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Homebrew Clubs / Re: No East End Long Island Homebrew Clubs?
« on: May 07, 2013, 01:56:38 PM »
Like a branch office! Thanks for that.  Oh, the alcohol fairy arrives in a few minutes.

Homebrew Clubs / Re: No East End Long Island Homebrew Clubs?
« on: May 07, 2013, 01:14:08 PM »
I might ask. I wouldn't want them thinking that their members are being poached.  If members near me hear of a more local club they could join it.  Oh! The ethics of it all.  All the club can do is say no.

Homebrew Clubs / Re: Do other clubs have this problem?
« on: May 07, 2013, 10:24:43 AM »
I'm a member of JbreW (reg. AHA club) Johnson & Wales Univ. in Providence, RI.  I moved so I don't participate any longer in brew days or events, but I still receive emails and participate in online discussions.  We held the Ocean State Homebrew Competition and the RAW Benefit (Real Ales for clean Water) event.  We paid no dues.  We brewed in the brewing lab in the Culinary Center.  The University paid for ingredients on brew days, which were paid for by the activity fee we all paid.  We had to pay for field trip busses and for beer we drank in tastings. We also were expected to volunteer for the two events I mentioned previously. We had 10 or so fully active members who attended 95% of all of the events out of the 50 or so students who signed up for the club. I would have paid for membership if the club by-laws allowed it. Faculty and staff were welcomed to tastings and events as long as they paid the fee.

You're obviously near Philly so are you in NJ, PA, DE, MD or DC? How many other clubs are there in your area? $15 yearly dues seems too reasonable.  I feel that you should give delinquent members 30 days to pay up or they should be ejected for non-payment of dues.  Do you have that in your by-laws? Let them know you mean business.  Plus in the next cycle increase the dues amount (as long as you and the top 5-6 and other 25 paid members can afford it) to weed out members who just don't participate. Make 'em "Put up or shut up."  With this you can, as you wrote, "accept the reality" and concentrate on the great members in good standing that you have. 

Maybe you could have the two pillars of membership philosophy.  There are the "Pillars" who pay a higher dues level.  These members hold up and care for the club's structure. They also reap the highest benefits for their service to the club.  Then there's the "Catterpillar" level for those who just crawl in and out or become moths and burn in the flame.  They pay a modest dues (like your $15) and can participate in brew days, certain events and are non-voting members.  On collective brew days they can't reap any of the beer brewed unless they pitch in with or pay for proportional ingredients for a share of the beer.  They can attend tasting or other events, but have to pay a modest amount to attend to cover their share of the beer needed for tastings.  They get the basic benefit package.  They get the privilege to call themselves members.   Hell! - it's just like Cable!  Then again... someone has to administer this bureaucracy.


Homebrew Clubs / Re: No East End Long Island Homebrew Clubs?
« on: May 07, 2013, 08:53:03 AM »
Yes, there is. Brewer's East End Revival (B.E.E.R.). A pretty cool group, I'd say. If you are a beer judge they could use your help at their competition coming up on Saturday May 18.

Thanks for the lead, but B.E.E.R. is definitely one of the clubs that I plotted on my linked map.  They do appear to be a great group with the 17th annual competition coming up.

An online map will show it's 56 miles and 72 minutes to John Harvard's in Lake Grove or 45 miles and 60 minutes to the other at the Brickhouse in Patchogue, where they hold their regular monthly meetings.  Both of these meeting locations are in Center Island rather than the East End. With local or tourist traffic, it could take a chunk of the day or night to get there and back.

Still in search!

Homebrew Clubs / Re: No East End Long Island Homebrew Clubs?
« on: May 01, 2013, 10:48:51 AM »
I'll put some feelers out to see who's interested: I'll contact some of the breweries and ask them if they have heard of anybody who's been brewing out here.  Anyone use Meet Up?

Sometimes I'm conflicted.  I just moved to Sahg Hahbah. Forgit abow-dit.  Funny thing growing up out on the East End- long before cable was invented -I remember the CT and RI accents more than Brooklyn/NYC since New Haven/Hartford/Providence TV stations are way closer to Sag harbor than NYC TV stations. There was the local "Bonac" accent which came from Dorcester/Dorset on the southern English coast.  Those guys could talk and you'd never see a lip move.


Homebrew Clubs / No East End Long Island Homebrew Clubs?
« on: April 30, 2013, 01:23:59 PM »
I've recently returned to my hometown of Sag Harbor, Long Island after being away for a couple of decades.  I was looking for a club to join on the East End of Long Island from the AHA "Find a Homebrew Club" page and saw that all of the clubs in New York/Long Island are west of Riverhead, NY.  The closest club is 30 miles. In the tourist season that could be a three hour drive one way!

I went to and mapped all of the AHA clubs which were listed in the directory from Manhattan heading east into the sunrise. View the map.  Are there any unlisted or non-sanctioned clubs out East?

I was wondering if there were any East End home brewers from Hampton Bays to Montauk or on Shelter Island that would want to hook up in our area? 

Ingredients / Re: Show us your Hops 2011!
« on: July 15, 2011, 09:35:12 AM »
Here are my hallertau ...more images here.

Seems like the hardest thing to move will be the grain. What I've done is, what's not in 25 kilo sacks has been put into dogfood containers. Those would fit nicely in a couple cardboard boxes I'd guess. Do you bottle? If so then that's another thing entirely.

I do bottle.  I thought of getting the new plastic corrogated boxes from C&W Crate, which I saw in BYO Mag. they can be wrapped in blankets and put on the truck, both empty and full. Hopefully the "full" inventory will be depelted by the move.  My move is looking to be 5 miles away.  Luckily, I've used up all but a few pounds all of my grain inventory so that's not a problem.  When I found out we needed to move, I halted any thought of grain replenishment.

With my new educational program, (restarting my career by going to Culinary shcool at Johnson & Wales in Providence, RI) I don't have the time to move anything myself. The move and the first week of classes will probably happen at the same time. My wife's schedule is hariy to with her business.  To aid in her sanity, I want to go compeletly with an insured mover who can replace any broken items.  I'll get quotes that will cover any of the breakage that could occur.

General Homebrew Discussion / Moving Home Brewery Equipment and Stock
« on: July 14, 2011, 09:14:01 AM »
My wife and have to move in a two of months. My wife found a place on the other side of town with a great detached garage with electricity and water.  She knew that she could sell it to me by calling the garage a brewery.  When we moved into our present house 5 years ago I brewed with simple equipment and one carboy.  Since then I've accumulated more and more equipment and stock.

I need some advice as to the best way to pack up the home brewery so that a moving company can schlep it (and the rest of our stuff) to the new house.  I have some ideas, but I'd love to get a range of suggestions to make this episode smarter, safer and smoother.

The Pub / Re: Universal Studios Orlando - Beer Hell!!!
« on: June 01, 2011, 10:35:47 AM »
I just got back from Universal Studios Orlando and the first thing I did was get a beer from the kegerator.
Talk about a craft beer lovers hell!  The best I could find was a Newcastle on draft at the Hard Rock Cafe.  Margarittaville had Landshark Lager which wasn't too bad but I'm not running out to the store to get it.

We need a Sam Adams theme park.  You ride the Battle of Bunker Hill roller coaster, a wooden rackety coater with musket fire, smoke and cannons blasting. Then you get on the log flume ride. Sam Adams narrates, taking you through the Boston Tea Party raid weaving in between the tea ships in Boston Harbor splashing into the water a bit as the tea chests are tossed off the deck by native Algonquin dressed actors. All followed by the ultimate beer garden. There you watch an automated Jim Kock reenact the creation of his ancestor's beer recipe, while you down tankards (made of pewter by an automated Paul Revere) of Boston Ale.   Now that's a good time!

All Things Food / Re: Homemade Soap!
« on: May 29, 2011, 05:41:27 AM »
Fantastic thread.
Just too cool for words.

I remember my Grandma making soap in the backyard.  (And my Grandfather made beer and wine).
I may just have to try this out!
Thanks for the great info.

They should've gotten their gigs together.  I made a beer soap with Oktoberfest instead of water, added spent grains dried in the oven and crushed further as an exfoliant and a few drops of Bergamont oil for scent.  Next time I may use a "Hopshot" for some hop scent.

You have to let the beer completely go flat before adding the lye or the carbonation with the reaction will give you a huge stinky foam bomb.  I added the grain at the end of the lye/fat mix when it was thickening up before molding.  I use a rectangular silicone mold so the soap pops out easily.  it very rewarding to use personally and when it's received as a gift.  Just like making beer and wine.

An all-grain Hefeweizen on Monday while I remember all of those veterans of wars. I made a starter Friday. Since I was never in the service, I'm grateful for their service. 

How many homebrewing service personnel brew while on active duty?  Having a carboy in the barracks is probably impractical and frowned upon.

Extract/Partial Mash Brewing / Re: Bacon and beer
« on: May 29, 2011, 04:59:50 AM »
I'm bottling my beer today. I put the beer into my deep freeze for a couple of hours to congeal the bacon grease. I haven't tasted it yet.

The fat congealing is a great idea.  We all look forward to your critique of the flavor, unless you want to send us a bottle and we'll critique with you.
Enjoy the weekend!

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Love sharing my beer, BUT....
« on: May 25, 2011, 01:24:14 PM »
That is the worst idea I ever heard. I would not want my wife to see what I'm spending!
Secrets and skeletons tsk, tsk, tsk.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Love sharing my beer, BUT....
« on: May 23, 2011, 05:43:30 AM »
Can't wait to get the sign up that TonyP made me. I might be able to afford this after all!  ;D
Does it say
Gas, grass, or ass, no one drinks for free
Propane, malt, or sex just doesn't have the same ring to it.

Something else you can do weaze, I can't remember if someone mentioned this.  Put up a whiteboard where everyone can see it and track your expenses for the year on it.
....  People love having beers named in their honor. :)

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