July Lehigh Valley Homebrewers Newsletter


Greetings Brewers!


Our next meeting will be held Tuesday, July 28th at 7:30 PM. Please RSVP here and we'll send you the Zoom link.


Agenda:

  • Announcements

  • Style Deep Dive: 8A: Munich Dunkel

  • Education session: Panel Discussion: The Effects of Oxygen on Beer and the Processes to manage it.

  • Style Deep Dive: 8B: Schwarzbier

For the Style Deep Dives, it will be helpful to have a sample of the style to taste alongside the description. Here are our recommendations (but any beer in the category will do):


Munich Dunkel: Hofbrau Dunkel

Schwarzbier: Köstritzer Schwarzbier


Both beers can be found at Tanczo's (Bethlehem) and Link Beverages. Larger supermarkets should also have these or options in these styles.


Future Meeting Locations:

August 25th @ TBD


Meetings are open to anyone (21 and older) who home brews (beer, wine, mead) or is interested in learning about home brewing.  Our club has over 30 certified judges and several members who have "gone pro" by opening their own brewery, meadery, or distillery! - So bring your latest craft creation and get some constructive feedback and/or accolades!


ANNOUNCEMENTS


Special Thanks

Thanks to Steve Anthony for preparing an education session on brewing in small spaces at the June meeting! He covered a wide array of indoor brewing challenges and planning. Check out his notes here!


Also a shout out to Josh Bushey of Two Rivers Brewing and Jim Yergey of Yergey Brewing for walking us through virtual tastings of some of their recent craft creations! Remember to continue to support our local breweries through these challenging times!



Put it on a shirt!

We're working on some ideas for a new club shirt (and other club merchandise), lead by the efforts of our VP, Ken Solt. We're asking for your suggestions and will be putting some ideas up in the Forum on the website. Here are some of the clever suggestions that have been proposed:


  1. Homebrew: The perfect beer, no road trip required.

  2. Never trust someone that doesn't brew their own beer

  3. Good people drink good beer. -Hunter S Thompson

  4. I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The great point is to bring them the real facts, and beer. —Abraham Lincoln

  5. Sometimes when I reflect back on all the beer I drink I feel ashamed. Then I look into the glass and think about the workers in the brewery and all of their hopes and dreams. If I didn't drink this beer, they might be out of work and their dreams would be shattered. Then I say to myself, it is better that I drink this beer and let their dreams come true than be selfish and worry about my liver. ~Jack Handey

  6. During a quarantine, I’m fully prepared to brew gallons and gallons of delicious craft beer. What are you going to do, watch Tiger King?

  7. How many beer taps are in your house? or... How many beer taps per square foot?


Keep the suggestions coming! We'll put a vote up next month!


We're also looking into the work shirts.



Homebrew Equipment for Sale

Checkout the website forum for some recent posts of homebrewers selling unneeded equipment. You won't find a better deal!


Member Benefits

We recently refreshed our club roster with our sponsoring Homebrew stores. If you have registered with our website, you will see a "member-2020" badge associated with your account. This badge grants access to the Member's Benefit section of the website. Also, tasting glasses have been ordered! Thank you to everyone that paid their dues on time!


We're starting a new Pallet Buy List of Interest. Once we have enough interest we will coordinate the next order. See the Members page for details.


The Pallet Buy List of Interest is currently at 22 sacks! Over halfway to our next order!



Keystone Homebrew Supply offers 10% off online and in-store purchases for LVHB members as well as a points based loyalty reward program.  They offer weekly local delivery on Saturdays at Bonn Place in Bethlehem (it's one of the shipping options available at checkout - it's super easy, just place your order by Thursday)  Keystone offers full sacks of grain as well as a large selection of brewing and wine making equipment.  Also, for most local competitions they provide a drop off point so you don't have to mail in your entries!   https://www.keystonehomebrew.com/ Hop and Grain offers members 20% off purchases on their online store, free shipping and flexible local pick-up options.  You'll find them very accommodating, even if you require a special order.  https://hopandgrain.us/


There's no excuse not to brew because you can't get ingredients or equipment!  Thank you to the local shops that support our club!


See all the benefits of membership as well as how to join here.


UPCOMING CLUB EVENTS


We'll let you know as soon as we can confirm info. Hopefully soon! Check out the Events page for the festivals tentatively scheduled for later this summer.


OUR BREWERS (are awesome)


We look forward to posting our award winning brewers here again soon once competitions resume. In the meantime, our brewers are being awesome in other ways!



CLUB COMPETITIONS


Bracket Competition

Round 1 is complete! Advancing brewers have their new styles assigned. See the Bracket Page for the latest info. Congratulations to Scott Smith for winning our unofficial Best of Round 1 with a delicious NEIPA! Excellent submissions by all participants!


Black is Beautiful Challenge

We'll have some additional information to share regarding this challenge's details at the Tuesday Meeting. See the latest information on the competition web page!


Iron Brewer Challenge

TBD for now


Clone Competition

TBD for now

UPCOMING COMPETITIONS

Full list is available here.


It's happening!



More info to be shared at the July meeting

CLUB COMMUNICATION

The details for most of our happenings (news, events, etc.) will either be included in the monthly newsletter or will be found on the LVHB Website Club Info page.   More random thoughts, photos, and links will be shared via the club Facebook page.   Find photos of our brewing activities on Instagram!  @lehighvalleyhomebrewers


LVHB T-Shirts

LVHB t-shirts are available for sale. Please see a club officer for more information and to purchase. Styles and pricing are as follows:

T-shirts - blue only, Short sleeve L-XL

$10


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