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TCAS Connoisseur & Brewer Wannabes

  • Aug 30, 2014 · 7:00 PM
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Hi Adventure Seekers, after our successful 1st batch of wine-making and toasting to our Pinot Noir on Mar 29 at our Monthly Potluck, the following subgroups were derived!

As this is the 1st time we are having this subgroup, I've created an event page and added everyone interested to the RSVP List so everyone is kept up to date if n when a subgroup meet for selecting, preparing, processing, bottling and toasting. If there are no upcoming subgroup meetup dates, we will get updates at our current TCAS Monthly Potluck.

Both beer-brewing and wine-making startup kits are borrowed from members so we ONLY share in the making and bottling costs. Fyi, our first successful Pinot Noir costs <$3/bottle from a 6 gallon, and 4 of us got 6 bottles each with 1 contributed to our TCAS Monthly Potluck.

1. Once your name is listed below, you cannot back out of the subgroup/s. It is alright if you cannot join your subgroup in the entire process. ALL costs are shared equally in that signed up subgroup and you will get your share of bottles.

2. New comers are welcome to join in anytime as it lowers the costs with more participating in a subgroup. If interested, text[masked] with your: LastNameFirstName/Subgroup interested. Your name will then be added on this page. Once you sign up you have to pay your share immediately.

3. Connect directly with PIC of subgroup and pay your share when approached. PIC is responsible for setting up their own venue if it's not at TCAS HQ, informing members of their subgroup meetups and update a brief subgroup progress report below this TCAS event page so anyone can join them at any processing stage.

4. If you want to have a say in what beer to brew or wine to make, you have to join your subgroup at selection time, otherwise you have to agree with PIC's final decision. There is a no refund or no success-guarantee policy.

5. ALL costs are shared equally in that signed up subgroup even if the process fails or not up to your expectation. We are just sharing in the fun of trying our hands out at making our very own label!

6. Everyone signed up in their subgroup will get equal no of bottles from their successful batches. At least a bottle will be contributed to TCAS Monthly Potluck for all members to try!

Subgroups - PICs will update their meetup time/date on this event page.
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RWW (PIC:    ): Red Wine Wine-Making - Jeff (Any Red), Dave (Surprise Me), Sarah CP, Audrey (Any Red)
ORW (PIC: Deb/Elke): Organic Red Wine (Merlot, Malbec, Pinot) - Deb, Elke, Brandi, Audrey
WWW (PIC:    ): White Wine Wine-Making - Carolyn, Sarah CP, Audrey
BBS (PIC: Jay): Beer Brewing Subgroup - Elke, Dave D, Jay, Sarah CP, Audrey
OCB (PIC: Deb/Elke): Organic Apple or Pear Cider or Beer - Deb, Elke, Audrey

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  • Elke

    Hey everybody, sorry I couldn't make the last potluck. I did get some information for those who are interested in making wine straight from grapes. To keep grapes fresh you can freeze them. Just put them in a vacuum sealed bag or make sure air is totally out of a ziploc bag so that they are well-preserved. Be sure not to keep them frozen more than a year. In addition, if you want to avoid fruit flies while making wine we would use meta byte sulfite. Now, for those who love Malbec and or Cabernet it would be hard to make straight from a kit like we did with the Pinot Noir. I spoke to a man from Midwest Supplies Brewing & Winemaking and he said the kits for Malbec or Cabernet aren't the same as the real thing and won't taste good. Though when I told him about our adventure with successfully making Pinot Noir he loved it. So maybe making another batch of Pinot Noir is a good first step. It'll get people familiar with the winemaking process. Plus, we all enjoyed the last batch ;)

    1 · September 13, 2014

    • Audrey

      I gave a bottle of our Pinot Noir to my client who enterains a lot and kept all those dozens of empty wine and beer bottles for us, and she LOVED it! She commended that our home-brew was so much smoother and tastier that some of those retailed. Count me in as I'm ready to bottle more as personal gifts! Would also like to bottle another type too and see how it goes! You have not responded if u r coming to this Sat's Potluck yet. Are you planning to get the kits and start soon or discuss when here?

      September 14, 2014

  • Audrey

    Hi every Wannabes! We didn't brew beer last Potluck as Jay fell sick n went to ER. He's better now so we're going ahead with the first Beer Brewing. As explained earlier, his separate Wanabe webpage is for EVERYONE interested in wine making OR beer brewing to receive updates when/where we meet, if outside of TCAS Mthly Potluck. The PIC (person-in-charge) as for this Sat is Jay, who as the Event Host confirms the event, changing date, time or even venue if necessary, then "Announce the Event". I've set the RSVP for all who confirmed their interests earlier, so please do the reverse and opt out/change the event if you cant make it to the event if not at the next Potluck. Shoot any questions... tks!

    September 10, 2014

  • Jeff H.

    Sorry I had to go down to Rochester

    August 30, 2014

    • Audrey

      Ok, hope your grandma's doing well!

      August 30, 2014

  • Alli G

    Audrey, are you brewing just beer this time or red or white included? I didn't sign up with the subgroup but I presume that's ok.

    1 · August 25, 2014

    • Audrey

      Hi Alli! If u want to join in all our different subgroups, let me know and I can still add u in. Jay is the person-in-charge who's buying the beer kit to start our very first beer brewing this Sat! The girls are still researching on organic wine as our 2nd batch, probably starting in Fall. Haven't seen your rsvp yet, r u coming for the Potluck then? ;)

      August 26, 2014

    • Alli G

      Hi Audrey, I have guests coming from Houston this Sunday. I maybe able to come for potluck but I'm not doing beer brewery. See ya!

      August 26, 2014

  • Alli G

    Hi anyone cares to share a bottle of red wine you brewed last March? I'll pay. Have out-of-town guests visiting thought I'd introduce home brewed wine that has great taste. I liked it! Thx.

    August 25, 2014

    • Deb

      Haha. We each ended up with 5 bottles. Mine were gone a long time ago.

      1 · August 25, 2014

    • Audrey

      Deb, 26 bottles divided by 4 Divas was 6 each actually, with 2 bottles toasted at our Potluck! ;) And yes, that went down too soon. It was superb, we need to make more!!! :)

      August 26, 2014

  • Deb

    I can't make the pot luck in Aug.

    The best day for all to get together seems to be on a Sat.
    I have other plans on Sats in Sept. Let's plan to start a batch (or several) in Oct.

    Another option that has been suggested for grapes/juice is to get it from an organic winery. I only know of one locally & I wasn't that impressed with the wine. However, the brandy & moonshine tasting was an adventure.

    Concord grapes- like!

    Keep on touch & enjoy the party.

    August 19, 2014

    • Deb

      Both.
      Hmm. Those are good questions.
      Elke???

      August 25, 2014

    • Deb

      It'd be best I think to preserve them for a time we all can get together.
      We'll do some research.

      August 25, 2014

  • Audrey

    Connected with Jay who'll be selecting and making our very first brew of beer this Sat! Members who are signed up in this subgroup and new members interested, please update your RSVP for headcount. FYI, u don't have to make it every time a processing session takes place if you can't make it, but must pay your share to reserve your bottles. Cost varies depending on beer picked and how many of us sharing but should be around a $1/bottle or slightly above. Please also confirm if you are coming this Sat for potluck! Tks/rgds, Audrey

    August 24, 2014

  • Audrey

    Hi peeps, we're back from NY!!! I've already rounded up at least 30 beer bottles and 3 dozen wine bottles. Do we need more, let me know soon as I've a reliable source that can continue to keep steady stock for me (us). PICs, please update and let us know when you are starting your subgroup! The 1st 6 persons who join in to kick start and pay up for their share of brewing/wine-making session will get a special gift brought back from our NY trip! ;)

    July 11, 2014

  • Elke

    Hello all, I have news about our organic winemaking. We got in touch with a brewery in Stillwater called Still-H2O & it gives classes to make organic wine, but it's more difficult than just making straight red wine. After inquiring about it we received this e-mail:

    The email:
    Hello we will be having a wine making class this month, the only difference between the class we offer and certified organic wine is the ingredients, the procedure is the same. You must also make sure you do not cross contaminate your equipment..

    Thank you,
    CR Stephens
    Still-H2O Inc.
    [masked]

    What we plan to do is take the class then start making the wine at Brandi's house. She lives near Stillwater. I'll keep everybody posted. Until next time :)

    June 10, 2014

  • Audrey

    Hi again everyone! Just looking at TCAS Calendar and it seems that we'll not meet for our Monthly Potluck till end Aug due to different events coinciding. So I've changed this event's meetup to same date as Aug Monthly Potluck. If any PICs/interested members want to meet earlier, just shoot an email on this event page. Otherwise, pls update your RSVP for Aug meetup later! Go make hay while the sun shines, everyone!!! Have lots of fun n c u all soon! ;)

    May 30, 2014

  • Audrey

    Hi guys, I hope everyone's busy enjoying outdoor activities with this amazing weather! ;) I've only heard back from Elke that she's still researching on organic wine making so I've changed this meetup date to coincide with our Jul Potluck since Jun Potluck is called off as we're headed for New York, New York! FYI, for this ongoing Meetup with different subgroups, I've marked RSVP for all interested people so that you'll all get your emails on this subject. Please feel free to continue communicating and updating on this page or reach your own subgroups via TCAS email. If there's an earlier meetup you are setting up, please post it. Otherwise if you cannot make it for Jul 26, please REVERSE your RSVP accordingly. Till then, have lots of fun and see you all soon. Tks!

    May 29, 2014

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