News & Announcements

Pittsburgh Craft Beer Week Competition from Apis Mead & ShuBrew

E-mail sent by Jack Smith, Monday, January 25th, 2016 @ 8:35pm

Hi Brewers!

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:

Hello Brewers,
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.

Good Luck,
Dave

That's it - if you want to participate just email info@apismead.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!

 

Bulk Hops for sale at cost from Four Seasons Brewing

E-mail sent by Jack Smith, Friday, January 15th, 2016 @ 4:30pm

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

Cheers!

PS> See you Sunday at Rock Bottom for the January TRASH Meeting!



 

February 2016 TRASH Meeting - Maggie's Farm Rum

  • Sunday, February 21st, 2016 at 12pm - 3pm
    Location: 3212A Smallman St, Pittsburgh, PA 15222

    For our February 2016 meeting, we'll be heading to Maggie's Farm Rum in the Strip District.…

    • 7 people are attending

TRASH News & Notes for December 2015

E-mail sent by Jack Smith, Tuesday, December 15th, 2015 @ 8:42am

Happy Holidays TRASH Homebrewers!  Here's some club business - our gift to you!  Please read on...

- New Officers

- Committees
- Competition Date
- NHC Competition Entries
- BJCP Exam Beer
- Club Dues
- Upcoming Meetings

New Officers
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.

Committees
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.

Competition Date
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.

Upcoming Meetings

January 17 - Rock
 Bottom - Homestead
http://www.trashhomebrewers.org/item/1023830

More meetings to be announced soon!

January 2016 TRASH Meeting - Rock Bottom Brewery

  • Sunday, January 17th, 2016 at 12pm - 3pm
    Location: 171 East Bridge St, Pittsburgh, PA 15120

    For the club's January 2016 meeting we'll be catching up with our friends at the Rock Bottom…

    • 18 people attended

TRASH News & Notes for late October

E-mail sent by Jack Smith, Monday, October 26th, 2015 @ 8:48pm

Hi everyone,

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!

Club Dues
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:

http://www.trashhomebrewers.org/public/pay/subscription/

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.

Officer Elections
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:

http://www.trashhomebrewers.org/item/1013183

Please RSVP if you're coming so we can give James St. a headcount.

Cheers!

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Officers

President: Jack Smith
VP: Chris Marasti-Georg
Treasurer: Brian Robbins
Secretary: Mark Minuto
Past President: Mike Beattie

Club-Only Comps

09/20/14 - Festbier
Winner: Chris Brunetti

01/18/15 - Holiday Ale
Winners: Mike Beattie, Brian Robbins

03/15/15 - Dry Stout
Winner: Brian Robbins

06/13/15 - Light Hybrid Beers
Winner: Mike Beattie

09/19/15 - Malty German Beers
Winner: Armand Houle

12/05/15 - Mystery Grist
Winner: Tom Bosak

01/17/16 - Porter
Winner: Paul Fisher


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