Best Florida Beer Championships
We are still in need of volunteers for the BFBC events in February and March 2014. See the BFBC website for a list of positions they have open.This series of event brings to the club nearly half of all the club’s funds for the year. Member participation is the determining factor in how much of a share of the profits we receive.
This money allows us to fund educational topics, equipment purchases and reimbursement for pouring at events and competition medal winners.
Please contact Jennifer Sedillo (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you are interested in volunteering. Special Hops is counting on a big turnout from our members, so please help out!
2014 Officer Elections
Nominations are in for our 2014 officer elections! Voting will take place at the November 12 meeting.
Here are your nominees. All positions are unopposed:
- President: Chris Barrs
- Vice-President: Allan Myers
- Secretary/Treasurer: Kim Barrs
- Competition Czar: Justin Ferstl
- IT Extraordinaire: Priscilla Carmago
- 2 At-Large Officers: Jennifer Sedillo, Brian Cendrowski
Meet the Brewer
Our next installment of meet the brewer is Chris Barrs, your unopposed club presidential nominee! Odds are your going to see a lot more of him in the next year. Here’s his story:
How long have you been brewing?My first batch was in 1997. By my fifth brew I was kegging all-grain batches. I did take about 5 years off while living in Maui, but I’m back at the craft again in full force and loving it!
What inspired you to start brewing?I’d say it was a combo of my Grandfather “Pappa” and my Uncle Sam. One of them died and I got a treasure trove of carboys, funnels, hydrometers, thermometers, and the other one told me I wasn’t old enough to buy beer. Pappa loved to “do it himself,” he made wine and whiskey, grew/canned his veggies and instilled in me the idea of being self-sufficient.
What is your brewing setup?Editor’s Note: Chris sent me an in-depth writeup of his system. It sounds amazing and I highly recommend checking it out sometime. In the interests of space, I’ve condensed it to the highlights:
- 12′ x 16′ air conditioned brewery/tasting room with a TV, sound system and a sloped epoxy floor with a drain.
- Semi-automated custom 10 gallon all-grain system
- Mash tun and hot liquor tank, both with heating elements and controlled by a PID controller
- Water filtration system with float switches to fill to proper levels
- Hand-made pressurized stainless steel fermenter with internal copper immersion coil to recirculate water to maintain temperature.
- The system automatically wakes up at 4 am on brew day and preheats the sparge and strike water. (Seriously? Wow!)
Your favorite style beer style to make?The next one. I enjoy the process, beer is a byproduct. I have a special place in my liver for hoppy ambers, though.
The biggest “win” moment as a homebrewer?The first time Kim and I entered a competition, less than a year ago, we came away with first and second best-in-show. We thought they were kidding. And chasing down the Coca Cola delivery guy on my bike and talking him out of a few corny kegs is a close second.
What was your biggest brewing disaster?Oh geez, where to begin… the boilovers, sparging to the floor, running out of propane, loose hose clamps, blow-off gunk on the carpet, countless miscalculations, exploding bottles above my hanging clothes, catching stuff on fire, thinking spreading spent grains on my yard would be good for it or at least not smell too bad… I make mistakes every brew session, my biggest disaster is for sure in the future.
Your favorite commercial beer?I’ll get back to you on that. I haven’t tried them all… YET!
Winners of the November 2013 Intra-Club Competition:
Walk the Line on Barleywine
Presented by the Dunedin Brewer’s Guild
- Entry Period: November 1-30, 2013
- Event Date: December 7, 2013, 9am to 5pm
- Location: Dunedin House of Beer, 927A Broadway, Dunedin, 34698
- Drop off and mailing location: Beer and Wine Makers Pantry,9200 66th St N, Pinellas Park
- Entry fee: $8, Only two bottles required per entry.
Categories accepted are:
- 19A – Old Ale
- 19B – English Barleywine
- 19C – American Barleywine
- 21B – Christmas/Winter Specialty Spiced Beer
- 22C – Wood Aged Beer
If you’re interested judging or stewarding, contact Jim at email@example.com.