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Old 02-01-2011, 12:41 AM   #1
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Default First Home Brew Club meeting... How much to bring?

I'm planning to attend a home brew club meeting tomorrow evening for the first time. I have plenty of brew to bring, but I have no idea how much I should bring... I'm guessing there will be around 20-30 people there. Do people typically bring enough for everyone to sample every style you bring?

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Old 02-01-2011, 01:32 AM   #2
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A lot of time, newer people don't bring anything to the first meeting. I'd go, get the feel of things and find out what others are bringing. Then...next month you'll be ready. I think a growler or equivalent is the standard.

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Old 02-01-2011, 02:23 AM   #3
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I'm planning to attend a home brew club meeting tomorrow evening for the first time. I have plenty of brew to bring, but I have no idea how much I should bring... I'm guessing there will be around 20-30 people there. Do people typically bring enough for everyone to sample every style you bring?
Our club meetings usually have around 20-40 people depending on the month and I usually pick 1-3 of my most recent ready to drink beers (depending on what I have on hand that I want to show off or get reviews on) and take 2 bottles of each. That usually gives me more than enough of each beer for anyone who wants to try it to do so.
I wouldn't anticipate having eveyone try your beer because the reality is if everyone tried eveyone else's beer everyone would be having 20-50 samples and at even 2 oz thats 100 oz of beer and most have to drive home

I'd pick 1 or 2 beers you're either really proud of or have questions about and take around 24 oz of each, after the first meeting you'll have a pretty good idea of what your clubs norm is.
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Old 02-01-2011, 02:38 AM   #4
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Cool, thanks for the responses... I have an oatmeal stout that's been aging for 1.5 years so I'll bring a few bottles of that....

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Old 02-01-2011, 02:56 AM   #5
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Email and ask. At our club you are required to bring a sixer or equivalent. Sadly most people bring commercial beer (not that I don't like drinking commercial beer with friends but that's what the bar is for). When people bring homebrew you can elect to have it passed around for comments (without people knowing who the brewer is though they optionally reveal that at the end). A sixer or growler is enough for 30 people roughly.

I rarely have mine passed around as it takes up time and I can make sure the few people who's opinions I want get some.

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First timers aren't required to bring beer at my club's meetings, so I don't think you should worry too much about it. I usually bring a growler's worth, since I don't bottle, but our rule is one bottle of beer is enough (whether it's a 12oz or 2 gallons is up to you).

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My god, I couldn't imagine bringing beer for 20-30 people at a club meeting. My homebrew club averages around 5-8 a meeting and it seems like a perfect number. Two bottles is always enough to share with everyone.

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how much you bring dictates how large a sample everyone gets.

I'll bring a bomber of something, or two 12's of mead. Average turnout is at least 15 people, sometimes over 30 for picnics/weekend gatherings with spouses.

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I'm going to my first next week and was told two bottles is plenty...

My fear is that they are all grain brewers and I've already seen a bit of the All Grain Brewers only sign hanging on the wall somewhere; maybe hiding in the back.. but never the less, still hanging...

:-) don't be an extract hater........

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I'm going to my first next week and was told two bottles is plenty...

My fear is that they are all grain brewers and I've already seen a bit of the All Grain Brewers only sign hanging on the wall somewhere; maybe hiding in the back.. but never the less, still hanging...

:-) don't be an extract hater........
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