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President’s Message: February 2018

Fellow Homebrewers,

I hope many of you have been able to take advantage of some of our random warmer weather days and brew some beer! This past weekend, I was finally able to brew a batch at the new house; a Belgian Style Blond Ale. I have been ramping up the temperature one degree each day, and it is currently resting at 73°F and smells great. I cannot wait to enjoy this one with some nice spring weather.

In club news, our board is hard at work putting together club events. March 31 will be the date for our annual barrel brew day at Evansville Brewhouse! That morning, brewers will be firing up early to brew a Wee Heavy, which will be destined for barrel aging. Sign ups available on the forum (quick link) and at the meeting on Wednesday. Sometime within the next couple of weeks, we will be kegging last year’s barrel aged Belgian Quad. Thanks to Jeff Smith for hosting us again this year. Another thank you to Skip and Liquor Locker for donating a freshly dumped Elijah Craig bourbon barrel for us to use this year.

At the February meeting, we will be taking our annual club picture, so don’t forget to wear your OVHA shirt! We also have some in supply, so if you don’t have one, you may consider purchasing one – though we may not have all sizes.

Don’t forget to start dialing in your Big Turkey recipes before this fall! Our styles will be: Category 5 – Pale Bitter European Beer & Category 19 – Amber and Brown American Beer (BJCP 2015 Guidelines).

As always, don’t forget to renew your dues and remember to bring can good(s) to the monthly meeting.