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Officers

President: Jack Smith
VP: Andy Weigel
Treasurer: Brian Robbins
Secretary: Malcolm Frazer
Past President: Mike Beattie

Club-Only Comps

09/20/14 - Festbier
Winner: Chris Brunetti

01/18/15 - Holiday Ale

03/15/15 - Dry Stout

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News & Announcements

A&M Bulk Grain Sale - Updated Info

E-mail sent by Member 1a25a8a, Thursday, January 15th, 2015 @ 7:46pm

Brewers,

A&M sent us a revised copy of the guidelines that includes details about how to order and pay for your Bulk Grain Sale order.  The revised guidelines PDF is attached.  See this link for the full details that were mailed out yesterday:

http://www.trashhomebrewers.org/emails/509270 ;

See you Sunday at Apis!

March Meeting - A&M Bulk Grain Sale Info

E-mail sent by Member 1a25a8a, Wednesday, January 14th, 2015 @ 7:55pm

As we mentioned in the March meeting announcement last week, A&M Wine & Beer Supplies is organizing a bulk grain sale and inviting us to participate.  This is a great opportunity to stock up on discounted grain, hops, and chemicals for the upcoming brewing season.  Order pickup will be the day of our meeting at A&M - March 15th.  The details of the sale are attached to this message.  "1st Q Guidelines.pdf" covers all the guidelines, dates, and other information, and should answer any questions you might have. The price list PDF itemizes everything available to purchase in bulk at a discounted rate.

To place your order, just contact A&M using the information provided in the Guidelines document.  All orders must be placed by February 28th, 2015.  Order pickup is from 12:00-2:00 PM on Sunday, March 15th.  Our meeting will follow pickup, starting at 2:00.

Don't forget the March mini-competition - Dry Stout!  Brew your best dry stout and bring a growler or six pack to the meeting.  The best one (chosen via tasters' choice) will win something good and the winner's name will go up on our winner board.  You must be a dues-paid TRASH member to participate in the competition.


Membership Survey & Club Dues
If you haven't taken our survey or paid your 2015 dues yet, please consider doing so.  Full details of both are available here:

http://www.trashhomebrewers.org/emails/508128


Upcoming Meetings
We have the following meetings scheduled.  We hope to see you there!

You do not need to be a dues-paid member to attend a meeting.  Meetings are a great way for non-members to check out the club, meet members, and decide if joining TRASH is right for you.

January 18th *this Sunday* - 1:00 PM - Apis Mead & Winery - Carnegie, PA
http://www.trashhomebrewers.org/item/764357

February 22nd - 2:00 PM - Spoonwood Brewing Company - Bethel Park, PA
http://www.trashhomebrewers.org/item/815975

March 15th - 2:00 PM - A&M Wine & Beer Supplies - Washington, PA
http://www.trashhomebrewers.org/item/872204

April 11th - 2:00 PM - East End Brewing Company - Pittsburgh, PA
http://www.trashhomebrewers.org/item/873099


TShirts and Pint Glasses
We have some tshirts remaining (sizes M, XL, and XXL) and will be ordering a new lot of them soon.  They will be available to purchase with cash or check at any club meeting for $15.  TRASH pint glasses will be available for $8, or three for $20.


 

TRASH Membership Survey and 2015 Dues

E-mail sent by Member 1a25a8a, Sunday, January 11th, 2015 @ 2:42pm

Greetings homebrewers!
 

Membership Survey
At the November club meeting at MoreBeer we mentioned that we would be putting together a membership survey to get feedback about the club, meetings, the competition, and to gather ideas for technical discussion topics for future meetings.  Here is that survey:

http://goo.gl/forms/uVKG6fpUWk

Please take a few minutes to complete it.  You do not need to be a current TRASH member to take the survey.  We are interested in feedback from all homebrewers whether currently in TRASH or just considering joining the club.  Be open, be honest, be complete.  The survey will close on February 15th and the results will be compiled and summarized at the February 22nd meeting at Spoonwood.  Thanks in advance for taking time to fill out the survey; it will help us to determine the direction the club moves as we go forward.


2015 Club Dues
It's a new year, which means it's time for us to request you to pay your dues for 2015.  In addition to helping to keep the club running by paying for operating expenses such as homebrew club insurance through the AHA, web site hosting, and mini-competition prizes, current benefits of being a dues-paid member include ability to participate in the quarterly mini competitions, ability to pour at public events such as the Big Pour, ability to participate in the fall cider press (we're bringing it back this year), and other benefits that will be defined and announced in due time.

If you have never officially joined TRASH by paying dues, now is a great time to sign up!  For existing members, we will provide a grace period through the end of January.  That is, if you paid dues in 2014 you will remain on the dues-paid member list through the end of this month.  If you haven't renewed for 2015 by January 31st, you will be removed from the list and will not be eligible for any benefits of having paid dues.  You can re-join at any time simply by paying dues.  Dues paid any time in 2015 will provide you with membership privileges through December 31st, 2015.

The easiest way to pay dues is on our web site:

http://www.trashhomebrewers.org/public/pay/subscription/

If you'd prefer to pay in person you can do so by cash or check at a club meeting.


Upcoming Meetings
Don't forget - we have a bunch of meetings scheduled.  We hope to see you there!

You do not need to be a dues-paid member to attend a meeting.  Meetings are a great way for non-members to check out the club, meet members, and decide if joining TRASH is right for you.

January 18th - 1:00 PM - Apis Mead & Winery - Carnegie, PA
http://www.trashhomebrewers.org/item/764357

February 22nd - 2:00 PM - Spoonwood Brewing Company - Bethel Park, PA
http://www.trashhomebrewers.org/item/815975

March 15th - 2:00 PM - A&M Wine & Beer Supplies - Washington, PA
http://www.trashhomebrewers.org/item/872204

April 11th - 2:00 PM - East End Brewing Company - Pittsburgh, PA
http://www.trashhomebrewers.org/item/873099


TShirts and Pint Glasses
We have some tshirts remaining (sizes M, XL, and XXL) and will be ordering a new lot of them soon.  They will be available to purchase with cash or check at any club meeting for $15.  TRASH pint glasses will be available for $8, or three for $20.


 

Local Brewery Job Opportunity - Church Brew Works

E-mail sent by Member 1a25a8a, Friday, January 9th, 2015 @ 8:34am

Hey TRASH members,

Our friends at the Church Brew Works are looking to hire a part-time cellarperson.  If you're interested or know anyone that might be, get in touch with Justin Viale at justinviale@gmail.com.  The details Justin provided follow:


We are looking for part time help at the Church Brew Works and I wondered if you guys would be willing to pass along this information to any of your members who might have an interest in getting started in the brewing industry.

Candidate responsibilities would include operating a Meheen Merlin 6-head bottling line with hot glue labelling and manual packoff. Tank CIP, cleaning/filling kegs, and building cases would be the other primary responsibilities.
The right candidate could be trained in additional cellar responsibilities including beer transfers and filtration.

This position will be guaranteed 20-30 hours/week to start, but the right candidate could be transitioned to full time as needs of the brewery demand.

Please send cover letter and resume to justinviale@gmail.com
Please no walk-ins or calls.

Thanks,
Justin Viale
Brewery Manager
Church Brew Works    

 

March 2015 Club Meeting - A&M Wine and Beer Supplies

  • Sunday, March 15th, 2015 at 12pm - 5pm
    Location: 202 South Main St. Washington, PA 15301

    The club's March 2015 meeting will be held at A&M Wine and Beer Supplies in Washington, PA…

    • 11 people are attending

Update to the Holiday Ale competition

E-mail sent by Member 1a25a8a, Tuesday, December 16th, 2014 @ 9:35pm

Brewers,

We have a small update to the rules for the Holiday Ale competition to be held at the January meeting.

Original announcement with info about the kit and recipe: http://trashhomebrewers.org/emails/504570

We are going to have two categories in the competition, and the winner of each will get the aforementioned "small but desirable prize."


Category 1: Standard Holiday Ale
This category is for beers that follow the kit recipe without changes.  To enter this category, you must use all of the ingredients from the kit (or your own source, as long as they match the type and amount listed in the recipe).  You must use all of the specialty malts, all of the hops, and all of the spices.  You cannot add any additional specialty malts, hops, or spices.  You may choose any yeast and any amount of base malt (2-row, pale ale malt, pilsner malt) or base malt extract (light DME or LME).  The OG must match the kit's recipe (1.052-1.056).

Category 2: Modified Holiday Ale
This category is for all you recipe tweakers out there who use the kit recipe as more of a starting point.  To enter this category, you must use all or most of the specialty malts and hops from the kit (or your own source, as long as they match the type and amount listed in the recipe).  You must use at least some of each of the three spices from the kit.  You can add additional specialty malt, hops, and spices if you want to.  You may choose any yeast and any base malt (2-row, pale ale malt, pilsner, vienna, munich, or 12 lbs of black patent if that's your thing) or extract (light, medium, dark or any other color LME or DME).  The OG can be whatever you want.


There is no need to pre-register to compete.  Just bring a growler or six pack of your beer to the meeting at Apis Mead & Winery on January 18th.  You have to be a dues-paid member to be eligible.  The winner of each category will get a prize.  If either category has fewer than three entries we'll combine them into a single group and prizes will be awarded to the two entries that receive the most votes.

See you at Apis!  (Meeting info: http://trashhomebrewers.org/item/764357)

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