May Minutes

Baltibrew General Meeting

May 17, 2018 @ Jon's House

  • Introductions

  • Guild Update - Kris

    • There are lots of guild events coming up, please check the calendar and listserv for updates. Minutes from the meeting are available for review. (Guild Minutes May 2018)
  • Bylaw Revisions - Status Update

    • An e-board is meeting next Tuesday. The bylaw changes will be on the agenda for that meeting. More to come.
  • Discussion of Baltibrew Events

    • Brubakes Recap
      What a great event! Thank you to all the contestants and attendees. Paul from De Kleine Duivel is be interested in hosting again next year with an increased number of tickets. Attendance this year was about 40-50.
    • Brewtherville Big Brew Recap
      Greg and Christoph dropped in on Brewtherville’s event. BC Brewery looks great and the beer is tasty. They have filled 18 of their 24 taps and looks to have the space to grow their operation considerably. It’s right off the light rail. Anyone who has a chance to check it out should drop by.
    • Sensory Classes @ Jon's
      Due to scheduling conflicts the dates of the tasting panels have been moved to July 14th/15th. Reach out to Jon to sign up. The cost is $20 for one session, $35 for the pair.
    • Orioles Outing
      July 28th is the same day as Union Collective grand opening which many members plan to attend. Since the tasting panel has been moved to July we’re going to cancel the July Orioles outing in lieu of supporting Jon’s event and the Union event.
    • August Bus Trip
      Greg and Jacob are working up the itenary. More to come on this trip. Looking at an early August weekend.
    • ChiliBrew XII
      Anyone interested in helping out with ChiliBrew should contact Jacob. Baltimore Beer Week has not finalized the exact week in October yet. Since we try to schedule ChiliBrew as a kickoff event we’re waiting on that decision. It will likely be October 12th but could possibly be on the 19th. Stay tuned.
  • Social/Event Updates - Jacob

  • Other New Business/Member Announcements

    • Feedback Sheets for Beer Evaluation @ Meetings
      The Baltibrewer survey revealed the desire for a slightly more formal procedure to request feedback on homebrew during the monthly meeting. A draft feedback sheet based on the BCJP score sheet was circulated. The general consensus was that it was too busy. A revision featuring more hedonistic categories will be available at the next meeting.
      Draft Homebrew Feedback Label
      Draft Homebrew Feedback Form
    • Iron Brewer Update
      Due to waning interest in the current Iron Brewer format, the contest will change from a recurring Chopped format to more of an on-demand Bobby Flay’s Throwdown competition. The rules discussed were:

      • There is no scheduled Iron Brewer contest.
      • Any club member may challenge the current Iron Brewer to a competition on a given style/ingredient.
      • It is up to the challenger and the Iron Brewer to come to a gentlepersons agreement on when the finished beer will be judged. We can’t expect the Iron Brewer to defend challenges at every meeting.
      • If the Iron Brewer repeatedly refuses to defend their title, it will be abdicated.
      • Once a challenge is issued and accepted, any other club members may brew a beer for the competition.
      • Judging will remain hedonistic.
      • The prize remains glory and possession of the sweet Iron Brewer mug.
      • The current Iron Brewer is Will.
  • Ed Topic - Kris

    • Baltibrew Yeast Capture! - Collection of captures
      Many of the captures are showing mold or fungal growth. Fingers crossed that some of the recent captures show more promise.
    • Baltimore’s Water System!!!!
      Look out for a blog post in the Education section summarizing the presentation. The tour of the Ashburton treatment plant is June 21st @ 10AM. Kris will send reminders.
  • Homebrew Swap!