2014
10.29
wu tang killa bees

Baltibrew Killa Bees! We on a swarm!

Once a year, Baltibrew joins other homebrew clubs in the area at Snyder’s Apiaries in White Hall, Maryland to make mead. For those of you unfamiliar with the topic, mead is honey wine — literally, water, honey, yeast, and a little bit of yeast nutrient make mead. It is one of the oldest forms of fermented beverage, was drunk by vikings before going into battle, and done right, it tastes awesome.

Wootown members Lloyd and Ruth Ann Snyder run the apiary, and do us the great courtesy of providing us with the proverbial hook up — cheap honey, an awesome environment, and most importantly great company.

Mead mazing is easy, doesn’t take that long, and is really more of an excuse to hang out in the country with other brewers, learn tons about fermented beverages, and drink some awesome examples all made with honey. This really is one of the best brew days we take part in.

Basic Details:

  • Saturday November 1st, 11 a.m. start time  at the home/apiary of Wootowners Lloyd and Ruth-Ann Snyder (4747 Norrisville Road, White Hall, MD 21161)
  • Honey is $4.25 per pound.
  • 12 pounds makes 9.3% mead, 15 pounds makes 11.2% mead.
  • It takes about a half hour per person to maze mead, and usually more than one person is doing so at a time.
  • Snyder’s takes cash, check, or credit card.
  • Yeast and yeast nutrient are available or you can bring your own.
  • You will need a clean fermenter, lid or cap, and airlock.
  • Wootown is bringing its whizz-bang, inline water heater, so there’s no waiting for large volumes of water to heat up, and will have a stirrer available for aeration.

As usual — but for serious this time — bring food and home or pro brew (Cider, wine, beer) to share. Wootown and its members do an excellent job sharing dishes, and homebrew. We want to come correct as well. Please don’t show up empty handed!

2014
10.23

Baltibrew’s 2014 version of the Liam Flynn’s Gruit Competition was well attended, went smoothly, and seemed to be enjoyed by all. Here are the results:

Celebrity Competition:

  1. Stephen Hulbert — Traditional Gruit
  2. Jude & Dave Finnell — Grindylow Imperial Gruit
  3. Ian McDonald — Grasshopperbock

People’s Choice:

  1. Stephen Hulbert — Traditional Gruit
  2. JD Oltman — Orange & Spruce Gruit
  3. Ian McDonald — Grasshopperbock

A fitting end to Baltimore Beer Week 2014, and we hope to see you again next year.

2014
10.14

It’s already that third Thursday, Baltibrewers, and that means it’s time to invade Nepenthe and discuss all things fermentable. We’re hoping to make this meeting a little different in that it’s happening during Baltimore Beer Week — as such, less business, more beer!

Prior to the meeting (4–7 p.m.), Nepenthe is hosting Virginia’s Devil’s Backbone for a tasting. If you can get there before the meeting, there might even be some beer left.

Agenda:

  • VERY brief Chilibrew 8 wrap-up, and thanks.
  • VERY brief promo for Mead Day (Saturday 11/1)
  • Gruit comp preview and request for volunteers
  • any Guild notes
  • Ed Topic — Surprise guest speaker, and tasting.

We hope to see you there.

2014
10.07

No Hops Gruit Ale Contest

Baltibrew is sponsoring the No Hop Gruit Competition at Liam Flynn’s Ale House during Baltimore Beer Week on October 19th from 4 pm to 6 pm.  Entries for submission will be accepted any time before the event begins at 4 pm.



This year we’re sponsored by Baltibrew Homebrew Club, Maryland HomebrewNepenthe Homebrew, and Free State Homebrew Club Guild.      

Register Your Gruit Here

 

Print, Complete, and Bring This Form with your Gruit

2014
09.17

It’s that time again, Baltibrewers. Hard to believe it’s already the third week in September, but this means it’s time to meet at Nepenthe Homebrew at 8 p.m. tomorrow. 

Of key importance to this meeting is Chilibrew, so that will likely take up most of room on the agenda. In fact, our Ed Czars have given us all a break from class so we can focus on preparing for our Beer Week Final Exams.
So quickly, here’s what we’ll be talking about:
  • Chilibrew Chilibrew Chilibrew
  • Gruit Comp
  • General Beer Week Preparedness
  • Guild Notes (if any)
  • November Mead Day in White Hall
As usual, bring beer to share, and a chair.
Hope to see many of you there.
2014
08.29

August 2014 Minutes

August 2014 Minutes

2014
08.19

July 2014 Minutes

July 2014 Minutes

2014
07.15

Howdy Brewing pals This thursday is our July 2014 regular meeting.  We hope you can make it.  8PM at Nepenthe, per usual. Please bring a chair and brew to share.
 
Agenda:

  • Mashout - aka – the most kegs of homebrew i’ve seen in MD in one weekend
  • Next brew - July was busy, lets brew in august or september…discuss.
  • Chilibrew - subcommittee will touch on progress…short version
  • Educational Segment - someone last meeting (can’t remember) mentioned a tasting (please email  baltibrew@gmail.com)
  • DRINKAGE

Hope to see you there…

2014
07.11

June 2014 Meeting Minutes

June 2014 Minutes

2014
06.20

This is our first attempt to use the voting system under the members only functionality resultant of your paid dues. Please report any issues you have to baltibrew at gmail.com — thanks.

Per last night’s meeting, we’ll be voting whether to use a portion of club funds to aid in our support of Sour Hour at this year’s MashOut event. The proposed level of MashOut Funding is $100 to be used to purchase breads, cheeses, and charcuterie to accompany sour ales during Baltibrew member, Jason Heinen’s presentation at the opening of the event.

As stated during the meeting, this is an opportunity to showcase Baltibrew’s commitment to experimentation, and quality beer making on a wider stage as clubs from surrounding states attend the event.

Please vote one time only.

Should Baltibrew contribute club funds to Sour Hour

  • Yes (100%, 8 Votes)
  • No (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 8

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