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2013 Cider Buy Wrap-up

November 20, 2013

Thanks to everyone who showed up to Barley John’s on Saturday to help with our Annual Cider distribution. This year the MHBA purchased 500 gallons and probably set a record for how quickly it was distributed, with it all going within about 3 hours!  As usual, Barley John’s Brew Pub in New Brighton hosted our event and had a fantastic collection of beers available for us to try while filling buckets and carboys.

For anyone who is still sitting on their cider, here are a couple resources to get you started fermenting!

Brewing TV Video

Our very own Chris Smith shares his amazing Cider making knowledge with the Northern Brewer Brewing TV crew in this 2012 episode all about Cider.  The recipe from the episode is also available.

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2013 Learn To Homebrew Day

November 13, 2013

“Learn to Brew” day was held this year on Saturday, November 2nd at Barley John’s. And it was another excellent turnout! The weather was very nice this year which made it much easier to stay outside and see all the action. The day started with our normal setup of multiple brewing stations. Thanks go out to Al, Gera, Todd, Paul and TJ for taking the time to bring your setups. They treated us to extract and all grain brewing methods, which ranged from a 5 gallon batch to a 30 gallon batch. Marie, manager of Barley John’s, and her staff did a great job of taking care of our group and serving excellent beer and food. We had one guest who was promoting his availability of honey and another promoting their website for beer recipes.  There were a number of new people asking lots of questions and wanted to become members of our club.  We had great gift sponsors in Northern Brewer and Midwest Supplies as we raffled off 2 new brew kits as well as a lot of glasses, t-shirts and other beer swag. Big thanks go out to Gera for putting this year’s event together! Thanks to everyone who participated! (more…)

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2013 Club Cider Pickup

November 6, 2013

It’s time to warm up your Cider making skills. The 2013 Club Cider Buy pickup date has been officially confirmed.  Below is the official announcement from Jonathan. Check out the Upcoming Events section for directions and more information on the event.

We finally have a date for the 2013 Club Cider Buy. It will be Saturday November 16th @ Barley John’s. As usual it will be $4 per gallon payable by cash, check or square cash (look it up). Please be sure to bring your sanitized 5 gallon vessels and perhaps a funnel if you will need one. We will have funnel(s) and starsan on hand but extras never hurt. We will do our best to arrive around 10am and I would request that people show up no later than 2pm (though it may very well take us longer than that). If you are unable to attend please try to get a friend to help you out, if that is not an option please let me know ASAP and we can try to work something out. As this will be hosted at Barley John’s there will be plenty of food and beer available so support them and hang out and enjoy if you have the time. Currently the allocation of cider is full but if you haven’t already signed up and are interested there may very well be extras so come hang out and bring some buckets. To the same extent if you want more than you requested bring along a few extra vessels and you might get lucky. Again for this reason if you do not let me know that you will be arriving late I will start giving away people’s allocations after 2pm. Please note that this email is going to the whole club and receiving it DOES NOT MEAN YOU HAVE BEEN ALLOCATED CIDER. I will be sending out an email shortly to all those who are already on the list. Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns. Cheers!

Jonathan Beckel

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2013 Learn To Homebrew Event Reminder

October 31, 2013

Just a reminder about our upcoming meeting this Saturday!

Our November meeting celebrates AHA’s Learn to Homebrew Day. Once again, Barley John’s Brew Pub has invited us to hang out on their patio while club members provide demonstrations on how to brew both extract and all-grain beers. The meeting is from 10 am to 3 pm on Saturday, November 2nd. Home brew is welcome and remember that Barley John’s offers great beer and wonderful food, including a delish egg bake that they are making just for us again this year. (more…)

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October 2013 Meeting at Surly Brewing

October 28, 2013

On October 12, the Minnesota Home Brewers Association was invited for a private tour by Surly Brewer, Derek Allmendinger. Derek is a member of the club and homebrewer turned pro! Derek started his career in professional brewing at Schell’s in New Ulm before coming back to the Twin Cities and joining Surly Brewing.
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2013 Kind of a Big Deal Voting is On!

October 18, 2013

Please vote for us!

The 2013 “Kind of a big Deal!” voting is happening right now! Show your support for your favorite Homebrew Club, as well as all your other favorites by voting for us. All you have to do is follow the link below and vote for the Minnesota Homebrewer’s Association under Best Homebrew Club:

http://growlermag.com/vote/
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Summit Tap Room - photo by Dave Royer

Summit Tap Room Social Event

October 12, 2013

On September 4th, Summit Brewing Company opened their doors to us and generously provided a fantastic tour of the entire facility. From the malt storage, to brewing and on to fermentation, Summit has a fantastic setup and it was fun to see their setup.

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National Homebrewers Conference…SUCCESS!

September 10, 2013

This years National Homebrewers Conference was held in Philadelphia on June 27th – 29th. MHBA was lucky enough to take home 4 medals. There was a total entry of 7,757 entries this year, with 894 advancing to second round. An apology goes out to Matt Weide for not being mentioned in our previous newsletter as a First Round winner. Congrats to all for representing MHBA.
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April 2008 Newsletter

April 2, 2008

The Boiler – April 2008

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