October 17, 2015

October Member’s Meeting Tech Talk Recap – Nano Mashing with Crystal Malts

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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

Red Leg's new cans made an appearance

Photo Recap from the 2015 PAFB Homebrew Festival

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February 19, 2015


A Big Thank You to ALL Our PAFB Homebrew Festival and Competition Sponsors!

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February 8, 2015

Register for Access to the Peterson Homebrew Festival

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Please register on the following list if you:

  1. Judged or Stewarded at the Competition juding events.
  2. Plan to pour your homebrew at the fest.

List is available here.

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

Peterson Air Force Base Homebrew Competition 2015

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It is never too early to start preparing your homebrews for the next big competition, and ours is just around the corner.

2015 PAFB Comp Flyer

More details are available on the competition page.

November 9, 2014

Brew Brothers November Meeting – Tuesday, November 11th

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Please join us for the last Brew Brothers member meeting of 2014!

We’ll convene at Green Man Taproom320 S Weber Street, Colorado Springs, CO; at 6pm on Tuesday, November 11th.

Bring your homebrew to share and receive feedback from your fellow Brew Bros!


Hope to see you there!

July 1, 2014

El Paso County Fair Homebrew Competition

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El Paso County Fair Homebrew Competition


Click Here to View or Download the 2014 El Paso County Fair Homebrew Competition Flyer

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

2 Pils

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

Email: competitions@bbopp.org

January 20, 2014

Peterson Air Force Base Homebrew Competition 2014 Sponsors

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January 18, 2014

Board Meeting Minutes – September 2013

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10 September 2013

Executive Meeting

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)
Denver, CO

Contact: Richard Kolkovich
Phone:   (303) 219-0042

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

Membership Report:

Treasurer Report:

Pints Report:

Old Business:

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

Member Meeting Minutes – September 2013

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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.


  1. Ned requested a moment of silence and a quick prayer in remembrance of 9/11.

  2. Ned asked if we had any new members:

    1. Mike – 4yrs brewing – favorite is Milk Stouts – and Hops and Rye

    2. Pete —  4 years brewing – favorite is IPAs (Hop Head)

    3. Jessica – a few years – favorite is wheat beers

    4. Otto — retired January 4th – Belgians and Really Big Belgians, then Imperial IPAs

    5. Mark – from Seattle – West Coast IPAs

  3. Ned reminded all that the Iron Brewer event requires everyone to participate as a judge – it is people’s choice – more to follow.

  4. 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.

  5. Ned pointed out that we have glasses and T-Shirts for sale – cash and carry tonight…

  6. 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..

  7. 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.

  8. Bowling Shirts – go to the BBoPP on-line store and commit

  9. Membership report: Ned announced that we have 128 members in Meetup.

  10. 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.

  11. 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

  12. Homebrew Huddle – look in Meetup for details

  13. Comp Updates  briefed by Grez Mizell:

    1. K-ROC

    2. Gazette

    3. Front Range

    4. Biere de Rock

  14. Events:

    1. 21 Sep USAFA tailgate and game

    2. 21 Sep CLF volunteer party from 4-6PM

    3. 22 Sep KROC Judging

    4. 19 Oct Gazette Judging

    5. 2 Nov All Colorado Beer Fest

    6. 23 Nov Brew Bus??

  15. Attendance – signup on Meetup and then again when you attend? There will be a raffle drawing??? More from Ned

  16. 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

  17. Friday’s Happy Hour will be at Phantom Canyon – again, events are posted in Meetup

  18. 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

  19. Beer Bus – 4 stops, breakfast burrito and lunch is included & a jockey box is on board

  20. Thanks again to Cat & Joe for hosting the meeting

  21. A fond farewell to JohnnyBrew

  22. Meeting was adjourned