September MCZA Club Meeting

Hey Everybody, I hope you can come to the club meeting this Thursday 9-218 at Ice Harbor Brewery. Tasting will begin at 7 PM in the brew house with the formal meeting kicking off at 7:30.

The agenda for this months meeting will include:
October Mega Brew, Club t-shirts (taking orders for the first official run, $15 per shirt), & a Technical Discussion presented by … We are also judging our Club Quarterly Style – British Bitter of any strength. So don’t forget to bring yours. Thanks,
Chad Zimmerman

Spring Megabrew Blonde Recipe and more

Hello,

We had a ton of fun at the Spring Megabrew, and for anyone who got wort and wants to know the starting gravity of the Blonde wort you have been fermenting is 1.053. For those that did not get any of the wort come by the Untapped Blues & Brews festival May 10th to give it a try at the MCZA/Ice Harbor booth.

We are always in need of volunteers for Untapped and if you are interested please register at the UnTapped volunteer page or come of the next Club meeting on 4/17

The recipe for 5 gallons of our Megabrew blonde is below

Est Starting Gravity: 1.052
Est IBU: 25
Mash Temp: 153
Boil: 90 Min

9.5 lbs US 2-row
5 oz Crystal 15L
3 oz Honey Malt
2 oz Carapils

.25 oz Millennium Hops (14% AA) 60 minutes
.75 oz Mosaic Hops (12% AA) 15 minutes

For my extract brewing buddies substitute 6 lbs of light liquid malt extract and 1 lbs of light dry malt extract for the 9.5 lbs of US 2-row and steep the remaining 3 grains.

Reminder: March Meeting 3/15

Our next monthly homebrewer’s meeting will take place on the Ides of March (or Thursday, March 15) at Ice Harbor Brewing. Per usual, tasting will begin at 7pm, with business getting underway around 7:30pm. Topics that will be discussed include:

  • Club quarterly style (Witbier).
  • Spring Megabrew, to be held on Saturday, March 31. Come to learn more about the brew, sign up for your spot in line, etc.
  • UnTapped Blues and Brews, coming up on May 11-12.

There is also an alternate event taking place in Yakima on the same night as the meeting. From James Golovich:

“The Yakima Homebrew club has invited us to join them on a tour of Yakima Chief (hop processing company) on 3/15 at 6pm. Yes this is the same night as our club meeting. The plan is to go to Yakima Chief for the tour and then finish off over at the Snipes Brewery. We are allowed to bring homebrew to Snipes.

“Meet at Yakima Chief, 555 West South Hill Road Sunnyside, WA 98944 at 6pm, or if you would like to Car-Pool from Tri-Cities plan on meeting somewhere at 5pm. If you would like to car pool contact James Golovich <james@gnuinter.net> so we can set something up.”

Also, this Saturday, don’t forget the wearin’ o’ the green!

For those of you not heading to Yakima, hope to see you at the meeting this Thursday!

NHC – SOLD OUT!

As you may be aware, this year’s National Homebrewer’s Conference sold out incredibly quickly, and many are left on the waiting list. If you are an AHA member that didn’t make registration and would like to sign up for the waiting list, you can do so by clicking here.

If you have registered and are going (lucky you!), we are asking that you please send an email to publicist@mcza.org so we can get a head count. Also, if you are not already on our club’s NHC mailing list, please sign up here.

NHC Registration is Filling Up! (Updated)

If you are planning on attending this year’s National Homebrewer’s Conference in Seattle (Bellevue) this year, you better grab your tickets now! The conference runs from June 21-23.  Registration is open and tickets are selling out fast (they were 75% sold out as of this morning!), so if you are planning on going you should purchase your tickets soon. The hotel is the Hyatt Regency Bellevue on Seattle’s Eastside. The discounted rate is $139/night.

AHA Conference registration is limited to American Homebrewers Association members. Each AHA member may register one guest. Registration ends March 31, 2012, or earlier if an event reaches capacity (which it appears will be soon). You can register online at  http://www.ahaconference.org/.

The club has a mailing list just for NHC discussions and you can sign up at http://nhc.mcza.org/listinfo.cgi/nhc-mcza.org.

UPDATE: The conference is now completely sold out. If you’d like to try your luck on the waiting list, you can sign up here.