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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.