The 2017 TRASH Cider pickup will be held at 8:00 AM sharp on Saturday, October 7th, 2017 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 ha graciously agreed to coordinate the cider buy this year, and even convinced us to open it up to TRUB because they're cool folks and we like them.
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 $3.75/gallon and you must pay for it in advance via PayPal. To purchase cider, just send us an email at email@example.com and we'll respond with how to pay. All orders and payment must be received by 8:00 PM on Thursday, September 28th.
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 7th, 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 forum or Facebook group to start a discussion.
Chris Meta is again coordinating our participation in the annual Steel City Big Pour. Our station is one of the most popular. It's a fun time and it's for a good cause. Please see his email below and contact him if you're interested in participating.
TRASH will once again be participating at the Steel City Big Pour on
Septembeer 9, 2017. If you've been to the Big Pour, you already know
how LARGE a part we play in the event. If not, then you need to see
We are looking for paid-up members to serve their beer at this year's event.
There are two sessions (12-3 and 5-8), and we usually ask for 2 kegs
per person per session. We get allotted a certain amount of daily
passes, and we have some brewers who stay for the whole day, and some
who rotate out midway through the event.
If you are interested AT ALL in participating in this year's event,
please send me an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) with the following:
- How many kegs you are willing and able to bring
- What sessions (all day, early, or late) you would prefer to work
Once we have a handle on WHO is coming, we can start to figure out the lineup.
Even if you think you don't have enough beer, but are interested in
let me know, in case we have an extra opening after everyone responds.
If you have any questions, follow-up with an email, text, or call.
The club's 2017 Summer Picnic will be held at the Den shelter on Centerview Drive in Boyce Park on Saturday, August 5th at 12:00pm. The shelter sits on a slight uphill with a level area around the shelter. It is located on Centerview Drive with parking spots along side the road downhill from the shelter.
This is a family friendly event. We'll have a brief meeting to go over general annoucements, but this is mainly a chance to get together, share some beer and food, and have a good time. And have a homebrew gear swap meet!
The picnic is open to everyone - members and guests alike.
All food will be done pot-luck style. We had a great potluck last year. Let's do it again! Post what your bringing here. As of right now, only two people have posted what they're bringing.
We're a homebrew club, so bring homebrew! Glass containers are prohibited in all county parks, so bring your beer in kegs, stainless growlers, or plastic bottles. One and two liter soda bottles work great as disposable growlers to fill from your kegs, and 20 ounce soda bottles work well for bottle-conditioning beer. The club will provide some non alcoholic drinks - soda & bottled water.
We're going to hold a homebrew swap meet / yard sale / flea market / what-have-you at the picnic. If you have homebrew gear you're looking to sell or trade, bring it! If you're looking to buy anything, bring cash! Table space may be short in the pavilion, so if you're setting up to sell stuff bring a folding table for it if you can. You can post what you're bringing for the swap meet here.
The kegged homebrew voted by popular opnion to be the best one gets the coveted TRASHY Award!
If you have picnic / cookout games, bring them! Cornhole, horseshoes, frisbee, hackey sack, wiffleball, whatever. Anyone have a set of Jarts? Keg toss!
Offical invites are coming soon to an inbox near you. Here's the plans for the next several meetings. Some details to
September (Oktoberfest) - Fury Brewing, Saturday, September 16, 12 pm. Bring German Beer and German Food!
October - Brew Gentlemen, Sunday 10/22, 12 pm
November - Leaning Cask Brewing, Sunday 11/19, 2pm
December (Holiday Party) - James Street Gastro Pub and Speakeasy, Sunday 12/10 at 3pm. Bring the family!
We’ve been asked to participate in the Cooper-Siegel Community Library’s How to Fest on September 10. There looking for someone (or several someones) to come and give a roughly 20-minute talk on homebrewing. This would be a great opportunity to share your enthusiasm and expertise with the community, and no demos required. Please see the invite below and contact Kelley Beeson directly if interested.
The Cooper-Siegel Community Library is planning it's very first How To Festival on Sunday September 10th from 1-5 PM. Haven't heard of a How To Festival? It's an hours-long learning extravaganza where the library becomes a giant classroom filled with multiple stations of volunteers teaching 20-minute sessions on topics such as:
o How to Make a Fidget Spinner
o How to Do Your Makeup Like a Pro
o How to Have an Amazing Pittsburgh Staycation
o How to Groom Your Dog
We want to fill the library with ALL kinds of learning opportunities! Anything, really; from the very small, fun and frivolous, to the major and more complicated. We're looking for hobbyists, enthusiasts, experts, practitioners and teachers who would love to share their passion, hobby or talent with others! Would you be willing to join us as a volunteer and contribute your expertise in homebrewing? We'd love to have a session on a specific element regarding homebrewing, like choosing materials, finding support and community and resources, educating your palate, anything! You would be a great addition to our learning lineup! Our planning committee is hoping this inaugural festival is pretty spectacular as we want to make this an annual library event!
Please let me know if you're able to participate as soon as possible so that we can make sure the day is a big success! Looking forward to hearing from you!
Adult Services Department Head
Cooper Siegel Community Library
Tupelo Honey Teas is a loose-leaf tea shop in Millvale. They are looking to have some tea-infused homebrews to be served at an Ok-TEA-BEER-fest event in Millvale at the former Moose lodge on Saturday, September 30th. They'd like to work with some of us ahead of time to develop the beer/tea blends that will be served.
If this sounds like your cup of tea, please contact Stephanie Brea directly. She is the contact person from Tupelo Honey Teas. She can be reached at 412-580-6952 or by email at email@example.com
Alternately, you could attend the upcoming TRUB meeting at Tupelo Honey Teas on Tuesday, July 11, at 7:00 PM. The address is 211 Grant Ave, Millvale, PA, 15209.
We've been contacted by the Carnegie Library at 1230 Federal Street. They're looking for a person (or persons) to give a talk about beer and maybe demo homebrewing. They were thinking sometime in September but do not have a firm schedule yet; Schedule is somethign they would work out with us. If interested, please send me a note, and I'll put you in touch with the Library.
Quick announcement: East End will be tapping the first keg of Rich Romanko's Munich Helles on Tuesday, June 20 at 5 pm at the brewery on Julius st. Rich earned this pro-am with East End by winning the Turtle Creek award at the TRASH XXVII competition. Come on out, raise a pint or two and then take a growler home!
Meeting Reminder: Our June meeting is coming up at Chris Meta's house. Please RSVP for yourself and any guests either to the meeting invite on groupspaces or on Facebook (or both). Chris puts out an awesome spread, but he needs to know how many mouths to feed. Oh, and this meeting is family-friendly.
There's a pouring opportunity coming up on September 8 with the Leechburg Volunteer Fire Company's Freedom Fest. The Brew Fest potion of the event is Friday night September 8 from 6-9 pm. They are requesting 15 gallons per brewer (it's geared more towards probrew than homebrew), but they would accept less. There is an application attached.
We've been contacted by the Carnegie Science Center. They're looking for a person (or persons) to give demo and talk about the home brewing experience, or something along those lines. Please see the email below for details. If interested, please send me a note.
From: Cravenl@carnegiesciencecenter.org (not verified)
Subject: Science of Beer Night: Carnegie Science Center
Hello Brew Masters,
The Carnegie Science Center is hosting its annual "21+ Science of Beer Night" on July 28, 2017. We would love for Trash Home Brewers to join us this year!
This event is part of our monthly 21+ Night series, when we open our doors after hours for adults to enjoy the Science Center with no kids. Join local breweries, craft beer enthusiasts, and science lovers for a fun filled night that includes live music, cash bars, and beer science.
Every year we invite local breweries to offer samples, sell beer and get in on all the science of beer fun. We would love if you could participate this year. Below I have provided some basic information about participating in the event.
What we would need from you:
Demonstrate the home brewing process and talk about the home brewing experience. We could also work together to create a science related demonstration or have you speak on our Science Stage.
What we would provide: TRASH Home Brewers included in our marketing (Social Media, Press Release, etc)
DATE: Friday, July 28, 2017
TIME: 6:00 - 10:00 pm *Set up can begin at 5:00 pm when the building closes to the public LOCATION: Carnegie Science Center
*Breweries will placed among our exhibits and can load/unload from our loading dock and use the freight elevator to access the appropriate floor.
Please let me know if you have any questions/concerns. We can also schedule some time to speak over the phone or meet in person if needed.
We look forward to working with you!
Carnegie Science Center
There is a pouring opportunity downtown in October. TRASH folk have done this event in the past and a good time was had by all.
Date: Friday, October 6, 2017
Time: Event: 6:00 – 9:00 PM
Place: Rivers Club – One Oxford Centre
301 Grant Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15219
Please see the attachment for additional details and registration information.
Big Thank you to East End for hosting us!
Another big Thank You to Mike Beattie for the tech talk on yeast handling.
is anyone in the greater Fox Chapel Area willing to give a brief talk on homebrewing? We’ve been contacted by the librarian there. Please contact me or one of the other officers if interested
Beer and Gear at Ohiopyle, June 17, Combo Beer fest and Camping, and perennially a good time. There should still be a couple of slots. 1 keg/brewer. John Rozborksi is the point man. Please contact me or one of the other officers if interested
June Meeting - Saturday, June 24, 3p at Chris Meta’s House
Good Food, Good Friends, Good Beer, Good times.Family Friendly!
Mini-Competition: Our roughly quarterly mini-competition will be held at the June meeting. Bring your best Big Brew Styles from this year: American IPA, Saison, Oktoberfest/Maerzen
July Meeting - Saturday, July 22 at Hitchhiker’s New Location, Sharpsburg
Just a reminder. The May meeting will be this Sunday at East End Brewing on Julius Street. The meeting starts at 12.
Mike Beattie will be leading a discussion on Yeast Handling. Yeast and its handling in the home brewery are always interesting subjects, and this discussion will be no exception.
East End will have swing-top bottles available for purchase. They have about a pallet of swing-tops bottles that want rid of. I think these are the large 2-L swing tops that they used to package some beers in, and I also think that some take crown caps. The price I was given is 6-$10, 12-$16, 36-$21, and 48-$25. Larger quantities are also available if you are so inclined.
We'd like to have a technical talk at one of the upcoming meetings. We've had a request for a discussion on Yeast Handling. I'd like to one of you to volunteer to run it. You don't need to be a microbiologist, and it doesn't need to be a formal presentation. We just need someone to lead a friendly discussion about how you handle yeast in your brewery, invite others present to share what they do, and then keep it more-or-less on topic.
If you're interested, please reply to this email or send a note to firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you.