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Title: First Paris Homebrewer Meeting
Post by: phillamb168 on March 07, 2011, 02:05:41 PM
I'm organizing Paris' first ever (maybe?) homebrewer meeting but am not sure what to talk about. I figure a tasting or two of some recent beers, but what else could be done besides that? Any and all suggestions are welcome!
Title: Re: First Paris Homebrewer Meeting
Post by: tumarkin on March 07, 2011, 02:41:04 PM
Having a tasting, or other type of presentation (style, technique, etc) would certainly be a big plus and would keep people interested.

Beyond that, at a first meeting, I'd want to discuss what the attendees would like to see ongoing - frequency & location of meetings, goals of the club, upcoming events (beer festivals, pub crawls, possible brewery visits etc), get a sense of how many of brewers (or interested potential brewers) each attendee might know as possible future members, etc. Really, what you want to do is see what the attendees would like the club to do or be like.

You want to have your answer to these questions (and others that may come up) ready to help spark discussion. Do you have any sense yet of how many may attend? You don't need a large number to get things rolling, but certainly consider how you are going to publicize the event - beer shops, beer bars, homebrew supply shops (if any), etc. 
Title: Re: First Paris Homebrewer Meeting
Post by: phillamb168 on March 07, 2011, 03:19:25 PM
In terms of where to advertise, pretty much everybody interested in brewing goes to this one beer shop that's pretty centrally located, and the owner's OK with having the meeting there, as well as leaving out flyers. He's a homebrewer himself.

Brewery tours, that's a great idea. There's also a maltery not too far away.
Title: Re: First Paris Homebrewer Meeting
Post by: bluesman on March 07, 2011, 03:47:53 PM
Great news phil!

Some things to do and topics of discussion:

Brewery Tours
tastings
homebrew competition
mashing
equipment
recipe development
fermentation
group grain/hops purchase
etc...
Title: Re: First Paris Homebrewer Meeting
Post by: Mark G on March 07, 2011, 04:09:33 PM
Have a meeting dedicated to actually brewing a beer if there's a lot of people new to brewing. You can do an extract batch to keep within a reasonable timeframe (depending on the audience's attention span). Good luck.
Title: Re: First Paris Homebrewer Meeting
Post by: phillamb168 on March 07, 2011, 04:16:58 PM
Have a meeting dedicated to actually brewing a beer if there's a lot of people new to brewing. You can do an extract batch to keep within a reasonable timeframe (depending on the audience's attention span). Good luck.

Well, you see, you're allowed to BBQ on the Champ de Mars (that's where the Eiffel tower is). My plan (seriously) is to have a 'visibility' club meeting in front of the tour eiffel, doing an extract batch with my electric kettle hooked up to a car battery.

My wife is going to check with the Mayor's office to make sure we don't need any special permits for having a CO2 canister. I hope to do it sometime this summer.
Title: Re: First Paris Homebrewer Meeting
Post by: phillamb168 on March 07, 2011, 04:17:35 PM
And of course I'll post pics here afterwards.
Title: Re: First Paris Homebrewer Meeting
Post by: garyg on March 07, 2011, 04:18:31 PM
We've got some ideas for new clubs posted on the AHA Club Resources wiki: http://ahaclubs.homebrewersassociation.org/NewClubs.
Title: Re: First Paris Homebrewer Meeting
Post by: Mark G on March 07, 2011, 04:33:32 PM
Have a meeting dedicated to actually brewing a beer if there's a lot of people new to brewing. You can do an extract batch to keep within a reasonable timeframe (depending on the audience's attention span). Good luck.

Well, you see, you're allowed to BBQ on the Champ de Mars (that's where the Eiffel tower is). My plan (seriously) is to have a 'visibility' club meeting in front of the tour eiffel, doing an extract batch with my electric kettle hooked up to a car battery.

My wife is going to check with the Mayor's office to make sure we don't need any special permits for having a CO2 canister. I hope to do it sometime this summer.
What a great idea!
Title: Re: First Paris Homebrewer Meeting
Post by: tschmidlin on March 07, 2011, 05:17:51 PM
Have a meeting dedicated to actually brewing a beer if there's a lot of people new to brewing. You can do an extract batch to keep within a reasonable timeframe (depending on the audience's attention span). Good luck.

Well, you see, you're allowed to BBQ on the Champ de Mars (that's where the Eiffel tower is). My plan (seriously) is to have a 'visibility' club meeting in front of the tour eiffel, doing an extract batch with my electric kettle hooked up to a car battery.

My wife is going to check with the Mayor's office to make sure we don't need any special permits for having a CO2 canister. I hope to do it sometime this summer.
That's really cool!  What is the CO2 for?  Are you going to be serving beer too?
Title: Re: First Paris Homebrewer Meeting
Post by: phillamb168 on March 07, 2011, 05:46:06 PM
Have a meeting dedicated to actually brewing a beer if there's a lot of people new to brewing. You can do an extract batch to keep within a reasonable timeframe (depending on the audience's attention span). Good luck.

Well, you see, you're allowed to BBQ on the Champ de Mars (that's where the Eiffel tower is). My plan (seriously) is to have a 'visibility' club meeting in front of the tour eiffel, doing an extract batch with my electric kettle hooked up to a car battery.

My wife is going to check with the Mayor's office to make sure we don't need any special permits for having a CO2 canister. I hope to do it sometime this summer.
That's really cool!  What is the CO2 for?  Are you going to be serving beer too?

Maybe. That depends on regs around dispensing. I think if I'm giving it away for free to 'friends' it should be fine. France is pretty damn lax about booze to being with, I think as long as I'm not serving it'll be ok.

The real reason for CO2 is that I now ferment in cornys, and so I need to purge the keg before I rack into the fermenter.
Title: Re: First Paris Homebrewer Meeting
Post by: tschmidlin on March 07, 2011, 05:49:54 PM
The real reason for CO2 is that I now ferment in cornys, and so I need to purge the keg before I rack into the fermenter.
Couldn't you purge it before you go?

I'm jealous you can have this kind of event, I can't imagine they'd let us brew near the Space Needle.  Although maybe I should look in to that . . .
Title: Re: First Paris Homebrewer Meeting
Post by: richardt on March 07, 2011, 05:52:46 PM
The real reason for CO2 is that I now ferment in cornys, and so I need to purge the keg before I rack into the fermenter.

Phil--can you explain why?

This seems unnecessary (but not "harmful") to me.  Oxygen/aeration is OK when transferring the chilled wort into the primary fermenter.  The Corny keg you use for fermentation needs to be sanitized, but does not, IMO, need to be purged with CO2.  Aeration with air or O2 is actually good for yeast growth at this stage.
Title: Re: First Paris Homebrewer Meeting
Post by: phillamb168 on March 07, 2011, 05:59:09 PM
Ah, actually, yeah, you're absolutely right, don't need it. But if I'm dispensing....

How cool would it be to tap a corny with the Eiffel tower in the background? I'm getting psyched about this... best not to get too excited, who knows if it's actually legal. I'd send pics to the AHA for sure though ;-)
Title: Re: First Paris Homebrewer Meeting
Post by: garyg on March 07, 2011, 06:27:01 PM
Definitely send us pics!
Title: Re: First Paris Homebrewer Meeting
Post by: phillamb168 on March 23, 2011, 01:00:43 PM
Here's our flyer!!!

(http://philliplamb.com/big_brewers.jpg)
(version big: http://philliplamb.com/big_brewers.jpg)
Title: Re: First Paris Homebrewer Meeting
Post by: Mark G on March 23, 2011, 02:33:37 PM
That is awesome... history in the making.
Title: Re: First Paris Homebrewer Meeting
Post by: denny on March 23, 2011, 03:09:54 PM
Very cool, Phil!  Let us know how it goes!
Title: Re: First Paris Homebrewer Meeting
Post by: phillamb168 on March 23, 2011, 03:25:23 PM
Here's our flyer!!!

(http://philliplamb.com/big_brewers.jpg)
(version big: http://philliplamb.com/big_brewers.jpg)

Here's the translation:
The war against bad beer has begun!

The homebrewers of Ile-de-France (paris & suburbs, fyi) are joining together for the first time, to develop a strategy to bring better beer to the refrigerators and basements of our families and compatriots. Never again will we be subjected to the dictatorship of Stella Artois, Leffe and Grimbergen!

Homebrewing is easier than you think. Everyone can make good beer, no matter your age, income or apartment size!

Come! Even if you have only dreamed of making good beer! We will give you the knowledge necessary to join in the fight.

FYI, if you're not familiar with the poster, it's based on De Gaulle's June 18 Appeal: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Appeal_of_18_June
They were plastered all over France and England during the war, and you see these every now and then near war memorials or plaques marking where Free French were executed.
Title: Re: First Paris Homebrewer Meeting
Post by: Mark G on March 23, 2011, 03:33:50 PM
Thanks for the translation. I took French in high school, but we're talking 20 years ago...
Title: Re: First Paris Homebrewer Meeting
Post by: denny on March 23, 2011, 04:52:00 PM
Thanks for the translation. I took French in high school, but we're talking 20 years ago...

I took Latin in jr. high and all I can remember is how to say "Rome has big sewers"....
Title: Re: First Paris Homebrewer Meeting
Post by: bluesman on March 23, 2011, 08:15:41 PM
Here's our flyer!!!

(http://philliplamb.com/big_brewers.jpg)
(version big: http://philliplamb.com/big_brewers.jpg)

Here's the translation:
The war against bad beer has begun!

The homebrewers of Ile-de-France (paris & suburbs, fyi) are joining together for the first time, to develop a strategy to bring better beer to the refrigerators and basements of our families and compatriots. Never again will we be subjected to the dictatorship of Stella Artois, Leffe and Grimbergen!

Homebrewing is easier than you think. Everyone can make good beer, no matter your age, income or apartment size!

Come! Even if you have only dreamed of making good beer! We will give you the knowledge necessary to join in the fight.

FYI, if you're not familiar with the poster, it's based on De Gaulle's June 18 Appeal: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Appeal_of_18_June
They were plastered all over France and England during the war, and you see these every now and then near war memorials or plaques marking where Free French were executed.

Congrats...Very fine indeed!

Good Luck.  :)
Title: Re: First Paris Homebrewer Meeting
Post by: tschmidlin on March 23, 2011, 08:34:11 PM
This is great, I can't wait to hear how it goes. :)
Title: Re: First Paris Homebrewer Meeting
Post by: dbeechum on March 23, 2011, 10:01:57 PM
Here's a few cheers! Good luck Phil!
Title: Re: First Paris Homebrewer Meeting
Post by: tumarkin on March 24, 2011, 02:01:48 AM
Here's a few cheers! Good luck Phil!
A votre sante - or what's other toasts are used in France? Anyway, best of luck!
Title: Re: First Paris Homebrewer Meeting
Post by: phillamb168 on March 24, 2011, 07:13:22 AM
Thanks for the translation. I took French in high school, but we're talking 20 years ago...

I took Latin in jr. high and all I can remember is how to say "Rome has big sewers"....

So how do you say it? Don't leave us hangin' like that!
Title: Re: First Paris Homebrewer Meeting
Post by: punatic on March 24, 2011, 07:42:07 AM
Thanks for the translation. I took French in high school, but we're talking 20 years ago...

I took Latin in jr. high and all I can remember is how to say "Rome has big sewers"....

So how do you say it? Don't leave us hangin' like that!

Roma ir liels kanaliz─ücijas

Oh wait, you said Latin... I thought you said Latvian...
Title: Re: First Paris Homebrewer Meeting
Post by: denny on March 24, 2011, 03:24:23 PM
Thanks for the translation. I took French in high school, but we're talking 20 years ago...

I took Latin in jr. high and all I can remember is how to say "Rome has big sewers"....

So how do you say it? Don't leave us hangin' like that!

Roma magnum cloacem habet.

Take that!   ;D
Title: Re: First Paris Homebrewer Meeting
Post by: tschmidlin on March 24, 2011, 04:24:06 PM
Roma magnum cloacem habet.

Take that!   ;D
Ah, now I know where the word cloaca comes from.  You know, that one exit chute that things like chickens have for getting rid of #1, #2, and  #3.  Wash those fresh eggs!
Title: Re: First Paris Homebrewer Meeting
Post by: theoman on April 14, 2011, 06:45:41 AM
That's awesome! I don't go into the clubs section very often, so I almost missed it. Looking forward to the report.
Title: Re: First Paris Homebrewer Meeting
Post by: alikocho on April 14, 2011, 02:35:12 PM
This is awesome!

I just went through this in establishing a club in Bristol.

I'm also organizing a homebrew competition in Bristol on September 3. Entries are open to all, so your club might like to send us a few entries....more details at http://www.bristolhomebrewcompetition.org.uk (http://www.bristolhomebrewcompetition.org.uk)
Title: Re: First Paris Homebrewer Meeting
Post by: phillamb168 on April 21, 2011, 08:24:21 AM
Last night was our first meeting, and it was full of win! We had 11 people show up, including one guy who walked into the shop to buy some beer but ended up staying because he thought it'd be fun to try. Between us we have more than 20 batches under our belts, and a majority of the people present were all-grain brewers. We even had one guy whose very first batch ever was all-grain! Hardcore.

I was especially pleased that two people brought beers for us to sample (my flier didn't say anything about that) which is a really good sign :-)

Here are a few photos... I didn't think to get a group photo unfortunately, but that might have been a little weird anyway.

(http://philliplamb.com/phc_belgian_strong.jpg)
Belgian strong golden. Lots of alcohol in this one, needing body - but definitely drinkable. This was done by the guy on the left in the following photo, with a couple friends of his. He's the guy whose first batch was all-grain. Nice head retention, lacing, etc.

(http://philliplamb.com/phc_mtg.jpg)
At left, "Pek," and at right, Stephen. Pek did the strong golden above.

(http://philliplamb.com/phc_fossoyeuse.jpg)
Stephen's "La Fossoyeuse," or "grim reaper-ette," a good example of an English Brown Ale.

(http://philliplamb.com/phc_sunset.jpg)
The weather was perfect. I took this on my walk home to the train. Really happy with how things worked out! I'm not sure when our next meeting will be, but I do know that I'm going to get everybody a logbook, because a major theme during the discussion of beer recipes was "I don't remember what I put in it."

Thoughts about a good idea for the next meeting? I'm going to hold a contest to name the club at the very least.
Title: Re: First Paris Homebrewer Meeting
Post by: alikocho on April 21, 2011, 08:28:32 AM
Excellent!

Maybe you might think about getting ideas for the next meeting from a forum or group email. See what multiple minds can storm up.
Title: Re: First Paris Homebrewer Meeting
Post by: skyler on May 09, 2011, 12:03:18 AM
Find me legal eork in Psris and I will tots join your club.
Title: Re: First Paris Homebrewer Meeting
Post by: morticaixavier on May 09, 2011, 04:59:29 AM
Find me legal eork in Psris and I will tots join your club.

Me too! find me computer work!
Title: Re: First Paris Homebrewer Meeting
Post by: phillamb168 on January 10, 2012, 12:25:43 PM
Getting a bit of publicity now :-)

(http://philliplamb.com/2011-12-01_BiereMag.jpg)
Title: Re: First Paris Homebrewer Meeting
Post by: Jimmy K on January 10, 2012, 01:45:34 PM
Find me legal eork in Psris and I will tots join your club.

Hire this guy to write your newsletters. ;)
Title: Re: First Paris Homebrewer Meeting
Post by: punatic on January 10, 2012, 02:28:38 PM
It appears the brewing and facial hair axiom does not apply in France.
Title: Re: First Paris Homebrewer Meeting
Post by: seajellie on January 13, 2012, 03:06:21 PM
Very cool to see this Phil, congrats on starting this up. Wish I were there to join in the fun. I lived in Paris from 1999 - 2003, and I remember well that every time I wanted to have a good beer on tap (that wasn't Guinness, anyway) I had to hop on the metro for many stops and at least one change before I could arrive. Very cool for you to be at the start of what I think will be a ground swell movement. They do love wine more than anything, but with Germany, Belgium, and Spain (one of Europe's largest brewing volumes by country) surrounding them, they can't resist forever!

And yeah, it's hard to live in Paris without having some facial hair. If you're a guy, anyway....
Title: Re: First Paris Homebrewer Meeting
Post by: pedalbiker on January 15, 2012, 01:34:54 PM
I'm organizing Paris' first ever (maybe?) homebrewer meeting but am not sure what to talk about. I figure a tasting or two of some recent beers, but what else could be done besides that? Any and all suggestions are welcome!

Since most people go to one store, see if the store could give you a gift certificate to give thru a drawing away at the meeting.  To enter the drawing all one would need is their name, email address and phone number.