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OVHA Club Meeting June, 24 2020

Hello again fellow homebrewers!

After nearly three long months of shelter-in-place, we are back and as thirsty as ever! As is almost normal for Indiana, we totally skipped the crisp, spring weather perfect for Maibock and Hefeweizen and went straight for humid, hot American Lager summer! I hope all of you are well and look forward to seeing all of you who are able to come this month. We will be picking up where we left off with Show-and-Tell of our wacky, awesome homebrew gear. In regards to safe-practices I would advise that everyone bring your own cup and pour your own beers to sample out so the normal set up of the sample table will be slightly modified for this month.

As most have you have probably seen, the AHA HomebrewCon that was set to take place this month in Nashville on June 18th has been cancelled. However, for card carrying members, they are still offering a digital version of the conference through virtual workshops, special guest speakers, tastings and more. Visit https://www.homebrewcon.org/virtual-expo/ for more info. Unfortunately, the Indiana State Fair also had to cancel its event for this year so there will not be a Brewer’s Cup competition this year either. However, this doom and gloom will not be centered around Big Turkey! We will be handing out ballots for the club to vote on 2 choices for this year’s competition. Likewise, we will provide a digital ballot the week of the meeting on the forum so that those that cannot attend can still vote.

***EDIT!!*** SWIRCA has announced that the Beer, Wine and Spirits event at Bosse Field scheduled for July 18th has been cancelled. I believe we should still have a cleaning day on June 27th to revive the large fermenter and still be ready once the fall comes around for Zoo Brew. More details to come soon! Once again, I look forward to seeing everyone this month. See you at Germannia!

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President’s Message April 2020

Fellow homebrewers, I hope everyone is healthy and happy and finding some relaxation or inspiration in this time of social absence. Admittedly, this President’s message was one I procrastinated on. While we can’t be together there is plenty we can do as homebrewer individuals to contribute. If you’re a lover of good beer please support our local brew pubs and breweries in Evansville, Henderson and the surrounding areas that rely on foot traffic or take home service to stay afloat. As homebrewers, especially during this time, getting ingredients might take a bit longer than before so if you’re going to buy, plan out a few brews in advance and buy ingredients in bulk as you can. As you well know, the AHA Big Brew Day is typically the first Saturday in May; our club had planned a group beer for One Wort Many Beers project on May 8th that for all intents and purposes we will push back for everyone’s safety. While we cant brew together, AHA is organizing a virtual Big Brew Day. Follow this link https://www.homebrewersassociation.org/aha-events/national-homebrew-day/big-brew-registration/

and fill out the Pledge form and you will receive $5 off an AHA Membership! It goes without saying that our April meeting will not be able to happen, but the board and I are keeping in touch and we will keep everyone in the loop. To all those out there whether in the thicket of this fight or at home in sanctuary, keep brewing, thinking of your fellow brother and sister, stay safe and at the end of the day remember the motto of many a troubled homebrewer; relax, dont worry, have a homebrew.

Cheers! Jordan

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March 2020 President’s Message

Happy St. Patrick’s Day Homebrewers!

It is a bitter sweet time to celebrate but I hope you all are grabbing a pint of Dry Stout or Irish Red and spending time with family or close friends.  The impact of COVID-19 (as I’m sure everyone is tired of hearing about) has inevitably reached us all in some way or another.  School and business closings, layoffs and quarantines have us reeling and creating quite a mess of our day to day.  I had planned earlier in the month an exciting meeting at Damsel showcasing all of the interesting, wacky and new homebrew equipment our members utilize, unfortunately, due to the regulations and recommendations of the CDC, the Board and I have decided to cancel this month’s meeting.  As homebrewers and craft beer enthusiast we understand what it means to band together and support our communities in many ways.  As that is, we are called to exercise diligence and restraint and stay in on this holiday that most spend out at local pubs and breweries.  Although we can’t physically meet this month, I encourage you all to still try to support local business and breweries while you can; we are fortunate to have a handful of local breweries that offer carry out.  In addition to not being able to meet this month, we had planned a donation of the OVHA Half-Pot to benefit relief for Weston Stamps.  Weston was involved in a terrible accident in December that damaged his spinal cord and left him thinking he would be unable to walk again.  To much celebration, he has been discharged from the hospital and has started outpatient therapy for the next 1-2 months depending on his progress.  Weston and his family could still use some support; since we cannot donate half-pot donations, I ask that you please offer up anything you can to support this young man in his journey to walk again.  You can donate with the link provided here:

https://www.gofundme.com/f/weston-stamps-family-fund-for-healing

Above all, I hope you all stay healthy, safe and cherish time spent with your loved ones, I can’t wait until I can raise a pint with you all once again!

Yours truly,

Jordan

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February 2020 President’s Message

Good afternoon Homebrewers,

Welcome to the longest February in 4 years, hopefully everyone was able to go out and enjoy the 50 degree weather and sun this weekend- maybe even brew up something delicious? We have been very busy this month; we kegged the 2019 Barrel Project: Maker’s Mark Old Ale and let me say, this is one of the best ones I have had. We got a chance to feature it in Birds and Brews this month and it was very well received. Theres many more to come this year from OVHA and Wesselman Woods so stay tuned! This month’s meeting is at Germannia on February 26th at 7PM-we will be taking club pictures so make sure to wear your Dress Blues or Oranges rather. Of course we will be taking dues and also assisting those interested in getting their AHA Membership. I look forward to seeing you all in a couple weeks! Cheers!

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President’s Message: January 2020

Fellow homebrewers, it is my honor to address you as your 2020 president. My humble beginnings with homebrewing began right here at Germania Maennerchor 8 years ago. I started like most of you probably did; I knew very little about the brewing process, but I enjoyed good beer and getting ahold of it wasn’t always easy or cheap. After talking and sampling with the more experienced members and gathering the feedback from the sample I brought in, I was inspired to come back and keep brewing different and better homebrew. So to start off the year right, our tech topic is Going Back to Basics. Having a strong grasp of the basics is the best way to make homebrew and not to forget – simple beer can also be awesome beer! Our tech topics this year will, of course, get into more of the fine details and discuss new brew tech, but it’s important to remember where you came from.

In addition to the tech topics, another round around the sun means it’s time to renew your dues for 2020. We will be taking membership dues at the sign in table as well as on Paypal any ol’ time. This year is going to be a big one, so you don’t wanna miss out. In particular, this year the National Homebrew Conference and Competition will be hosted in our big backyard of Nashville, Tennessee. If you haven’t been to or heard about NHC and Homebrew Con, then we are going to fill you in. Each month we will offer the opportunity to learn about NHC and sign up for the American Homebrew Association. We will also discuss our local events, including Zoo Brew, SWIRCA BrewFest, Big Brew Day and many more. So bring a bottle (or two…or three…) of your most recent or proudest homebrew and join us at Germania at 7:00PM Wednesday January 29th.

Cheers, mates!

Jordan Fehr

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President’s Message: December 2019

Fellow Homebrewers and Beer Lovers:

It’s the MOST wonderful time of the year! Said by many, and I agree. I truly hope that everyone reading this is fortunate enough to enjoy some holiday festivities with family and friends, including plentiful dinners paired with your beverage of choice (maybe a special beer you brewed just for Christmas!). If nowhere else, you can be sure to enjoy this comfort at our annual holiday meeting tomorrow! If you are planning to come, please bring a dish or dessert if your able to, for the potluck dinner. There is a signup sheet on the Chat forum. The club will be providing Turkey.

We will be hosting our meeting tomorrow night (Wednesday) @ 6 pm, rather than 7 to make time for dinner, Big Turkey awards, and the annual officer election! Please try to make it if possible, so you can vote on our 2020 officers. The nominees are as follows:

Board- John Mills, Ben Ford, Brad Russelburg, Dwayne Delaney, Shelby Hess, Chris Davidson, Dutch DeHaan, Brandon Shutt

Uncontested Officers:

Vice President:
Aaron Royer

Secretary
Adam Quiroz

Treasurer:
Dan Mills

And of course your 2020 President: Jordan Fehr!

It has been an honor to serve as the 2019 OVHA President! Although, I am very excited for Jordan to take the helm, as I know he has a great year in store for us, and will undoubtedly serve us well.

I hope to see you all tomorrow night!

Cheers, and Farewell

John

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President’s Message: November 2019

Fellow Homebrewers and Beer Lovers:

Please note that the November meeting has been moved to this Wednesday the 20th.


Thanksgiving is almost here, so it’s time to decide what beer your going to pair with your hot, thick & juicy birds! I’m no cicerone, but a quick google search pulled up an article by Draftmag.com.. They recommend something “malty, a bit sweet, and not too bitter. Think bocks or marzens, brown ales, dubbels and tripels. – Save that imperial stout for the pumpkin pie, and IPA for leftover turkey sandwiches.”

Since our last meeting, our club participated in the Evansville Wartime Museum HANGAR BASH! Thanks to Sky Buttrum and all who donated and/or participated for representing the OVHA at this event.

In case you didn’t read on the forum or hear otherwise, Steve Fickas reached out to me yesterday to let me know that the Superior Ag Co-op Corner Store will be closing their doors for good.. I was very sad to hear this, as I’ve always enjoyed talking with the staff, and the fact that they usually had what I needed in a pinch. Steve said they are liquidating all merchandise, and all homebrew supplies are now 30% off.

Rather than a having the traditional tech topic at tomorrow’s meeting, we will be using that time to collect Big Turkey entries. If you are entering any beers, please be sure you have 2 bottles per entry, and that you have registered on the link that is posted in the chat forum. Please also be sure you have the labels rubber-banded to each bottle. If you can’t attend tomorrow’s meeting, but intend to enter beer/s, you can deliver your entries to Damsel (Maiden’s) by 11/27. Good luck to all who enter! I will be looking forward to announcing the results!

A heads up for the December Meeting/Holiday Party- This will be held on Wednesday, December 18th as Christmas Day falls on the last Wednesday of the month.

VP Jordan will once again be filling in for me this month, before I hand over the gavel to him at the December Holiday Party. I look forward to seeing everyone then! Wishing everyone a safe and happy Thanksgiving.

Cheers,

John

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President’s Message: October 2019

Fellow Homebrewers and Beer Lovers:

I hope everyone is enjoying this beautiful Fall weather as much as I am. To me, there is maybe nothing better than brewing a batch outside, surrounded by the changing leaves, and the cool dry air this time of year!

It’s been a busy month for our club since the last meeting! We participated in both SWIRCA Brewfest and Wandering Owl since then, and although I wasn’t able to attend either, I understand they were both a success with the exception of some minor equipment malfunction. Thanks to all who contributed to these events to make them a success.

In other news, it was recently announced that Evansville Brewhouse (Haynies Corner) has/is undergoing some needed changes. In case you didn’t see it on the forum, Jeff Smith is getting back involved to some extent (at least for now), and has recently invited us to place orders for their upcoming grain order. So if you need anything, you will want to post it on the thread ASAP. Rumor has it that one of our (other) former presidents is getting his hands dirty at the Brewhouse as well. I will let him share that news when the time is right.

We received news yesterday that the chef who we had scheduled to offer food pairings at tomorrows meeting is not well, so he will not be able to provide this for us. However, it is my understanding that John Mills (Maidens) will still be sampling out beers for us!

We are now 1 month away from the Big Turkey entry deadline! This years categories/styles are as follows:

  • 16: Dark British Beer
  • 16A: Sweet Stout
  • 16B: Oatmeal Stout
  • 16C: Tropical Stout
  • 16D: Foreign Extra Stout
  • 27: Historical Beers
  • 27A: Gose
  • 27B: Kentucky Commom
  • 27C: Lichtenhainer
  • 27D: London Brown Ale
  • 27E: Piwo Grodziskie
  • 27F: Pre-Prohibition Lager
  • 27G: Pre-Prohibition Porter
  • 27H: Roggenbier

Remember, these entries are due at the November meeting! We only require 2 bottles per entry, with NO fees. What do you have to lose?? Nothing. What do you have to gain? Feedback on your recipes/brewing, and a chance to be the 2019 Big Turkey Winner!

I won’t be able to make the meeting tomorrow night, so VP Jordan Fehr will be covering for me. I look forward to seeing everyone soon!

Cheers!

John

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Newsletter Addendum: Wandering Owl! 10/19 4-8pm

Brewers,

An important reminder that I left out of the September Presidents Message: Wandering Owl! Located in beautiful Wesselman Woods, Saturday Oct. 19th from 4-8 pm.

” Spend a beautiful fall evening at Wesselman Woods tasting beer, wine and food from area breweries, wineries, distributors’ and restaurants. Live entertainment throughout the event. Guests must be 21 and present ID at the gate. This year the event will be inside the Nature Playscape, on Saturday, October 19th, from 4 – 8 pm. Who doesn’t like drinking in the woods?

Only OVHA members who donate beer AND either setup/tear down OR serve a 1 hour shift will get in for free. As this event is quite small, our booth is limited to 10 total people, so sign up today! Load up will be at 2:00 pm at Turonis on Main St. for Jockey Boxes and other equipment.”

Volunteer Here: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/ … p=drivesdk

Or please reply on the Wandering Owl Topic in the OVHA forum with what beer you can donate (specify keg/bottle), and which shift you want to serve, and if you can setup and/or tear down.

You will be free to wander for the remaining hours of the event. Cheers!

Please contact Josh Wuertz with any questions.

Cheers!

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President’s Message: September 2019

Fellow Homebrewers and Beer Lovers:

Fall is finally here (for now), and with the cooler weather comes the thirst for more full/malty beers that fit the season. Brown and Amber ales start sounding really good to me around this time of year. And let’s not forget the German classic, Oktoberfest!

I would like to offer a belated congratulations to Kenny Lucas, who took home a 1st place, a 2nd place, and 2nd place OVERALL at Strassenfest!! I was not aware before last months meeting, so if you see him please join me in congratulating him in his awesome accomplishment!

Thanks to Cesar & Amelia Gonzalez, and Ben Ford for representing our club at Bonifest once again this year! From the pictures I saw, it looked like a great time.

For those who look forward to the public events, it has been a long summer without much action, but the time is finally here for our biggest event of the year, SWIRCA Brewfest!! It is this Saturday, and we are lower than average on volunteers and beer donations, so if you are able to support the club with either it would be greatly appreciated! There is a sign-up sheet posted on the forum. With that being said, we have been instructed to send a copy of everyone’s ATC serving permit in advance to SWIRCA in order for each person to be admitted. If you haven’t done so yet, please try and bring a copy to the meeting this Wednesday. If this is not provided, there’s no guarantee that you will be admitted without a ticket. Please contact Jeremy Dunn or Jordan Fehr with any questions.

At the August meeting, I announced the tentative October event, One Wort Many Beers, to be graciously hosted by Maidens. For proper planning purposes, we have decided to postpone this event until springtime next year. More details to come later.

The Big Turkey entry deadline is only 2 months away now! So if you plan to enter, crunch time for brewing is upon us. This years categories/styles are as follows:

  • 16: Dark British Beer
  • 16A: Sweet Stout
  • 16B: Oatmeal Stout
  • 16C: Tropical Stout
  • 16D: Foreign Extra Stout
  • 27: Historical Beers
  • 27A: Gose
  • 27B: Kentucky Commom
  • 27C: Lichtenhainer
  • 27D: London Brown Ale
  • 27E: Piwo Grodziskie
  • 27F: Pre-Prohibition Lager
  • 27G: Pre-Prohibition Porter
  • 27H: Roggenbier

Remember, these entries are due at the November meeting! We only require 2 bottles per entry, with NO fees. What do you have to lose?? Nothing. What do you have to gain? Feedback on your recipes/brewing, and a chance to be the 2019 Big Turkey Winner!

I hope to see you all at Germania (tomorrow/today)!

Cheers!

John