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March Minutes

BaltiBrew General Meeting

March 15, 2018 @ Nepenthe

  • Guild Minutes - Nate

    • Guild minutes were sent out to the Baltibrew listserve.

    • The BJCP class was cancelled due to lack of interest.

    • A number of events are coming up, including the CRABs Light Rail crawl on April 8th and the VIctory Brewing Taste at Goddard Space Flight Center on March 16th (Zymurnauts).

    • MALT was happy to see so many Baltibrewers sign up for their bus trip!

    • Brubakes was plugged, there seemed to be some interest.

  • Discussion on upcoming Baltibrew Events

    • May 5th - 2018 Big Brew
      Nepenthe is not sure if they will be hosting a Big Brew event this year, as they have not worked out their lease in the near term.  Several options were proposed, including attending the brew at Maryland Homebrew or joining Brewtherville’s Big Brew. Members will reach out to the other organizations and we will pick the discussion up next month.

    • July 27th - Baseball Os vs Rays Group Outing
      The club decided to move this outing to July 28th as Saturdays are generally easier for most of the members.  We will be looking to get a block of 30 tickets in the outfield bleachers, likely cost will be $17 dollars a seat. Options for a pre-game beer include the new Suspended Brewing in Pigtown.

    • August TBD - Balitbrew Bus Brewery Trip
      Jacob and Greg are getting quotes for the bus trip.  There are a few possible destinations in play, including DC, Columbia, and Eastern Shore breweries.  More information to follow. We will likely open up registration to guild members.

  • Bylaw Revisions

    • Update to Quorum Rules - The eboard suggests changing the quorum rules as follows:

      • Individuals shall be considered members of Baltibrew upon payment of dues.  One is considered a member in good standing if current dues are paid in full.  One is considered an active member if they have participated in at least 50% of votes from the previous calendar year.  New members will be considered active upon the meeting following their initial payment of dues.

      • A quorum shall be considered the participation of a minimum of 50% of active members in good standing for a vote.

      • Changes to Baltibrew charter, bylaws, or articles will require a quorum of  ⅔ of active members in good standing.

    • The goals for this change were to:

      • Drop the quorum requirement in the short term.

      • Encourage vote participation and provides mechanisms for the quorum requirements to rise over time.

      • Not bar any good standing member from casting a vote.

      • Prevent members from stacking a vote at the next meeting with new signups.

      • Not create an unreasonable burden on the eboard to manage.

    • The rest of the draft amendments will be brought before the club for comment in future months.

    • We will vote on the changes after the club has had a chance to discuss all the draft language.

  • Brübakes Competition Update, April 22nd @ De Kline Duvel

  • Social/Event Updates - Jacob

  • Other New Business/Member Announcements

    • Iron Brewer - Tea @ the April meeting!

  • Ed Topic - Kris

    • Meet the Ed Czar!

    • 2018 Ed Topics

      • March

        • Topic - Get to know your Ed Czar

        • Activity - Baltibrewer Survey

      • April

        • Topic - Baltibrewer Survey Results

        • Activity - Passing out wild yeast collection jars

        • Activity - Send in Water Survey Samples

      • May

        • Topic - Water Survey Results

      • June

        • Topic - Discussion - Fault and Flavors/Post -Mortem of Jon’s Tasting Panels

      • July

        • Activity - Sour Hour

      • August

        • Activity - Baltibrew Neighborhood Yeast Tasting

      • September

        • Topic - Brief History of Commercial Brewing in MD

        • Activity - Historical Beer from Baltimore

      • October

        • Topic - TBD

      • November

        • Topic - Apples and Honey - How Beer and Cider are different

      • December - Holiday Party - No Ed Topic

    • Baltibrewer Survey - Watch for an email with a link to the survey.

  • Homebrew Swap!


February Minutes

BaltiBrew General Meeting

February 15, 2018 @ Nepenthe

  • The 2018 Baltibrew Event Calendar

    • March 24th - MALT Bus Trip to Philly

      Malt has provided a code for a discount to Guild Members. Let’s get out there and support another club’s event!  Purchase tickets @

    • April 22nd - Brübakes Competition @ De Kline Duvel

      We are looking to start a spring event for BaltiBrew. Jon is going to coordinate an event, hopefully at De Kline Duvel, in April. The idea is to pair a brewer and a baker and produce a siason and a baked good featuring the spent grain from the beer. The baked good must be 10% spent grain by weight. Looking for 6-8 competitors. It will be an Sunday afternoon event with the attendees choosing the winners. More information to come.

    • May 5th - 2018 Big Brew

      Nepenthe is not sure they will be hosting a Big Brew event this year so we may need to either find another venue or join up with another club.

    • June 9th/10th - Sensory Classes @ Jon's

      Jon is going to do his sensory classes again in June. This year Siebel has released some new flavor profiles specific to barrel aging which Jon will evaluate and may incorporate into the sessions. Price will be set to recoup costs and should be close to 40 dollars for both sessions. More information to follow.

    • July 27th - Baseball Os vs Rays Group Outing

      Kris and Detter will coordinate a block of tickets for the Friday night Os game. We could potentially drop in on Suspended Brewing in Pigtown before the game.

    • August TBD - BalitBrew Bus Brewery Trip

      Jacob/Greg will be coordinating a brewery trip with the destinations TBD. Ideas include a trip to check out the DC scene or visiting Key and some Baltimore suburb breweries. This event will be open to Guild members.

    • September 1st - BBQ and Group Brew @ Jacob's

      A potluck BBQ and Brew at Jacob’s in Towson to kick off the fall season!

    • October 12th - ChiliBrew XII!!!!!!

      Ciaran and Jacob will be leading the ChiliBrew charge this year. The event will be run similar to previous years.

    • November TBD based on pressings - Cider Buy/Honey Buy w/ Wootown

      In the past we had sent a pretty large contingent to Wootown’s honey buy in White Hall. It’s a great event on a big farm/apiary and they have great quality and affordable honey. Additionally, our cider buy from Weber’s was a big success last year so we’re going to reciprocate by opening it up to Guild members. More details to come later in the year.

    • December 12th - Christmas/Holiday Party

      A potluck in place of the monthly meeting. Business will be light and the event moved forward a week so members do not need to choose between this event and other holiday obligations.

  • Introduction of new attendees

  • Bylaw Revisions

    • Update to Quorum Rules

      The current bylaws have set the definition of quorum high enough to where the club can no longer hold a votes. A proposal was made among in those in attendance to redefine a quorum as “any dues paying and interested member” where interest is loosely defined as “has attended a meeting, conversed on the listserve, or generally expressed interest in the club in the last several months.” The in attendance membership voted to accept this new definition. The specific language of this change will be brought before the in attendance member next month.

    • Potential Bylaws Updates

      The following bylaws changes were proposed in order to simplify club business and to reflect the smaller member count. Members discussed the potential changes and each change will be formally drafted for an individual vote at future meetings.

      • Remove Brewmaster position, Merge Secretary/Scribe Duties into Meeting Czar
      • Elections are only for positions where member wants to step down or is challenged
      • Move elections to fit with Jan-Dec timeframe (announce in Oct, vote in November)
      • Voting Procedures - Allow two weeks for proxy votes via email and tally votes at meeting; Reduce online balloting
      • Quarterly E-board Planning Meetings
  • Acceptance of New Officers/Thank You to Outbound Officers!

    • The in attendance members voted to accept the slate nominees as the 2018 officer core.
    • Brewmaster - Jon Blair
    • Chilibrew Task Czar - Ciaran Ussher
    • Education Czar - Kristofer Quinn
    • Monthly Meeting Czar - Vacant
    • Free State Homebrew Guild Representative - Nate Remlinger
    • Quartermaster - Vacant
    • Secretary - Vacant
    • Social Secretary - Jacob Wolf
    • Treasurer - Gregory Schwender
    • Website Coordinator - Jude Finnell
  • BalitBrew Website Update - Jude

    • Watch out for changes to the website. We will be sunsetting some unused sections and generally cleaning things up. Event planning and chatter will move to the Facebook page.
  • Social Update - Detter

    • Max's Belgian Beer Fest (2/16 - 2/19) - Friday is the big Belgian Day, Saturday morning/afternoon is a focus on Stillwater in upstairs, and Monday is American Sours
    • Union Pinewood Derby - This Sunday 2/18
  • Other New Business/Member Announcements

    • BaltiBrew Shirt and Glassware are still available for purchase! Talk to Nick and Christoph if you are interested.
    • Jon is looking for a travel buddy for the Beeradvocate Belgian Beer Fest in Boston in June. Ping him for more information or to coordinate travel. Links for tickets can be found on the Beeradvocate site.
  • Homebrew Swap!

January Meeting Minutes

  • Introductions
  • Guild Update
    • The guild raised about 9k at their holiday party at Heavy Seas.
    • The tasting party from their December Group Brew will be Saturday, January 20th at DuClaw.
    • The guild asked for us to relay information about ChiliBrew as we plan it.
    • They are still working on their 501c3 application.
    • Guild Minutes will be distributed via the listserve.
  • Social Events
  • Officer Elections
    • We are still looking for a Meeting Czar/Secretary to fill out the ballot.
    • One minute stump speeches were given by nominated members.
    • Voting will be done online.  Be on the lookout for more information in the beginning of February.
  • Iron Brewer!
    • We had a great field for Iron Brewer apples.  Six contestants entered with Katie taking home the Iron Brewer cup!
    • The next ingredient is Tea!  Bring your entry in April!
  • Homebrew Swap

December Minutes

There was plenty of tasty food at the December potluck.  The following business was discussed.

  • Ciaran and Jacob proposed jointly sharing responsibility for ChiliBrew and Quartermaster.  The idea was received well.
  • We are still looking for nominations for Meeting Czar and Secretary.
  • January will be Iron Brewer Cider!
  • Nick is going to coordinate the winter group brew at his place.
  • We will reach out to Brandon to figure out if we will do a social/brew at Duclaw again this year.
  • Normal business meetings will resume in January.

November Meeting Minutes

  • Introductions - Everyone
  • Guild Notes - Jude
    • Christine Anderson is the new owner of Maryland Homebrew.
    • The Guild is registering as a 501(c)(7).  Their members will be the members of all the clubs that pay their annual guild dues.  Historically, Baltibrew has paid their guild dues in cash.
    • The Guild Holiday Party is Saturday, December 2nd at Heavy Seas.
    • Saturday, December 9th at 9AM, DuClaw is hosting a collaboration brew with the guild on their production system.  All guild members are welcome to attend.
    • Portions of that beer will be put into 4 firkins and flavored.  They will be served at the Guild's 20th Anniversary Party at DuClaw on Saturday, January 20th.  Ticket logistics are yet to be finalized.
  • Financial/Membership Update - Greg
    • Paperwork for 501(c)(7) is submitted.
    • Pay your dues.
  • Group Brew/Cider Recap - Jacob
    • The cider pickup was well attended and Jacob has a telephone number to call to organize additional buys.
    • There is interest in getting a pressing of Gold Rush apple cider from several members.  Jacob will reach out to Weber's.  Watch the listserve for additional information.
    • Jacob will ping Nick to see if he is interested in hosting the January Group Brew, as that has become somewhat of a tradition.
    • In a previous meeting, Brandon indicated DuClaw may be interested in hosting another group brew on their pilot system.  We will follow up.
  • Social Happenings - per Detter
  • Christmas Party - Kris
    • The December meeting is traditionally a pot-luck dinner.  This year the third Thursday of Decmber falls on the 21st, which is a busy time of the month for many members.  The club discussed options for changing the date/venue/format.
    • A motion was made(Kris) to move the date of the December meeting forward one week to Thursday, December the 14th.  The vote carried.  The club indicated their preference for it to remain a pot luck.
    • Ciaran will follow up to confirm if the store is available.  If a venue change is needed that information will be announced via the listserve.
    • We will coordinate items using a Google spreadsheet on the listserve.  Reminder, we will need volunteers to ensure we leave the shop clean.
  • Announcements
    • The 2018 term for officers begins in February.  Please consider if you are interested in running for any of the club positions.  More information about positions, nominations, and voting processes are available on the club website.  The list of positions is:
      • Brewmaster
      • Chilibrew Task Czar
      • Education Czar
      • Free State Homebrew Guild Representative
      • Monthly Meeting Czar
      • Quartermaster
      • Secretary
      • Social Secretary
      • Treasurer
      • Website Coordinator
    • Barry is interested in making the Brew at the Brass Tap a series, possibly coordinating specials based on the style of the brew.  Scott will provide more information as the idea matures.
  • Ed Topic - Blair
    • Jon covered ideas and methods for testing variables while maintaining consistency across those tests, stressing the importance of sanitation.  A round table discussion followed.
  • Bottle Share!