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.

Bracket Lager Competition Update

Eight entrants entered and Blackyardigan emerged victorious. Joe’s winning schwarzbier had half of the total cast votes. Much shit talking and flaw finding was engaged in and generally folks had a good time! Next year we need more judges 😀

Learn to Homebrew Day @ Ferment Station


Quick update!

We brewed 10 gallons of Oatmeal Stout. About 4-6 folks who weren’t in the club came out to check us out. Thanks much to FS for donating all the ingredients. The batch was split and WLP007 and WLP004 yeast were pitched into the different 5 gallon better bottles. Look to sample the beer at the club Christmas Party.


Come join TVH as we brew out in front of FermentStation. We will be starting our 10 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. More advanced brewers are welcome to join us to see the club’s system in action.

Learn To All Grain Brew

The club will be having an education oriented brew out on September 10th. Well, it was going to be then, its going to move to the following weekend, either Saturday or Sunday, yet to be determined. We’ll be going through the all grain process in detail. So if you haven’t leapt to all grain, or just want to improve your skills. This is the event for you.

Full information on the club calendar.

Party @ Don’s!

Hey everybody! We are going to get started around 5-or-6 ish on the 4th of July. Gong to be fairly simple, hamburgers, dogs and sausages on the grill. Bring fireworks if you want. There is usually a lot going off all around my house I’ll have some White Mule and some IPA on tap. Hope to see you there!~Don

Spring 2016 BAMO

The latest BAMO is closed! The order has been placed at FS and it’s time to pay up. Please paypal John Peed at john.peed@elotouch.com (check email for invoice). We’ll keep everyone updated on a delivery date, but assume next week.

More details here.

Big Brew Day

We had our own BAB a few weeks ago (my primary fermentation is almost done, just a few more days before the crash begins), but the AHA celebrates National Homebrew Day this year on May 7th. Joe’s leading a BIAB demo at our favorite spot. Bring a friend, bring some homebrew, and join us! Check out the details here.

BAB Update

The BAB was a great success! We managed to brew ~20 gallons of beer and that wort is happily fermenting away. We brewed a pale, yellow, fizzy beer with high wetness factor that should go well with heat, humidity, and bbq. We split the 20 gallons 4 ways with Peed taking 10 gallons and Daniel taking the other 10 gallons.

Batch 1) Normal Lager Fermentation Profile, WLP940
Batch 2) Fast Lager Fermentation Profile,  WLP940
Batch 3) Normal Lager Fermentation Profile, WLP840
Batch 4)  Normal Lager Fermentation Profile, WLP860

Some stats on the system. Measuring volumes was very spotty but I calculated that we hit a mash efficiency of 85%. My preboil volume and gravity were both above calculated values. The boil was quite anemic so I didn’t boil off nearly as much volume as I expected. This put us at 1.041 SG (v. 1.040 calculated). We left nearly 2 gallons of wort in the kettle as far as I could tell. If I had to do it again I would pump out of the kettle, not use gravity.


OG: 1.040
FG: 1.008
Pale Malt, 2-Row (Rahr) (1.8 SRM) 27.0 %        
Pale Malt, 6-Row (Rahr) (2.3 SRM) 27.0 %        
Pilsner Malt (Avangard) (1.7 SRM) 27.0 %        
Corn, Flaked (1.3 SRM) 15.0 %        
Carapils (Briess) (1.5 SRM)4.0 %

Mash@ 148 x 90min

1oz Crystal [3.60 %] - Boil 60.0 min 4.2 IBUs
1oz Mt. Hood [5.10 %] - Boil 60.0 min 5.9 IBUs
1oz Liberty [3.90 %] - Boil 30.0 min 2.3 IBUs
1oz Liberty [3.90 %] - Boil 5.0 min 0.8 IBUs
1oz Crystal [3.60 %] - Steep/Whirlpool  15.0 0.9 IBUs