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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Good Time At FWIW Homebrew Contest
« on: August 29, 2013, 09:44:21 PM »
Was planning on attending but got called away at the last minute.  A couple of the MUGZ crew did show up and said they had a good time.  I'm putting the comp on my schedule for next year. 

Posted this before with mixed results.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: One of the best brew days ever
« on: September 29, 2012, 04:21:33 PM »
Sounds like great fun.  I'm planning on going to a group brew in a couple of weeks.  Setting up my all grain equipment and brewing with a few extract brewers.  They have never seen the all grain process before.  Should be a good day.

Just came from the Peoria Beer Festival.  It seems the only people hurt by the ridiculous exclusion of homebrew from the event where the Jaycees and the charities they support.  The attendence was definitely down.  Some of the participants were wearing t-shirts with "Where's the Homebrew"!

The State taking on homebrew competitions is just a rumour.  I've always been the kind that felt where there is smoke there is fire though.  I guess it is all in how they interpret the statute wording.

  "...if it is made solely for the use of the maker, his family and his guests."

It just seems odd that we have been serving beer at festivals for years and this is now just coming up.  I think, perhaps, it is time to make some wording changes to the statute that will protect our desire to hold competitions and allow us to donate homebrew to a festival without government pressure.  Flying under the radar apparently only works so long until somebody notices and makes an issue of it.

It seems the same type of anti-homebrew nonsense that has been going on in Wisconsin is rearing it's ugly head in Illinois as well.  For years clubs around our region have gathered at the Peoria International Beer Festival and served our homebrewed beers to very eager fest-goers.  Not anymore.  The Illinois Liquor Commission recently sent word to the organizers of the event that serving homebrew was illegal.  Why after so many years of participation at the event the point was made now is beyond anybody's guess.  The big rumour circulating now is that the State will soon be cracking down on homebrew competitions as well.  Perhaps the AHA might be interested in taking on another fight?  Our local clubs are willing to go to war on these issues but don't exactly know where to start.  Any suggestions?  Below is the statute the State has been waving around:

Illinois statute Chapter 235, Act 5, Article II, § 2-1 permits the making of wine, cider or other ALCOHOLIC LIQUOR by a person from fruits, vegetables or grains, or the products thereof, by simple fermentation and without distillation, if it is made solely for the use of the maker, his family and his guests.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: My First First Place (Brag Warning)
« on: June 09, 2011, 09:22:44 PM »
I usually judge at BUZZ.  Couldn't make it this year and felt pretty bad about it.  Feel even worse now that I've read they were short on judges.   I will definitely make it a point to judge at it next year.  Congrats on your first place.

All Grain Brewing / Re: So your Barley Crusher won't Crush?
« on: April 06, 2011, 10:25:27 PM »
You can purchase new rollers from BC Products for $50.00.  The roller knurls are all that really wear out.  Fifty bucks is a lot cheaper than buying a new mill.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Favorite brewing software?
« on: March 29, 2011, 07:33:18 PM »
I'm with Denny.  I started with Promash many years ago and will use no other.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Anybody Read Mosher's Tasting Beer?
« on: March 16, 2011, 10:18:43 PM »
Just opened it today.  First dozen pages definitely convinced me to keep reading.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Fined Beer not bright
« on: March 03, 2011, 09:00:52 PM »
My vote is for SuperKleer.  It has worked on both my wines and beer.  Good stuff and, usually, very quick clearing.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Anybody Going to DMC in Aurora IL?
« on: March 03, 2011, 08:54:05 PM »
I'll be there for the Saturday session.

Homebrew Competitions / Re: Land of the Muddy Waters Homebrew Competition
« on: October 14, 2010, 10:08:23 PM »
Hey Guys,

The links should be working this weekend.  Sorry for any confusion.

Homebrew Competitions / Land of the Muddy Waters Homebrew Competition
« on: October 12, 2010, 10:42:54 PM »
Dear Fellow Homebrewers,
(Administrators, please forward this to your club list)

Announcing the 16th annual
Land of the Muddy Waters Homebrew Competition

Complete details can be found at

This AHA/BJCP-sanctioned contest is organized by MUGZ (Mississippi Unquenchable Grail Zymurgists).   
 LOTMW 2010 is one of the last qualifying events for Midwest Brewer of the Year.
We are in need of judges for LOTMW 2010 to be held on November 13th, 2010.  This year’s competition will again be held at Blue Cat Brew Pub, in historic downtown Rock Island, IL. 
 As in the past, we will be hedonically judging a special category called the Land of the Muddy Water, as well as having a label contest. Refer to our website for complete details
We anticipate the need to have enough judges to cover 250+ entries.  Coffee and doughnuts will be provided at 8 AM the morning of the competition as well as lunch between sessions at the Blue Cat.
Judges with walk-in entries must pre-register them before the entry deadline as stated on the website. Please have walk-in entries there no later than 8:00 AM.
Judging will begin at 9:00 AM and we expect to wrap up for the awards ceremony and festivities between 4PM and 5PM. For more information, visit
If you plan on judging please take the time to register as a judge on our website

Key Dates:
Oct 18th - Nov. 5th.  Entries accepted
Nov. 13th Competition day

Rich Toohill, Organizer LOTMW 2010

Five gallons of cream ale.  Also, plenty of cooler, faucets and lines getting the full cleaning treatment.  Have to get all ready for patio season.

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