March Newsletter

March Meeting

Thanks to everyone that made it out to the March meeting!  This month we judged American IPA’s (BJCP style 14B), 7 beers in all.  Our newest member Tom took 1st place, Brian S took 2nd place, and Scott took 3rd.

Here is Tom’s winning recipe:



And here are the overall scores year to date for Homebrewer of the Year:

1st place – Scott Berens (4 pts)

2nd place – Charlie and Tom (3 pts)

3rd place – John and Brian S (2 pts)

4th place – Jason (1 pt)

There are still 4 more beers to judge this year and so far it’s a close one!  Our next beer will be Belgian Saisons in May.  Remember to plan ahead as we have many Big beers in the second half of the year.


Mark your Calendars!  Saturday May 2nd is the third annual Siciliano’s Big Brew Day at Calder Plaza.  We will be down there in full force brewing a Red ale and also sharing our homebrew.  We will need to start planning for this event (bar setup, jockey box, kegs of beer, equipment, food…).  This event is open to the public so come on down make some new friends and try some great homebrew!


Some pics of our brew day at Gravel Bottom.  Our Caraway Stout should be on tap very soon!

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February Newsletter

February Newsletter


Upcoming Events:

Brew day at Gravel bottom Sunday March 1st, 8am.  We will be brewing our Caraway Stout that won the Iron Brewer Competition with GR Homebrewers.  This will be our second beer on tap at a local brewery!  Hope everyone can make it out!  The March club meeting has been moved to Monday march 16th, so as not to interfere with St. Patrick’s Day.

Homebrewer of the Year Competition

Here’s the list of beers we will be brewing and judging for the rest of the year:

March American IPA’s                14B
May Belgian saison                   16C
July Belgian tripel                    18C
September Strong scotch ale (Wee Heavy)  9E
November American barleywine     19C


All beers are judged based on BJCP guidelines.  You may only enter one beer per competition.  Points are awarded for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place; the brewer with the most points at the end of the year will win a gift card to the homebrew shop of their choice and bragging rights!


Check out our website for an updated calendar of events!  Here’s a list of things that are planned and a few things that are in the works:

March – Club meeting:  Judging IPA’s.  Meeting moved to Monday March 16th (so it’s not on St. Patty’s day)

April – setting up visit to pilot malt house
May – Big Brew Day. Club meeting:   Judging Belgian Saisons.

June – SMASH beer project.  A fun way to learn about different hop varieties.  It would be great for us to focus on hops that we don’t typically use such as Mt. Hood, Northern Brewer, Perle, Nugget, Saaz, Fuggle, Willamette to name a few….  Look for more details the next few weeks.

July – club meeting:  Judging Belgian Tripel.

August – Club meeting:  nanomashing, this will focus on the contributions of specialty grains in our beer.   Hop tour?

September – Club meeting:  Judging wee heavy scotch ale.  Oktoberfest – German food and a German style homebrew competition!

October – Iron Brewer competition (TBD).  Club meeting:   Cider (Possible guest speaker?)

November – Learn to homebrew day, look for some event to be planned for this.  Club meeting:  Judge Barleywines.

December – bottle share party?



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AHA National Learn to Homebrew Day!








Saturday November 1st was National Learn to Homebrew Day.  Learn to Homebrew Day  was first established by the American Homebrewers Association (AHA) in 1999 to encourage homebrewers to introduce their non-brewer friends and family to the most rewarding hobby, obsession and lifestyle of homebrewing!

Our event was planned very last minute (thanks Dick Thunder!) but we were able to team up with the guys at Gravel Bottom Craft Brewery and Supply.  Members from 616brewing Homebrew Club, Primetime Brewers Homebrew Club, and Gravel Bottom braved the frigid Michigan temperatures to put on a brewing demostration for the local community.  Beers brewed included Roggenbier (German Rye Beer), Bier de Garde, and a Porter (doesn’t sound as exciting as the other two, but I make a mean porter).  We met many new people who wanted to learn more about the brewing process, and we were more than happy to share our knowledge.  It was a fun day of brewing and enjoying a few pints of beer with some new friends!

Look for us to plan something bigger next year with our friends at Gravel Bottom!


Dick Thunder's 3-tier gravity setup.

Dick Thunder’s 3-tier gravity setup.

Gravel Bottom's Sabco setup.

Gravel Bottom’s Sabco setup.

Real Man's 6-pack

Real Man’s 6-pack


Mashed in!

Mashed in!

Doug in the Halloween Spirit with his beer costume.

Doug in the Halloween Spirit with his beer costume.

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White Labs Yeast Customer Club

Welp, I’ve been homebrewing for about 2 1/2 years now and just found out about the white labs customer club.  Basically, save your empty yeast vials and send them in for some cool swag!  Nice way for them to reward your loyal customers.  For example, 10 vials will get you a free vial of yeast….  5,000 vials will get a brew day with Chris White (founder of White Labs).  Time to start saving up!

Check out more here:

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Iron Brewer Challenge!

A nice little write up on the Iron Brewer Challenge held between us and our friends from GR Homebrewers!

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IPA Ver. 1

A nice little hoppy IPA!

Recipe Type: All Grain
Yeast: White Labs California ale
Additional Yeast or Yeast Starter: 2 vials
Batch Size (Gallons): 5
Original Gravity: 1.065
Final Gravity: 1.012
IBU: 65
Boiling Time (Minutes): 90
Primary Fermentation (# of Days & Temp): 7days @ 68f
Additional Fermentation: 7 days keg conditioned while force carbing
Secondary Fermentation (# of Days & Temp): 14days @ 68f
Tasting Notes: not the hop bomb you normally expect from an american IPA, but damn it’s tasty

Mash at 154 for 60min. I had 70%eff
American Rahr (2 row) Pale: 11.50lbs
American Briess Crystal 20 1.00lbs
American Briess Light Munich 0.75lbs
American Briess Carapils 0.75lbs
American Briess Torrified Wheat 0.25lbs

Chinook (Pellet) 1oz 30min
Cascade (Pellet) 1.5oz 30min
Williamette (Pellet) 0.5oz 15min
Cascade (Pellet) 1.5oz 15min
Williamette (Pellet) 1oz 5min
Cascade (Pellet) 2oz Dry in secondary

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