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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,…

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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.


 

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