew his recipe on Outlaw Brewing’s 10-barrel brew system in Bozeman, MT.  We are stilling trying to find out what Tim’s plans are.

Sly Clyde Ciderworks: Edward Graves talked about working at Sly Clyde Ciderworks in Hampton. Sly Clyde is producing 100 barrels of cider every two weeks and they can their cider weekly.

 

Club’s Barrel Program: Our barrel brewers are deciding on the next recipe to go into the Porter barrel. We are coming up with a plan to safely empty and refill the Porter barrel. Brian talked about the porter barrel and plan for emptying and refilling the barrel.  Looks like we are going to put a Bargot into the porter barrel and the club will get up with AHS for kitting the recipe. There was a discussion on trying to empty and refill the red vine barrel on the same day/weekend as the porter barrel.  Brian will post additional information in our barrel fill group. If you would like to be a part of our barrel brewer program, let Fred or Brian know and we will get you on the list of barrel brewers for upcoming barrel fills.

The Deacon Brewing System:  We want to thank Robert Deacon for donating his brewing system to the club. 

Now don’t feel sorry for Robert for giving away his brew equipment.  Robert has a new Spike Brewing System with two Brew Tech fermenters using a glycerol cooling system.

Fred is in the process of cleaning up and putting the Deacon Brewing System back together. The Deacon Brewing System is a three keggle, three burner, two pump herms system.  Borrow it, Brew on it, and Bring it Back! 

 

We will be coming up with detailed operating instructions and guidelines for borrowing the system.  If you would like to be on the list for borrowing the Deacon Brewing System, please let Fred or Brian know. Bob offered to help set up the system.  Fred said he would write up operating instructions for the Deacon Brewing system and get Bob to look at them to see if he missed anything.

Club Logo Clothing:  We placed a club clothing order with Sports Connection in Virginia Beach and the items have received.  Fred has Gmailed everyone who ordered the clothing and will be making arrangements to get the club clothing to them.

Treasurer Report: No Treasurer’s report tonight.

Membership: As of 4/5/20 we have 63 Members in Good Standing with 15 couple/household members. We have 27 members who have not renew their membership for 2020.

 

Anyone wanting to be reinstated as a Member in Good Standing, will need to pay their membership dues.

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. 

 

All About the American Homebrewers Association (AHA):  Brian introduced Matt Bolling to the group. Matt is the Event Planner for the AHA and has volunteered to talk to us about the AHA.  Matt has been a member of the AHA since April of 2012. Brian gave the floor to Matt.

 

Matt talked about the AHA with over 1.2 million people brewing their own beer at home in the United States. The American Homebrewers Association® is a not-for-profit organization based in Boulder, Colo., dedicated to promoting the community of homebrewers and empowering homebrewers to make the best beer in the world. Since 1978, the AHA has worked to educate people worldwide about the coolest hobby there is—homebrewing.

 

Matt let us know that that the AHA is cautiously optimistic that the NHC is still going to happen in Nashville, TN June 18th thru June 20th. He also let us know that the 2021 NHC is going to be in San Diego. 

 

 

Matt is going to check to see if there might be other companies who are willing to talk to our club during a Zoom meeting.

 

Matt went over the automatic insurance premium reimbursement for clubs with 75% plus AHA members. For the 2019-2020 year there were 67 clubs that hit 75% and the AHA reimbursed over $6,900.00 to the clubs.  For the Seven City Brewers with a club size of 70 members we had 22 (31%) AHA memberships.

 

Seven City Brewers check out the benefits of being a member of the American Homebrewers Association. Fred told Matt that we could get more club members to sign up for the AHA if they would hold the Homebrew Con in Virginia.

 

For brewers interested, White labs is doing a weekly online webinar. 

 

Rafael and Matt are going to reach out to Imperial to see if one of their representatives would like to talk to us.

 

Virtual Big Brew May 2, 2020: On the AHA website homebrewers you can pledge to brew on Virtual Big Brew Day.  Big Brew Pledges are listed on the website, so Seven City Brewers step up and pledge to brew on Big Brew Day. The AHA has posted this year’s Big Brew recipe the Pangaea Proxima Polar IPA.  The Polar IPA is the official commemorative beer for Homebrew Con. 

The club is planning to have a Zoom Big Brew, so dust of your brewing gear and Zoom Brew with us on Saturday May 2nd.  Fred will send out invites to the Zoom Big Brew. 

 

Wheatbeer Bottle Share: Brian talked about having our brewers to brew a Wheatbeer and then share it the participates.  Brian will work out the details and let us know. 

 

Helping Club Members in Need: Brian talked about helping our club members who are having a hard time due to the Coronavirus. If you are a member of our club and you and you need help, let one of our officers know.  We will help you where we can.

 

Brewer of the Year Award: Fred talked about the Brewer of the Year Award and how our brewers earn points for participating in club meetings and events.  For joining the Zoom meeting, you receive 2 points. We are coming up with ways to participate in an online beer style tasting/sampling with our members.

Brian asked about the current standing for the Brewer of the Year Award.  Fred reported that Tim Rouse was currently in the lead with 62 points. Brian McCrickard was in second place with 43 points and Dempsey Smith was in third place with 33 points.

Losers Larry Lentz has 28 points and Brandon Christian and Fred Baker are tied with 25 points.

We want to thank everyone who joined the zoom meeting and please stay safe!

March 12th, 2020 Club Meeting Minutes

We want to thank Larry & Tiffany Lentz for hosting our meeting.

We want to welcome our new members, and anyone attending for the first time and thank everyone for coming out. 

The club is providing pizza for everyone.  If you would like to donate toward the cost of the pizza, please put money in the jar.

We have several new members requesting membership since our last meeting: Eric Cain, Marlin Ballard, Brian Madden, Robert Deacon, and Lori Rattan. 

 

Lori Rattan and Brian Madden were at the meeting and we welcomed them into our club.

 

Monk’s Brunch Tapping: We want to congratulate Tim Rouse and Legend Brewing Depot for brewing Monk’s Brunch.  Several of our members attended the tapping on March 8th at Legend Brewing Depot in Portsmouth.  Tim won the opportunity to brew along with the head brewer at Legend on their brewing system.  Tim was not present at the meeting; we will get Tim to tell us about the experience and what it took to converter his recipe to their system.

 

 

 

 

The 2nd Bozeman Brew-Off Homebrew Competition was held on March 7th in Bozeman, MT.

 

Tim Rouse won Overall Winner for 1st Place, Gold with his Best Bitter and 2nd Place, Silver with his Saison.

 

Tim won the chance to brew his recipe on Outlaw Brewing’s 10-barrel brew system in Bozeman, MT.  We will get Tim to tell us what his plans are.

Congratulations Tim!

The 2020 CARBOY Shamrock Open XXV Homebrew Competition was held on February 29th in Raleigh, NC.

Tim Rouse won 1st place with his Tutti Fruiti Grand Crush, Style 30A SHV Beer.

Brian McCrickard won 3rd place with his Mad Irishman Red Ale, Style 15A Irish Red Ale.

Congratulations Tim and Brian!

 

Club’s Barrel Program:  Our barrel brewers emptied the Wee Heavy Ale barrel on Saturday March 7th, and we refilled it with a Wheatwine. The Wheatwine will stay in the barrel for a about 6 months and we will grab a sample to see how it is aging in about 4 months.

We took samples from the Dark Saison Red Wine barrel and the Bourbon Barrel Porter barrel. Everyone at the barrel fill got a chance to taste the samples.

 

The Red Wine Barrel with the Dark Saison had a nice red wine cabernet smell and taste and is ready to come out.

 

The Bourbon Barrel Porter although not as strong as the Wee Heavy Ale is coming along nicely and will be ready to come out of the barrel in about a month.

 

Our barrel brewers will be coming up with the next recipe to go back in the barrels. If you would like to be a part of our barrel brewer program, let Fred or Brian know and we will get you on the list of barrel brewers for the upcoming fills.

 

Club Raffle: We are doing a 50/50 club raffle with a minimum of $50.00 going to the winner.  We also have several donated items to include in the raffle.

Club Logo Clothing Order:  Fred is putting together a club logo clothing order.  If you want to order club logo clothing Fred has the order book.

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

Membership: We want to remind everyone that the 2020 club membership dues were required to be paid by March 1st to stay as a Member in Good Standing. If you desire to remain a Member in Good Standing, please pay your membership dues.

Fred has copies of the club new membership application forms for anyone who wants to join the club. 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. 

 

Anyone wishing to join the club or pay your membership dues tonight, stop by and see Fred.

 

Brew Event with Club Brewers:  One of the best ways to learn more about homebrewing is to brew with one of our experienced homebrewers.  If you attend a brewing event with three or more homebrewers, you can earn points toward the Seven City Brewer of the Year. Let Fred know when and with who you are brewing, and he will update your point standings. 

Brewer of the Year Award: Fred talked about the Brewer of the Year Award and how our brewers earn points for participating in club meetings and events.  The point awarded are listed on our website in the Club News Page.

Punisher Paddle Raffle is ongoing.  We currently have three members that have entered the raffle.  We have reserved the right to cancel the raffle and return the monies if we do not meet a minimum sale of chances to win the paddle.  The raffle is for Members In Good Standing only and each chance to win is $5.  The Punisher Paddle would be a great addition to your brewery.  Fred brought the paddle to the meeting and showed it to everyone.  You can pay Fred tonight for a chance to win the paddle or via PayPal at Treasurer@barfclub.org.  Use friends and family.

Hop & Habanero Party Karen talked about the Hop & Hob party in September.  The seven City Brewers and the Pepper lovers Club get together for hot pepper food and cold homebrew.  The Seven City Brewers are tied with the Pepper Lovers club with winning the food competition.  Karen let us know that Marty Trent passed away suddenly and that the location and date of the Hop & Hob is being reviewed.  We want to express our condolences to the Trent Family.

The 13th Annual Virginia Beer Blitz is being held on March 13th and 14th at St. George Brewing Company in Hampton, VA. Registration is closed.  For results of the competition go to colonialalessmiths.org website.  Brian spoke about coming out and volunteering as Judges and Stewards.

 

HRBC Competition #2 is being held on March 18th at Brew & Bottle Homebrewing Supplies the hosting club is Virginia Peninsula Homebrewers.  Registration opened March 1st and closes on March 15th. Go to hr.brewers-cup.com for online registration and additional information.

 

NHC IPA We Go 2020-02

March 18th, 2020 | 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

 

We want our homebrewers to brew their best IPAs and be ready to enter them in the National Homebrewers Competition. These lovely, bitter beauties will send you into that lupulonic trip. Single or double, the choice is yours, just make it a good as this is one of the most competitive categories.

Categories include:

21A. American IPA

21B Specialty IPA

22A. Double IPA

 

 

The Star City Homebrew Throwdown is being held on March 21st at Southern Hills Homebrew Annex Bldg. in Roanoke; VA. Additional information is online at throwdown.starcitybrewers.org.  Entry registration closed March 7th.

 

National Homebrewers Convention, Brian talked about the NHC June 18th through June 20th in Nashville, TN.  A lot of fun, exhibits, and beer.

 

Club Information and Training:

 

Brian talked about the common off – flavors in your beer and how to avoid. You can go online and query on common off – flavors for information.

February 13th, 2019 Club Meeting Minutes

Our Host

Black Pelican Greenbrier

We want to thank Black Pelican Greenbrier for hosting our meeting.

We want to welcome our new members, and anyone attending for the first time and thank everyone for coming out. 

We have several new members requesting membership since our last meeting: Wesley Riley, Devin Keatts, Dave Vaughan, Rob Stautz, and Riley Lutz.  Wesley Riley and Devin Keatts and his wife were at the meeting and we welcomed into our club.

 

Results HRBC Competition #1 Results:  There were 26 total entries with 9 from VPH, 2 from HRBTS, 2 from CASK and 13 from 7CB.


1st Place Winner: VPH Mike Weatherill with his 18B American Pale Ale.


2nd Place Winner: VPH Mike Piunno with his 15B Irish Stout.


3rd Place Winner: 7CB Carla Christian with her 21A American IPA.

Brewers that made it to the Mini Best of Show and did not place:


Marshall Ayres CASK with 29B Fruit & Spice Beer
Patrick Smith 7CB with his 30A SHV Beer
Bryan Flaherty CASK with his 23C Fruit Lambic

Congratulations Carla & Dempsey

 

Results of the 5th Annual 50 West / Ocelot Homebrew Classic there were 112 entries judged and 78 registered participants, judges, and stewards.  The competition was held on February 8th in Dulles, VA.

2nd Place Winner Brian McCrickard with his 6A Marzen.

Congratulations Brian

Results of America’s Finest City Homebrew Competition there were 460 entries judged and 214 registered participants, judges, and stewards.  The competition was held on February 7th and 8th in San Diego, CA.

3rd Place Winner Tim Rouse with his 11C Strong Bitter.

Congratulations Tim

 

Results of the Hibrewnation Festival and Homebrew Competition there were 51 brews competing in the homebrew competition.  The competition was held on February 8th in York, PA.  Larry received a 3D printed bear trophy and finished

2nd in the Best of Show with his Rolo

Congratulations Larry

Larry talked about the 2020 SJPorr Challenge and passed out information on the rules and registration.  Registration closes February 28th, 2020 so see Larry if you want to compete in the challenge.

 

Club’s Barrel Program:  Our barrel brewers emptied Bonnie our Dark Sour Ale V2 barrel on Saturday January 25th and we refilled it with the Grisette. The Grisette will stay in the barrel for a about 4 months and we will grab a sample to see how it is aging in about 3 months.

We tasted the samples from the Dark Saison Red Wine barrel, the Wee Heavy Ale barrel, and the Bourbon Barrel Porter barrel.

The Wee Heavy is quite tasty 😋 and ready to come out. We are working on a Wheatwine recipe to go back in. Wheatwine is a Strong American Ale, style 22D.  We currently have 11barrel brewers and the Wheatwine barrel fill is planned to be our next barrel fill.  Our barrel brewers need to finalize the recipe and come up with a brew by date.

 

The Red Wine Barrel with the Dark Saison still needs a few more months in the barrel.

 

The Bourbon Barrel Porter is not as strong as the Wee Heavy but coming along nicely. We think the Porter should stay in the barrel for a few more months.

 

We have a lot of barrel fills coming up, if you would like to be a part of our barrel brewer program, let Fred know.  Paul Wilson spoke up and wants to be in the next barrel fill.  Fred told Paul that he would add his name to the list of barrel brewers.

 

Club Raffle: We are doing a 50/50 club raffle with a minimum of $50.00 going to the winner.

Club Logo Clothing Order:  Fred is putting together a club logo clothing order.  If you want to order club logo clothing Fred has the order book.

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

End of Year Financial Review and Report: Fred reported the status of the End of Year Financial Review. The financial review has been performed and the report has been prepared. The financial report provides a detailed accounting of all the club’s transactions for calendar year 2019.  The report is  required by our Bi-Laws to be prepared by the Treasurer and submitted to the President for audit. When Brian gets back from TDY Fred will submit it 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.

 

Membership: We want to remind everyone that your 2019 Club membership expired December 31st, please pay the 2020 club membership dues before March 1st to stay as a Member in Good Standing. We currently have 80 members on our Membership List of which 39 have paid their membership dues for 2020.  If you desire to remain a Member in Good Standing, please pay your membership dues.

Fred has copies of the club new membership application forms for anyone who wants to join the club. 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. 

 

Anyone wishing to join the club or pay your membership dues tonight, stop by and see Fred.

 

Sponsor Membership our Bi-Laws allows our elected officers to offer a Sponsor Membership.   Sponsor Members have the same status as Regular Members, including the right to vote, but may not become an officer of the club.  Upon a majority vote of the officers, the club may offer sponsor membership to those contributing tangibly to the club in the form of goods or services.

 

Sponsor Memberships expire as of December 31st  of each calendar year.

 

By unanimous vote of elected officers, we are offering a Sponsor Membership to American Homebrew Supply owners Rafael Coredor and Jenifer Hokaj Corredor.

 

Brew Event with Club Brewers:  For 2019 we had 21 new members and so far for 2020 we have 13 new members each with a different level of experience in homebrewing.  One of the best ways to learn more about homebrewing is to brew with one of our experienced homebrewers.  If you attend a brewing event with three or more homebrewers, you can earn points toward the Seven City Brewer of the Year. Let Fred know when and with who you are brewing, and he will update your point standings. 

2020 National Homebrew Competition Important Dates enrollment closed on January 27th and Acceptance Email, Entry Registration & Payment Notified by February 14th (7 days to pay after notification).  We have at least 7 Seven City brewers that are entering the competition.

 

First Round shipping window February 20th to March 5th

 

The 13th Annual Virginia Beer Blitz is being held on March 13th and 14th at St. George Brewing Company in Hampton, VA. Registration is online on at colonialalessmiths.org website.  Registration opened February 1st and closes February 29th. Larry spoke about coming out and volunteering as Judges and Stewards.

 

HRBC Competition #2 is being held on March 18th at Brew & Bottle Homebrewing Supplies the hosting club is Virginia Peninsula Homebrewers.

 

NHC IPA We Go 2020-02

March 18th, 2020 | 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

 

We want our homebrewers to brew their best IPAs and be ready to enter them in the National Homebrewers Competition. These lovely, bitter beauties will send you into that lupulonic trip. Single or double, the choice is yours, just make it a good as this is one of the most competitive categories.

 

 

Categories include:

21A. American IPA

21B Specialty IPA

22A. Double IPA

 

 

The Star City Homebrew Throwdown is being held on March 20th at Big Lick Brewing Company in Roanoke; VA. Registration is online at throwdown.starcitybrewers.org.  Entry registration opened January 1st and closes March 7th.

 

For our Club Informational Discussion Fred talked about:

 

The proper attachment of beer label forms to the beer bottle should be by using rubber bands.  The first thing the competition coordinator and stewards do is to affix an assigned sticker to the beer bottle entry and remove the beer label form.  Competitions typically allow the judges to inspect the bottles for proper fill and to uncap the bottles at their table.  This provides the judges with the first indications that your entry will have the proper carbonation for your style of beer.

 

For you brewers that ship your beers you need to think about packaging your entries.  Most of us have found out that by putting the beer label form inside a snack bag and then attaching it to the bottle you keep it from getting wet and hard to read.  In addition, each entry should be bagged separately so that if one entry breaks you do not lose the other entries.  Fred has provided a post on our website in the Club News page about Homebrew Competitions and How to Pack and Ship Beers for Competitions.

 

The HRBC Rules have been updated for 2020: For 2020 it was determined that brewers will receive two points if they make it to the MBOS and do not place.

 

The Mini Best of Show (MBOS) is the second round of judging entries. For the Hampton Roads Brewers Cup once each entry is judged and scoresheets filled out, the judges then look at their tables entries and decide which beers from their table if any should go to the Mini Best of Show.  Typically, it is the highest two scoring beers from each table and could be more if there were tie scores on the scoresheets.  So, if you have three tables of Judges you could have six or seven beers in the MBOS.  The HRBC Coordinator determines out of the three table of judges which judges will be used for the MBOS.  In the MBOS the judges do not use score sheets but rate the beers according to taste, appearance, and style for that beer.  The MBOS determines the first, second and third place winners for the competition.  You can find the Competition Rules at the bottom of the homepage on the HRBC website hr.brewers.cup.com.

 

This completes our formal club meeting.  Please continue to mingle and sample homebrew.

January 8th, 2019 Club Meeting Minutes

Our Host

Brick Anchor Brew House

We want to thank Brick Anchor Brew House for hosting our meeting.

We want to welcome our new members and anyone attending for the first time: 

We want to thank everyone for coming out. 

 

We have two new members since our last meeting, Todd Cannon and Chad Pellerin.   

We welcomed Brandon Christian back.  Brandon was out sailing the seas with the USN.

 

Club’s Barrel Program: Our barrel brewers are getting ready to brew a Grisette for the next barrel fill.  We are planning to empty Bonnie our Dark Sour Ale V2 barrel on Saturday January 25th and refill it with the Grisette.

We will be looking at emptying and refilling our red wine barrel. 

 

We have a Dark Saison in the wine barrel. We filled the Dark Saison barrel on August 22nd. Fred was not able to grab a sample before the meeting but should be able to bring a sample to our next barrel fill for our barrel brewers to sample.

We have a Wee Heavy Ale in our WEE Willie barrel.  We filled the Wee Wille barrel on November 13th. The plan is to let the Wee Heavy Ale to bourbon barrel wood age for about 4 more months.  We will grab a sample in about 2 months to see how it is aging.

We also have Porter in our second Buffalo Trace barrel. We filled the Bourbon Barrel Porter barrel on November 20th. The plan is to let the Porter bourbon barrel wood age for about 4 more months.  We will grab a sample in about 3 months to see how it is aging.

We have a lot of barrel fills coming up, if you would like to be a part of our barrel brewer program, let Fred know.

 

The 2020 Seven City Brewer of the Year Award was established to recognize and award the Seven City Brewer who participates in club activities and exhibits outstanding homebrewing ability.

For 2020 the Brewer of the Year Awards are:

1st Place Winner: The Seven City Brewer with the most points in addition to earning the right to display the coveted Seven City Brewers Cup in your own brewery with your name permanently sharped on it, you will receive a cash award of $150.00.

2nd Place Winner: The Seven City Brewer with the second highest points will receive a cash award of $100.00.

3rd Place Winner:  The Seven City Brewer with the

third highest points will receive a cash award of $75.00.

The rules and points for the 2020 Seven City Brewer of the Year have been posted on our website. 

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

Membership Dues: We want to remind everyone that your 2019 Club membership expires December 31st, please pay the 2020 club membership dues before March 1st to stay as a Member in Good Standing.

Fred has copies of the club new membership application forms for anyone who wants to join the club. 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. 

 

Anyone wishing to join the club or pay your membership dues tonight, stop by and see Fred.

 

Up Coming Events:

 

January 15th, 2020:  HRBC Competition #1

 

Cellar Cleaner 2020-01

January 15th, 2020 | 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

 

Need to clean out your cellars, refrigerators, and coolers to make room for new brews? We have a suggestion for you. Enter one of them in the first competition of 2020! That’s right pick your favorite beer, cider or mead you have, and put it up against some stiff competition. All categories will be accepted.

 

The hosting club is the HRBTS and the competition is at the Training Room of Support Services of Virginia, 412 Investors Place #102, Virginia Beach, VA 23452.

 

Up Coming Competitions:

 

2020 National Homebrew Competition Important Dates.

 

Open Enrollment January 14th to January 22nd

 

Acceptance Email, Entry Registration & Payment Notified by February 14th  (7 days to pay after notification)

 

First Round shipping window February 20th to March 5th

 

Brian talked about the National Homebrew Convention in Nashville TN and that we are planning to get a group of our homebrewers to go and participate in Club Night.  You all need to get your reservations in early if you are planning to stay at the Gaylord Opryland Convention center.

 

The 5th Annual West/Ocelot Classic, is being hosted by the 50 West Homebrew Club on February 8th in Dulles, VA.  The entry limit has been nearly reached.  They are limiting entries to a maximum of 120. Go to website 50westbrewclub.com for online registration and rules.

 

Brain talked about additional upcoming homebrew competitions:

The Mazer Cup is a mead competition March 20 & 21st in Denver Co.

The Star City Throwdown is March 21st in Roanoke, VA and

The Virginia Beer Blitz is March 14th in Hampton, VA. 

December 12th, 2019 Club Meeting &

Holiday Party Minutes

Our Host

American Homebrew Supply

 

We want to thank American homebrew Supply owners Rafael & Jennifer for hosting our meeting and supporting our club. We have got a lot of things to go over, good food to eat, and tasty homebrew to sample.  So, let’s get to it!

 

We want to welcome our new members and anyone attending for the first time: 

We want to thank everyone for coming out.  We have one new member since our last meeting, Mathew Bisgaier.  Mathew is our second new member for 2020.

 

Subsequent to our last meeting: The Great Chili Cook Off Challenge was cancelled by the Supreme Best Chili Association (SBCA).  So, for now the unresolved issue on which 7CB can make the best chili is still outstanding. The Erfle’s laid out tonight and will not be competing in tonight’s food contest.

 

Instead we choose to have a Holiday Party Food Competition. American Homebrew Supply is providing gift cards as prizes.  The rules for the competition are:

Each family may enter up to 2 categories.

 

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

 

2.  Side Dishes: Two $25 Gift Cards to the top 2 side dishes. Side dishes can be hot or cold. Beer as an ingredient is not required but recommended.  No limit on side dishes.

 

3.  Dessert:  $35 Gift Card to the best dessert.  Hot or Cold.  No limit on entries.

 

Use the Sign in Sheets to record your vote.  Votes will be totaled, and gift cards presented to the winners after everyone has got a chance to vote.

 

Election of Officers:  Nominations were submitted at the September and October meetings with no additional nominees proposed to date.

We have the following Seven City Brewers nominated for elected office for 2020:

For President Brian McCrickard, for Vice President Larry Lentz, for Secretary Karen Martin, and for Treasurer Fred Baker.

Fred Baker requested that we close the nominations of elected officers for 2020 and proceed to vote.  Do we have a second?  Larry Lentz seconded the motion to close the nominations and proceed to vote.

The closing of nominations for elected officers for 2020 has been first and seconded. 

All in favor of closing the nominations of elected officers for 2020 raise your hands.  All opposed raise your hands. 

Let the record reflect that all members in attendance except Larry Lentz voted in favor of closing the nominations for elected officers for 2020.

Our Bi-Laws allow us to vote by a show of hands when we have only one person running for an elected position.

So, please vote by a show of hands:

All in favor for President Brian McCrickard, for Vice President Larry Lentz, for Secretary Karen Martin, and for Treasurer Fred Baker.

All opposed for President Brian McCrickard, for Vice President Larry Lentz, for Secretary Karen Martin, and for Treasurer Fred Baker.

Let the record reflect that a unanimous vote by all members present were in favor of President Brian McCrickard, of Vice President Larry Lentz, of Secretary Karen Martin, and of Treasurer Fred Baker.

These elected officers will take office January 2020.

Club Raffle: Tonight’s club raffle is for $100.00 cash. Tickets are one for a dollar, six tickets for five dollars and your arm’s length of tickets for ten dollars. 

Club’s Barrel Program: Our club now has a four-barrel wood aging program.

Currently we have a Wee Heavy Ale in our WEE Willie barrel.  The Wee Heavy will bourbon barrel wood age for about 4 more months. 

We will grab a sample in about 3 months to see how it is aging.

Our barrel brewers brewed a Bourbon Barrel Porter for our second Buffalo Trace barrel. We filled the Bourbon Barrel Porter barrel on November 20th. The plan is to let the Porter bourbon barrel wood age for about 5 more months.  We will grab a sample in about 4 months to see how it is aging.

We have a Dark Saison is in the red wine barrel we got from The Williamsburg Winery. The current plan is to keep the Saison in the barrel for a few more months and sample it again after the first of the year. We need to come up with a date to empty the red wine barrel and refill it with the next recipe.

Bonnie our sour barrel with a Dark Sour Ale V2.0 is ready to come out.  We filled Bonnie with the Dark Sour Ale on 1/13/2019. Our sour barrel brewers are coming up with the next recipe and a plan for emptying and refilling the sour barrel.

We want to thank our barrel brewers for donating to the 2019 Whiskey Barrel Fund. We were able to raise the funds to pay for the two Buffalo Trace barrels and now have a surplus in the 2019 Whiskey barrel fund of $60.00. Especially we want to thank John Allen for his donation of a custom-made mash paddle for the barrel fund raffle. 

John made and engraved “The Bathtub Brewery” on the mash paddle for winner Edward Graves. Fred presented the mash paddle to Edward.

If you would like to be a part of our barrel brewer program, let Fred know.

 

Results of the Hampton Roads Brewers Cup Competition #4 that was held on November 20th.  We had a good turn out with the Winter Wonders!

 

30A. Spice/Herb/Vegetable (SHV) Beer

30C. Winter (Holiday) Seasonal Beer

 

There were 16 Total entries, 12 from 7CB, 1 HRBTS and 3 from VPH.

 

1st place 7CB Larry Lentz for his 30C Winter Seasonal Beer

2nd place VPH Mathew Campolattaro for his 30A SHV Beer

3rd place 7CB Roy Banks for his 30A SHV Beer

 

Congratulation to Larry and Roy!

 

Hampton Roads Brewers Cup: We are honored to have the Hampton Roads Brewers Cup Competition Coordinator Marck Weiss with us tonight.  Marck spoke to us about the plans for the 2020 HRBC competitions.  The participating homebrew clubs are providing 2 members for a HRBC Council to help Marck.  Each club will be able to host a competition in their area and choose the beer styles they want to compete with.  We are hoping to get better support from the other clubs. 

Marck, presented the Hampton Roads Brewers Cup to this year’s winner Brian McCrickard.  The Hampton Roads Brewers Cup will be on display at the American Homebrew supply for about two weeks before it is returned to Brian for display in his brewery. 

Congratulations Brian!!

Marck, recognized Larry Lentz for being in 2nd place for the HRBC and Ed McDemott for his 3rd place in the HRBC competition.

Congratulations go to Larry & Ed!!

 

Marck, recognized the Seven City Brewers as the homebrew club that won the Overall Club Results.

We want to thank our brewers for supporting our club!

 

Now that we got that out of the way we want to talk about the Seven City Brewer of the Year Award.  The award was established to recognize and award the Seven City Brewer who participated in club activities and events and exhibited outstanding homebrewing ability. The club leadership set a 2019 Brewer of the Year cash award of $200.00 with a Runner Up cash award of $100.00. 

Earning points toward the Seven City Brewer of the Year Award is easy. If you made it to the meeting you earned points, if you participated in the food contest you earned points, if you brought homebrew to share you earned points, if you host a meeting or event you earn points.

The 2019 Top Five Seven City Brewers are:

5th place Ed McDermott with 71 points

Ed gets nothing, Better Luck next year!

 

4th place is Fred Baker with 71.2 points

Fred gets nothing, Better Luck next year!

3rd place is Tim Rouse with 102.7 points

Tim gets a hardy handshake and a slap on the back for a

job well done!

2nd place and Runner Up Award is Larry Lentz with 107 points.

Larry received a $100.00 cash award and a

Congratulations from all of us!

1st place and the 2019 Seven City Brewer of the Year is

Brian McCrickard with 164 points.

Brian received a personalized bamboo cutting board, a $200.00 cash award and has earned the right to display the coveted

Seven City Brewers Cup in his brewery.

 

We are currently working on the rules and points for the 2020 Seven City Brewer of the Year will be posted on our website.  For 2020 we are going to have 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners.

 

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

Membership Dues: We want to remind everyone that your 2019 Club membership expires December 31st, please pay the 2020 club membership dues before March 1st to stay as a Member in Good Standing.

Fred has copies of the club new membership application forms for anyone who wants to join the club. 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. 

 

Anyone wishing to join the club or pay your membership dues tonight, stop by and see Fred.

 

Brew Event with Club Brewers:  If you would like to host a brew event and get three or more homebrewers to brew with you.  You and your brewers can earn points toward the Seven City Brewer of the Year. Saturday Dempsey Smith is hosting a brew event for anyone who wants to participate, see Dempsey. Let Fred know when and with who you are brewing, and he will update your point standings. 

Up Coming Events:

 

January 15th, 2020:  HRBC Competition #1

 

Cellar Cleaner 2020-01

January 15th, 2020 | 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

 

Need to clean out your cellars, refrigerators, and coolers to make room for new brews? We have a suggestion for you. Enter one of them in the first competition of 2020! That’s right pick your favorite beer, cider or mead you have, and put it up against some stiff competition. All categories will be accepted.

 

The hosting club is the HRBTS and the competition is at the Training Room of Support Services of Virginia, 412 Investors Place #102, Virginia Beach, VA 23452.

 

Up Coming Competitions:

 

2020 National Homebrew Competition Important Dates.

 

Open Enrollment January 14th to January 22nd

 

Acceptance Email, Entry Registration & Payment Notified by February 14th  (7days to pay after notification)

 

First Round shipping window February 20th to March 5th

 

The 5th Annual West/Ocelot Classic, is February 8th in Dulles, VA. 

 

Burp’s Spirit of Free Cider & Mead, is February 29th in Silver Spring, MD.

 

Rafael thanked everyone for coming out to American Homebrew Supply for the holiday party and thanked the club for supporting the store.  AHS has just completed their first year of business and the Seven City Brewers are their largest customer.   Rafael wants to let everyone know he appreciates our support.

 

That concludes the formal part of our meeting please continue eating and sampling homebrew. Please vote on the dishes and desserts you like using the attendance sheets. We will announce the winners after everyone has got a chance to vote.  We will hold the club raffle drawing once everyone has a chance to purchase their raffle tickets.