Each monthly meeting features a tasting panel where members can bring in a finished beer and get honest direct feedback from our more experienced members, many of whom are BJCP-certified. 2-4 members will have the opportunity to sign up to participate in each panel, which ensures that each brewer and each beer gets the attention required to make this panel worthwhile. You will learn how the tasting panel approaches evaluating a beer and hear them describe their impressions and how they arrived at them. Please be prepared to describe your beer for the panel to help them focus their feedback on what will most improve your brewing. Bringing this Tasting Panel Form will provide all the info the panel needs.
Dear Fermentation Technologists,
After searching long and hard for a new venue, we finally found one that was both inviting and free! Warped Wing Brewing Company has graciously opened their doors to us as a meeting venue. This decision for the new venue also comes with a change in the day we meet.
So, without further adieu, our February meeting will be at Warped Wing Brewing Company (26 Wyandot Street, Dayton, OH 45402) on February 16th at 7pm.
From here on out our meetings will be on the 3rd Monday of every month at 7pm. The board and I do not think this will be an issue at all because the homebrew club should be an educational environment rather than the drinking club it has become. Therefore, meeting on Monday nights shouldn’t be an issue.
We know that Monday nights might not work for some people and we are sorry but we trying to accommodate the majority. Thank you for understanding.
Here is the agenda for the February meeting:
For the first half hour of the meeting we will hang out, meet, and greet old friends and new members alike. Try other’s homebrew and have others try yours. Essentially geek out about our hobby for a bit. New members, keep an eye out for the Board members who will be introduced during the announcements; any of them will be happy to introduce you around! And don’t forget, this is a club of homebrewers and homebrewer’s homebrew, so please bring in your homemade fermented beverages to share!
Our very own Vice President Chris will be showing you and discussing how he made his homebrew gadgets, from temp controllers to hop backs. This is a talk you won’t want to miss if you are on a shoestring homebrewing budget.
This is a break-off group that provides an opportunity for new and seasoned homebrewers to give each other feedback and learn how to give feedback on the homebrew you bring. It will be run by an experienced BJCP judge. This group is more in-depth and direct than our beer social portion of the evening, but still not formal. If you’d like to get and/or give direct feedback on homebrew, this is the group for you. If you have homebrew with a defect, bring it here! This is an excellent opportunity to learn about defects, to experience them, and to learn how to avoid them in the future. Furthermore, this group will give you exposure to keywords that are typically used when judging and/or analyzing beer. The overall goal is to build your experience as a judge so you can apply your skills to your own homebrew and/or commercial brews.
Style of the Month:
This month we will be discussing the IPA style. We will provide a recipe that everyone can brew or you can learn how to brew your own. We will try commercial examples and homebrew examples in June so this will prep you for that.
March: Iron Brewer – liquor beer put any liquor in any style of beer (no whisky/bourbon/scotch)
April: Amber Ales style of the month, bring your homebrew examples and we will taste them alongside commerical examples. We will be designing a Brewtensils club kit from the entries.
So grab your homebrew and a friend and join us for a night of camaraderie! I look forward to seeing you all the 16th!
DRAFT President 2015
Tuesday night is Trivia Night at Fifth Street Brewpub. Come early at 6:30 and get a tour of the brewhouse with D.R.A.F.T. alum and head brewmaster Darren Link.
If British beer comps aren’t your thing, then go ‘Murican with the Cincinnati Malt Infusers. They’e got their annual All American Homebrew Competition, coming up just over a month from now on 2/14/2015, in conjunction with the Cinci Winter Beerfest. Beer entries, judges, and stewards are all needed and welcome. Judges and stewards will get a free VIP ticket to the Beerfest! Registration closes 2/6, so register today!
Our good friends in the state capital put on a yearly competition celebrating all beers British. Here are the details on this year’s event. D.R.A.F.T. has made a good showing in years past. Let’s keep it up!
Hello Homebrew Aficionados,
DRAFT has been invited to collect Dayton’s best homebrews for this event! The beer will be used to create gift baskets, which will be awarded during the raffle. This is your chance to use your homebrew to help a great cause! Beer may be dropped off at any of three locations for this event. You may drop donations off to Chad Klehamer at BrewTensils, to Darren Link at Fifth Street Brewpub, or to the DRAFT Holiday Party (Columbian Hall, Friday , December 12, 2014 @ 6 p.m.). Please make sure your submissions are clearly marked with the beer’s style and your name. To ensure that there is enough time to sort the submissions, make sure your beers are submitted by the end of business on Sunday, December 14, 2014. Thank you for your continued support and generosity! Cheers! Jeff Schell – DRAFT President 2014
Take a break from the stress of holiday shopping and join fellow homebrewers for the annual DRAFT Family-Friendly Holiday Party on Friday, December 12, 2014. We will be opening the doors of the Columbian Hall (4704 Burkhardt Ave., Dayton, OH 45403) at 6 p.m. for this special event. Members and guests are welcome to enjoy a dinner of succulent ham, provided by DRAFT. Those in attendance are encouraged to bring a side dish and homebrew to share with fellow guests. Results of the 2015 club officer election will be announced. There also will be door prizes and raffles, as well as a mystery bottle exchange (if you wish to participate-not obligatory). Cheers!