News and Announcements

About tomorrow's meeting at EEBC

E-mail sent by Jack Smith, Friday, April 10th, 2015 @ 5:13pm

Hey homebrewers, a couple notes about tomorrow's meeting at East End Brewing Company:

  • There will be food available to purchase.  Eliza's Oven will be on site.  They typically offer things like pasties (hand pies), pot pites, barleywine pretzels, that sort of thing when they set up shop at EEBC.  Bring some cash and come hungry!
  • A reporter from North Hills Monthly Magazine will by stopping by to talk to some homebrewers about the hobby and the club.  She's interested in speaking with all members and would like to speak with at least one of the original/founding members.  If you're interested in being interviewed for the magazine, don't be shy!
  • Bring homebrew!  You can (and should) purchase some GOOD BEER (tm) from EEBC, but this is a homebrew club meeting and everyone wants to try your brew.  Growlers, bottles, kegs, whatever you have.

Volunteers Needed!
We still need some folks to pour beer at a couple of upcoming events. 

  • PghTee - We need 2-3 more people to get involved in order for us to participate.  The event is on Thursday, April 23rd from 6:00 - 9:00 in the South Side.  If you have a keg or two of beer to spare, and are free that evening, please get in touch with us at officers@trashhomebrewers.org.  This event is always a good time.
  • Beers of the Burgh - We have one more spot remaining for someone to pour their beer at this awesome brewfest on Saturday, May 16th from 4:00 to 8:00 PM in Lawrenceville.  I (Jack) really wanted to do this one but another commitment is keeping me away.  My loss is your gain.  If you have two kegs of homebrew (at least 2/3 full) to share, jump on this.  You'll have a blast.  Contact us at officers@trashhomebrewers.org if you want the last spot.

See you tomorrow!

TRASH News: new website content, serving opportunities

E-mail sent by Jack Smith, Thursday, April 2nd, 2015 @ 6:56pm

Homebrewers!  There's lots of new info on the TRASH web site, and we have a couple opportunities to server your beer publicly.  We need you to make these events a success!

In this email:

  • New content on web site - By-Laws, Meeting Minutes, Survey Results
  • Volunteers Needed to serve homebrew at PghTee (4/23/15) and Beers of the Burgh (5/16/15)
  • Upcoming meetings and events
  • Membership Dues
  • TRASH merchandise

New Web Site Content
We've been saying at the past few meetings that we'd be adding the following items to the trashhomebrewers.org web site.  It is finally there for your perusal.  These pages are all available from the green tab/button bar at the top of the web site.

By-Laws

http://www.trashhomebrewers.org/pages/by-laws
This page contains the club's by-laws, adopted in 1993 and amended in 2000.
We will be proposing some changes to the by-laws to be voted on by the membership over the coming months.
This link is only viewable by members who have paid their 2015 dues.

Meeting Minutes

http://www.trashhomebrewers.org/pages/minutes
This page contains links to the Secretary's minutes taken during the general meetings as well as the President's Agenda used for each meeting's announcements.
This link is only viewable by members who have paid their 2015 dues.

Survey Results

http://www.trashhomebrewers.org/pages/survey-results
Thank you to everyone that took the survey we sent out in January.  We have (finally) posted the results to the web site.  The data we gathered is being used as we plan upcoming meetings and events.
This link is visible by anyone with an account on the TRASH web site (everyone receiving this email).

Serving Opportunities - Volunteers Needed
We have a couple of opportunites for our members to serve their beer to the public in the near future.  For it to happen, though, we need you to volunteer to attend and server your beer.  By serving, you get "free" admission to the events.  With four TRASH brewers at our table, this allows for two brewers at any given time to check out the event and sample beer & food from the other vendors, leaving two TRASH brewers to cover the table.  Serving your beer at an event is a great time.  Yes, you have to sacrifice a keg or two of beer, but in return you get satisfaction from having many people drink the beer you brewed.

Feedback from our members indicates that many are interested in serving their beer with TRASH at public events.  Here are two such opportunites.  Please sign up to pour!  You can sign up by emailing us at officers@trashhomebrewers.org.

To be eligible to pour for TRASH at one of these events, you simple need to be a dues-paid member for 2015. 
 When time comes to organize our booth at the Steel City Big Pour (always a popular event within TRASH), priority will be given to those members who volunteered to pour at other events throughout the year.

PghTee

http://pittsburghcraftbeerweek.com/events-calendar/events/tshirt-art-show/
Commonwealth Press will be holding their annual open house Tshirt art show, known at PghTee, on Thursday, April 23rd (three weeks from today) from 7:00 - 9:00 PM in Pittsburgh's South Side.  We would like to have four TRASH brewers present at this event, with at least one full keg each.  If you would like to participate, give us a holler.

Beers of the Burgh

http://beersoftheburgh.com/
Beers of the Burgh, a very popular and successful beer festival featuring just about all of the breweries in Western Pennsylvania, has invited us to participate as part of the Homebrew Headquarters section comprised of TRASH, TRUB (Three Rivers Underground Brewers), and BASH (Butler Area Society of Homebrewers).  The event is on Saturday, May 16th at 4:00 PM.  We have three spots remaining at our table.  We would like each brewer to bring two kegs, at least 2/3 full.

Based on the feedback from members suggesting there is significant interest in participating in these kinds of events, we hope to make this work.  If these two events are a success we will sign on to participate in more local events & festivals.  We need you to help make it work!

Club Awareness Committee

Along those lines, we are looking for volunteers to join the first of our forthcoming committes - the Club Awareness Committee.   This committee will be responsible for organizing public serving events, growing membership by discussing the merits of a homebrew club to non-affiliated homebrewers, that sort of thing.  If you would like to take an active role in the club, please contact us about joining this committee.

Upcoming Meetings and Events
Saturday, April 11th, 2:00 PM - East End Brewing Company
http://www.trashhomebrewers.org/item/873099
Come hang out at EEBC, share your homebrew, learn all about the new barrel aging program - sours and whiskey barrel stuff.  We're working on lining up food options for this meeting.  We'll send out the food details once confirmed.

Saturday, May 2nd, 9:00 AM - AHA Big Brew with TRASH & TRUB at MoreBeer
http://www.trashhomebrewers.org/item/957752
Bring your equipment out to MoreBeer's East Cost Distribution Center for a fun-filled day of brewing with a bunch of your peers.  Full details are still being worked out, but the date is set.  Get it on your calendar, and be sure to register at the link above!  Registration is required to attend.

Sunday, May 17th, 12:30 PM - Grist House Brewing - Millvale
http://www.trashhomebrewers.org/item/955193

Saturday, June 20th, 2:00 PM - Chris Meta's House - Mt. Lebanon
http://www.trashhomebrewers.org/item/963032
Quarterly mini-competition: Light Hybrid Beer - Cream Ale, Blonde Ale, Kolsch, and American Wheat or Rye Beer.

Membership Dues
Thank you again to everyone that signed up or renewed their dues for 2015.  We couldn't keep the club running without it.  If you're new to the club and would like to join, or if you need to renew your membership from 2014 you can do so in person at a meeting, or you can do it online here:
http://www.trashhomebrewers.org/public/pay/subscription/

T-shirts & Pint Glasses
If you haven't yet picked up a TRASH t-shirt, bring some cash to a meeting and snag one.  The new one's look great in both gray and black, and we have a few of the old ones with the slogan on the back remaining.  $15 M-XL, $18 XXL-XXXL, $5 pint glasses  Purchases help fund the club's events and operating expenses.

Cheers!



 

June 2015 TRASH Meeting - Chris Meta's House

  • Saturday, June 13th, 2015 at 4pm
    Location: 1501 Oakwood Dr, Mt Lebanon, 15234

    For the club's June 2015 meeting, we will be taking a break from visiting breweries &…

    • 10 people attended

AHA Big Brew at MoreBeer with TRASH & TRUB

  • Saturday, May 2nd, 2015 at 9am - 6pm
    Location: 200 1st St; Ambridge, PA 15003

    Brewers!  TRASH Members!  TRUB Members!  AHA Memebers!  Bring your brewing equipment out to…

    • 30 people attended

May 2015 Club Meeting - Grist House Brewing

  • Sunday, May 17th, 2015 at 12:30pm - 3:30pm
    Location: 10 E Sherman St, Pittsburgh, PA 15209

    For the club's May 2015 meeting we will be visiting Grist House Brewing in Millvale on Sunday,…

    • 8 people attended

Reminder: Meeting at Spoonwood this Sunday... and some other stuff

E-mail sent by Jack Smith, Friday, February 20th, 2015 @ 10:09pm

Hey Brewers,

Just a reminder that we'll be meeting this Sunday at 2:00 at Spoonwood Brewing in Bethel Park.  Full details are available here:

http://www.trashhomebrewers.org/item/815975

Come on out, check out the beautiful new brewery, and taste some of Sean's ESB from his open ferementation experiment while he discusses what he learned.  Please RSVP on the web site if you're going to attend.

Bulk Grain Sale
Remember that A&M Wine & Beer Supplies is organizing a sale on bulk grain, hops, and chemicals to coincide with our March meeting.  Details are available at this link.  Orders must be placed with A&M no later than February 28th - that's NEXT Saturday.  Additionally, we have been notified that A&M can fill your CO2 tanks on-site.  They normally charge $15 to fill a 5lb tank, but will do it for $10 the day of the meeting.  If you're interested, please contact A&M before the meeting so they can plan to have enough bulk CO2 on hand to fill your tank.

New T-Shirts are in!
We were running low on tshirts, so we put in another order.  The new shirts are in and they look great. 
 They have the same logo on the front as the old ones.  The slogan on the back has been replaced with the club's web address.  And this time around we ordered half of them in gray - they look great in gray!  We have sizes M-3XL.  Price is $15 for M-XL, $17 for XXL & XXXL.  You can hardly buy a blank tshirt for that price.  The club only makes a about a finsky on each shirt, but the money really helps us to keep the lights on.  Please bring some cash for a fancy new shirt or two.  We also have TRASH-logo pint glasses for $5.

Membership Dues
Just a reminder that 2015 dues came due with the new year.  Thank you very much to those that have already paid dues for 2015.  If you haven't yet renewed your dues, please do so soon.  After March 31st, club membership will lapse for anyone who hasn't yet renewed.  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 and Beers of the Burgh, participate in the AHA Big Brew with our club, 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.  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.

Survey
Thank you to everyone that took our online survey. 
 The surve is now closed and the results will be published soon.  We received a lot of good feedback that we will use to help determine the direction the club takes going forward.

Online Beer Scores dot com
Do you have beer that you want BCJP-style feedback on?  Head over to onlinebeerscores.com and click "Add A Beer," fill in the details about your beer, slap the entry number on the bottle, then bring a bottle or two of it to the meeting.  Someone will take the beer home and judge it (using the "Judge A Beer" button on the web site).  Nobody knows whose beer it is until after judging it, so the feedback is honest.  This web site is very useful and many of use have been using it for a couple of years now to give and get feedbak on our beers.  It was developed by our own vice president, Andy Weigel.  Let's put it to work.

Upcoming Meetings
In addition to the meeting this Sunday, we have the following monthly meetings scheduled:

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

May 17th - 12:30 PM - Grist House Brewing - Millvale, PA
There is no event page for this meeting yet as the date & location are newly confirmed.  Note the date & early start time.  More details to come.

See everyone Sunday!

Collaboration Opportunity - Beers Made By Walking

E-mail sent by Jack Smith, Tuesday, February 3rd, 2015 @ 1:59pm

Hey Brewers,


We have received an interesting request to create a nature-walk-inspired beer for a conference being held this April at Carnegie Mellon University.  The beer will be brewed in conjunction with beersmadebywalking.com.

If you're a dues-paid member and would like to represent TRASH at this unique event, please let us know by contacting us at officers@trashhomebrewers.org.  We'll need some volunteers to particpate in the brew as well as someone willing to lead the committee to organize this.  Below is the full communication we received from Beers Made By Walking:

My name is David Wright and I am the Colorado Director and Development Manager of Beers Made By Walking, a program that invites brewers to create place-based, landscape-inspired beers after going on nature hikes and learning about edible plants on the trail.
Beers Made By Walking has been written about in NPR, OPB, Outside Magazine, Draft, All About Beer, and many others. We have worked with over 70 brewers in Colorado, North Carolina, Oregon, and Washington and help build educational programming and financial support for environmental non-profit organizations through our programming. We also organize an annual Beers Made By Walking festival during GABF in Denver. You can check us out at beersmadebywalking.com.

Do you have any interest in working with us to create a unique walk-inspired beer for a conference at Carnegie Mellon this April? The conference is called "Open Engagement" and is focused on community-based art, and features top contemporary artists from around the country. The organizers of the festival have invited us to put together a beer, in collaboration with a homebrew group.

If you're interested, let us know. Let's connect and talk a bit more about what we can do together. As the event is only a few months away, we would appreciate starting communication as soon as possible.



Dues

Just a reminder that it's a new year, which means membership dues must be paid.  Thank you very much to those that have already paid dues for 2015.  If you haven't yet renewed your dues, please consider doing so soon.  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 activities such as the one described above, 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.  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.


Survey
If you have not yet taken our survey, please do so before Feburary 15th.  The survey will close on that date and the results will be compiled to be announced and discussed at the February 22nd club meeting.  If you want to have direct input into the direction of the club, please take a few minutes to complete this survey.  You do not need to be a current, dues-paid 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.  Thanks!

http://goo.gl/forms/uVKG6fpUWk


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.

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


Bulk Grain Sale
Remember that A&M is organizing a sale on bulk grain, hops, and chemicals to coincide with our March meeting.  Details are available at this link.  Orders must be placed with A&M no later than February 28th.  Additionally, we have been notified that A&M can fill your CO2 tanks on-site.  They normally charge $15 to fill a 5lb tank, but will do it for $10 the day of the meeting.  If you're interested, please contact A&M before the meeting so they can plan to have enough bulk CO2 on hand to fill your tank.


TShirts and Pint Glasses
The new shirts are in!  Don't forget to bring some cash to the meeting to pick up a t-shirt or pint glass!  Shirts are $15, glasses are $5.  The new shirts have the same logo on the front, but the back now carries our web address instead of a slogan.  Shirts are now available in black and gray.  Sizes M through XXXL available.

A&M Bulk Grain Sale - Updated Info

E-mail sent by Jack Smith, 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 Jack Smith, 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 Jack Smith, 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 Jack Smith, 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    

 

April 2015 Club Meeting - East End Brewing Company

  • Saturday, April 11th, 2015 at 2pm - 5pm
    Location: 147 Julius St. Pittsburgh, PA 15206

    For the club's April 2015 meeting, we will be returning to East End Brewing Company on…

    • 12 people attended

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…

    • 14 people attended

Update to the Holiday Ale competition

E-mail sent by Jack Smith, 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)

TRASH holiday ale competition at the January Meeting

E-mail sent by Jack Smith, Monday, December 15th, 2014 @ 1:19pm

TRASH folks,

The mini Oktoberfest competition that we held at the September meeting was a hit.  We've received several suggestions to continue doing this, so we are going to carry on with the concept - having one mini competition per quarter at the club meeting.  To start it off, bring the beer you brewed from the Holiday Ale kits that MoreBeer gave to us at the November meeting.  If you weren't at the meeting or didn't get a kit, you can purchase one here, or just use their ingredient sheet to make the same beer from your own ingredients.  The kits they gave us did not have yeast or base malt (or extract).  It's up to you to choose your base malt and yeast, but the specialty malts and hops need to remain the same.

The rules are simple: you must use all the ingredients provided in the kit in your beer.  You must use all of the specialty grains and hops from the kit, and at least some of each of the three spices.

To be eligible, you just need to be a dues-paid member and you have to bring your beer (a full growler or a six pack) to the January meeting at Apis Wine & Meadery.  Members will be handed a ballot slip when they sign in to vote on their favorite beer.  The beer with the most votes will win a small but desirable prize.

Looking forward, the next mini-competition will be held at the March meeting (location TBD) and the topic will be Dry Irish Stout.  You can brew the beer however you like - from a kit, from your own recipe or one found online or in a book, extract or all-grain.  All that matters is the beer conforms to the guidelines for BJCP Style 13A.

Upcoming Meetings

January 18th - Apis Mead & Winery
http://www.trashhomebrewers.org/item/764357

February 22nd - Spoonwood Brewing Company
http://www.trashhomebrewers.org/item/815975

Cheers!

February 2015 Club Meeting - Spoonwood Brewing Company

  • Sunday, February 22nd, 2015 at 2pm - 5pm
    Location: 5981 Baptist Rd. Pittsburgh, PA 15236

    The club's February, 2015 meeting will be held at Pittsburgh's newest craft brewery - Spoonwood…

    • 30 people attended

Holiday Party Reminder and Sewickley Herald Opportunity

E-mail sent by Jack Smith, Sunday, November 30th, 2014 @ 9:12am

Holiday Party & December Meeting
 

With Thanksgiving behind us, the holiday season is now in full swing.  Here's a reminder to come celebrate the holidays TRASH style by attending our annual Holiday Party (and December meeting) next Sunday, December 7th at James Street Gastropub and Speakeasy in Pittsburgh's North Side.  Please RSVP.  Full information can be found at these links:

http://trashhomebrewers.org/item/752690

https://www.facebook.com/events/1498817330378186/


Sewickley Herald Article Opportunity

Say, are you interested in being featured in an upcoming Sewickley Herald article about homebrewers?  If so, please get in touch with reporter Gary Horvath, preferably this week.  His contact information and original email are below.  Contact him directly if you're interested.

Hello,

My name is Gary Horvath and I'm a reporter with the Sewickley Herald, a weekly newspaper owned by Trib Total Media. We're looking to write a story about local home-brewers and what they're up to for the holiday season. I was hoping you might be able to point me toward some people in the Sewickley/Quaker Valley area who are involved in home/micro-brewing or even some of our other surrounding communities like Ross, Cranberry, Hampton, Shaler, Plum, Penn Hills or Monroeville. Any help you can offer would be much appreciated.

Thanks,
  Gary Horvath
  Trib Total Media Staff Writer
  Sewickley Herald Bridgeville Area News (412) 320-7923
  @GHorvath_Trib

January Meeting - Apis Mead & Winery

The January TRASH meeting will be held on Sunday, January 18th at Apis Mead & Winery in Carnegie.  Apis' founder and professional meadmaker David Cerminara is a good friend of the club, a homebrewer, and a former professional brewer at Penn Brewery.  Please join us for an afternoon of sharing homebrew and homebrewing knowledge, with plenty of focus on making mead.  Please RSVP.  Full details can be found at these links:

http://trashhomebrewers.org/item/764357

https://www.facebook.com/events/1507631356178449/ 

Happy holidays and keep brewing!

Club Elections and Meeting Reminder

E-mail sent by Mike Beattie, Thursday, November 20th, 2014 @ 7:46am

At last month's meeting, the club accepted nominations for club officer elections. We now have an excellent slate of candidates in the running and will proceed with elections at the November meeting this weekend. Voting will be open to all active members who are up-to-date with their dues.

For those of you who were not at the October meeting, this is the current ballot:

Officer Candidates
 - President - Jack Smith
 - Vice President - Andy Weigel
 - Treasurer - Brian Robbins
 - Secretary - Malcolm Frazer

If you are a paid member and would like to submit an additional nomination, you can do so by responding to this message or by using our web site to contact the club officers. We will stop accepting further nominations on Saturday at 10:00am.

By way of a reminder, we're including details for the November meeting below. If you haven't already, please RSVP on the event page so that we have an idea of how many people are planning to attend.

November Club Meeting
 - MoreBeer's East Cost Distribution Center
 - 200 1st St; Ambridge, PA  15003
 - Sunday, November 23 @ 2:00pm

Event Page
http://trashhomebrewers.org/item/763352

We'll see you at MoreBeer on Sunday!

WRASH Special Event - ACEZ

  • Thursday, November 20th, 2014 at 7pm
    Location: Washington, Pennsylvania 15301

    Our friends in the Washington Rebel Association of Serious Homebrewers (WRASH) have invited…

January 2015 Club Meeting - Apis Mead & Winery

  • Sunday, January 18th, 2015 at 1pm - 4pm
    Location: 212 E. Main St. Carnegie, PA 15106

    The club's January, 2015 meeting will be held at Apis Mead and Winery in Carnegie on Sunday,…

    • 18 people attended

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Officers

President: Sean Kinnas
VP: Chris Marasti-Georg
Treasurer: Paul Fisher
Secretary: Mark Minuto
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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