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President’s Message: October 2018

Fellow Homebrewers,

This month’s meeting is at Germania Mannerchor on October 24th at 7PM. Don’t forget your can good, and cash for half pot (remember, it’s how we pay our monthly meeting rent!). We’ve had a great participation rate so far this year, so let’s keep it going! This month, Jordan Fehr will be giving a short presentation on Gluten Free Brewing after our announcements.  Next month, we will be collecting Big Turkey entries as well as taking 2019 Officer/Board Member nominations.

I’d like to take a moment to commend everyone who has taken part in volunteering and/or donating homebrew to one of our events this year. Sharing my beers is easily one of my favorite parts about being an OVHA member, and it keeps me motivated to improve.

We do have a few spots remaining for this coming Saturday’s event at Wesselman’s Park: Wandering Owl Twilight Tasting, so if you’re available and have beer to donate – please consider helping out. This event is limited to ten volunteer spots, as it is a much smaller event than most, and will be set in their new Playscape feature.

The following Saturday, OVHA will once again participate in AHA’s Learn to Homebrew Day. This year, we will be brewing on site at the newly opened Henderson Brewing Company in downtown Henderson! They have begun to promote this event on their social media page, so I hope to see a lot of brewers out that morning. We’ll fire up our kettles at 9am and the tap room will open at 10am.

Sign-up sheets will be at the October meeting for our last two events. We will provide food for brewers, so if you’re coming out, please sign up so we can get a rough head count for food purposes.

10/27/2018: Wandering Owl *REVISED DATE*
11/03/2018: Learn to Homebrew Day at Henderson Brewing Company

Have you been getting your recipes ready for Big Turkey? Registration is now open (see the forum for the link). Entries will be collected at the November meeting, and judging will be early December. This year’s categories are:

Category 5 – Pale Bitter European Beer
5a German Leichtbier
5b Kolsch
5c German Helles Exportbier
5d German Pils

Category 19 – Amber and Brown American Beer
19a American Amber Ale
19b California Common
19c American Brown Ale

These beers will be and will be scored against the 2015 BJCP Guidelines.

Josh Wuertz
OVHA President