October 17, 2015
Our Tech Talk for October centered around a horizontal tasting of 5 varieties of Crystal Malt:
Crystal 10, Crystal 40, Crystal 80, British Crystal (70/80), Crystal 140
Grist will be 3% specialty grain (single crystal variety) with 97% Maris Otter base grain
100g of grain mashed with 250mL of 169*F (76.2*C) (target temp being 154*F(68*C))
Mikayla Mueller talked about the advantages of using Crystal malts, differences between Crystal varieties, why they are good for English style Porters (this month’s Brew Buddy beer).
March 3, 2015
February 19, 2015
February 8, 2015
Please register on the following list if you:
- Judged or Stewarded at the Competition juding events.
- Plan to pour your homebrew at the fest.
You MUST be on this list to obtain access to the base on the evening of February 20th.
Cutoff for registration is February 16th!
November 24, 2014
It is never too early to start preparing your homebrews for the next big competition, and ours is just around the corner.
November 9, 2014
July 1, 2014
El Paso County Fair Homebrew Competition
Welcome to the 3rd annual El Paso County Fair Homebrew Competition! The El Paso County Fair Homebrew competition is an AHA/BJCP sanctioned event.
Entries due: July 13th
Judging: July 19th
Awards after judging at the County Fair
The following Summer beer styles will be accepted referencing the BJCP Style Guidelines:
1 Light Lager
6 Light Hybrid
10 American Ale
15 German Wheat & Rye
16 Belgian and French
20 Fruit Beer
Entries will be accepted from July 1st-13th. Register electronically at http://elpasocountyfair.brewcompetition.com/ Only one beer per BJCP subcategory. The entry fee is $6, please use PayPal to make your payment. For each entry, submit 2 bottles with a bottle ID form attached to each by rubber bands. Bottles should have no labels or other identifying markings aside from the bottle ID form. ID forms can be printed from the registration website once you’ve registered your beer.
Please note that due to the limited amount of styles, we are capping the competition at 100 entries.
Drop your beer off from 8 am-4pm, or ship to the Fairgrounds by July 13th. Drop or Ship to:
Special Events Coordinator
El Paso County Fair and Event Complex
366 10th Street
Calhan, CO 80808
Local Drop-off locations during normal business hours:
Rocky Mountain Brewery
Old West Brewing Supplies
Judging will take place on July 19th at the fairgrounds and will be in accordance with the BJCP guidelines.
Ribbons will be awarded in each category for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places. Also, there will be a best in show award given out. The awards will be presented at the Fair on July 19th along with the score sheets. If you are not present, score sheets will be mailed to you.
Contact Info: Suzan McCoy (719) 520-7882, Rich Mock (719) 332-8896, Pete Skrebetz (719) 291-2188
January 20, 2014
January 18, 2014
10 September 2013
Hosted at Front Range BBQ (Old Town Colorado Springs)
Attending: Ned Brush, John Haven, Mike McGuckin, Michele Gandy, John Landreman, Greg Mizell, Brian Paradisi, Lori Paradisi
Next general meeting (GM):
11 September, 6PM, at Cat & Joe’s house, 4420 Wintergreen Cir, Colorado Springs, CO 80916 Directions. It’s a potluck – don’t forget to bring something to munch on! It’s also time for the Iron Brewer Battle. It will be a people’s choice competition, so get there early and vote for your favorite! Don’t forget to bring your homebrew. Last month we finally had a great homebrew table – let’s make it two months in a row — Bring Your Homebrew! If it’s good, show it off. If it’s bad, seek feedback from many of our qualified judges. I know you’ve got some beer – bring it! Bring a raffle item and help support the club!
Iron Brewer Battle: People’s Choice, awards to top three; e-mail Justin about voting board. Do we have ballots printed?
Recap of events:
Springs Beer Fest: expectations from Brian Mark were too high and the shifts were too long.
Craft Lager Fest: Fest was much smaller at the new location – many vendors and volunteers were not able to attend after the one week delay.
State Fair: Two days of judging over 800 beers and then the Foam Fest; fun times.
Donation to the Black Forest Fire Fighters: $500 was donated to the Black Forest Benefit at Wonderland Ranch
New / recurring:
USAFA Tailgating: Approved to purchase a block of 25 – $8 tickets for the 21 September Wyoming game. Tailgate cookout starts at 5:30 PM and the game starts at 8:15 PM. See Meetup for details.
Brew Bus: Ticket Price $45?, start time 09:30, locations – Prost, Strange, Lonetree, lunch – Breckenridge, etc.
Portable Microphone System: Discussed the possibility of purchasing a system for the club. Consensus was to “cost a system” and vote at the next meeting.
Review of Equipment Buy List: We need to review the priorities of the list. The laptop has not been purchased yet.
ALL Colorado Beer Fest (ACBF): Scott Rappold and the Gazette are sponsoring a first ever homebrew competition before the ACBF. Details were provided via Meetup and should be in the food section of the 11 September Gazette. There are five categories, entries must be in NLT 18 October and will be judged on 19 October. The winner of each category will get two tickets to the ACBF.
ALL Colorado Beer Fest (ACBF): 2 November. Go to their website for details. http://www.allcoloradobeerfestival.com/ . The BBoPP will again be judging the commercial beers. Judges and stewards are needed. Also, 2 November is AHA Learn to Brew Day and the BBoPP will be providing two brewing demonstrations – brewers and equipment are needed.
Monument Beer week starts 15 September. Go to their website for details. http://pikespeakbrewing.com/mbw13/ Make sure you support our good friend Chris and Pikes Peak Brewing Company.
Rocky Mountain Homebrew Club Competition: Ned wants maximum BBoPP participation for the 2013 competition (entries due NLT 1 November 2013)
Rocky Mountain Homebrew Challenge (no web site)
Contact: Richard Kolkovich
Entry Deadline: 11/01/2013
Need for an Equipment Custodian: Need to add this position and expand the role; manage, repair, etc.
Elections: We need a succession plan for all positions. Elections are in November; need to announce at GM. Need to poll officers and see who is not planning to run again. President position WILL be open
Pizza for the Pot luck: The board approved the purchase of 3 pizzas to supplement the food at the potluck. They should be “simple” pizzas (pepperoni, vegetarian, sausage, etc.)
Pints Program: Ned and Landy are revamping the program to include the awards. Possible % discount at our store for “super points” holders. More to follow as details are available.
Incentives for Voting Board members: Possible free annual dues.
At Large members: Need them to attend meetings and should be a grooming path to becoming a board member – or because they bring needed expertise in a specific area.
Charities Selected: We will ask the ACBF team to donate directly – on behalf of the BBoPP — $250 each to Care & Share and —- Losses??
Friday socials: Next location will be Phantom Canyon
We need a web / data person; the web needs to be “fixed” to reflect Sponsors and Supporters.
John Haven needs a front end and database for the PAFB even to manage visitor information. Ned needs a database to manage membership information. Steve said he can make these in under an hour…
KROC 22 Sep 13
Note: Haven can drop off beers on 14 Sep 13
Orpheus Cup Meadfest 28 Sep 13
Gazette Competition 19 Oct 13
Rocky Mountain Homebrew Challenge 16 Nov 13
Biere de Rock 7 Dec 13
January 18, 2014
Brew Bros of Pikes Peak (BBoPP) General Membership Meeting Minutes
11 September 2013
Approximately 40 members attended the September meeting held at Cat & Joe’s house. A special thank you to Cat and Joe, they were great hosts.
Ned requested a moment of silence and a quick prayer in remembrance of 9/11.
Ned asked if we had any new members:
Mike – 4yrs brewing – favorite is Milk Stouts – and Hops and Rye
Pete — 4 years brewing – favorite is IPAs (Hop Head)
Jessica – a few years – favorite is wheat beers
Otto — retired January 4th – Belgians and Really Big Belgians, then Imperial IPAs
Mark – from Seattle – West Coast IPAs
Ned reminded all that the Iron Brewer event requires everyone to participate as a judge – it is people’s choice – more to follow.
Ned emphasized the benefits of being a club member; discounts at local shops and breweries; the opportunity to have your beer evaluated by BJCP judges; the Buddy Brew concept for new people or those wanting to change from extract to grain; our store, bulk buys, training; brew days and so much more.
Ned pointed out that we have glasses and T-Shirts for sale – cash and carry tonight…
Ned reminded all that this is a homebrew club and that members should be bringing homebrew to our meetings. He said the homebrew table looked good – but not as good as last month; however, the Iron Brew looked fantastic..
Ned also reminded all that the raffle is how the club makes its money to support its members and often to buy new items such as the projector screen, projector, digital thermometer, etc. and that recently the raffles have been a bit sparse, but improving.
Bowling Shirts – go to the BBoPP on-line store and commit
Membership report: Ned announced that we have 128 members in Meetup.
Treasurer’s report (LandyBrew): $2,190; that $700 ws given to the Nick Brunettii fund and that $500 was given to the Black Forrest Fire Department. So roughly $2,100 is available to support club initiatives, such as buying a laptop computer or portable PA system.
Pints: Ned and LandyBrew briefed a draft new awards program – 4 pints gets a glass, 8 pints gets you a 5% discount; 16 pints gets you a 10% discount; pins with achievement levels will be given out — more to follow. The following were awarded Pint Glasses: Klute, Big Bob, Josh Howard, Ray Smith
Homebrew Huddle – look in Meetup for details
Comp Updates briefed by Grez Mizell:
Biere de Rock
21 Sep USAFA tailgate and game
21 Sep CLF volunteer party from 4-6PM
22 Sep KROC Judging
19 Oct Gazette Judging
2 Nov All Colorado Beer Fest
23 Nov Brew Bus??
Attendance – signup on Meetup and then again when you attend? There will be a raffle drawing??? More from Ned
Firkin – we are still waiting for the Firkin and Ator to show; however, once emptied, Axe has it next. See our website and sign up for the firkin
Friday’s Happy Hour will be at Phantom Canyon – again, events are posted in Meetup
Tailgate at the USAFA. 21 Sep, tailgate at 5:30, the game starts at 8:15, we are getting a block of 20 tickets @ $8 each – buy them from our store
Beer Bus – 4 stops, breakfast burrito and lunch is included & a jockey box is on board
Thanks again to Cat & Joe for hosting the meeting
A fond farewell to JohnnyBrew
Meeting was adjourned