SBE April Meeting – Evaluating Beer

The April meeting of the Society of Barley Engineers homebrew club will be held on Wednesday April 6th @ 6p.m. at the Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens and will focus on Evaluating Beer. We will be breaking into judging panels so that everyone will have the opportunity to participate in the beer judging process. The entree of the evening will be Chicken Tikka Masala. Directions are available at http://www.stonebrew.com/visit/storedirections.pdf

On the agenda:
1. BJCP Judging Process – Paul
2. Large Group Calibration Beer – Paul
3. Small Group Judging Panels
    a) Bock Beer Judging Panel for Club Only Competition
    b) Wood Aged Beer Judging Panel for Club Only Competition
    c) Other Beers Judging Panels
4. Spring Fling Campout – Andy/Stan
5. Treasury Update – Jeremy
6. Homebrew Sharing – All

What to bring:
Homebrew for sharing
Cash for entree ($10 + tax & tip = $13)

Note: See comments for notes from the meeting.

SBE March Meeting – Dark Ales

The March meeting of the Society of Barley Engineers homebrew club will be held on Wednesday March 2nd @ 6p.m. at the Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens and will focus on Dark Ale styles. The entree of the evening will be Pesto Penne with Chicken & Tomato. Directions are available at http://www.stonebrew.com/visit/storedirections.pdf

On the agenda:
1. Dark Ale styles – Chris Stawney
2. Blind tasting (match the dark ale to the style) – Chris Stawney
3. Information Office update – Chris Banker
4. Upcoming Events – Stan
5. Stone March Madness AHA Rally event – Andy
6. Americas Finest City Homebrew Competition Results – Paul
7. Homebrew Sharing – All

What to bring:
Homebrew for sharing
Cash for entree if desired ($10 + tax & tip = $13)

Note: See comments for notes and photos from the meeting.

SBE Febrewary Meeting Announcement

The Febrewary meeting of the Society of Barley Engineers homebrew club will be held on Wednesday Febrewary 2nd @ 6p.m. at the Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens and will focus on Wood Aging Beer. The entree of the evening will be Spicy Beef & Broccoli. Directions are available at http://www.stonebrew.com/visit/storedirections.pdf.

On the agenda:
1. Wood aging process discussion – Jeremy
2. Commercial & homebrewed samples of wood aged beer – Jeremy
3. Events Plan for 2011 – Stan
4. Upcoming competitions – Paul
5. Homebrew Sharing – All

What to bring:
Homebrew for sharing
Cash for entree if desired ($10 + tax & tip = $13)
Dues for 2011 ($25), if not already paid

Note: See comments for presentation notes.

Website Updates

I was recently elected to the position of Communications Officer and have been making many changes to advance the efficiency and effectiveness of communications both within the club and externally.  As part of these changes, I have made several improvements to the website.  The following are the most notable changes:

  • Addition of a club calendar. This is a google calendar, accessible through the Calendar menu link, that shows SBE meetings and events, as well as public beer events of interest to the homebrewing community.  The different types of events are differentiated by different colors on the calendar.  If you use Google Calendar, you can add these calendars to your own using the (+) Google Calendar button at the bottom right of the calendar.
  • Addition of a Speaker Notes page.  This page contains an archive of notes and handouts from previous meetings.  I will continue to post notes from future meetings, as well as continue working on gathering them from previous months.  These notes are also linked to in the comments for their respective meetings.
  • Notes from meetings.  Following each meeting, I will be posting information such as presentation notes, Club-Only Competition Winners, meeting photos, and announcements.  These notes will be posted as comments to the meeting announcement post.
  • A simple form for joining the SBE Associates email list.  This form is available on the About page of the site.  The associates email list is a low-traffic announcement-only list for those who are interested in getting involved with SBE and finding out about meetings.  Typically the only emails sent to this list are a once-monthly meeting announcement from our president.

I plan to continue making improvements to the website and welcome any comments or suggestions.  I can be contacted through the Contact page of the site.

Chris Banker

SBE Communications Officer

SBE January Meeting Announcement

The January meeting of the Society of Barley Engineers homebrew club will be held on Wednesday January 5th @ 6 p.m. at the Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens and will focus on Bock Beers. We are pleased to have a special guest speaker and QUAFF member Greg Lorton to lead the discussion on Bock Beers. The entree of the evening will be Pesto Penne with Chicken & Tomato. Directions are available at http://www.stonebrew.com/visit/storedirections.pdf

On the agenda:
1. Bock Beer discussion with commercial samples and homebrewed examples – Greg Lorton
2. Lager brewing tips – Andy
3. Introduction to 2011 SBE Program – Andy
4. National Homebrew Convention Event planning – Stan
5. English Pale Ale Club Only Competition – Paul
6. Homebrew Sharing – All

What to bring:
Homebrewed bock beers for main discussion
English Pale Ales for competition
Homebrew for sharing
Cash for entree ($10 + tax & tip = $13)
Dues for 2011 ($25)

Note: See comments for notes from the meeting.

December Meeting Information – Holiday Ales

The December meeting of the Society of Barley Engineers homebrew club will be held on Wednesday December 1st @ 6p.m. at the Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens and will focus on Holiday Ales. Since it is the sharing season, we would like to encourage everyone to bring a friend that would enjoy holiday beers. The entree of the evening will be Pesto Penne with Chicken & Tomato.   Directions are available at http://www.stonebrew.com/visit/storedirections.pdf

On the agenda:
1. Holiday Ale discussion with commercial samples – Chad
2. Homebrewed holiday ale sharing and brewing discussion – All
3. Green Flash Anniversary Celebration recap – Stan
4. Solicit input for meeting topics and events for 2012 – Andy & Stan
5. Homebrew Sharing – All

What to bring:
A friend
Homebrewed holiday ales for discussion
Homebrew for sharing
Cash for entree ($10 + tax & tip = $13)
Dues for 2012 ($25)

New Officers

During the November meeting, we held officer elections for the coming year.

Here are the election results for the SBE Elections for the 2011 calendar year:

President: Andy Gamelin
Vice President: Jeremy Jerome
Communications Officer: Chris Banker
Competition Czar: Paul Sangster
Director of Special Operations: Lauren Sallee
Events Coordinator: Stan Sisson

Congratulations to our new officers.

Oktober Meeting Fermenting…


The Oktober meeting of the Society of Barley Engineers homebrew club will be held on Wednesday Oktober 6th @ 6p.m. at the Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens and will focus on Fermentation Science.  The entree of the evening will be pesto penne with chicken & tomato.  Directions are available on the Stone Brewing Company website [PDF link].

On the agenda:
1. Fermentation Science – Jason & Susan Cellitti
2. Oktoberfest planning – Eric & Stan
3. Green Flash Anniversary Celebration – Lauren
4. Homebrew Sharing – All

What to bring:
Homebrew for sharing
Cash for entree ($10 + tax & tip = $13)

Note: Slides from the presentation can be found in the comments.

Sour-tember with the Society of Barley Engineers!

The September meeting of the Society of Barley Engineers homebrew club will be held on Wednesday September 1st @ 6p.m. at the Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens. The entree of the evening will be Pesto Penne with Chicken & Tomato.Directions are available at the Stone Brewing website [PDF link].

On the agenda:
1. Sour Ale Style guideline discussion – Berliner Weisse, Flanders Red, Oud Bruin, Lambic, Gueze, Fruit Lambic
2. Sour Ale commercial example tasting
3. Sour Ale blending demonstration
4. Judging Sour Ales for club only competition
5. Stone Anniversary Festival recap
6. Oktoberfest planning
7. Homebrew Sharing – All

What to bring:

Homebrew for sharing
Sour Ale for club only competition (at least 22 oz)
Cash for entree ($10 + tax & tip = $13)

Note: See comments for slides from the meeting.