11/6/19 November Meeting Notes

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  • Toast: We toasted to Kaylee, our fabulous waitress who did an amazing job decorating the basement with white table cloths, water, flowers, and some mood lighting.
  • Recap of the last months events:
    • 10/12 SBL and Service collaboration brew day at Service. Those in attendance brought 2 lbs of hops while Service provided another 1 lbs of hops to create hopefully a very delicious 99 gallons of Hazy IPA that will be tapped on 11/9 and 11/11 for Veterans Day. SBL is not aware of the name of this brew at this time.
    • 10/19 October Stammtisch at John F. house in Bloomingdale. Even though there was remnants of a hurricane storm swooping overhead, fun was had by the 10 of us in attendance
    • 11/2 Learn To Homebrew Day #lthd was hosted by SBL and held inside at Coastal Empire Beer Company. We had 5 homebrewers bring their rigs and brew 33 brewing units! On top of that we were happy to present a Homebrew kit to a new eager homebrewer, Kody who seems eager to get that kettle fired up. Thanks again to Alex, Chris, and Kevin at Coastal Empire Beer Co. for hosting SBL during this National Homebrewing event.
    • Southeastern Homebrewers Associations (SHA) standings thus far:
      • SBL is 10th out of 22 clubs with 34 points
      • Jeremy B. is 11th out of 124 brewers in the running for SHA Brewer of the Year. In total, Jeremy has won 25 medals in the last 11 months in and out of the SHA circuit. Outstanding job Jeremy!
      • Neil D. is tied for 25th out of 124 brewers in the running for SHA Brewer of the Year.
      • Chris S. is tied for 4th out of 14 brewers in the running for SHA Mead & Cider Maker of the Year.
      • Andrew S., Frank R., and Neil D. are tied for 5th out of 14 brewers in the running for SHA Mead & Cider Maker of the Year.
    • SBL has brewed a total of 581.5 brewing units in 2019.
  • Upcoming Events:
    • Belgium Triple Barrel sample
      • All submitters agreed that it is time to pull the batch out of the barrel
      • All submitters will meet  Saturday (11/16 @ noon) at James P. house to claim their portion of the barrel. If you can’t attend, please provide a container to an attendee or forfeit your portion.
    • 11/13 The new “Brew Shop” soft opening by Henry S. at Coastal Empire Beer Company. This is a Local Homebrew Shop started for our benefit, please support this small business in our community.
    • 12/15 Moon River Christmas Party @ Moon River Brewing Company more information on tickets coming soon. Pink assured the SBL we will have tickets.
    • 2/29/2020 Savannah International Craft Beer Festival. Location TBD. 800 tickets. More details at Dec meeting.
    • 6/18/2020-6/20/2020 AHA’s National Homebrew Convention in Nashville, TN.
  • A lock was donated by Roger B. for the SBL Brewing Library but without a latch the library could not be secured. If you have a lock latch to donate for the SBL Brewing Library, please contact us at [email protected].
  • O’Dark 30 Homebrew Competition: To submit entries and see the rules of the competition please click the link above. This event will be held on 11/24 at Tom H.’s house on Tybee island during the November Stammtisch.
  • A motion was presented and carried to modify the SBL Bylaws Article VIII Dues section.
    • Update the amount currently listed in the Article to the current membership amount of $25 per person/family.
    • After June 1st, dues will be $15 for new members joining between the months of June-December.
  • SBL Bar build project:
    • Rough plans for a front bar that is a trifold design and fits inside a full size truck bed laid down flat was discussed and approved.
    • The plan is to have this Bar ready and have its first run at Domras Cup in 2/1/2020. After that the committee will work out any kinks in the Bar and prep it for NHC (6/18/2020) and “Poo Brew” Conference (7/12/2020).
    • TJ C. will be gathering the committee in December for a build day at his house. A date and time will be discussed at the 12/4 SBL monthly meeting.
  • Pro Talk:
    • Pink’s Notes (Moon River Brewing Company):
      • Pit Master’s Pride Smoked Dunkel is on tap again, slightly smoother and balanced nicely with Bow Tie BBQ smoke. Pink discussed in detail how his team smoked the malt grain in Bow Tie’s BBQ smoker.
      • Dixie Crystal going on tap this Friday 11/8/19
      • Vince B.’s winning Homebrew “Pendragon’s Gold” from the Mid Year Beer Competition will be brewed by Moon River in the coming weeks.
      • Collaboration with the Burlesque Company in works, look for Christmas Cookie themed beer. Sorry folks, no glitter beer this year.
      • Christmas Party 12/15, tickets not available yet.
    • Laura P. (Local farmer)
      • Regularly at the weekly Saturday Forsyth Farmers Market
      • Grows persimmons – net 12,000 lbs this season.
      • Has been producing homebrew Cider for the last 5 years and is looking to improve her knowledge.
      • Offered $15 a box of Fugi and Pink Lady apples