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March 2021 Lehigh Valley Homebrewers Newsletter

Greetings Brewers! I hope everyone has been staying safe and looking forward to getting back together in-person. There's hope! If vaccines continue to be more and more available, perhaps we'll be able to resume a traditional in-person meeting sometime this summer. Unfortunately, the National Homebrew Conference felt that holding the full conference in San Diego this June would still be too risky. They will be hosting the conference online again this year. I would still encourage signing up to gain access to the educational presentations.

I'd like to thank our guest speakers from the February meeting; we were jam packed with content! Special thanks to Rick Theiner, Greg Edwards, and Matt McCall for joining us last time - see below for links to the presentations. I'd also like to thank all our members who renewed their memberships for 2021! We'll be sharing the results of the accompanying member survey at our next meeting.

I'm very excited to see all the responses for the first flight of the Homebrewer of the Year club competition! Currently we have 15 entries and we have again partnered with Gallows Hill to help safely manage the logistics of collection and judging. Dan will be sending entrants more specific instructions including your labeling instructions. There's still time to register if you haven't RSVP'd yet. I hope everyone views these internal club competitions as not just a way to compete for fortune and glory (lol), but also to grow your brewing skills. I had never brewed these styles before and acted on a tip from our treasurer, Steve, who suggested that the yeast cake from a Scottish Light would be a great starter for a Wee Heavy. Having never brewed a Wee Heavy before either, I was up for the challenge! Steve was right, and my Wee Heavy was actively fermenting in just a few hours. It finished up at 10.25%, and I hope to be able to share it with you soon!

Please check out the new "One and Done" competition below - If you've been starving for some beer feedback from a local competition at a low cost entry fee, this is it! Register before it fills up!

John Litak

LVHB Club President

Future Meetings:

March 30th - Zoom - RSVP Here Beer Homework:

  • Coffee Beers, please select any of the following:

  • Weyerbacher Gam-Gam's Coffee Double IPA (Coming soon to their tap room)

  • Hijinx Morning Mayhem

  • Hop Hill Morning Blonde

  • Wallenpaupack Nitro Coffee Cream Ale

  • Night Shift Wide Awake

  • Carton Regular Coffee

  • Other Coffee beer of your choice!

The March Meeting Agenda will feature:

  • Special Guest from Fieldstone Coffee Roasters to talk about pairing coffee with beer

  • Results from Round 1 of the Homebrewer of the Year (Scottish Light & Dark Milds)

  • Results from the Membership Survey

  • Group Discussion on Water pH

Meetings are open to anyone (21 and older) who home brews (beer, wine, cider, 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!


Meeting Minutes

February Meeting - Tuesday, 23 February 2021

For February, we continued with our zoom virtual meetings. We had 35 Zoom participants. Our Agenda included:

  • Announcements and updates on club activities and competitions.

  • Style Deep Dives: English Dark Mild and English Brown Ales

  • Special Guest Presenter: Rick Theiner, LOGIC, Inc.

  • Special Guest: Matt McCall of McCall Collective Brewing

  • Special Guest: Greg Edwards from POWER Interfaith Lehigh Valley

Here are the presentations from the meeting:

General Notes, Black is Beautiful, and Style Deep Dive: Cream Ale and American Light Lager