June 2019 meeting notes

Saturday 6/22/2019

  • Thanks to Marcie & Adam Kendall for Hosting
  • Another fantastic potluck food spread!!
  • Next Meeting – Sun, July 21 @ Hammer and Forge
    • Fruit Beer Presentation
    • Ken & Jen S-K to do presentation
  • August Meeting – Aug 17 or 18
    • Tentatively @ Doug Moyer house
    • Brian & Vanessa Rorrer backup hosts
  • Treasurer Report – Mike U
    • $6775.57 in account
    • 102 members in total
  • 2019 Upcoming Events
    • Microfestivus – Aug 10
      • Volunteer portal not open yet
      • Harry sent email about volunteering for club (judge and pour positions)
      • Only 2 pouring shifts, focus on needing second shift volunteers
      • Pouring volunteers please sign up online with Microfestivus as well
    • Green Hill Highland Games – Aug 24 9-6am
      • Roanoke County asked for additional paperwork that’s being worked on
      • Mario, Brian and Tim talking through brewing demonstrations
    • LTHB Day – First weekend of November
      • Southern Hills for sure, Blue Ridge Hydroponics unconfirmed
  • Competition Updates
    • Bushels and Barrels
      • Ken and Jen 1st place win
      • Allen F with 2nd place win in light category
    • Three Notch’d IPA competition
      • 13 total entries
      • Allen F 3rd with Gushy Stuff, Citra/Simcoe IPA
      • Carry & Justin, 2nd with She Wolf, Strawberry Milkshake IPA
      • Rudy Lyon, 1st with Quick Chowdah, Kviek IPA
      • Winning brew day July 10
  • Judging Update
    • VA Craft beer cup
      • Ken S-K, Matt Klumpp, Doug Moyer, Dan Tatarka judging
      • Jen S-K, Rachel Klumpp volunteer as well
    • Ken S-K wants to get more certified judges, looking at doing training program
  • Other updates
    • 12 x 12 Canopy has been purchased for Guild use. Plain white, not branded.
    • Chris G hopes to have pricing for new work shirt order soon. Stay tuned.
    • Chris Rill asks about Chaos Mountain brew share
      • Harry mentions that Bryan and Big LIck might be up for doing one as well
  • 50/50
    • $75 total: 37.50 to Club, 37.50 to winner Brian and Vanessa Rorrer
  • 11C Strong Bitter Competition Results
    • 3rd Place – Ian McElhone
    • 2nd Place – Rudy Lyon
    • 1st Place – Steve Lusk
    • Brewer drawing prize – Sierra Nevada hat to Chris Gray
    • Judge/Steward drawing prize – StarSan to Ken S-K
    • Thanks to Kathy M for another smoothly run judging event

April 2019 meeting notes

  • Thanks to Chris & Robyn For Hosting!
  • 11C Strong Bitter Presentation
    • Thanks to Andy and Jason Bishop from Twin Creeks for helping to present and bringing their award winning Bitter
    • Samuel Smiths, Fullers ESB (™) and Green Man from Asheville presented as other great examples
    • Good Luck to all competitors. Style has quite a bit of variation.
  • Treasurer’s Report – Mike U.
    • 4 new members from Twin Creeks, 94 members total
    • 6737.98 in bank account, -55 to Harry for ABC license for BigBrew
    • Still have insurance and EZ-UP purchase to replace aging club tent as largest expense to come
  • Throwdown Updates – Rudy, Chris, Allen, etc.
    • Post Event Wrap Up
      • Very profitable for the club, lots of receipts from silent auction items
    • Category Winner Brew Days
      • Brian Rorer has completed the brew day with Twin Creeks for Odells Citra IPA, will dry hop soon. Release tentatively set for weekend of May 11/12.
      • Matt Klump talking with Deschutes about brew date for his winning Dunkels Bock. TBD.
  • 2019 Upcoming Events
    • Next Meeting – BIG BREW at SHHS May 4 (9 am to 6 pm)
      • Volunteers (sign up sheet)
        • Ken & Jen doing “Teacher Beer” demonstration
        • Signup sheet posted on Facebook page event, and went on email list
      • Beer Donations Needed (Kegs and Bottles)
      • Toast and group picture will be promptly at 1PM
    • Teach a Friend Day at BRH – May 18th (not confirmed)
      • Interest level?
      • DIdn’t do it last year because BRH was maybe going out of business
      • Not enough interest from the club, so we’ll skip for now, focus on Big Brew
    • Microfestivus – Saturday August 10 (noon to 6 pm)
      • Harry will put out email asking for volunteers, will coordinate for our volunteers. Can also sign up for volunteering on Microfestivus site, but if you want to participate in judging, sign up with Harry
    • Green Hill Highland Games – Saturday, August 24, 2019 at 9 AM – 6 PM (Brian R. & Mario)
      • Paperwork being done, Chad, organizer in Scotland at the moment
    • LTHB Day – First Weekend in November (at SHHS & BRH)
      • Will plan later
  • Competition Updates – Steve Lusk
    • None for now, Steve could not attend
  • Work Shirt Order
    • Chris will be sending out email; need at least 12 to get shirts
    • Avg around $28 based on previous years
  • 50/50 Raffle – Harry
    • 109 total, 54.50 to winner
      • Chris G wins
    • Consolation prizes
      • Beth t-shirt
      • Chris G t-shirt
      • Adam K starter
      • Jason Bishop, deck of cards
      • Adam K t-shirt
      • Doug M starter
  • Open Floor
    • 3 Notched having IPA competition exclusively for SCBG members
      • Goal to brew beer for Microfestivus
      • Any IPA style, including specialty goes
      • Need to sign up via email, contact Sam @ 3 notched
        • sam@threenb.com
          • Use “IPA Competition” as subject
          • Limited to 20 entries, currently 14 confirmed
        • Drop Off deadline will be June 8 at downtown Roanoke taproom
      • Will be inviting 1, 2, and 3 place participants to the brew day, will brew 1st place winner
      • Brew day will be Wed July 10
      • Big thanks to Allen Francis for coordinating this!!
  • Twin Creeks to put in second brewery at Explorer Park
    • Will start with food trucks, transition to full brew pub/restaurant
    • 8 taps, 4 fermentors, will backfill as necessary from Vinton
    • Will be branching into farmhouse/saison styles, hoping to have full hop farm on site
    • Plans also for full wine and cider bar from other VA producers
    • Will not be year round to start, but may change
  • Big Lick will be doing fundraiser beer for Community Inn soon
    • Sent over 7k for Sierra Nevada Resilience for Camp Fire

Meeting Times

  • Style presentation: 5:15 pm to 6 pm
  • Meeting Agenda: 6:10 pm to 7 pm

Attendance: 25

2019 Brewer of the Year

Competition styles:

Q1/March-Dunkles Weissbier (10B),

Q2/June-Strong Bitter (11C),

Q3/September-Fruit Beer (29A),

Q4/December-Belgian Dark Strong (26D)

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March 2019 meeting notes

* Thanks to James & Joan For Hosting!

  • The food and beer spread was outstanding.
  • 31 attendees including two guests and two new members.
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February 2019 meeting notes

  • Belgian Dark Strong Presentation – John Merkwan
    • Great presentation on the differences between true Trappist vs Abbey style and origins
    • Higher ABV, but well hidden. Smooth and dangerous.
    • 4 commercial versions presented:
      • Boulevard Sixth Glass, Chimay Grand Reserve (Blue), Rochefort 8, St. Bernardus Abt 12
    • Competition will beat the December meeting
    • Start thinking about brewing and aging for that extra danger factor
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January 2019 meeting notes

  • Dunkel (10B) presentation by Rudy and Adam
    • 3 commercial examples presented
    • Ayinger – Kloster Andechs – Weihenstephaner & 1 home brewed example presented
    • The presentation included historical info and example recipe info. These docs were emailed out to the Yahoo email list and will be posted on the FB group page.
    • Great job Rudy and Adam on the presentation!!
  • Thanks to Blue Ridge Hydroponics for hosting January meeting
    • New ownership since April – Tommy and Jeremy
  • February meeting on Sat 16th 3:00 PM at Rudy and Diane’s House
    • John M. will present Belgian Dark Strong Ale
  • Treasurer Report: $5,052.76 as of Jan 18
    • If you haven’t yet paid membership dues, or are interested in BYO magazine
    • PayPal gift to president@starcitybrewers.org
    • 15$ for BYO subscription
    • 53 paid members as of meeting today.
    • Welcome David Hines as newest member
  • Potluck Food Reminder: Please make an effort to bring food to meetings.
    • Many long time members bring food consistently to most meetings. Please make an effort to bring something. Store bought items are just fine and home cooked is even better.
  • Beer Gift for Host
    • Harry points out that bringing small gift for the host is also appreciated.
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December 2018 meeting notes

  • A huge Thank You to Chaos Mountain for hosting!
  • Next Meeting
    • Tentatively at Blue Ridge Hydroponics either January 19th or 20th
    • I will send out an email as soon as we have an answer
    • Backup plan is for Harry to host this meeting.

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November 2018 meeting notes

  • We had 17 members and 2 children in attendance for our November meeting. Thanks again to Carrie and Justin Cox for hosting! That chocolate chili is always a hit!

    I hope to see many of you at Chaos Mountain on December 15th for our Christmas Party and December meeting. More details about our traditional Dirty Santa exchange will be put out separately.

    I will be sending out more notes about elections in the near future. Until then, you have the nominees!

    Please see the notes from the meeting below:

     

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October 2018 meeting notes

October 2018 Meeting Notes

 

  • A huge Thank You to Mario & Family for hosting us! The meeting was held in his backyard on a beautiful fall day. Food & beer tables were set up outside as well.
  • Next Meeting
    • Carrie & Justin’s on Sunday, November 18 – 3 pm to 6 pm
  • Treasurer’s Report- Balance $4773.87
  • Social Media Update
    • Post Reach is up 64% (632 posts), Post Engagement is up 403% (619), New Page Likes up 250% (14)
  • Competition Updates
    • (Steve was not there) Skirmish at the Triad entries are on their way. We had (8) entries total. The comp is on 11/3. Good luck to all who entered.
  • Go Fest Re-Cap
    • A huge thank you to Takumi for organizing the event. It would not have been possible without him. He staffed the booth the entire weekend as well.
    • Thank you to ALL last minute volunteers.
    • Rudy coordinated the new banner and rigged it to our tent. A huge thank you to Rudy.
    • There were (5) 1 gallon extract batches brewed during the event weekend. This beer will be served at the upcoming LTHB event.
  • SCBG-Chaos Mtn Brewing Group Brew
    • $10 per 5 gallon batch. We have a total of 7 BBL (225 gallons) of wort available. We likely will reduce the hop schedule down to around 5-10 IBU. The previous year recipe was 30 IBU. The survey on hop bitterness thus far is 65% in favor of lower bitterness.
    • Mash-In will start around 8 am. Tasting Room opens at 1 pm. Rick’s Wrap It Up food truck will be there. Wort will be filled around 3 pm.
    • Iron Brewer Challenge is a side project created by Takumi. The concept is that each participant will come up with a unique ingredient and will write it down on a slip of paper to be drawn by another brewers. Details still being worked out with Takumi.
  • Olde Salem Brewing pH Tech Talk
    • Thank you to Kevin Campbell for hosting and teaching the tech talk.
    • Everyone had the chance to test their meters against the lab grade meter at the brewery. It was a very in depth talk about mash pH and correction.

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August 2018 meeting notes

Despite many members being out of town for various activities, we still drew a large crowd at Hammer and Forge in Boones Mill. Thanks to Caleb Williamson for being a great host!

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