October 2015 Meeting – Notes

15 members showed up to share beer, chili and companionship on a damp October day in Salem, Virginia.
Thanks to Peter and Janelle for opening up their house to us!

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September 2015 Meeting – Notes

On a lovely late summer day, we had an action-filled meeting and then we all went to Big Lick for their anniversary party. A very good day!

We had twenty three members, three new members (Peter G.; Matt & Rachael), four guests (Jason Horn, Rudy’s friend, John; Jim D’s friend, Allen; and Bailie’s mother), and four kids, for a grand total of thirty four humans.

August 2015 Meeting – Notes

On a hot & sunny August day, we had a great, albeit, limited meeting at Scott & Martha’s lovely house in Bonsack. We had fifteen “old” members and three “newly minted” members (Gene, Bud & Joan), along with five guests (Matt, Rachael, Peter, Manoj, and Kelsey), and one baby (Mabel), for a total of twenty four people.

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July 2015 Meeting – Notes

As is our tradition, I opened up my house and my pool for the July meeting. Being egocentric, I welcomed a large round of applause on my behalf. It felt good…
25 members, four ex-members, and two kids made it out to Troutville on a hot and muggy Virginia summer day. Our ex-members included ex-President Esther , ex-First Husband Kelly, and Troy and Sharon. Good to see you guys!

Star City Homebrew Throwdown

Online registration for the Star City Homebrew Throwdown begins August 17th, entry registration begins on October 22nd!

Maximum of 75 entries, and 3 per entrant.

If throwdownyou are willing to Judge or Steward, please register!

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Big Brew/May 2015 Meeting Notes

Once again, James and Joan opened up their lovely house and lovely yard for our annual Big Brew event (with a little meeting thrown in).

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Takumi’s Beer Ice Cream Recipe

As requested, here is the recipe for the ice cream (base recipe is from the Ample Hills Creamery book)

1 2/3 c whole milk
1 2/3 c heavy cream
1/2 c powdered milk
3/4 c sugar
3 egg yolks
2 oz homebrew coffee stout reduction (or any other beer)

For the reduction, reduce one pint of beer over low heat until there is approximately 2 oz. I allowed for some caramelization to give a little extra flavor complexity.

Heat and stir the first four ingredients over medium heat in a saucepan. In a separate bowl, whisk the egg yolks. Temper the egg yolks by slowly transferring a few large spoonfuls the heated milk mixture into the bowl while constantly whisking. This is to prevent cooked eggs in the ice cream! Then, pour the egg yolk mixture and beer reduction into the saucepan while stirring. Once the mixture coats the back of a spoon, pour into a 1 gallon freezer zipper bag. I like to pour the mixture through a mesh strainer just in case there are lumps. Immediately seal and place in an ice bath. Once the ice cream base is fully cooled, add to your ice cream machine and follow the manufacturers instructions. Enjoy!

Notes: The powdered milk helps to bind water molecules to help the ice cream remain creamy rather than icy.

2015 Brewer of the Year

The 2015 Competition Styles are as follows:

March: 21B Specialty IPA
June: 25B Saison
September: 14B Scottish Heavy
December: 26D Belgian Dark Strong Ale

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February 2015 Meeting – Notes

Kevin and Bailie foolishly invited the club to meet in their lovely home in Salem. And we showed up in force!
We had 33 members, 7 guests, and 1 new member, Robb Burden. (And three kids….)

January 2015 Meeting – Notes

Blue Ridge Hydroponics and Homebrewing welcomed us into their establishment for fantastic meeting. Perhaps the best meeting of 2015 to date! Certainly the most productive meeting of 2015 so far!
We had 28 members, 1 guest, and 5 new members attend for a total of 43 people. (I may be missing a guest or two…) New members include: Rudy Lyon and wife (she wasn’t present), Iain & Abbie Watson, Andy Bishop, and Berry Robertson. Christopher Kavanaugh came back to the fold as well. Welcome everyone!

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