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November Agenda

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November BADASS Meeting Agenda

Welcome & Shout Outs

Newbie Intros

Special Event Announcements from Members

Events this past month you attended

Club News

o New club roles and positions

o Small committee formed to discuss changes to Maryland law

o Cider Order

o We need a volunteer to host next month’s meeting

Guild News

o Holiday party on Dec. 6th @ Heavy Seas

Labeling your brews – Sharon R

Holiday Beer Swap - Joan K

Homebrew tasting – Justin K

And now Rich Suchoski’s talk on “So You Wanna Start a Brewery”

UK Beer theme presentations and tastings

o BJCP Category 8: British Best Bitter & ESBs – Gavin M

o BJCP Category 9: Scotch Ale – Dan K

o BJCP Category 12 & 13: Porters & Stouts – Joan K

o BJCP Category 19: Strong Ales – Allen P


October 2014 Meeting Notes

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BADASS Monthly Meeting- October 21, 2014

Thanks to Robert and Ann for hosting nearly 30 members. The club continues to grow. We have about 90 who have signed up on the website and are on the listserv. Welcome to all first time meeting attendees including: Joe (loves pumpkin beers), Andre and Paula (moved here from Michigan, likes sour ciders and beers), Bobby and Erica (hoping to try brewing/like sorghum based beers and ciders), John (likes pale ales), and Mike (our guest speaker---see more on him below).

LEADERSHIP ROLES ANNOUNCED – A small group of BADASS members met to continue discussing the future of the club: strategy for expanding, education, website/IT needs, meeting locations etc. Six roles are being suggested. Captain BADASS, IT Commander, Lieutenant of Education, Membership Ambassador, Commander of the Treasury, and Secretary of Information. The following folks have volunteered so far…. please talk with them if you want to work on these activities: Allen P - Captain, Justin K - Membership, Gary S – IT, Helen and Sharon R – Secretary, and Richard S – Education. The Treasury role is still open.

CHANGING MARYLAND LAWS re: Consuming Homebrew in Commercial Establishments - A group is getting together to lobby for more progressive laws regarding consuming homebrew in Montgomery county establishments. These will be based on the existing wine laws, such as the ‘corkage’ fee. The hope is to have the law change from just wine to all sorts of beverages. The homebrew groups across Maryland, including some BADASS-ers are working on the fight.

SIGN UP ON THE WEBSITE to participate in a group buy of fresh pressed apple cider $3.50 per gallon

NEW—BADASS MONTHLY TASTING AND JUDGING (Here is the original email from Justin outlining the steps)

1) Each month I'll send a couple email reminders to the group soliciting volunteers to submit beers for review. We're going to start small so as not to take up too much time during the meeting. For now we'll accept up to 3 and see how this goes.

2) As people get to the meeting (7:00-7:15 when people are trickling in) we will ask people to try samples of these blinded beers.

3) Paper/pencils will be provided for evaluation; it will be a very simple assessment sheet and not a full BJCP score sheet. (e.g. you rate it 1-5 on taste/smell/appearance/etc, maybe add comments or circle flavor descriptors). The last question will ask people to guess the style of the beer.

4) During the structured part of the meeting we will see how many people correctly guessed the style, summarize people's ratings, and have a quick group discussion of each beer. The discussion will cover what was good, what could be improved, and how to potentially fix any such issues we find.


Periodically we will include commercial beers with the others so people can see how homebrews stack up to those in a blind taste comparisons. Any takers for upcoming meetings? Please email

Justin directly


During the October meeting, two Black IPAs and a Belgium Dubbel were tasted by a dozen folks using a rating sheet. Justin will review the ratings and provide the feedback to those who submitted beers. Good Start! Hope this continues for meetings to come.


NEED BADASS WEBSITE CONTENT Members are encouraged to contribute…Resources? Recipes? Other? What would YOU like to see? Gary reminded the group that we have a blog page. Maybe send in a review of a beer you’ve tasted somewhere.

GUILD NEWS- BADASS is a member of the Free State Home Brew Club Guild. The Guild meets once every two months. As the Captain, Alean represents BADASS at the meetings. The Guild’s upcoming Holiday Party is December 6th from 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm at Heavy Seas in Linthicum. We will be having a booth together with the BREW club members. Allan is organizing…so contact him. If you would be willing to volunteer at the booth, bring food and beer, etc. More information to follow for those interested. We have up to 12 tickets and we MUST reserve our tickets by October 30th.

GUEST SPEAKER- Michael Tonsmeire, also known as The Mad Fermentationist. He gave an interesting and puckering presentation on Sour Beers (our theme this month). His talked included specific discussion about four sours he’s brewed. He passed samples to the group throughout the discussion. We sampled his Berliner Weisse (he called it a beginner’s sour beer), which was a tart and tangy wheat beer made with lactobacillus and lemon zest. Next a Lambic, brewed about two years ago, bottled three months ago. Third was a dark Saison made with dark fruit and quince paste. The yeast he uses often comes from the dregs of other sour beers he’s made. Fourth was a Flemish Red, which has East Coast and Red Wine yeasts to give it a figgy, plum-y taste. It is pushing three years old now… and is about 7% ABV.

Michael graciously answered questions from the group. Question: Is there such a thing as a sour beer that is not “microbed”? Answer: It is hard to get enough acidity from just fruit. Question: When adding fruit is there such a thing as “too long” to leave it in? Answer: Fruit flavor tends to fade, so I add it 2 – 2 1/2 months before it is done. But it depends on the flavor you are trying to achieve. Question: How do you add an oak flavor? Answer: I cut cubes of oak and boil them for a bit either on the stove or in the microwave and drain off that water (to avoid having the flavor of licking a sheet of plywood!) before adding them. Question: Have you tried sour dough starters? Answer: Yes he has, but not much luck. Has done sourdough bread yeast.

One caution: Sour beers have to be stable before you bottle them…. Wait one to two months or you might be getting a “glass explosion!”

Mike has written a book called “American Sour Beers—Innovative Techniques for Mixed Fermentation” which is on sale for $20.00

The meeting ended with everyone a little more puckered than before, but happy. Looking forward to next month, which will have a UK theme!

NEXT MEETING LOCATION: Gary and Claire will host the November meeting. THANKS!

NOVEMBER MEETING PRESENTATION “So, You Want to Start a Brewery?” Rich Suchoski



September 2014 Guild Meeting notes

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Here are the notes from the latest Free State Homebrew Club Guild (the Guild) meeting. 

Free State Homebrew Club Guild meeting minutes

 September 15, 2014


Chris Anderson (Guild treasurer)

Stewie Kinsey (Brewtherville Labs rep)

Brad DeShong (CSI rep)

Dwight Gillis (Wootown rep)

Chris Gough (Guild webmaster)

Steve Hulbert (BaltiBrew rep)

Lauree Hinkle (acting MALT rep)

Paul + Jamie Langlie (BURP reps)

Eric + Debbie Lyons (Midnight Homebrewers reps)

JD Oltman (Killer Ales rep)

Allen Perper (BADASS rep)

Ben Schwalb (Guild secretary)

Les White (Guild president)

Don Zwach (CRABS rep)




• Will continue despite the accident in which one person died and another was seriously injured.

• Might still be at Organarchy.


2) Comptroller’s Cup

• We got short notice of the date.

• There was a Ravens game that day.

• We had to scramble for judges and made BAM supply bulk of them.

• Several judges not happy about circumstances.

• We will take steps to prevent these problems in the future.


3) Zymurnauts/SPBW/Guild crab feast

• Saturday 9/20, noon-6 PM.

• Sold out. Oversold: 285 tickets.

• Location: Ridgely’s Run Community Center in Jessup –

• Zymernauts are the lead (Steve Hulbert / Kevin Schenk).

• We need help with setup/cleanup, and possibly with crab delivery – contact Steve Hulbert or Kevin Schenk.

• Have to exit/clean up quickly due to evening event there.

• LnL (Les+Les) will cater.

• Bendt Fendyr will perform again.

• Homebrew challenge: $50 gift certificate to MDHB for winner. Remind your attending members

• 5 commercial casks, 1 half barrel of draft beer. Will be stored in MDHB’s walk-in and Kevin will pick up Saturday morn.


4) Baltimore Beer Week

• October 10 – 19.

• Website:

• There is a Guild login to BBW site to enter/edit events. MDHB also has a sponsorship that can have events added to website. Contact Boy Chris ( to submit an event under the Guild logon.

• Opening tap celebration at BAM Oktoberfest on 10/11. See

• Friday 10/10: BaltiBrew’s ChiliBrew. See

• Saturday 10/11: Nepenthe Brew-B-Q. See

• Sunday 10/12: Tap handle turning and CSI beer tasting at Mark Supik’s. See

• Sunday 10/12: Brewtherville Labs event at Mt Washington Tavern.

• Monday 10/13, 1pm: “Pros versus Joes” competition

o At Bertha’s Mussels.

o Brew one of four styles: American Pale, American IPA, Belgian (16B), Blonde.

o Only 9 entries per style to compete against one professional.

o Public pays to enter and gets food and beer samples, voting for favorite beers.

o Brewers enter free.

o Top 8 overall favorites BJCP-judged for BoS in a blind judging.

o 6 bottles needed per entry. No entry fee.

o To enter, email your name, mailing address, phone # and beer style to You will get a confirmation email and label PDF. Attach labels and drop off at MDHB, Thirsty Brewer or Nepenthe between 9/25 and 10/9.

o 1st round prizes from pros to best of each category.

o BoS prize from Berthas.

o See for more info.

• Monday 10/13, 5pm: So You Think You Can Brew at Jailbreak Brewing. Homebrew trivia, plus a brewing demo by MDHB. See

• Tuesday 10/14: Killer Ales’ Beer Hunter movie and meet the brewer at MDHB. See

• Wednesday 10/15: Homebrew Showcase at Little Havana. See or

• Thursday 10/16: Baltimore Beer Babes coed event at Max’s, featuring Green Flash Treasure Chest (a saison with plums). See

• Friday 10/17: Heavy Seas brewing demo and Loose Cannon tasting at Nepenthe. See

• Friday 10/17: Heavy Seas brewing demo and Loose Cannon tasting at MDHB. Heavy Seas’ Chris Schultz will be there. See

• Sunday 10/19: BaltiBrew’s No Hops Gruit Ale Contest at Liam Flynn’s. See



5) Guild holiday party

• Saturday 12/6, 6-10 PM.

• Ticket pre-sales like last year. Up to 12 per club (2 for reps, 10 for club members). No excuses not to meet the deadline. Get your lists together now and send them to Les.

• Still need a venue large enough.

• Still considering Heavy Seas but space issues may be a concern.

• Jailbreak Brewing is expanding so that is a possible venue.

• Don’s church in north Laurel is a possibility. Would be $800 for 4 hours, plus liability insurance.

• Duclaw’s brewery in Baltimore county is a possibility. Have to contact the owner.

• We had 8 club tables last year. How many this year? Speak up. Counted 6 in attendance.

• Each club please get at least one place to donate. Les and girl Chris can provide donor letter.

• We’ll have a slideshow with sponsors and display raffle winners.

• Cleanup – that night? Next day? Decision will be made in advance so everyone knows.


6) Guild summer picnic

• Saturday June 6, 2015.

• Shelter 300 this time! (The one with a fridge and electrical hookup.)


7) Guild insurance

• Several clubs have obtained it through AHA.

• Guild does not get one through AHA because it is a club not of individuals but of clubs.

• Options include getting a different type of insurance through same company AHA uses but priced either around our events or number of members/clubs/attendees. Several ways to slice/dice.

• Or we could buy insurance for each event? This runs around $300/event. Quite pricey.

• Another option is a Guild club with AHA insurance could co-sponsor a Guild event, clubs could rotate around who does which event. While this option reduces risk, it doesn’t necessary completely remove Guild from any risk (according to insurance company)

• Clubs, especially those with insurance, need to discuss and we’ll add to Nov agenda for decision.


8) Charter committee report

• Several minor changes to the charter proposed. Mostly centering around clarification of Guild responsibilities, club governance, rewording of specific clauses, expanding on Guild mission and some additional points on how the Guild can arbitrate if two or more clubs have a disagreement, and how the Guild could also vote to remove a club from membership through voting.

• Subcommittee is putting suggested changes into a revised/marked up copy of existing charter and we’ll distribute to reps for review.

• November meeting we’ll review/discuss these changes, make any final adjustments with anticipation of voting to adopt the new charter at January’s meeting.

• Allen from Badass asked about having the charter put on the Guild website. After some discussion, Chris Gough suggested reps create logons on the new site and he can post the doc under password just for council members to view.


9) Person of the Year award subcommittee report

• Subcommittee has not met yet.

• We will discuss more in November.


10) Homebrew in licensed establishments

• Illegal right now according to attorney for Denisons

• BADASS has been working with local brewpubs, politicians, MO county folks trying to get the law changed or amended. Allen asked the Guild whether there was interest from the Guild or member clubs in pursuing a state-wide law change that allowed licensed establishments to allow homebrew to be served.

• While we didn’t do a formal vote, all club reps present felt it was an important topic and supported efforts to see the law change. They also made suggestions to Allen for alternative meeting locations – non-licensed places like breweries, community centers, organizations such as Elks, VFW, etc. Also suggested involving AHA because they have lots of resources and contacts to help get laws changed and may even be working on something nationally regarding this.


11) Future National Homebrewers Conferences

• A group of interested individuals from 5 regional clubs met in July and submitted a bid to AHA to host the conference in DC or Baltimore in 2016 or 2017.

o Other cities being considered for 2016: Richmond, Nashville, or North Carolina (Charlotte or Raleigh)

o 2017: the group submitted Washington D.C. as first choice, Baltimore second. But they would support either city and of course have pre-con events in the non-host city.

o No decision from AHA expected until end of this year.


12) BJCP exams

• There will be BJCP written exams on 9/20 and 12/6. Unfortunately they conflict with Guild events. Bill Heverly will conduct the 12/6 one in Frederick. Please let your BJCP judges who have at least 80 on tasting know and they can contact Bill via the website Exam schedule.


13) Treasurer’s report

• We have about $9740, but $9000 of that is crab feast sales.


14) Upcoming events (other than Baltimore Beer Week homebrew events)

• Saturday 9/27: MD Microbrewery Fest and homebrew competition (organized by MHL). All styles except sour, cider and mead. Max 4 entries/brewer and 200 entries total. They need judges! Winner brewed by Dog Brewing and served at Buffalo Wild Wings. See

• Saturday 10/11: BAM Oktoberfest. Homebrew competition run by Brewtherville Labs.

• Saturday 10/18: Chesapeake Real Ale Festival. See

• Saturday 11/1: Mead Day, Wootown event at Snyders. All clubs invited.

• Saturday 11/15: MALT’s Turkey Shoot at Peabody Heights. See for rules, registration.

• Saturday 11/15: BURP real ale fest. Must be a BURP member.


15) Next meeting

• November 10, at MDHB.


September 2014 Meeting Notes

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Dan and Helen were our hosts on their patio on a beautiful late summer evening. A great environment for Elspeth P to entertain us with a slide show about her fab trip to Ireland this summer for the Beer Writers Conference. The craft beer scene is finally taking off in the Emerald Isle and Elspeth told us that in just a year's time many more craft brews have become available. This is great news for a land that is dominated by Guinness, Smithwicks, and a few other macro brewers.

The beer theme for the month was Oktoberfest and we had plenty on hand to sample. A few local and a number from the motherland of Spaten, Ayinger, etc. Great tastings throughout. A number of excellent homebrews were on tap and in bottles.

Dan gave a great tour of his brewery and answered a number of questions about Brew In A Bag brewing. We're looking forward to his talk at the end of the year on this topic.

Tee shirts were distributed, beer & food consumed, and a little knowledge was transferred. All-in-all, another great BADASS evening. Thanks again to our hosts and to Elspeth.


July 2014 Meeting Notes

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This was the first BADASS meeting that was not held in a member’s home or at the Pool. We assembled

at the Old Line Wine & Spirits store in Beltsville, MD and were the guests of Larry Pendleton V, whose

family owns the store. About 20 BADASSers took over the back of the Bistro and we commenced to

sampling beers aligned with our theme for the evening: European Lawn Mower beers. There were

Czech Pils, German Kölsch, and other low alcohol Euro ales & lagers.


But the festivities did not stop there. Brian T brought along the last of his Red Menace Indigenous

Ale and it was quite an intro to this new member. Look forward to many more great brews from

Brian. Chris K & Michelle T were gracious enough to share half of their stash of the 2014 AHA NHC

commemorative beer from Founders. It was an Oak-aged Rye IPA and it was an amazing brew. Coming

in around 7.2% and 55 well-balanced IBUs, this ale showed oaky vanilla notes, with a great aroma, and

a bit of alcohol warmth. The biggest complaint was that they only brought one bomber. Oh well, this

would make a great group brew and Justin K is working on a clone recipe. Mark L (Wild Rumpus) and

Keri T (Walking Carpet) dispensed some of their recent brew products and there may have been others,

but my memory is short. Members also took advantage of the food and draft offerings at Old Line to

round out the evening.


Thanks to all that made it out on a dark and stormy night. Cheers.

Free State Homebrew Club Guild Meeting Notes

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July 14, 2014




1) Guild picnic

• Was on Saturday 6/7.

• Attendance was 65-70.

• Wheat beer competition winners have been posted on the Guild website and paid – see http://

• Next year: June 6, 2015. We got shelter 300! (The one with the sink and fridge.)


2) National Homebrewers Conference

• Well-attended by locals – about 45.

• Guild table at Club Night was popular and easy to set up / take down. Thanks Kevin and Marge from

Wootown and Michelle from BADASS for driving beers and props.

• Next year: San Diego.

• Might be in Baltimore or DC in 2016 or 2017. AHA was already considering it before we thought of it. Les,

Brent and John met with Ron Price, local AHA rep and reps from BURP and DC Homebrewers. They plan

to submit a bid by end of July. Proposing DC or Baltimore as host cities.


3) Guild crab feast

• Saturday 9/20, noon-6 PM.

• There was talk of moving date because it conflicts with Duclaw’s Real Ale Fest but SPBW not concerned.

• Location: Ridgely’s Run Community Center in Jessup –

• Zymernauts are the lead (Steve Hulbert / Kevin Schenk).

• Have to exit/clean up quickly due to evening event there. Clean-up crew will be arranged in advance.

• LnL will cater.

• Tickets will remain at $40 each, increasing to $45 a few weeks prior.

• Ticket sales will start by early August. An announcement will be made.

• Bendt Fendyr will perform again.

• Homebrew challenge: $50 gift certificate to MDHB for winner.

• Should be 5 commercial casks. Will be stored in MDHB’s walk-in and Kevin will pick up Saturday morn.


4) Guild holiday party

• Saturday 12/6, 6-10 PM.

• Still need a venue large enough. Send ideas to Les.

• Still considering Heavy Seas but space issues may be concern.

• Jailbreak Brewing is expanding so that is a possible venue. Don as suggestion of a church community


• We’ll have a slide show with sponsors and display raffle winners similar to last year but spread out the

raffle winners so they don’t all storm the table at once.

• Cleanup – that night? Next day? Decision will be made well in advance and communicated to folks.


5) Insurance

• We discussed researching liability insurance for Guild events. Maybe have just the officers insured?

• Costs don’t look too prohibitive, e.g., $300 for MASHOUT.

• BURP has details so we will ping them. Also Brent mentioned recent article in Zymurgy for homebrew club

comprehensive coverage on a per-member basis. He’s checking into that.


6) Charter update committee report

• Committee members Steve, Stewie and Dwight have made their own edits but they have not met to settle

on a draft. They will have a draft to share at the September meeting.


7) Social media

• The Free State Homebrew Club Guild now has a group page on Facebook. Please encourage members

of your clubs to join the group. Also, we encourage your clubs to post about upcoming events in this

group as an efficient way to get the word out to other clubs. The link is:


• Some folks who found the Guild website have asked how to find a club in their area.

• We discussed having a Maryland map on the website where viewers can click their part of the state and

the closest clubs to them will be displayed. Another option is to have them just enter their zip code.

• We discussed making large Maryland maps to hang at homebrew shops. Clubs’ locations would be shown

on them.


8) Baltimore Beer Week

• October 10 – 19.

• Website:

• “Pros versus Joes” competition

o Tentatively planned for Monday 10/13 at Bertha’s.

o Brew one of several styles: pale ale, IPA, a few others (maybe abbey brown).

o Public pays to enter and gets food and beer samples, voting for favorite beers.

o Top choices judged for BoS.

o No entry fee. Prizes from Bertha’s.

o Maybe limit entries to a few per club?

o Maybe allow brewers into the event at a discount?

• Baltibrew will hold another ChiliBrew (10/18) and Gruit Competition at Liam Flynn’s (date TBD).

• Tap handle turning at Mark Supik’s.

• Brewtherville Labs will do an event at Mt. Washington Tavern on 10/12.

• Baltimore Beer Babes might do something.

• Homebrew Showcase at Little Havana on 10/15.


9) Treasurer’s report

• We have $542.98. We laid out a lot of money for T-shirts but will get most of that back via sales.

• We gave 15 shirts to NHC brewers and sold 23 at a discounted price to participants at Club Night, sold 17

at full price, and we have ~80 left to sell. $15, M-XXXL, on Guild website

• We sold 13 glasses between Guild picnic and tonight’s meeting. ~30 left to sell. $4, on Guild website


10) Upcoming events

• This Wednesday 7/16 a new brewpub called Denizens Brewing will open in Silver Spring. See http://

• Saturday 8/9: Hops & History, a presentation on colonial style beers. Given at the Carroll County

Historical Society, . MHL is point of contact.

• Aug 14-16: MASHOUT. Go to for tickets and info.

• Sunday 9/14: CRABS will have their annual Crabs4CRABS event.

• Saturday 9/27: MD Microbrewery Fest and homebrew competition (organized by MHL). All styles except

sour, cider and mead. Max 4 entries/brewer and 200 entries total. They need judges! Winner brewed

by Dog Brewing and served at Buffalo Wild Wings. See

• September: Comptroller’s Cup (date TBD).

• October 10-19: Baltimore Beer Week.

• Saturday 10/11: BAM Oktoberfest. Homebrew competition run by Brewtherville Labs. See http://

• Saturday 11/1: Mead Day, Wootown event at Snyders. All clubs welcome

• Saturday 11/15: MALT’s Turkey Shoot at Peabody Heights. Get Brewin!


11) Upcoming meetings

• September 15, November 10, at MDHB.

May 2015 Meeting Notes

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Minutes from the BADASS meeiting on May 18, 2015.