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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

November Club Meeting - MoreBeer

E-mail sent by Mike Beattie, Tuesday, November 11th, 2014 @ 11:41pm

It's time for another club meeting! Please join us on Sunday, November 23rd, at 2:00 PM for a meeting at MoreBeer's East Coast distribution center in Ambridge, PA.

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

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

Additional Notes
 - As always, bring some homebrew!  Bottles, growlers, kegs, whatever works for you.  Share your beer and get feedback from your peers.
 - Officer Elections will be held at this meeting.  Come confirm the new guys that will be taking the reins, and wish them luck.
 - Please RSVP to let us know you're coming.

The good folks at MoreBeer are hosting us once again.  Come out for an afternoon of checking out the warehouse, sharing beer, and getting to know the folks providing much of the US with its homebrewing needs. Come see where your homebrew supplies come from when your order from MoreBeer.  This is where all orders shipped to the eastern half of the continental US come from.

You can find parking at the Beaver Street entrance. If you have questions or concerns, feel free to contact the club officers.

November Meeting - MoreBeer

  • Sunday, November 23rd, 2014 at 2pm - 5pm
    Location: MoreBeer Distribution Center; 200 1st St; Ambridge, PA 15003

    Please join us on Sunday, November 23rd, at 2:00 PM for a meeting at MoreBeer's east coast…

    • 13 people attended

Annual TRASH Holiday Party

  • Sunday, December 7th, 2014 at 5pm - 11:30pm
    Location: James Street Gastropub & Speakeasy Ballroom 422 Foreland Street Pittsburgh, PA 15212

    Sunday, December 7th, 2014
    5:00 PM - whenever
    James Street Gastropub &…

    • 18 people attended

Changing up the Awards Banquet

E-mail sent by Mike Beattie, Thursday, October 23rd, 2014 @ 8:22am

We received a lot of feedback from brewers and volunteers who wanted to hear about the competition results and receive any medals they may have won, but didn't really want to spend $30 on a banquet ticket. We certainly understand that concern. Some of us want to order a full dinner; others just want to order a beer. It didn't really make sense to lump both camps into the same pool of tickets.

We discussed these concerns with James Street and worked out an alternative plan that we think you guys will like.

Format Changes. First, we're canceling the one-size-fits-all buffet dinner. If you had previously purchased a ticket, we'll be refunding your purchase over the next few days. Instead, James Street will be opening up the same room where we ran the competition as basically a dining room. Starting around 7:00pm, anyone associated with the competition is welcome to head upstairs to the banquet area and order from the standard James Street menu. At 8:00pm, we'll use that same space to start announcing winners and handing out medals. The start of dinner is informal, so feel free to stroll in when it's convenient.

During both dinner and the ceremony, James Street will open up their 2nd floor bar for anyone who wants to order a beer. They'll probably even open it up a little before that point.

Summarizing the Updates
 - The one-size-fits-all buffet dinner has been cancelled.
 - Use the banquet room to order off the regular menu any time after 7:00pm.
 - Anyone is welcome to join us at 8:00pm for the awards ceremony.
 - James Street will open their 2nd floor bar just before dinner.

Event Page: (we'll update this soon)
http://trashhomebrewers.org/item/732320

Sorting Scoresheets. In the time between the end of judging and the start of dinner service, we'll be sorting scores and preparing brewer envelopes. If you're already there to help out with the competition, we would love to get some help with the sorting effort while you wait for dinner. If you see us struggling, be sure to stop by and at least offer to help out.

If you have any further questions or concerns, don't hesitate to contact the club officers.

Post-Competition Awards Banquet

E-mail sent by Mike Beattie, Wednesday, October 15th, 2014 @ 11:49pm

As those of you who are already participating in the competition have already heard, this year's post-competition awards banquet will happen immediately following the competition in the banquet space at James Street Speakeasy and Gastropub. You can find complete details and order a ticket here.

Banquet Details
 - James Street Speakeasy and Gastropub
 - Saturday, October 25 @ 7:30pm
 - Tickets available for $30

Tickets Available Here
http://trashhomebrewers.org/item/732320

Anyone is welcome to participate in the banquet, whether you have entries in the competition or not. If you did enter beers in the competition, the banquet is a great opportunity to collect your score sheets just a few hours after the competition.

Volunteers Needed. On a related note, we're in need of a few additional volunteers on the day of the event on Saturday. We have a reasonable number of judges, but we still need more stewards, and a few more volunteers who are willing to help manage the cooler. If you know of someone who might be interested, direct them toward the volunteer page on the competition web site or put them in touch with the club officers. The remaining volunteer roles don't require any judging experience.

We'll see many of you at next weekend's competition!

–Mike
 

Post-Competition Awards Banquet

  • Saturday, October 25th, 2014 at 7pm - 11pm
    Location: James Street Gastropub & Speakeasy, 422 Foreland Street Pittsburgh, PA 15212

    As previously announced, we're trying something a little different this year that multiple club…

Reminder: October 2014 Club Meeting: The Brew Gentlemen

E-mail sent by Member 184c802, Thursday, October 2nd, 2014 @ 7:07pm

Just a reminder that our October meeting is this Saturday. See below for details.

Saturday, October 4, 2014 @ 2pm
The Brew Gentlemen
512 Braddock Avenue
Braddock, PA 15104

Our October meeting will fall early in the month since we're having our annual competition at the end of the month. We'll be heading to The Brew Gentlemen, a small craft brewery and taproom in Braddock, that opened in May. It's a great place, with great beer brewed by some really great people. The "gentlemen" part isn't just a clever name!

For more info on the meeting, check out the event page on our site - http://trashhomebrewers.org/item/676363

Online Beer Scores. If you're interested in improving the quality of your homebrew and your judging skills, you should definitely check out Online Beer Scores site. If you're interested, you can register your latest homebrew and bring one or more bottles to the meeting. Exchange bottles with another brewer, and you'll have an opportunity to both judge their beer and receive some critical feedback for yours.

http://onlinebeerscores.com/

Oktoberfest Celebration & Festbier Competition

E-mail sent by Member 184c802, Saturday, September 20th, 2014 @ 10:59am

Just another reminder that today is our annual Oktoberfest Celebration. You can check out more details here - http://trashhomebrewers.org/item/664180

There will be a $10 fee to cover the cost of food and supplies.

Looking forward to seeing everyone there!

October 2014 Club Meeting: The Brew Gentlemen

E-mail sent by Member 184c802, Thursday, September 18th, 2014 @ 12:20pm

Saturday, October 4, 2014 @ 2pm
The Brew Gentlemen
512 Braddock Avenue
Braddock, PA 15104

Our October meeting will fall early in the month since we're having our annual competition at the end of the month. We'll be heading to The Brew Gentlemen, a small craft brewery and taproom in Braddock, that opened in May. It's a great place, with great beer brewed by some really great people. The "gentlemen" part isn't just a clever name!

For more info on the meeting, check out the event page on our site - http://trashhomebrewers.org/item/676363

Online Beer Scores. If you're interested in improving the quality of your homebrew and your judging skills, you should definitely check out Online Beer Scores site. If you're interested, you can register your latest homebrew and bring one or more bottles to the meeting. Exchange bottles with another brewer, and you'll have an opportunity to both judge their beer and receive some critical feedback for yours.

http://onlinebeerscores.com/

Calendar

June 2017
Saturday 24th
3pm June 2017 Meeting - Chris Meta's House
July 2017
Saturday 22nd
12pm July 2017 Meeting - Hitchhiker's New Digs
August 2017
Saturday 5th
12pm TRASH Picnic / August Meeting
July 2017
 
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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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