E-mail sent by Sean Kinnas, Thursday, August 23rd, 2018 @ 8:06pm
The 2017 TRASH Cider pickup will be held at 8:00 AM sharp on Saturday, October 6th, 2018 at Soergel Orchards in Wexford. Like last year, they will be pressing the cider for us the day before from a blend of apples well suited to making hard cider. It will be cold-stored and unpasteurized or treated. Like last year, we need to get in and out as quickly as possible since this is their crazy-go-nuts busy season. If you've seen Soergels at noon on a Saturday in October, trust me - you want to get out of there early. Timur Snoke has graciously agreed to coordinate the cider buy again this year.
To get in on the group buy you must be dues-paid TRASH or TRUB member. (You can join now if you really want in on the action at http://www.trashhomebrewers.org/public/pay/subscription/!) Cider will be $4.00/gallon and you must pay for it in advance via PayPal. To purchase cider, just send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll respond with how to pay. All orders and payment must be received by 8:00 PM on Thursday, September 27th.
DO NOT SHOW UP AT SOERGELS IF YOU DID NOT CONTACT US AND PAY FOR YOUR CIDER IN ADVANCE.
If you purchase cider and do now show up to pick it up at 8:00 on October 6th, your cider will be forfeited and divided up among those in attendance, and you will be burned in effigy.
You must bring your own containers to the cider pickup. Any large-mouth vessel is fine - a fermenter bucket, a corny keg, a Big Mouth Bubbler-type carboy. Heck, bring your conical if you want. Just do not bring standard-mouth carboys, whether they're plastic or glass. The reason is the hose doesn't fit and filling them requires a funnel and throttling of the juice - it's a hassle. Buckets with lids or kegs are probably the best & easiest vessels to use.
If you have any questions don't hesitate to post to the TRASH Facebook group to start a discussion.
E-mail sent by Sean Kinnas, Wednesday, August 1st, 2018 @ 8:18pm
Meeting at VooDoo Homestead this Saturday at 1.
The clock is ticking on ordering TRASH shirts. http://bit.ly/trash-wear There's multiple styles and colors. I, for one, will be rocking a TRASH hoodie when the weather cools off. Please see Daren's email for some additional info.
Upcoming Beer Events
August 11: Vecenie Distributing is looking for volunteers to pour at the 12th Annual Millvale Brew Fest. There are two sessions, 1 to 4 and 5 to 8. I understand you get to eat food and drink beer for free. TRASH Member Armand Houle is the contact. If you're able to help for a session, let me know and I'll put you in touch with Armand.
September 15: Steel City Big Pour. TRASH has a big presence there every year. We'll be looking for people to both pour and/or donate kegs for the event. Please keep this date in mind.
Septemer 22: Brewing Up A Cure. BUAC is an annual fundraiser for the Cystic Fibrosis foundation put on by our friends in TRUB. It's a fest put on by homebrewers for a good cause. Tickets are available at https://brewingupacure.org
Pay attention to the details...do NOT ship the shirts if you need them prior to B&S, we can't guarantee delivery. If you want one for B&S there will be an option for "pick-up" which means you can stop by my house the Thursday/Friday before B&S or Sean Kinnas (or someone else) will take the orders to Cinci.
For non-B&S orders - if you don't want to pay for shipping I will get orders and then distribute at upcoming meetings OR you can swing by my place (Robinson/Moon).
E-mail sent by Sean Kinnas, Wednesday, July 11th, 2018 @ 7:27pm
Just a few quick announcements.
This Saturday morning, July 14, there is a BJCP Beer tasting exam at Helicon Brewing. If you've passed the online entrance exam or are already a judge, then you are eligible to take the exam. We've got 4 open seats, and it'd be shame for them to go to waste. If you want to sit for the exam, please let me know.
After the Exam, at approximately 11 AM, BJCP President Gordon Strong will be giving a talk on the new BJCP styles that were recently added to the 2015 guidelines.
The August TRASH Meeting will be August 7 from 1 to 3 at Voo Doo in Homestead. Be sure and bring homebrew to give the new judges something to practice on.
The September Meeting will be an Oktoberfest Picnic (a combo of our traditional picnic and Oktoberfest parties). Details are still TBD, so stay tuned.
Upcoming Beer Events
Beer and Sweat is the weekend of August 18th down in Cincinnati. Beer and Sweat is the world's largest keg only competition and TRASH brings its A-game every year. This weekend is an absolute blast (more fun per hour than HomeBrewCon), and you should go. Ask anyone who has gone. This year, they've added a technical talk from Fermentis in between the judging and the awards ceremony. The competition website is http://beerandsweat.brewcomp.com/ and has links to the event hotel.
If you're not going to Beer and Sweat, the Carnegie Science Center is hosting its 5th annual 21+ Science of Beer night on August 17, 2018. TRASH has been invited back again this year to get in on all the science of beer fun. If you're not going to Beer and Sweat, this would be a fun way to spend a Friday evening. Let me know if you're interested, and I'll get the info to you.
Steel City Big Pour is Saturday, September 15. TRASH has a big presence there every year. We'll be looking for people to both pour and/or donate kegs for the event. Please keep this date in mind.
Brewing Up A Cure is the following Saturday, September 22. BUAC is an annual fundraiser for the Cystic Fibrosis foundation put on by our friends in TRUB. It's a fest put on by homebrewers for a good cause. Tickets are available at https://brewingupacure.org