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The Pub / Re: Babalu
« on: January 06, 2011, 11:26:21 AM »
Frank,

Thanks for letting us know.  I'm sure these changes in Jeff's condition have been extremely disheartening for all of you who have been taking care of him.  My thoughts are with Jeff and his family, including you.  Keep fighting the good fight, Jeff!

Cheers,
   Janis

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Homebrew Clubs / Re: Technical brewing education in brewing clubs
« on: January 03, 2011, 11:53:41 AM »
Bruce,

That's an impressive syllabus!  Would you be willing to post this information and a link to your website to the AHA Club Wiki?  http://ahaclubs.homebrewersassociation.org/  You'll need to be registered on that wiki to post, but you can sign up with the same information as you use for the AHA Forum.  I think this information would be great under the Running A Club ==> General Management section.  You can copy this Forum post and then paste as text into the page you create.  Let me know if you have any questions or problems.

Cheers,
   Janis

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Homebrew Clubs / Re: Technical brewing education in brewing clubs
« on: December 21, 2010, 11:42:15 AM »
Thanks, Janis.   I was just picturing trying to do dinner for our club!  We've had an explosion of members the last few years and our tech meetings are now over 60 in average attendance.  Parties are too big to even guess!

Hi Denny,
As our club has grown, we have developed a color group system to ensure food, and beer, and set-up/clean-up are all a sure thing at each meeting.  There are 4 color groups, Orange, Red, Green, and Blue.  Each month one group has food responsibility, one has the beer style of the month, one has set-up/clean-up, and the 4th group has the month off.  The responsibilities rotate so that the group responsible for beer gets the next month off.  Color groups are assigned when you become a member, but they change at the beginning of each year when you renew your membership.  This system was devised by Bob and Caroline Kauffman.

The cool thing is that the color group responsible for beer meets at one brewers house and they brew the beer.  It's an awesome way to expand your brewing knowledge and techniques.  The club picks up the tab for ingredients for the brew, and also for the food for each meeting.

Our club holds a fundraiser auction every August to finance the rental of the hall for the meetings, and the food, and beer ingredients.

Cheers,
   Janis

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Homebrew Clubs / Re: Technical brewing education in brewing clubs
« on: December 21, 2010, 11:32:19 AM »
janis' club is way more organized than ours when it comes to meetings. In our club the club meeting is about the only time when brewers meet each other. We are also fairly far spread out with travel times ranging from 15 to 60 min.

Kai

Hi Kai,
My club has been around for a long time (late 1970s/early 1980s), and the basic meeting structure has evolved over that time.  This is the Boulder County homebrew club, and our members have travel times very similar to yours.
Cheers,
   Janis

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Homebrew Clubs / Re: Technical brewing education in brewing clubs
« on: December 21, 2010, 11:21:12 AM »
Janis, how big is your club?

Hi Denny,
My club has 50 to 60 members, of which 20 to 40 come to any given meeting.
Cheers,
   Janis

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Homebrew Clubs / Re: Technical brewing education in brewing clubs
« on: December 21, 2010, 09:56:58 AM »
Hi Kai,

My club (Hop Barley & the Alers) has it built into the meeting agenda.  First we socialize while the dinner group is setting everything up.  Then as we eat dinner, the President makes the announcements.  Next, our VP gives a presentation of the style of the month.  We split into our color groups to discuss responsibilities for the next meeting, and finally we have a speaker from the local area. The speaker is usually arranged by the President, and they speak on lots of technical topics. Our meetings are 7 to ~10 p.m. on the 4th Tuesday of the month. http://www.hopbarley.org/

Good luck!

Cheers,
    Janis

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Smoked beer help please?
« on: November 17, 2010, 09:02:48 AM »
Hi Dave,

I'm with Jeffy regarding blending your beers rather than dumping them.  The heavy phenolics may be palatable when blended with a non-smoked beer.  Of course, your taste buds have the final say.  Good luck!

Cheers,
   Janis

203
Hi everyone,

A registration for Mead Day sites and another registration for Learn to Homebrew Day sites has been set up under the Events board.  For each event, there is a Read First board that has a message about how to use the registration.  This has primarily been set up to provide a way to announce your site location to others looking for an event in their area, and it is also a great way to find a location near you. 

Mead Day is this Saturday, August 7th, and the registration may be too late to do much good, but it is there.  The Mead Day recipe is posted on the AHA Homebrewopedia.  (http://wiki.homebrewersassociation.org/AHAMeadDay)  This year, the recipe has 5 different types of fruit from which you can choose to make a melomel (fruit) mead.  Get some honey from the local farmers market and make some mead this weekend!  Go to http://www.homebrewersassociation.org/pages/events/mead-day for more information about Mead Day.

Learn to Homebrew Day is the first Saturday in November, November 6th this year.  There is no set recipe to go along with Learn to Homebrew Day, but I encourage everyone to take advantage of all of the recipes to be found on the AHA's Homebrewopedia (http://wiki.homebrewersassociation.org/Recipes). Go to http://www.homebrewersassociation.org/pages/events/learn-to-homebrew-day for more information about Learn to Homebrew Day.

Cheers,
     Janis

Janis Gross
National Homebrew Competition Director
AHA Project Coordinator
janis@brewersassociation.org


Hi everyone,

This is just a reminder that Learn to Homebrew Day is this coming Saturday, November 6, 2010.  The registration area for Learn to Homebrew Day is under the Events board (http://www.homebrewersassociation.org/forum/index.php?board=48.0).  Register your homebrewing site under your State/Province so that those who are interested in learning to homebrew can attend your demonstration.  Feel free to register even if you're just brewing with your buddies and the public isn't invited to your brew session.  Instructions for how to post your site are found in the READ First: Learn to Homebrew Day message.

I'll be brewing this weekend, will you?

Cheers,
    Janis


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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: NHC 2011
« on: October 19, 2010, 06:59:12 PM »
Someone should really change the heading on that page...just sayin'   ;)


Hi,

If we changed the heading on the page, that would only make it obvious.  Where's the fun in that?   ;)
The page will be updated with the 2011 information (and heading) around the beginning of November.

Cheers,
   Janis

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: NHC 2011
« on: October 19, 2010, 10:27:45 AM »
Hi,

It isn't that obvious, but you can find the dates and a video about next year's National Homebrewers Conference here: http://www.ahaconference.org/.

Cheers,
   Janis

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Hi Steve,

Jon Aronson is starting a study group in Denver this month. Contact Jon at jondenver77@yahoo.com to get the details.  The first organizational meeting will be on October 14th, so contact him soon.

Cheers,
    Janis

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The Pub / Re: Babalu
« on: September 23, 2010, 04:49:15 PM »
Hey Frank,

I got to thinking about a way to get a response from Jeff.  Has anyone tried holding some hops under his nose, or simply opening a can or a bottle of beer near him?  If that doesn't wake up a homebrewer, I don't know what will.  Anyway, talk to him about brewing and beers, etc.  The homebrewer inside will struggle to get out!

Come on, Jeff!  Wake up and smell the hops!  You can do it, we know you can.

Cheers,
Janis

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The Pub / Re: Babalu
« on: September 07, 2010, 03:39:47 PM »
Thanks, Frank!

This is great news, and I continue to keep Jeff and his family in my thoughts.  I hope his recovery is swift and complete.

Cheers,
    Janis

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The Pub / Re: Babalu
« on: August 31, 2010, 02:10:39 PM »
I made it a sticky.

Thanks for doing that Major.

Hang in there Jeff; we're all pulling for you to come out of this unscathed!

Cheers,
   Janis

Janis Gross
National Homebrew Competition Director
AHA Project Coordinator
janis@brewersassociation.org

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The Pub / Re: Babalu
« on: August 27, 2010, 07:38:54 AM »
Frank,

Thank you so much for the updates; most times medical situations like this turn into a black hole of information.  In Jeff's condition, each day is a mountain of medical possibilities, so the updates help us all keep it in perspective. 

I continue to keep Jeff and his family in my thoughts and hope for the best possible outcome. 

Cheers,
   Janis

Janis Gross
National Homebrew Competition Director
AHA Project Coordinator
janis@brewersassociation.org

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