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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
Trib Total Media Staff Writer
Sewickley Herald Bridgeville Area News (412) 320-7923
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:
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
Don't let the "Serious" part of our name scare you off. If you have an interest in homebrewing come to one of our meetings and check it out. There is lots of good food and of course homebrewed beer. If you have any questions ask on the contact form.