Mary told us about her recent trip to Portland for the annual American Homebrewers conference. She displayed several of the freebies she picked up which she says were in such plentiful supply that you could probably come away with enough to equal the cost of your registration! There were many informative sessions on brewing, tours of area breweries, tasting parties, and LOTS of BEER! Next year's conference is in Rhode Island in June. It would be fun to get a group of members to attend. We could even have a decorated booth!
President Joe talked to us about his experiences with wort chilling, from his early days with a copper coil to his latest plate-chiller. Other members added comments about their efforts to build their own coils including using a keg as a form, ways to add fittings and connecting to pumps and ice chests.
We had four homebrews to taste. A couple of our newest members participated with glowing reviews from the rest of the members. We had a cream ale, blonde ale, pilsner, and an imperial stout. Prost!
Pouring events, stewarding contests, judging are just a few more of the many ways to enjoy this hobby we all love. Look for links here and on our Facebook page. Here's a BIG one you might want to consider. Best Florida Beers is looking for participation in the annual statewide event in Tampa. Get details on the website, https://bestfloridabeer.squarespace.com/homebrew-teir-1/.
Some other links to check out, recommended at this meeting...
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New to brewing. So much to learn. Grateful to have this club's help!