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April 2021 Lehigh Valley Homebrewers Newsletter

Greetings Brewers! I don't know about you, but I'm getting excited for Big Brew, our first in-person event in several months! We'll be celebrating on May 8th (a week after the official date), so start planning your brew day. If you can't brew that day, please come out and spend the day seeing some old friends, sharing homebrew and catching up. Also remember to plan your safe trip home with a designated driver, rideshare, or bring some camping gear and stay the night.

For the April Meeting, we'll be virtual again, with a special guest speaker, Nate Walter, Barrel Aging Program Manager at Free Will Brewing. Be sure to think of your questions about aging and souring beer - which is one of the upcoming Homebrewer of the Year competitions. Also, it would make sense to have some of their beer on hand - they will ship their beer to you if you can't get to their brewery.

I'd like to thank Kristina from Fieldstone Roasters for joining our March meeting - please watch for an update to this blog post. We're still consolidating the notes - but hopefully you already picked up some great tips for the May brewing with coffee competition! I'd also like to thank Chuck Lysakowski for sharing his winning Dark Mild recipe and everyone who participated in the spirited discussion on water pH! We'll definitely have a follow up conversation on additional aspects of water chemistry at some point going forward.

I'd like to give a sincere thanks to Ted, Ryan, Steve, Ken, & Dan who helped get our application for the Radegast Homebrew Club of the Year application submitted on time. Thanks guys!

Finally, I'd like to point everyone to the recent activity on the "Brewing Equipment" forum - there are lots of new posts of equipment for sale - be sure to check out the deals and don't be afraid to make an offer! Keep brewing and be safe!

John Litak

LVHB Club President