January 2017 Meeting Notes


HHCBC January 2017 Meeting Notes

Upcoming Events:

Taste of RVC

  • January 27 @ St. Agnes Parish Center
  • Charity event that supports the RVC St. Patrick’s Day Parade and other charities.

Homebrew Alley

  • February 10th and 11th at Alewife in Queens.
  • Great regional competition. Clubs from NYC, NJ, CT, Westchester and Long Island are all well represented in the competition.
  • Looking for judges/stewards
  • Online registration for entries until 2/1/17
  • H&H is a drop-off location
  • http://www.homebrewalley.com/

Hops & Props

  • Also on February 11, we will be pouring at the Hops & Props beer festival at the Cradle of Aviation museum.
  • All spots are full.
  • Only one session this year.
  • http://hopsandprops.com/

NYC Fermentation Festival

  • February 25 in Brooklyn at the Brooklyn Expo Center
  • Tickets are $20
  • Family friendly all things fermentation event.
  • All the NYC & LI homebrew clubs will be there pouring.
  • All our spots are full, but would be great to see club members there.
  • https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2017-nyc-fermentation-festival-tickets-30687848180
  • This past Sunday we had a club brew day for the Toast competition of the NYC Fermentation Festival. The requirements are you can brew any style of beer, but 40% of the grain bill had to come from surplus bread that was going to be thrown out.  Being from Long Island, we chose to use bagels, pumpernickel bagels to be exact, and made a pumpernickel porter.  The vote at the festival will be a popular vote, so come down and support your club while having a great time.

Other upcoming festivals:

  • Belmont Spring Craft Beer Festival – April 1, Belmont Race Track
  • Blue Point Cask Fest – April 22, Blue Point Brewery
  • Brew for Autism – April 22, Snug Harbor Great Hall, Staten Island
  • All events are live to sign up: https://www.hhcbc.org/festivals/

Other News:

Got Wood @ The Black Sheep

  • Next Thursday, January 27, The Black Sheep in Mineola is doing their third annual “Got Wood” event featuring barrel aged beers.
  • All 25 taps will have barrel aged beer.

National Homebrew Competition & Conference

  • Registration opens January 30 for the National Homebrew Competition
  • All three LI Homebrew Clubs will be entering as the Long Island Association of Home Brewers, so please use that as the club name. We’ll have a better shot at placing in the club rankings that way.
  • First round judging is tentatively scheduled for March 24-26. Rumor has it at KCBC.
  • The conference is being held in Minneapolis. If there’s enough interest we’ll look at coordinating some club presence there.

BJCP Mead Exam

Po’Boy Brewery Opening

  • Po’ Boy Brewery is opening on January 27 in Port Jefferson Station
  • Po’ Boy is founded by Bobby Rodriguez, a long time and award-winning member of the Long Island homebrewing community.
  • HHCBC Charter Members receive 5% off at Po’ Boy Brewery.

Club social events

  • We’ve been talking about some club social events. Some of the ideas are:
    • Schedule a group brewery crawl in queens/Brooklyn
    • Paintball vs LIBME
    • Club fishing trip
    • Club BBQ @ Nickerson Beach this summer.
  • If you have any suggestions, or would like to get involved, please see Eric Sowa.

Quick Process Question

  • Raised by Bernie & Claudia @ Sunday’s brew day
  • How frequently, and what process do you use to clean your tap lines?


  • John has club shirts available for purchase. $10 for charter members, $15 if you’re not.


  • We are starting the renewal process for 2017 (or to join for 2017).
  • $25 for an individual membership, $40 for a family.
  • This year we will be offering a “super-club” membership. For $10 more you will get cross-membership in all three Long Island homebrewing clubs: HHCBC, LIBME & BEER.  The additional charge will be used for inter-club events sometime next year.
  • See Jason Scott to sign up or renew.

Next Meeting

  • The next meeting will be Tuesday, February 21 @ The Black Sheep in Mineola

Thanks to Croxley’s!

  • We want to take a moment to thank Dave and the crew at Croxley’s for having us back.
  • Great food and beer selection.

Speaker – Moira Alexander – Long Island Beekeepers Club

  • Since we’ve got a number of active meadmakers in the club, and more people looking at doing mead, not to mention at least four of us sitting for the BJCP mead exam in February, I thought it would be a good time to learn a bit more about beekeeping and honey production.
  • Moira Alexander is the Programs Director for the Long Island Beekeepers Club and is a long-time and active beekeeper.
  • Moira provided an engaging and informative presentation that touched on: Beekeeping on LI, why bees are important, how to get started.
  • For more info, check out the Long Island Beekeepers Club
  • Many thanks to Moira for coming out to speak with us.

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