September 2020 Update: Strange Times

A lot has changed since I posted the last club update in early March. We enjoyed one last gathering at Don’s house, and enjoyed a traditional Irish meal (and several great beers, of course) to celebrate St Patrick’s day on a lovely Saturday afternoon.

The next week Knox County issue its “Safer at Home” order, closing bars, restaurants, and any non-essential gatherings. TVH followed suit in cancelling all in-person meetings for the time being, and began hosting regular (typically twice per month) meetings via video conference. Since then we have continued our group projects (a Saison is now souring in the barrel, and an HIB project is forming to brew a Scottish Wee Heavy), and held just a couple low-key, in-person meetings. Most festivals and competitions have been cancelled or delayed this year, and at this point it’s hard to tell when we may go back to these events. Not much to do besides RDWHAHB, and of course buy a crowler or three from your local breweries and beer stores (shoutout to Casual Pint Harden Valley, we miss you!!). If you have an idea for a socially distant club activity, let us know!

In the meantime John Bolt has compiled “a brief and incomplete history” of the club. Check it out here.

In other news, the club welcomed 5 news members since March and congratulated John Peed on his retirement!

Club Update March 2020

Don’t let our infrequent updates fool you–the Tennessee Valley Homebrewers are alive and well! We recently welcomed three new members to the club steering committee–Stephen Alred, Scott Boyd, and Wayne Colbenson–and they are brimming with plans for some fun activities this year.

Here is a sneak preview of the year to come:

  • St Patty’s day party at Don’s
  • Off flavor tasting clinic
  • Central Ave brewery crawl
  • Homebruin Cup competition
  • Pig Roast
  • Club night at National Homebrew Con in Nashville
  • Border Battle tap takeover with Blount County Homebrewers
  • Asheville bus trip
  • Sour barrel project
  • Club tents at Thirsty Orange, Bruce Street Brewfest, Brewers Jam, and other local festivals

If you are interested in checking out the club, please join us at either of our two monthly pint night socials: the 1st Tuesday of the month at Casual Pint Harden Valley and the 3rd Wednesday of the month at Crafty Bastard West (in Echelon bike shop in Farragut), both start at about 6pm.

LTHBD Update

Learn to Homebrew Day was a great success! Thanks to everyone that came and special thank to Wayne and Darlene for their support of the club. We made the news!

https://www.wbir.com/article/news/local/pale-ale-demonstration-brews-interest-in-home-beer-making/51-611041202

TVH’s LTHBD @ FermentStation

Come join TVH as we brew out in front of FermentStation. The event is on Saturday November 3rd. We will be starting our 15 gallon all grain demonstration around 10am. There will be staff on hand to help you if you are just getting started or considering brewing for the first time.

TVH Brewers take medals at Fugedaboutit

Congrats to Scott Boyd for his gold medal winning Australian Sparkling Ale and John Bolt for his silver medal Stout at the very competitive Fugedaboutit homebrew competition hosted by Chattanooga’s Barley Mob club.????????

From Scott

Australian sparkling ale: West Knoxville utility district water ph 7.7, calcium 40, magnesium 10, sodium 10, sulfate 6, chloride 11, and bicarbonate 138.

83% pale malt 2 row 2 SRM
5.5% cara-pils 2 SRM
5.5% Carmel/crystal 10L (10 SRM)
5.5% Golden Pils 3.5 SRM
All cluster hops 7.7 alpha
In our 17 gallon batch we did 2 ounces at 60 min, 2 ounces at 15 min, and 2 ounces at one minute

Safale 005 yeast

Mash temp was 156 for 60 minutes with half the volume of water and fly sparged with the other half at 165.

OG was 1.049 and FG was 1.010

March Madness Lager Comp

It’s that time again! On March 10, 2017 from 1 to 4 we shall gather in the back room of the Hardin Valley Casual Pint and crown a champion. Everyone is invited to enter and everyone is invited to judge. No skill required! Please send me an email to Daniel if you want to enter and I’ll coordinate with more information.

Homebruin Cup VII

Registration for this year’s Homebruin Cup is now open! If you are receiving this email, you are eligible to enter. All the details can be found here: http://tvh.brewcomp.com

If you are interested in participating as a judge or steward, head on over to the competition website and get registered. As usual, we will need all the help we can get.

Get those entires registered too. Judges and stewards are welcome to submit entries. Deadline is 5/13 but register early and often. Each entry is only $5! Medals will be awarded to 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners at each table. NEW this year: the club will be awarding a commemorative custom tap handle (picture coming soon) for the overall Best Of Show Winner. This won’t be a traveling trophy. Win it and it’s yours to keep.
We’ve seen an increase in the number of entries several years running now and I hope the trend continues. These club-only competitions are a bunch of fun. Plus we get to keep all the love in house.