Water analysis – Fall 2015

Time for a fall water analysis.  Club will pay approximately half the cost (including shipping) for the Ward Labs Brewing Water Analysis of your water.  Your cost will be $15.  If you want to participate, please sign up here.

Let’s try not to duplicate sources (no point in that unless there’s some valid reason/you want to double check/whatever).

Please bring your water sample to the club event this coming Saturday, Nov 7, at Ferment Station.  The event is Learn to Homebrew Day.  If all goes well, we’ll do an inaugural all-grain batch on the refurbished club brewing system.  We’ll also be doing an extract batch.  If you can’t make it to that event, please make arrangements to get your sample to me by the end of this week (I work near the “corner” of Pellissippi and Dutchtown).

Jam 2015 Info

Thursday October 15 at 6 PM — Pretzel Jam at Everything Mushrooms (1004 Sevier Avenue). Bring home brew to share. Club will order pizza. This is where you get your shirt and Jam pass.
Friday October 16 at 3 PM — Beer receiving, beer drinking, and general hang out time at the World’s Fair site. Bring some homebrew, a lawn chair, and other amusements. Bring your beer for the Jam. We stick around until 7ish to receive beer from the brewers bringing their own. After that, we’re invited to the brewer’s party on the 5th floor of Downtown Grill and Brewery.
Saturday October 17 — Morning shift need to be there by 10 AM, 9 AM if you can. Afternoon shift starts at 2 PM. Please be willing to help out with what you can do when someone asks. The period from 10 AM until 1 PM (when gates open) is the busiest.
If you are not able to attend the Pretzel Jam, it is up to you to figure out when and where to get your shirt and Jam pass. Friday afternoon is the next best time/place. Saturday is hectic. If you can’t be there Thursday or Friday, let me or Stevo know. We might do a specific time and place on Saturday morning. Very early on Saturday, no one is checking for wristbands, but by 11 AM you can’t get in the gate without one.

HIB IX Tastings

We have set the dates for Wednesday, June 17 at 6:30 PM and Tuesday, June 23 at 6:30 PM in the back room of the Hardin Valley Casual Pint.  These are club-wide events, so come on down! Participants please bring a growler to share. Don’t forget your brewing notes and please fill out the form on google docs. Everyone can check the stats here.

Homebruin Cup V Results

Thanks to everyone that made the 2015 Homebruin Cup a success. We had over 30 total participants this year! For the second year in a row Michael Caylor took Best Of Show honors. The winning beer was an English Mild that clocked in at only 3.8% ABV. Runner up was a Hefeweizen brewed by Christopher Long. Congratulations to them and to all the other medalists. Full results are posted here.

Experimenting with homebrew dogmas

I’ve been following this blog for a while and I really like the guy’s approach to experimenting around brewing. A few of his experiments have really been eye opening for me. I was quite interested in the results of the trub v. no trub experiment especially because I use Dennis’s hop stopper and as such all the cold break ends up in my fermenters. This last set of experiments about fermentation temperature just blew my mind and I thought I’d share. I can’t wait for the Dr. Homebrew episode. I want to hear the BJCP judges talk about these beers.


Learn To Homebrew Day

Thanks to everyone in the club that made the Learn To Homebrew Day event such a great success. Casual Pint Hardin Valley was a phenomenal host on a day where the weather was anything but cooperative. We persevered through the cold and brewed a batch of Nut Brown Ale and an Irish Red Ale with about 30 people in attendance.

I can’t wait to sample the fruits of our labors! Check back here for details in the coming weeks.

Learn to Homebrew Day

Bring your friends, neighbors, and other brew-curious to the Hardin Valley Casual Pint between 12 and 6pm on Saturday November 1st. We will be doing two extract kits (back to back) as demos.

Oktoberfest Showdown Results

Four competitors (David Disney, Daniel Hillesheim, John Mecklenborg, John Peed, Micah Sweeney) brought 8 beers to the Casual Pint in Fountain City last night. We tried a new crazy scheme for “judging” that was a little hit or miss. I appreciate the feedback on the method, and hope to incorporate it into future events.

Congratulations to John for winning! You can see the attached data.Lager-Off-report

While we were there the owner Steve offered a lot of support for the club in using his location as a spot for future events. He was very excited about the possibilities and even made a few awesome suggestions. I’m hoping we can use his site for the Teach a Friend to Homebrew day activities on the first Saturday in November (11/1/14).