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Home Brew & Chill - Home Brewers Competition during Greensburg Craft Beer Week

E-mail sent by Sean Kinnas, Thursday, June 21st, 2018 @ 6:07pm


Please see attached information on the "Home Brew and Chill" competition that will be a part of Greensburg Craft Beer Week this year.

Home Brewers Packet 2018 (1).pdf 


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From: Jessica Hickey <>
Date: Thu, Jun 21, 2018 at 9:44 AM
Subject: Home Brew & Chill - Home Brewers Competition during Greensburg Craft Beer Week

Hi there!

I'm Jessica, the Founder and Director of Greensburg Craft Beer Week, which is held September 21-29 this year. We have a home brew competition, Home Brew and Chill, scheduled for September 23 at All Saints Brewery and would love to have some of your home brewers attend if they are interested. I do know that there's a competition the day before, I didn't realize that until after we had released our info. Our event it more festival style with a Brewers Choice and People's Choice winners. Hopefully in the years to come we can expand on that.  

I have attached the home brewers information packet in this email and also included a link to our registration form. Once you register via the form, you will receive an approval email from us saying you are on our list for the event! Make sure to share this info with any other home brewers you know that may be interested! Please register by August 20, the earlier the better, we will be capping this event for home brewers. If you have any questions at all, please don't hesitate to ask!

Thanks and hope to see you or some of your members at Home Brew & Chill on Sunday, September 23 and taste your brews!

Registration Link:

Jessica Hickey

Founder | Director

Greensburg Craft Beer Week | Downtown Greensburg Project

Cell: 724-640-1677

Announcements from June Meeting

E-mail sent by Sean Kinnas, Monday, June 18th, 2018 @ 6:57pm


Just a few announcements from the meeting over the weekend.

First of all, many
thanks to Kerry Diehl for opening his home to us for the June meeting.  

Upcoming Meetings

July 21 - Tentatively at Voodoo in Homestead, Awaiting Confirmation. Invites will be send after we get things confirmed.

August - TBD. Likely August 7th or 8th. Hopefully, somewhere with A/C.

September - Oktoberfest Picnic. The last few TRASH picnics have seen a decline in attendance, and, due to heavy Beer and Sweat participation, we've had a decreasing number of kegs brought to compete for the coveted TRASHy Award. So we're moving the picnic to September, after Beer and Sweat. September is when we have our annual Oktoberfest party, and combining these two events just made good sense. Stay tuned for details.

Upcoming Beer Events

BJCP Beer Tasting Exam July 14 - There are still a couple of open seats. Please contact me or Chris Staub if you're interested in taking the exam or learning more about it.

Beer and Sweat - August 18 - World’s Largest Keg-Only Competition.  Trust me, this is an event that you don't want to miss. Friday night, there is a Bottle Share for the Ages. Saturday, you set up your kegs in the morning, and judge or steward a single flight in the afternoon. This year, there's a tech talk given by Fermentis some time prior to the Awards ceremony. Speaking of which...TRASH and the Bloatarian Brewing League have a decades long (friendly) rivalry based on competing for the King Swanky Award (Club with Most Points). The Bloats won last year, we won the year before. We need to bring King Swanky back to Pittsburgh, where it belongs!  Judge/Steward Registration is open now, and you can register entries starting July 4.

Steel City Big Pour is September 15. TRASH usually has center stage, and we'll be looking for volunteers for help pour. There's two shifts, and the requested amount is 1 keg per brewer per shift. We'll provide more details as the date gets closer.

Brewing Up A Cure - September 22.



Shirt Order Interest?

E-mail sent by Member 1c2600e, Thursday, June 7th, 2018 @ 4:28pm

Hey! For those of you NOT on the TRASH Facebook page this will be new. We are trying to see if there is interest in placing a shirt order. We are also trying to determine if people would like something other than a traditional black logo shirt. If interested please reply with a general idea of color, size, style and quantity. 

Here is an example of a shirt that was made for the TRASH competition prize pack. 



Reminders and Announcements

E-mail sent by Sean Kinnas, Wednesday, June 6th, 2018 @ 8:38pm


I just sent a reminder about the meeting on June 16 at Kerrry Diehl's house.  Please buy a ticket to the meeting ($10/family) to help us get an semi-accurate headcount and help us reimburse Kerry for the food and supplies he's purchasing.  Anyone that wants to bring a dish to share is welcome to do so. Desserts and veggies would be much appreciated. 

There's a local brewery in need of a few extra jockey boxes for an event on July 14th.  If you have a jockey box and are willing to loan it out for a weekend, please let me know and I'll put you in touch with them.   

I'm administering a BJCP Beer Tasting Exam on Saturday, July 14. 
I'm currently looking for homebrew donations for the exam. Anything from categories 1 through 26 of the 2015 BJCP Guidelines is fair game. Homebrew is preferred over commercial beer, since that is what judges typically judge. Frankly, if it has some, uh, impefections, that's all the better. If you have or think you will have beer to donate, please contact me privately. Thank you.


Judges Needed for Ohio State Fair and BJCP Exam Seats

E-mail sent by Sean Kinnas, Wednesday, May 23rd, 2018 @ 6:13am


The Ohio State Fair homebrew competition needs a few more judges. Judging in Saturday, June 2 in Columbus, OH. If you can judge, please contact Brett Chance at to sign up. Or sign up on the website

We pull a number of judges in from OH for our competition. This is good chance to return the favor.


There are two open seats in the July 14 BJCP Beer Tasting Exam that Chris Staub is sponsoring.  If you're interested in testing your beer judging skills, or raising your score,please contact Chris to grab a spot.



Fresh Fest Beer Fest Plus Free Equipment to a Good Home

E-mail sent by Sean Kinnas, Monday, May 21st, 2018 @ 7:37pm

Some additional announcements...

Fresh Fest Beer Fest - August 11

Day Bracey from The Drinking Partners Podcast is planning a beer festival for August 11 -  They are doing collabs with 20 breweries around Pittsburgh as well as 10 other breweries.  He offered for one TRASH member to do a homebrew collab with a local artist/business owner/person of interest that he would let TRASH have a table at the festival.   Someone would need to brew at least 10 gallons, if not 15, to have available for the August 11 event.  It would have to be a new beer designed in collaboration (if you didn't pick up on collab above) with the person/people they are partnered up with, not something someone has laying around.  I could also see a couple of TRASH members potentially getting in on the collaboration if they're feeling like getting a bit crazy...If you're interested, please contact TRASH Treasurer Paul Fisher ( if interested. 

Free Equipment to a Good Home

Local Homebrewer Mike Escourt is looking to part with some equipment.  He has 2 1/2 Bbl Kegs (could be good for building a RIMS system). He also has a converted beer fridge with CO2 bottle, a few corny kegs, and some fittings/parts. All stuff is free.  Please contact Mike at



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May 2018
Saturday 5th
9am May Meeting - AHA Big Brew at MoreBeer
June 2018
Saturday 16th
11am June Meeting - Kerry Diehl's House
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President: Sean Kinnas
VP: Alex Szokolyai
Treasurer: Paul Fisher
Secretary: Daren Szakelyhidi
Past President: Jack Smith

Club-Only Comps

10/23/2016: Fall Beer
Winners: TBD

07/23/16 - Cider & Big Brew Beer
Winners: CMG, Timur Snoke

01/17/16 - Porter
Winner: Paul Fisher

12/05/15 - Mystery Grist
Winner: Tom Bosak

09/19/15 - Malty German Beers
Winner: Armand Houle

06/13/15 - Light Hybrid Beers
Winner: Mike Beattie

03/15/15 - Dry Stout
Winner: Brian Robbins

01/18/15 - Holiday Ale
Winners: Mike Beattie, Brian Robbins

09/20/14 - Festbier
Winner: Chris Brunetti


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