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Old 01-14-2013, 05:04 PM   #1
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Default Newbie Sharing Brew with Brew Club?

I'm going to be going to a brew club meeting here in February. I've only been brewing for a couple of months and would love to share some of my brew with more experienced folks to get some feedback and tips on doing things better.

Problem is, I only have 3 brews in bottles right now and I don't have a lot to share (we've been giving out a lot). My question is, how much beer do people bring to these things? If I bring 12 or so (4 bottles of each) would this be acceptable? I don't want to be *that guy* who doesn't bring enough to share.

I'm guessing there will be around 20 or so people in attendance.

Any other tips for a brew club newbie?

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Old 01-14-2013, 05:15 PM   #2
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It really depends on the club so you could try to reach out to the organizers to get a better idea on how their club meets usually run. Having said that, I typically bring 3 to 4 12oz bottles of each type I want to share and usually have some left over after the meeting. Also, you don't have to bring all three. Perhaps bring two and cellar the other type for a future meeting when your pipelines are even drier.

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What club?

Almost everyone in my brew club kegs, and often they'll bring a 2L growler for ~15 folks in attendance. However sometimes when they bring that much, we're all sitting around at the end of the evening polishing off the remainders of most growlers, so a 1L growler is often enough. Converting to bottles, 3 bottles is probably plenty.

And as already suggested, you don't need to bring all three. There will be plenty of beer flowing. What I'd consider is that you've probably got a number of experienced brewers there who can give you good feedback on the beer, so I'd pick the one or two varieties that you most want feedback on.

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Old 01-14-2013, 05:25 PM   #4
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I usually bring 4 bottles for a group of 20 to 30. Folks usually pour lightly as this is really just a tasting! And I would only bring 2 at most. You don't want to hog the show the first time up

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I'm the president of the mohonk brewers association in new paltz New York. I can tell you with 100% certainty that new brewers are te life blood of any club new members bring new ideas and a clean slate to learn from expierenced brewers. Great decision to go to the meeting !! To answer your question each club is different. Our club has limits as we have a large attendance. We allow 2-3 12oz bottles per member per meeting and only do 2-4 oz pours to sample. If you have too much beer per member it turns into a drinking festival with a ton of drunk people and the meeting because a drunken blur. Sometimes this is good and we have dedicated events with no limits a few times a year. If I was you I would contact another member or the club president and just ask what is acceptable. I bet this communication would make a huge impression that you want to be a active member and wish to abide by their rules without making assumptions. Best of luck to you !! Hoppy brewing.

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Depends on the size of the club, but I cant see any club where 4 bottles wouldnt be plenty. If the club is THAT big then im guessing most people wouldnt plan on sampling everyones beer.

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I'd bring 2. Our club usually has about the same attendance and we do a monthly beer of the month comp. 2 bottles has always been enough to give everyone a big enough sample to get a good taste. Then there's your opinion of your beer. If you think it's good, share it with everyone. If you think you have some issues with it and want help with that, then I'd just share it with the better brewers so they can give you their more seasoned opinion/advice. If you don't have a lot to share people shouldn't be upset. I'm sure they know(and if they don't they should) that once you get further along you'll have more beer to bring.

I started the same way and now I bring more than one kind of beer every month. It just takes time in the beginning.

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Thanks you guys!

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What club?
It's the Addison Homebrew Provisions club out in Fullerton. Hey you're local to me, I'm just down the street in Lake Forest.

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We allow 2-3 12oz bottles per member per meeting and only do 2-4 oz pours to sample. If you have too much beer per member it turns into a drinking festival with a ton of drunk people and the meeting because a drunken blur.
Sounds like I will bring a sixer of two kinds for sampling. That's great. Was wondering about the line between sampling/getting smashed so thanks for clarifying. I generally do not drink on weekdays as I tend to be on call for work, so this is right up my alley.

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If you don't have a lot to share people shouldn't be upset. I'm sure they know(and if they don't they should) that once you get further along you'll have more beer to bring.

I started the same way and now I bring more than one kind of beer every month. It just takes time in the beginning.
Excellent, yeah I was hoping to not be the house guest that shows up to a potluck empty handed

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But, if you want to have the beer critiqued.. bring some thick skin and learn from the comments. I never want to have people tell me my beer tastes like cr@p without a reason.. that doesn't help much.. but, constructive criticism is always welcome.
I do want (or at least hope for) some compliments, but also want the critique. If I think a brew tastes great, and these guys can pick out off flavors/tastes and tell me how to remedy them, everybody wins!
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It's the Addison Homebrew Provisions club out in Fullerton. Hey you're local to me, I'm just down the street in Lake Forest.
Ahh, cool. I'm with brewcommune. I think there are even a few people who are members of both clubs.

Are you looking forward to the opening of the new Slaters 50/50 location there in Lake Forest? I can't wait
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Ahh, cool. I'm with brewcommune. I think there are even a few people who are members of both clubs.

Are you looking forward to the opening of the new Slaters 50/50 location there in Lake Forest? I can't wait
Nice, I'll have to look up brewcommune or maybe you can shoot me some info... I just found their forum. I'd be down to hit up one of their events.

And Slaters 50/50, heck yeah! Not my favorite area in Lake Forest but that place is going to be sweet
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