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October 2015 Meeting Minutes

Posted by Dan Kluckhuhn on October 26, 2015 at 4:45 PM

Specal thanks to Gary and Claire and Baby Calvin for hosting our meeting this month!  

Our newly minted Chairman, Justin opened the meeting and welcomed new attendees to introduce themselves.  Quentin H. from Kemp Mill has been brewing for less than a year and prefers using extracts.  Jeff recently moved here from Seattle and has been brewing for about a year and a half. He and his wife just had a new baby three weeks ago!  Congrats!  


--This year's Guild Holiday Party will be held on December 5th at Heavy Seas Brewing...same as last year.  Michelle T. (the Guardian of BADASS events) invited members last month to come together to plan the theme for this year's BADASS booth.  The group picked the theme "Oh, the Horror".  Discussion at the meeting tossed around ideas for "classic" or "campy" styles?  Dracula? Slasher? Friday the 13th?  And noted that they still need to work on more details.

A spreadsheet has been posted to allow all members to indicate:  whether you want TICKETS; what DECORATIONS you can contribute; and the type of FOOD/BEER you will be bringing.  BADASS coordinated last year with neighboring club BREW with a Hawaiian theme and took second place!!! This year BREW will have their own booth.  Rich Suchoski reminded memebers that he lives very close to Heavy Seas and offered use of his workshop for prepping backdrops or deco for the booth.  


--Brookside Gardens has an event Tuesday 10/27 featuring homebrews, pumpkin carving and a moonlit walk through the gardens


--MALT Turkey Shoot - Entries due 11/7. Judging 11/14.  Details at

--Members discussed the possibility of organizing some mini competitions between members.  Robert S, Matt and Brett will  set up a side meeting to work on this.  


--This month's education topic was "Hop Additions" and was prepared and delivered by Adam S.  He has posted the entire PowerPoint presentation on the BADASS website.  


--This month we focused on IPAs.  Rich S (Education) reviewed the 2015 BJCP Guidelines for IPAs.  In 2008 IPAs were category 14 and covered English, American and Imperial IPAs.  The 2015 Guidelines now have Category 12 (Pale Commonwealth Beer), and 12C (English IPA), Category 21A  (American IPA) and 21B (with six Specialty IPAs...Belgian, Black, Brown, Red, Rye and White), Category 22 (Strong American Ale and Category 22A (Double IPA).  

--Curious about the changes to the BJCP???  Go to


--Members brought Oktoberfest, Kolsch and Milk Stout and asked for feedback from Brett and others.  


Hope to see everyone at the NOVEMBER 17th meeting held at Gary and Claire's  PLEASE remember to go to SIGNUP GENIUS and indicate if you are coming and what you will be bringing.  The Beer Theme for November is Dark European Lagers and members can bring home brew or commercial varieties for tasting.   

PLEASE REMEMBER TO LABEL THE BEERS YOU BRING...with your name, the type of beer, any name you have for it and the BJCP category you were going for if appropriate.  There will be a separate place to set aside the beer that you want to go into the Brewer's Corner for feedback during the meeting.

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