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September 2018 Meeting

First Tuesday of the month, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Tuesday, September 4th
7 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Not a member?
Join us for the meeting.  This one.  Another one.  Whenever.

September Meeting Agenda
September is Brew to the Style “British Bitter.”  So if you brewed this style – either with the recipe that Jeremy provided – or your own take on the style, bring it to the meeting.  Northern Brewer will be providing a special mystery prize for the winner.

Ross will have honey from Worker B to sample.

Location
Northern Brewer on Grand Avenue (https://tinyurl.com/NBStPaul) is kindly keeping the door open for this meeting in their Grand Avenue store (thankyouverymuch!) and is happy to honor your SPHBC discount on supplies while there (and, again, the next day, when you are back to pick up the Starsan or bottle caps or whatever you forgot to buy during the meeting).

Thank you Northern Brewer!

Other Stuff
As always, if you bring homebrew or mead or cider (or whatever), bring along your recipe and brewing notes.  Leave your ego at home.

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Congratulations, Dr. Olsen!

Photo of Jeremy Olsen
Jeremy Olsen on stage in Portland.

Congratulations to Jeremy Olsen, who took home not one but two Bronze Medals from the American Homebrew Association’s Homebrew Con 2018, for his Melomel (Category 30: Fruit Mead) and his New England Cider (Category 33: Specialty Cider & Perry).

The 2018 competition had 8,405 entries judged, with 1,201 entries advancing to the Final Round in Portland, Oregon.

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July 2018 Meeting

First Tuesday of the month, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.
(EGADS!  Yet another meeting date deviating from the SPHBC norm of the first Tuesday of the month)

Tuesday July 24th
7 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Not a member?
Join us for the meeting.  This one.  Another one.  Whenever.

July Meeting Agenda
Paul Fowler will discuss his water “building” method using RO water.

There will be some different versions (made with different waters) of Aric’s golden bitter to sample.

We may even have a cameo by Rick Helps.

Back-slapping, high-fiving or kvetching and whining about AHA Nationals (likely a bit of both, regardless of outcome).

For those planning ahead, September is Brew to the Style “British Bitter.”  So get busy.

Location
Northern Brewer on Grand Avenue (https://tinyurl.com/NBStPaul) is kindly keeping the door open for this meetings in their Grand Avenue store (thankyouverymuch!) and is happy to honor your SPHBC discount on supplies while there (and, again, the next day, when you are back to pick up the Starsan or bottle caps or whatever you forgot to buy during the meeting).

Again, thank you Northern Brewer!

Other Stuff
As always, if you bring homebrew or mead or cider (or whatever), bring along your recipe and brewing notes.

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June 2018 Meeting

First Tuesday of the month, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.

A rare Wednesday Meeting for June 2018!

We’ll be at Sociable Cider Werks taproom on Wednesday, June 6th, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. for our June Club meeting.  This is in celebration of Minnesota Cider Week.  They evidently saw our 10 cider/perry entries advancing to second round of Nationals 🙂 and decided to invite us.  This will be a panel of brewers, winemakers and orchardists.
Yes, this is weird to have to sign up for a club meeting, but we’re their guests and it’s nice to RSVP.
Pints and food will be available for purchase at the event.  Please do not bring homebrew.
Hope to see you there!
Location: 

Sociable Cider Werks
1500 Fillmore Street NE
Minneapolis
(Map)

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AHA First Round Results Are In

AHA 2018 First Round Results

Photo of Summit Brewing and snow.
Working right through the blizzard, Minneapolis Region Judging at Summit Brewing, St. Paul.

Congrats to SPHBCers who medaled and advanced in the first round of the American Homebrew Association National Homebrew Competition.

Beers:
Mike Spores, Third, 1B (Pale American Beer), Minneapolis Region
Mike Spores, First, 5A (Pale European Beer), Minneapolis Region
Sean Sonnabend, First, 11A (Pale British Ale),Minneapolis Region
Aric Daul, Second, 12A (Pale British Ale),Minneapolis Region
David Merz, Second, 16c (British & Irish Stout), Kansas City Region
James Henjum, Second, 15A (Scottish & Irish Ale),Minneapolis Region
Joe Kinney, Third, 21A (American IPA),Minneapolis Region
Jim Cotner, First, 20C (Imperial Stout),Minneapolis Region
Ron Fitch, Third, 20C (Imperial Stout),Minneapolis Region
Tyler Miller, Second, 22A (Stong American Ale), Minneapolis Region
Joe Kinney, Second, 25B (Saison), Minneapolis Region
Jessica Haverly & Crew, Third, 25B (Saison), Minneapolis Region
Steve Simonson, Second, 28B (American Wild Ale), Minneapolis Region
Mike Spores, First, 29A (Fruit Beer), Minneapolis Region
William Richartz, Second, 31A (Specialty Beer), Minneapolis Region
Ross Winberg, Second, 34D (Specialty Beer), New York Region

Meads:
Joe Gerteis, First, 35C (Traditional Mead), Minneapolis Region
Jeremy Olson, Third, 35C (Traditional Mead), Indianapolis Region
Orsoyla England, First, 36D (Fruit Mead), Austin Region
John Rankin, Third, 36C (Fruit Mead), Tampa Region
Paul Fowler, Third, 36C (Fruit Mead), Minneapolis Region
Jeremy Olson, Third, 36E (Fruit Mead), Indianapolis Region
Steve Fletty, First, 37B (Spice & Specialty Mead), Austin Region
Maggie Wachter, First, 37A (Spice & Specialty Mead), Chicago Region
Rick Helps, Second, 37A (Spice & Specialty Mead), Philadelphia Region
Steve Fletty, Third, 37A (Spice & Specialty Mead), Austin Region

Cider & Perry:
Jeff Cotton, First, 39A (Standard Cider & Perry), Austin Region
Ross Winberg, Second, 39A (Standard Cider & Perry), New York Region
Thomas Coburn, Second, 39A (Standard Cider & Perry), Minneapolis Region
Jessica Haverly, Third, 39A (Standard Cider & Perry), Minneapolis Region
Thomas Coburn, First, 40B (Specialty Cider & Perry), Minneapolis Region
Jeremy Olson, Second, 40A (Specialty Cider & Perry), Indianapolis Region
Orsoyla England, Third, 40B (Specialty Cider & Perry), Austin Region
Jeremy Olson, First, 40D (Specialty Cider & Perry), Indianapolis Region
Amanda Neisch & Guillermo Marques, Second, 40D (Specialty Cider & Perry), Austin Region
Bjorn Berg w/Jenny Ginter, Second, 40E (Specialty Cider & Perry), Minneapolis Region

Full results:
https://www.homebrewersassociation.org/national-homebrew-competition/winners/

August 2018 Meeting

First Tuesday of the month, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Tuesday August 7th
7 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Not a member?
Join us for the meeting.  This one.  Another one.  Whenever.

August Meeting Agenda
We’ll be tasting what people made with the Able malt.

Able Seeding + Brewing (MPLS; http://ablebeer.com/home) malted some rye and graciously offered to share with local home brewers to use for a mini-competition that the brewery is hosting the weekend of July 28th-29th.  More than a few SPHBC members took advantage and will be bringing samples to share.

For those planning ahead, September is Brew to the Style “British Bitter.”  So get busy and bring your British Bitter to the September meeting.  There may even be a prize.

Location
Northern Brewer on Grand Avenue (https://tinyurl.com/NBStPaul) is kindly keeping the door open for this meetings in their Grand Avenue store (thankyouverymuch!) and is happy to honor your SPHBC discount on supplies while there (and, again, the next day, when you are back to pick up the Starsan or bottle caps or whatever you forgot to buy during the meeting).

Again, thank you Northern Brewer!

Other Stuff
As always, if you bring homebrew or mead or cider (or whatever), bring along your recipe and brewing notes.

Mead Day 2018!

Saturday, August 4th, 5 p.m.
Fletty’s House

Despite his better judgment, Fletty will be hosting a club Mead Day potluck  starting at 5 p.m. 

Please bring something to share and a chair. Chateau Fletty has limited outdoor seating.  Also, please bring your manners.

The club will provide something to grill. Probably brats. If you’re vegan or gluten free, that’s your problem…er…burden…er…wonderful life choice…? Either way, not making tofu dogs or extruded veggie protein.

Spouses are welcome. As are well-behaved children. But, really, leave the kids at home.

Also, the club will be making some traditional mead for mead day. We’ll step through the entire life of the mead and do tastings at each step. When it’s all done, we’ll divide up the bottled mead among all active club members. If you’re interested in participating in this part, email Fletty directly.

And, we’re not kidding about being a respectful guest at Chateau Fletty.

Seriously.

April 2018 Meeting Rescheduled 4/10

Due to weather, the April meeting is moved to the SECOND Tuesday in April, the 10th, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Not a member?
Join us for the meeting.  This one.  Another one.  Whenever.

April Meeting Agenda
We will be taking a closer look at an ingredient loved in some styles and loathed in others:  crystal malt.  What is it?  How is it different from base malt?  What can it contribute to a beer?  How can you use it?  We will be evaluating several US and UK crystal malts covering a broad range of the Lovibond scale to see (and taste) how they compare to one another.

Additionally, there will an off flavor session, something we will be rolling out with more frequency at meetings.  This month: pfenolic/plasticy-y

Location
Northern Brewer on Grand Avenue (https://tinyurl.com/NBStPaul) is kindly keeping the door open for this meetings in their Grand Avenue store (thankyouverymuch!) and is happy to honor your SPHBC discount on supplies while there (and, again, the next day, when you are back to pick up the Starsan or bottle caps or whatever you forgot to buy during the meeting).  Again, thank you Northern Brewer!

Other Stuff
As always, if you bring a homebrew or mead or cider (or whatever), bring along your recipe and brewing notes.