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January 2016 TRASH Meeting - Rock Bottom Brewery

  • Sunday, January 17th, 2016 at 12pm - 3pm
    Location: 171 East Bridge St, Pittsburgh, PA 15120

    For the club's January 2016 meeting we'll be catching up with our friends at the Rock Bottom…

    • 5 people are attending

TRASH News & Notes for late October

E-mail sent by Jack Smith, Monday, October 26th, 2015 @ 8:48pm

Hi everyone,

We have a handful of things to share with you, so please read on.  In this email:

- Pouring Opportunity - Association for Women in Science
- Cider Group Buy
- Club Dues
- Officer Elections
- Mystery Grain Competition
- November Meeting Location Change
- Holiday Party

Association for Women in Science - Science & Brews
The Association for Women in Science is holding their inaugural Science & Brews event on Friday, November 13th from 6-8pm at the Citizen Science  Lab (inside Energy Innovation Center across road from Consol Energy Center).  Their goal is to both recruit new members and to promote enthusiasm for science and science education in a fun, spirited, and accessible way.  They're expecting approximately 40 people for the event and have asked if we'd like to set up a club booth to share some homebrew and promote our club.  If you have a keg or two of beer to share and would like to attend this event for TRASH,
please get in touch with us by this Friday, October 30th.  If we get at least two brewers to volunteer and four varieties of beer (the kegs should be at least half full) then we'll commit to being there.

Cider Group Buy
Thank you to club members Nick Yorty, Charlotte Kymer, Mike Beattie, and Brian Robbins for running the show at the cider pickup on Saturday.  And thank you to MoreBeer for donating loads of free white wine yeast, yeast nutrient, and potassium metabisulfite.  With 30 people getting in on the group buy, we hope to see lots of cider entries in the TRASH
 26 Homebrew Competition next spring!

Club Dues
We are now accepting payment for 2016 club dues.  If you're a 2015 dues-paid member, you can re-up your membership for next year any time between now and January 31, 2016 without falling off the active members roster.  You can pay in person at a club meeting, or you can pay on the club web site at:

Dues remain the same as before: $15 for individuals and $20 for household memberships.  Your dues help keep the club running and allow us to organize events that feel are well worth the price of membership, and hope that you agree!  If you're considering joining the club, if you join now you'll be covered for the rest of 2015 and all of 2016.

Officer Elections
As we've been announcing at the past few meetings, officer elections will be held at the November meeting for the positions of Vice President and Secretary.  Nominations were technically due at the October meeting, but as we announced at the meeting we will extend that by one week.  If you would like to nominate yourself or someone you know for one of these roles please
contact us by the end of Sunday, November 1st.  We currently have one nomination for each position:

Vice President:
 Chris Marasti-Georg
 Malcolm Frazer

Note that Malcolm is the club's current secretary and has agreed to stay on if nobody else steps up to take on the role, but ideally we would love to have someone else take a run at the position, because having different people take on an officer role is important for maintaining a healthy club as it promotes participation and incorporates new ideas and points of view when determining the club's direction.

Mystery Grain Competition
Wow - what a turnout we had at Hitchhiker yesterday from folks looking to get in on the mystery grain! Remember that one of the rules of the game is that you have to bring some of whatever you brew with it to the holiday party for the mini competition.  We're looking forward to trying all these beers!

November Meeting Location
As was announced at the club meeting on Sunday, Helicon Brewing will not quite be ready to host a club meeting in November.  The realities of building out a brand new brewery (and the red tape and hang-ups that go along with it)
 unfortunately pushed the shedule back a bit.  We are working on getting a new location for the November meeting and trying to keep the same date & time - Sunday, November 22nd at noon.  We will meet at Helicon after the new year just as soon as the beer starts flowing!

2015 TRASH Holiday Party
Reminder that our annual holiday party will be on
 Sunday, December 5th at James Street Gastropub & Speakeasy.  Full details are available here:

Please RSVP if you're coming so we can give James St. a headcount.


Mystery Grist Competition

E-mail sent by Jack Smith, Tuesday, October 20th, 2015 @ 8:04pm

Hey TRASH Brewers!

Thanks to a slight grain milling mishap at a local brewery, we have come into possession of about 45 gallons of milled mixed grain.  The grain was milled about two weeks ago.  We'd like to give this grain to the members and have a competition to see who can brew the best beer with it.  To participate, come to the meeting this Sunday at Hitchhiker and bring a container big enough to hold 15 pounds of milled grain.  The grain will be handed out first come, first served.  Take your grain home, brew something with it, and bring the beer to the holiday part at James Street on December 5th where we'll have a mini competition to choose the best one.  Here are the full details:

- The makeup of the grist is not fully known, but is likely to consist of: Rahr 2 row (a lot most likely), Caraaroma, Raw wheat, Honey malt, Belgian chocolate, and Roasted barley, plus less of the following, but still may be there: Biscuit, Munich 1, Caramunuch 1, and Carafoam

- You must be a dues-paid TRASH member to participate
- Bring a container large enough to hold 15# of milled grain. A 5 gallon bucket should be big enough
- Brew any style of beer you want using the grain. You do not need to use all of it if you want to make a smaller beer
- You can add up to 30% (by weight) of other fermentables - other malt, sugar, honey, whatever. 30% applies to the amount of the mystery grain you actually use. If you use 10 pounds of it, you can add 3 pounds of your own fermentables.
 If you use the full 15 pounds, you can add 4.5 pounds of other fermentables if you wish.
- Use any hops, yeast, flavorants, process you want. The only fixed variable is that at least 70% of your grist must come from the mystery grain.
- Grain must be picked up at the meeting this Sunday at Hitchhiker.
- Beer must be brought to the Holiday party to be evaluated.
- The beers will be evaluated as a body of work (I.e. how it presents itself)
 as opposed to being judged against a specific beer style.  

See you Saturday!


2015 TRASH Holiday Party

  • Saturday, December 5th, 2015 at 5pm - 11pm
    Location: James Street Gastropub and Speakeasy - 422 Foreland St, Pittsburgh, PA 15212

    The club's annual holiday party will once again be held in the ballroom at James Street…

    • 7 people are attending

TRASH News & Notes for Oktober

E-mail sent by Jack Smith, Saturday, October 3rd, 2015 @ 9:58pm

Good October, Homebrewers!  In this email:

- Compettion & Awards Banquet Info: come hang out with Gordon Strong
- Cider Press
- Wigle Whiskey Homebrewers Competition
- Upcoming Meetings

Competition & Awards Banquet
If you have entries in the TRASH XXV Homebrew Competition being judged at James Street Gastropub & Speakeasy next Saturday, October 10th, thank you!  If you have signed up to volunteer, thank you some more!  If you are signed up to volunteer but cannot make it for whatever reason, please contact us as early as you can to let us know so we can re-work the volunteer schedules for the day without having to scramble the day of the event.

If you are going to attend the awards banquet, please RSVP on the trash web site to let us know how many to expect!  RSVP Here.

If is our pleasure to announce that Gordon Strong - BJCP President, Grand Master level IX judge, and author of Brewing Better Beer and Modern Homebrew Recipes - will be on site judging the competition along with the rest of the volunteers.  Gordon will be signing books before & between & after the judging sessions, so bring your copy if you'd like to get it signed (or you can purchase a copy from him for $20).  Gordon would also love to speak with judges at the lunch break about BJCP stuff as part of his role as our region's BJCP representative.

The judging sessions are open to competition volunteers only; judging is not open to the general public.  However, the awards banquet is scheduled to start at 7:00 PM and is open to everyone.  If you have entries in the comp, come to the banquet to hear the results and hopefully win some medals & prizes.  We aim to start right at 7:00, unless judging runs a bit behind.  Plan to arrive for the banquet around 6:45.  The planned schedule for the evening goes like this:

- 7:00 - end of night: food & drinks can be purchased from James Street.  Leftover competition beer can be opened, tasted, shared, enjoyed, etc.
- 7:00 - Discussion and Q&A session about BJCP 2015 Style Guidelines led by Gordon Strong
- 7:45 - Announcement of TRASH
 XXV Homebrew Competition Winners
- 8:30 - Announcement of winners wraps up, everyone is welcome to stay to eat, drink, be merry.
- 8:30 - Gordon
 Strong book signing - bring your copy of Brewing Better Beer or Modern Homebrew Recipe to meet the author & get it signed.  New copies can be purchased for $20.

Cider Press
Reminder: get your orders in for the fresh-pressed cider group buy!  $4 per gallon, must be picked up in person at Soergel's on Saturday, October 24th.  All orders must be paid for by the end of the day on October 16th.  Please bring containers for your cider - buckets, carboys, kegs, whatever.  If you need to purchase gallon jugs from Soergels, please let us know so we can give them a heads-up of how many we'll need.  Full details:

Wigle Whiskey Homebrewers Competition
Wigle Whiskey is once again holding their homebrew competition on November 1st.  This is not a BJCP-sanctioned competition and TRASH is not officially involved, we just want to pass this along as it might be of interest to you.  Details available here:

Upcoming Meetings
October 25th, 12:00 - Hitchhiker Brewing Company - Mt Lebanon

November 22nd, 12:00 - Helicon Brewing - Oakdale

December 5th - Holiday Party - James St. Gastropub & Speakeasy - North Side
Invite Coming Soon

November 2015 TRASH Meeting - Hop Farm Brewing Co

  • Sunday, November 22nd, 2015 at 12pm - 3pm
    Location: 5601 Butler St, Pittsburgh, PA 15201

    For the club's November meeting we will be visiting Hop Farm Brewing Company in Lawrenceville.…

    • 18 people attended

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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
Winners: Mike Beattie, Brian Robbins

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

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

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

12/05/15 - Mystery Grist
Winner: TBD

01/17/16 - Porter
Winner: TBD

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