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Announcement: Cider Buy October 6

E-mail sent by Sean Kinnas, Thursday, August 23rd, 2018 @ 8:06pm

The 2017 TRASH Cider pickup will be held at 8:00 AM sharp on Saturday, October 6th, 2018 at Soergel Orchards in Wexford. Like last year, they will be pressing the cider for us the day before from a blend of apples well suited to making hard cider. It will be cold-stored and unpasteurized or treated. Like last year, we need to get in and out as quickly as possible since this is their crazy-go-nuts busy season. If you've seen Soergels at noon on a Saturday in October, trust me - you want to get out of there early. Timur Snoke has graciously agreed to coordinate the cider buy again this year.

To get in on the group buy you must be dues-paid TRASH or TRUB member. (You can join now if you really want in on the action at!) Cider will be $4.00/gallon and you must pay for it in advance via PayPal. To purchase cider, just send us an email at and we'll respond with how to pay. All orders and payment must be received by 8:00 PM on Thursday, September 27th.


If you purchase cider and do now show up to pick it up at 8:00 on October 6th, your cider will be forfeited and divided up among those in attendance, and you will be burned in effigy.

You must bring your own containers to the cider pickup. Any large-mouth vessel is fine - a fermenter bucket, a corny keg, a Big Mouth Bubbler-type carboy. Heck, bring your conical if you want. Just do not bring standard-mouth carboys, whether they're plastic or glass. The reason is the hose doesn't fit and filling them requires a funnel and throttling of the juice - it's a hassle. Buckets with lids or kegs are probably the best & easiest vessels to use.

If you have any questions don't hesitate to post to the TRASH Facebook group to start a discussion.  



October 2018 TRASH Meeting - Oktoberfest Picnic - Daren's House

  • Saturday, October 20th, 2018 at 4pm - 9pm
    Location: 1015 Chaulk Hill Drive, Moon Twp, PA, 15108

    Our October meeting will be a mashup of a couple of annual events:  Our club picnic and our…

    • 9 people are attending

September TRASH Meeting - East End Brewing

  • Tuesday, September 18th, 2018 at 7pm - 9pm
    Location: East End Brewing Company, 147 Julius St, Pittsburgh, PA 15206

    Our September meeting will be mixing things up a bit. We'll be at East End Brewing on a…

    • 12 people attended

Reminders and Announcements

E-mail sent by Sean Kinnas, Wednesday, August 1st, 2018 @ 8:18pm


Meeting at VooDoo Homestead this Saturday at 1.

Shirt Orders
The clock is ticking on ordering TRASH shirts.  There's multiple styles and colors.   I, for one, will be rocking a TRASH hoodie when the weather cools off.   Please see Daren's email for some additional info.  

Upcoming Beer Events

August 11: Vecenie Distributing is looking for volunteers to pour at the 12th Annual Millvale Brew Fest.  There are two sessions, 1 to 4 and 5 to 8.  I understand you get to eat food and drink beer for free.  TRASH Member Armand Houle is the contact.  If you're able to help for a session, let me know and I'll put you in touch with Armand.

August 25: 10th Annual Brewer's Fest at Coopers Lake. Several TRASH members go this festival every year and have a great time. There's a Brewer's only competition/fest Friday night, and the public are allowed in the next day.

September 15: Steel City Big Pour. TRASH has a big presence there every year. We'll be looking for people to both pour and/or donate kegs for the event. Please keep this date in mind.

Septemer 22: Brewing Up A Cure. BUAC is an annual fundraiser for the Cystic Fibrosis foundation put on by our friends in TRUB. It's a fest put on by homebrewers for a good cause. Tickets are available at



Order TRASH Apparel NOW (you have 10 days)

E-mail sent by Member 1c2600e, Wednesday, July 25th, 2018 @ 11:37pm

ORDER TRASH SHIRTS NOW! (You have 10 days to place an order)

Check out the website below to order a trash shirt. We have only a few options and a 10 day order period for shirts. We wanted to get an order in prior to Beer and Sweat.

Pay attention to the NOT ship the shirts if you need them prior to B&S, we can't guarantee delivery. If you want one for B&S there will be an option for "pick-up" which means you can stop by my house the Thursday/Friday before B&S or Sean Kinnas (or someone else) will take the orders to Cinci.

For non-B&S orders - if you don't want to pay for shipping I will get orders and then distribute at upcoming meetings OR you can swing by my place (Robinson/Moon).

Shout out to PGH Shirt Co for setting up the website. (

Don't be picky about the options we have either 


TRASH Announcements

E-mail sent by Sean Kinnas, Wednesday, July 11th, 2018 @ 7:27pm

Just a few quick announcements.

This Saturday morning, July 14, there is a BJCP Beer tasting exam at Helicon Brewing. If you've passed the online entrance exam or are already a judge, then you are eligible to take the exam. We've got 4 open seats, and it'd be shame for them to go to waste. If you want to sit for the exam, please let me know.

After the Exam, at approximately 11 AM, BJCP President Gordon Strong will be giving a talk on the new BJCP styles that were recently added to the 2015 guidelines.

Upcoming Meetings

The August TRASH Meeting will be August 7 from 1 to 3 at Voo Doo in Homestead. Be sure and bring homebrew to give the new judges something to practice on.

The September Meeting will be an Oktoberfest Picnic (a combo of our traditional picnic and Oktoberfest parties). Details are still TBD, so stay tuned.

Upcoming Beer Events

Beer and Sweat is the weekend of August 18th down in Cincinnati. Beer and Sweat is the world's largest keg only competition and TRASH brings its A-game every year. This weekend is an absolute blast (more fun per hour than HomeBrewCon), and you should go. Ask anyone who has gone. This year, they've added a technical talk from Fermentis in between the judging and the awards ceremony. The competition website is and has links to the event hotel.

If you're not going to Beer and Sweat, the Carnegie Science Center is hosting its 5th annual 21+ Science of Beer night on August 17, 2018. TRASH has been invited back again this year to get in on all the science of beer fun. If you're not going to Beer and Sweat, this would be a fun way to spend a Friday evening. Let me know if you're interested, and I'll get the info to you.

Steel City Big Pour is Saturday, September 15. TRASH has a big presence there every year. We'll be looking for people to both pour and/or donate kegs for the event. Please keep this date in mind.

Brewing Up A Cure is the following Saturday, September 22. BUAC is an annual fundraiser for the Cystic Fibrosis foundation put on by our friends in TRUB. It's a fest put on by homebrewers for a good cause. Tickets are available at


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President: Sean Kinnas
VP: Alex Szokolyai
Treasurer: Paul Fisher
Secretary: Daren Szakelyhidi
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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