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Old 05-31-2012, 04:08 PM   #1031
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gcdowd just emailed me too, he is coming sat.
Thanks!

we are narrowing it down and getting the loose ends tied up. I like it!
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Old 05-31-2012, 05:20 PM   #1032
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I joined but to be honest the first meeting I went to was a little too basic and the focus was on tasting commercial beers with a few lone home brew growlers.

The resident grand master brewer guy answered a question about hops where he laboriously indicated that hops at 60 minutes were for "bittering" and hops later in the boil were for "aroma". I think that is explained in just about anything you read related to brewing, so it was largely unhelpful and didn't relate the the actual question the asker had. (question was "are any commercial beers made without a 60 minute bittering hop addition")

I might have just caught an off day, but it felt like it should have been more home brew focused. There was a big turn out. My format would be more like a home brewer or two brings in a batch (or growlers) for the meetings on a rotation. There must have been over 40 people there easy. You do get some good discounts though.

All said, I tend to be a nut about research and learning about brewing (and any other hobby I take on). So perhaps that was helpful to some folks.
I too am a member and was hoping for more. I'm going to give it another run in June. Seems to be meeting based and not a 'club' if that makes sense.
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Old 05-31-2012, 05:25 PM   #1033
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I too am a member and was hoping for more. I'm going to give it another run in June. Seems to be meeting based and not a 'club' if that makes sense.
I agree.

I personally believe that there is more knowledge, experience and comradery on the Syracuse NY Group Buy thread than there is in the SSBC.

I wish no ill will on the club, and like what it is attempting to do. I joined up in the hope that it would improve.
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Old 05-31-2012, 05:34 PM   #1034
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I agree.

I personally believe that there is more knowledge, experience and comradery on the Syracuse NY Group Buy thread than there is in the SSBC.

I wish no ill will on the club, and like what it is attempting to do. I joined up in the hope that it would improve.
I am still thinking about checking it out, if even to just network with other home brewers.

But I see all these things like club night at the NHC (on video of course, I have not been yet) and hear podcasts from people in clubs and it all sounds exciting. So that is what I have been expecting.

When I first looked the club's website it seemed like they were not doing much. But looking now it seems like they have improved a lot.
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Old 05-31-2012, 05:38 PM   #1035
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I am still thinking about checking it out, if even to just network with other home brewers.
I would absolutely recommend that

Also, you should look into joining the AHA. We were just talking about this last night while splitting up the buy. You get a free zymurgy subscription and it gives strength to home brewers.
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Old 05-31-2012, 05:52 PM   #1036
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Well if the brew club goes the way it is going without improvements, then we start our own. Brew trades, brew dates, yeast strain trades, recipe sharing etc. make it more about the homebrew that what other commercially brewed beers that are out there. More about enjoying the brewing of HB (along with a few drinks of course)

More like a 'poker night' but with HB

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Old 05-31-2012, 05:59 PM   #1037
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Why wait...why not have both! Count me in.

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Also - for the next order, are we able to order bottle caps from them? I saw that they have them listed in a qty of 10,000 - I figure that would last me for years.
I tried getting bottle caps in the Pittsburgh area group buy. For some reason, Country Malt said they wouldn't ship them. (I travel to Pittsburgh a couple times a year and figured bottle caps are good to sit there.)
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Well if the brew club goes the way it is going without improvements, then we start our own. Brew trades, brew dates, yeast strain trades, recipe sharing etc. make it more about the homebrew that what other commercially brewed beers that are out there. More about enjoying the brewing of HB (along with a few drinks of course)

More like a 'poker night' but with HB
That would be pretty cool. Maybe do quaterly meetings for all those out-of-towners.
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I would be up for starting a club! Maybe do bi monthly meetings/ group brews. We could also plan them at the same time of grain buy pick ups.

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