Carol Shelton Wines has agreed to be our host again this year. Thank-you Mitch and Carol! Iron Brewer 2014 will be held Saturday Feb. 1st starting at 8:30 am. Sign-ups will be open Fri. Jan. 10th @ 6:00 am. This meet up post is for people to RSVP that aren't brewing at the event, but will be attending. Starting the 10th use the two meet up posts that were created (one for 5 gal and one for 10 gal) to sign up and pay your fees on paypal.
This event will be a potluck lunch. We will be grilling something on the grill. The rules Mitch wants followed are no one is allowed to pitch any yeast inside the winery, or bring homebrew to the event. The reason is, this is a licensed Winery and they are not licensed to make beer. We can make wort inside the winery. The wort becomes beer after the yeast is pitched. Our homebrew has had no federal taxes paid on it, so unless it’s brought to a competition with judging, or a fund raiser for a non-profit we can’t legally be drinking it at the winery.
The Iron Brewer is an annual event . The space we have each year determines the number of entrants. All members that are current with their dues are invited to participate. Brewers can choose to brew 10 gal. or 5 gal. all grain, batches. As many as 10 teams have brewed in the past. This year we have room for 10 teams. The sign ups are announced and the first 10 teams to sign up and pay their fees on Paypal are in. If you haven’t already, this is a good time to pay your dues for 2014. The actual cost of ingredients is more than the entry fee. The club makes up the difference in cost. Brewers set up their systems the day of the event and the secret ingredients are passed out. Only the yeast will be passed out prior to the event. All other ingredients will be kept secret and passed out the day of the event. Everybody gets the same ingredients proportionate to their batch size. You may use the ingredients however you choose. All grains will be milled and packaged separately. The hops will be in pellet form. The yeast we’re using this year is (drum roll…) WLP002. After you pay your fees (on Paypal, no money will be collected at the BP), details will be posted on when to go by the BP and pick up your yeast. 2 vials for 10 gal batches, and 1 vial for 5 gal. (It's encouraged you make a starter) No other ingredients may be used. Brewers may treat their water with salts and or acid as they choose. You also may bring your own water if you like. The water at the winery will be Russian River water from Sonoma County Water Agency.
This will be a potluck Bar-B-Q. The club will provide something for the grill; bring a side dish and commercial beer to share. We will all get together near the end of March for the “Iron Brewer People’s choice judging competition”. Ribbons and awards will be awarded for the 1st, 2nd, and the 3rd place beer judged by all in attendance. Invite your family and friends.
Michael Kelly, [masked]