The folks at Aurochs Brewing in Emsworth recently contacted us to let us know that they're very close to re-opening and they have a bunch of homebrew equipment they'd like to part with. The equipment list is attached to this email - if you're interested in any of it contact Doug Foster at 724-494-7260 or email@example.com.
Happy Friday, Brewers!
We're writing to inform everyone that the venue for the TRASH XXVI Homebrew Competition has changed. Helicon Brewing is unfortunately unable to host us at this time. Don't worry - they're still on track to open soon and start getting their delicious beer into all our bellies. They just won't have their occupancy permit in time for the competition, so we needed to find another venue to keep things nice & legal. Simple as that.
For the third year in a row, James Street Gastropub and Speakeasy is willing to host our competition and the awards banquet that immediately follows. James Street has been excellent to TRASH and the Pgh homebrew scene in general over the past five years or so. If you're not visiting them outside of club functions we urge you to show them some love; they've definitely earned it. Besides, their food is delicious and their beer selection is great.
The date & time of the competition has not changed. The drop-off and shipping locations have not changed. If you are entering the competition you don't need to do anything differently. If you are volunteering in the competition as a judge or steward, please make note of this change and do not show up at Helicon on April 9th.
The competition web site, the calendar event on the TRASH web site, and the facebook event for the competition have all been updated.
The calendar event and invite for the awards presentation banquet that follows the conclusion of judging will be sent out soon.
See you at Roundabout for the March club meeting on Sunday.
By the way, as of the time this email is sent out there are only seven spots remaining in the competition. Once we hit 300 no more entries will be accepted. So if you've been meaning to get your beer/cider/mead registered, better hurry!
Upcoming Meetings and Events
March 2016 Club Meeting
Sunday, March 13th, 12:00 - Roundabout Brewery - Lawrenceville
TRASH XXVI Homebrew Competition
Saturday, April 9th, 8:00 AM - James St. Gastropub & Speakeasy - Deutschtown
TRASH XXVI Awards Presentation Banquet
Saturday, April 9th, 7:00 PM - James St. Gastropub & Speakeasy - Deutschtown
Invite and full details coming soon!
AHA Big Brew Day w/TRASH & TRUB
Saturday, May 7th, 9:00 AM - MoreBeer's East Coast Distribution Center - Ambridge
Invite coming soon!
May 2016 Club Meeting
Saturday, May 14th, 12:00 - Helltown Brewing - Mt. Pleasant
Invite coming soon!
June 2016 Club Meeting
Date/Time TBD - Chris Meta's House - Mt. Lebanon
Invite coming soon!
July 2016 Club Meeting
Date/Time TBD - Helicon Brewing - Oakdale
Invite coming soon!
August 2016 Club Picnic & Swap Meet
Date/Time TBD - North Park
Invite coming soon!
Registration for the TRASH XXVI Homebrew Competition has only been open for five days and it's over 2/3 full! If you're planning to enter and you haven't registered yet don't wait because you could miss out. Once we hit 300 entries no further entries will be accepted.
Regardless of whether the competition fills up early, you will have until 7:00 PM on Friday, March 25th to make changes to your entries in the system. No changes will be accepted after 7:00 on Friday, March 25th. All bottles must be delivered to the drop-off or shipping locations by that time as well. No late entries will be accepted.
Thanks to everyone that signed up and double-thanks to those who paid for their entries already. If you haven't done so yet, please do us a favor and pay for your entries as soon as you can. This lets us know that you're really going to enter those beers and are not squatting on entries that you aren't actually planning to use. If the competition fills up before the deadline, we're going to start checking in with those who have unpaid entries and will ask them to delete them if they're not actually going to use them - to free them up for others who might be trying to enter beers. In other words, please don't squat on entries that you aren't going to use.
Entry registration is now open for the 26th annual TRASH homebrew competition! Register your entries here:
Registration closes on Friday, March 25th at 7:00 PM. All entries must be paid for, entry details finalized in the web site, and bottles dropped off or delivered by that time. No exceptions.
Each entry must consist of two 10-to-14 ounce crown-capped bottles that are void of all identifying information, including labels and embossing. Printed caps are allowed, but must be blacked out completely. (Scribble them out with Sharpie.) Standard silver or gold caps are preferred.
12oz brown glass bottles are preferred; however, some slight variance in size is allowable. Corked, swing-top, and bottles outside of the 10-14 ounce regulations will be accepted and they will be judged by two BJCP certified-or-higher-ranking judges to provide feedback to the brewer, but the judging of such entries will take place outside of the actual competition. These entries will not be entered into judging flights and will not be considered for placement among the winners of the competition. In other words, just be sure to enter standard long-neck bottles.
The competition is limited to 300 entries total and 10 entries per brewer. We expect the competition will fill up well in advance of the entry deadline, so sign up soon! If we get enough judges and stewards, we can raise the 300 limit. Please sign up to volunteer while you're registering your entries!
Complete rules and competition details are available on trashcompetition.org.
Cheers, and good luck!
Hey TRASH Brewers, a few quick reminders:
- First, judge & steward registration is open for the TRASH XXVI Homebrew Comptition being held on April 9th at Helicon Brewing in Oakdale. As always, we need beer judges & competition stewards to make the competition a success. Please sign up here: http://trashcompetition.org/
- Entry registration for the competition opens this Friday, February 26th at 8:00 AM and closes Friday, march 25th at 7:00 PM. Limited to 10 per brewer and 300 total, but if we get enough judges & stewards the 300 limit could be raised.
- If you are going to NHC in Baltimore in June you should get on the email list to be involved with our Club Night booth, arrange car pools, hotel room shares, etc. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you're going to NHC and we'll add you to that list.
Upcoming Meetings & Events
Sunday, March 13th, 12:00 PM - MarchClub Meeting at Roundabout Brewery
Saturday, April 9th, 8:00 AM - TRASH XXVI Homebrew Competition
Closed to the public, open to judges and stewards only
Saturday, April 9th, 7:00 PM - TRAXH XXVI Awards Presentation Banquet & April Club Meeting
Invite Coming Soon!
Saturday, May 7th, 9:00 AM - AHA Big Brew
Details & Invite Coming Soon!
Saturday, May 14th, 12:00 PM - May Club Meeting at Helltown
Invite Coming Soon!
We want to pass along the info we just received about a special homebrew competition that Apis Mead & ShuBrew are organizing to coincide with Pittsburgh Craft Beer Week (April 15-24). Here are the details, straight from Dave at Apis:
The Homebrewing community has spoken and we have listened.
Due to the overwhelming outcry for homebrewers to be a part of Pittsburgh Craft Beer Week we are pleased to announce 2016 Pittsburgh Craft Beer Week Comptition - This competition will be held Sunday March 6th 12-4 @ Apis Meadery. The Winner's beer will be brewed By Shu Brew & released during Craft Beer Week. A limit of 1 entry per brewer will be in effect as well as a overall cap of 35 entries. Enteries will be taken on a first come first serve basis, meaning the first ones to E-mail will get entry numbers and once that number is at 35 the entry portion is closed. Once your beer is ready you can drop it off @ Apis Meadery Wed - Sat the week of the comp or bring them with you the day of BEFORE NOON. Due to time and equipment constraints no Barrel aged beer or Lagers will be allowed. The winner must be able to Brew with Shu Brew sometime between the 7th and 18th of March (that part will be worked out between the winner & Shu Brew) To enter send an E-mail to Info@Apismead.com with your name, Beer style & how the beer will arrive. Just to be clear this is a keg or bottle competition, but if you plan on bringing bottles you must bring enough for everyone to try some in a 4 hour tasting period (so basically a case) This is a very casual competition & the intent is to have fun while showing off your homebrew skills. If you have any addtional comments or questions feel free to E-mail me or comment below.
That's it - if you want to participate just email email@example.com with the requested information and get brewing! Good luck!
PS> Don't forget the TRASH XXVI competition is coming up soon. It will be held on Saturday, April 9th. Full details will be going out shortly just as soon as we get the web site set up and work out all the important dates & whatnot. Brew on!
Hey TRASH Brewers,
Four Seasons Brewing in Latrobe, PA, contacted us to say they have a bunch of hops that they're not going to use, and they'll sell them at cost to local homebrewers. If you're interested contact Mark Pavlik directly. All hops (except chinook) are 2014 crop, in unopened bulk packaging, and have been stored in a freezer. Chinook are 2013. Prices are:
Cascade - 6 available - $90.20/bag
Chinook - 5 available - $95.70/bag
Golding - 2 available - $109.45/bag
Columbus - 3 available - $84.15/bag
Amarillo - 2 available - $161.15/bag
Citra - 2 available - $131.45/bag
Centennial - 3 available - $101.20/bag
PS> See you Sunday at Rock Bottom for the January TRASH Meeting!
Happy Holidays TRASH Homebrewers! Here's some club business - our gift to you! Please read on...
- New Officers
- Competition Date
- NHC Competition Entries
- BJCP Exam Beer
- Club Dues
- Upcoming Meetings
If you missed the last few meetings, you might not be aware that the club has a couple new officers. First, thank you to Andy Weigel and Malcolm Frazer for their service to the club. Now, please welcome our new Vice President, Chris Marasti-Georg (CMG), and our new Secretary, Mark Minuto. Thanks for stepping up, guys! Next fall we'll be looking for folks to consider running for the President & Treasurer offices. If you're an avid homebrewer and want to keep this club running, please give it some thought.
We've been talking about forming committees for a while now, and now is the time to do it. We need you to get involved and help plan some things.
- NHC 2016 Club Night Booth - If you are going to the National Homebrew Conference in Baltimore (June 9-11, 2016) and would like to pour your homebrew at the TRASH booth on Club Night, please get in touch with us. We will add you to a mailing list where all the planning will be done. CMG will be the chair of the NHC 2016 committee. There's lots of details to work out, and we can't get this done without your help. Not sure what club night is all about? Here's a video that sums it up pretty well.
- Competition Committee - Organizing the TRASH competition takes a lot of work. This year a few of us did just about all of it, and it was difficult to get it all done. Going forward we need club members to get involved to help out with some of the tasks - planning, getting supplies, seeking sponsor donations, etc. If you would like to help out for 2016, please get in touch. We need your help to keep the competition going strong. And Weigel will continue to be the judging coordinator. Jack & Andy will co-chair the competition planning committee.
The shipping deadline for first-round entries for the 2016 National Homebrew Competition has been announced. Entries must be received by Wednesday, March 9th, 2016. Recall that we were talking about having the TRASH competition on March 12th, thinking this would be early enough that entrants could use their feedback from the TRASH competition to help decide which beers to send to NHC. Since that's obviously not going to work, we're re-evaluating when exactly to hold the competition. We still want to hold it in the spring, but we're thinking about early April instead of early-mid March to give us a little more time to organize things. Most importanly, though, we want to establish a consistent date to hold it for years to come. We'd like your input - does having the competition before the NHC deadline matter to you? If you have an opinion on this, send us an email to say so.
NHC Competition Entries
Since it's looking like TRASH 26 will be held too late to serve as a means of vetting your NHC entries, we are working on other ideas to help our club members get input on which beers to send to NHC. The first option is Andy Weigel's onlinebeerscores.com. We've mentioned this web site many times before. We are working out details to allow club members to register the NHC-candidate beers on the site and bring them to the January meeting and have some of the experienced BJCP judges in the club take those beers home and complete a detailed score sheet for them. Keep an eye out for another communications with the details about this. Another option we're thinking about is to have a separate get-together outside of the normal club meetings just for those looking to get feedback on the potential NHC entries. This meeting would be open only to those entering NHC, and you'd have to bring your beers to it to get feedback. If you plan to enter NHC, please let us know so we can get an idea of how many people will be at the gathering, and how many beers might need judging through onlinebeerscores.com.
BJCP Exam - Beer Needed
There is a Beer Judge Certification Program tasting exam on February 20th. Unfortunately there are no seats available in the exam, but the exam administrator is looking for homebrew to use in the exam. He's looking for seven 12-ounce bottles of each sample provided. The exam should include a range of beer from heavily flawed to excellent, so any homebrew you have to donate will be appreciated. If you have any beer that you'd like to donate, please email us and we'll get you in touch with the exam administrator. Please DO NOT mention any details about your beer in the email, because some TRASH officers are taking the exam and they cannot know anything about the beer.
Club Membership Dues
The year is just about over. This means your 2015 club membership is about to expire. Please take a minute to renew your membership online. Or plan to pay at the January meeting if you'd prefer. Your membership dues help keep the club running by paying for necessities like web site hosting, club liability insurance, and meeting & event supplies. In return, you get benefits like the ability to participate in club events such as the cider group buy, aha big brew, public pouring events like the Big Pour, and more.
January 17 - Rock Bottom - Homestead
More meetings to be announced soon!
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!
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.
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
Secretary: 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.
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!
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.
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:
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
In this email:
- September Meeting - Please RSVP
- September Mini-Competition
- Bulk Cider Buy
- Competition & Awards Banquet
- Nemacolin Brews & Brats
- Upcoming meetings & events
September Meeting - Please RSVP
If you are attending the September Oktoberfest meeting on Saturday, September 19th, please RSVP. Armand and Sue prepare a wonderful spread of traditional Bavarian festival food for us, but they need to know how many they're serving. Do us a favor and let us know if you're coming, and if you're bringing guests please tell us. Full meeting details & RSVP here:
The September meeting will see another quarterly mini competition. Bring out your best example of these styles and try to win the tasters' choice! The theme this time is malty, moderate-strength German ales & lagers. See the meeting link above for a complete list of accepted styles.
Bulk Cider Buy
If you want to purchase fresh-pressed local apple cider from Soergel Orchards, please plan to attend our bulk buy on Saturday, October 24th at 8:00 AM. The cider price is $4 per gallon and you MUST pay for it in advance. If you want cider, be sure to contact us and let us know how much. We'll respond with instructions on how to pay for it. Full details are here:
I see some folks have RSVP'd to the cider event but have not contacted us about how much cider they want. NO extra cider will be available for purchase at the event. All cider MUST be ordered and paid for in advance. If you show up and you haven't put your order in and paid in advance, you will go home without cider.
TRASH XXV Homebrew Competition
The annual TRASH Homebrew competition is nearly here, and this is the 25th annual edition of the event! Be sure to enter your beer, mead, and cider! In addition to the chance to win medals, bragging rights, and prizes, you'll get at least two competed BJCP score sheets back for every entry. This kind of anonymous feedback about your brews is invaluable in your quest to make better beer. Register your entries here:
The competition will be held on Saturday, October 10th. Entry deadline is Friday, September 25th at 7:00 PM.
We can always use more judges and stewards. If you're new to competitions, consider signing up to steward. It's a great way to see how competitions work and help out your homebrew club. It takes a lot of people to successfully pull off a competition. We'd love it if you were part of it! Judge & Steward sign-up is available at the same link as beer registration above.
TRASH XXV Homebrew Competition Banquet
As always, there will be an awards banquet after the competition. Like last year, it will be held in the evening after judging wraps up. There is no cover charge. Food and drink will be available for purchase. Also, all of the competition entries that did not win gold medals will be available for sampling. (Every entry consists of two bottles. The 2nd bottle is required for those that win 1st place in their category to be judged for best of show honors. The 2nd bottle from all the other entries is up for grabs.) Full details here:
Nemacolin Brews & Brats Festival
Nemacolin Woodlands Resort has invited us to pour our homebrew at their Brews & Brats festival on Saturday, October 10th. This is the same day as our competition which we truly hope you'll attend as a judge, steward, or even just come to the awards banquet to see how your beers showed, but if the competition isn't your thing and you have two kegs of beer that you'd like to pour, please get in touch ASAP. In return for pouring at the event, Nemacolin will give you a free night's stay at their resort. You need to provide two full kegs of homebrew to participate. Event details are available here:
If you're interested, please get in touch with us ASAP as time is short.
Upcoming Meetings & Events
September Meeting - Oktoberfest! - Sue & Armand Houle's house - 09/19/15, 2:00 PM
TRASH XXV Competition - James St. Gastropub & Speakeasy - 10/10/15, 8:00 AM
TRASH XXV Competition Awards Banquet - James St - 10/10/15, 7:00 PM
Cider Group Buy - Soergel Orchards - 10/24/15, 8:00 AM
October Meeting - Hitchhiker Brewing Compay - Mt. Lebanon - 10/25/15, 12:00 PM
Invite coming soon!
November Meeting - Helicon Brewing - Oakdale - 11/22/15, 12:00 PM
Invite coming soon!
We've been offered the opportunity to have an informational booth in addition to our pouring station at this year's Steel City Big Pour. We have 2 volunteers to man it, but need 2 more for the afternoon session and 2 more for the evening session - or 2 people that are able to do both sessions.
The only requirement to particiapte here is that you are a dues paid member.
Saturday, September 12th, 2015
Session 1 - 12-3PM
Session 2 - 5-8PM
If you are interested in participating, please reply directly to me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Participants will be selected on a first come, first served basis, so if you wanna do it, get back to me ASAP.