July is coming fast which means the IBU Summer Competition is fast approaching.
Enter your beers here!
The deadline for entries to the Rye Beer Summer Competition is July 13th. Please bring your (2) 12oz bottles to the club meeting that night with the appropriate labels attached with a rubber band. Also, remember caps must be the gold type with no writing or ornamentation anywhere. If you don’t have any, please ask a fellow brewer, stop by a homebrew store, or ask a board member. We are happy to share.
In our efforts to make the club competitions more in line with outside ones, we are using beerscores.com to register all entries. There is no charge to paid club members. Registration is quick and easy and upon completion, labels will be ready for you to print and cut out.
Judging will take place in the week that follows and winners will be announced at the club social event Thursday, July 23rd at Lake Norman Brewing. We will kick it off at 6:30PM and we will be providing finger food. We invite our rye entrants to bring some of their competition beers for the club to sample as we announce the results.
Brewing your own beer means so much more when you design your own recipes and make your brew unique. In this education topic we present the 5 key things you should consider when designing a new recipe. Learn more about beer recipe design by clicking this link> Beer Recipe Design #brewstrong
The first quarterly internal club competition this year was the Spice Rack Challenge. Basically, the idea was to brew a beer that featured/highlighted a spice from your spice rack/cabinet. We had 12 entries from club members, which was a great turnout for an internal competition. These competitions are free to enter and are open only to club members.
The drop off deadline was Monday, April 13, and judging was done on Saturday, April 18. And the results are in! On behalf of the judging panel, wehave to say these were some fantastic beers. Several were on par with some commercial beers we’ve had. Great job to all who submitted beers.
Celebrations Held Worldwide on May 2 in Recognition of National Homebrew Day
Mooresville, NC (April 13, 2015) Iredell Brewers United will host a Home Brew Demonstration on May 2 in honor of AHA Big Brew. The American Homebrewers Association (AHA) created AHA Big Brew as an annual, worldwide celebration of National Homebrew Day. AHA Big Brew is held each year on the first Saturday in May and brings together thousands of homebrewers from around the world, all brewing the same beer recipes.
If you are gonna defile the Reinheitsgebot then you might as well do it right. This presentation explains the things you need to know when brewing a beer that has ingredients other than water, barley, and yeast. Learn more about brewing with adjuncts by clicking this link> Brewing Adjuncts. #brewstrong
This year, the club had a record number of entries in the 2015 Shamrock Open XX, and we had quite a few of those place! Here are the IBU members that placed:
Robert Moreland: 2nd Pilsner
Chris Olden: 1st Doppelbock, 3rd Pilsner
Russell Burnitt: 1st Belgian Dark Strong, 2nd American IPA
Ron Sullivan: 3rd Bourbon Barrel Porter
Marshall Morgan: 3rd Light Ale w/Tabasco
Congratulations to all our members who competed and placed!
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We’re really excited to show off the 2015 IBU club t-shirts. We just picked them up from Pandemic Printworks in Charlotte, NC, and they look great. Steve at Pandemic never fails to do quality work at good prices. If you’re a paid member, you will be able to pick up your shirt at the next club meeting. We’ll also have them at the NC Brewers & Music Festival at Rural Hill if members can’t get them beforehand. Note that these are for paid members only. If you’d like to join, please contact us!
Last night we had an AMAZING turnout for the March 2015 IBU meeting. Evan from Wicked Weed was in the house and gave a thorough education session on Sour beers and barrel aging. He also let us sample a few sour and funky beers and gave out some swag. Also, thanks to all who brought donations for the Ada Jenkins Loaves and Fishes food drive. A special shout out to Mark, the owner of Ultimate Ales for getting Wicked Weed to join us.
Old ales are malty, nutty, caramelly, molassesy and dank-like. When you understand this beer it can be quite enjoyable. Learn the odd history of this misunderstood brew by clicking this link> Old Ale Style Presentation
You don’t have to envy how bright that pilsner or kolsch brew from your favorite craft brewery is to brilliantly crystal clear. You can do that too. Learn how by clicking this link> Beer Fining