Dues will be due by March – Same as last year – $36 per Member, $24 per additional household member, and $12 refunded for contributions to club activities, comps, etc (TBD by Club Pres). We accept PayPal through the website. Fifteen members currently paid.
FEB – OFFICER NOMINATIONS – Time of the year to step up and volunteer for an Officer’s position (Pres, VP, Secretary, Treasurer, and Technical).
Elections will be held in March, for April-March terms.
Brew Fest Partners – Discussion in process for BABBLE member access to their discounted ticket program. Details to come.
Future Bulk Honey Buy – Our supplier from Colorado says she can probably reserve some very special varieties and deliver them for Great Taste – so start thinking about types and amounts (and no, Tupelo Honey is not available – that is contracted out and all bought up). Follow the forum for updates.
Brew-Off 2018 – Mike Marr will host us at Buffalo Creek Brewing, Saturday, March 3rd, and we will have a judging session at R’Noggin (Friday night?). Please official register if you can Judge or Steward. Help is needed! And also consider volunteering at one of the other local, upcoming comps – The Mid-Winter, Drunk Monk, Charlie Orr Memorial – your help at those comps will make it easier to attract volunteers for our comps.
EDUCATION TOPICS – Base Grain Hot-Steep Flavor Test – Chris demonstrated a method to get a good idea of the flavor contributions of different base malts. Essentially, a fine grind of a sample of the malt is steeped in hot water, making a sort of a tea. A sample of Maris Otter and one of Golden Promise were made. I found the differences to be subtle, but noticeable. Try it for yourself with your favorite base malts and see! Thanks, Chris!
Great Taste 2018 – Dan B is coordinating. Follow the forum for updates.
Separate Mead/Cider Comp? – Some discussion regarding holding a separate Mead/Cider Competition – this would be a small and manageable comp, and should be easier to get judges, without conflicts between beer/cider/mead judging.
Upcoming Local Fests –
Lake County Craft Beer Festival – Sat, Feb 24 (past Saturday)
Lake Zurich Fest May 122/12 – they provide a stipend for the club.