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THE MONTHLY VIRTUAL MEETING: THURSDAY, JUNE 3, 2021

The next gathering of the Lincoln Lagers Homebrew Club will take place via Zoom.

Date: Thursday, June 3, 2021
Time: 6:00 p.m. for the social hour with meeting starting at 7 p.m.
Join: The Zoom meeting by clicking here!
Meeting ID: 215 461 6720, Passcode: L@gers21

AGENDA: Featured speaker and topic TBD. In addition, we’ll discuss the calendar and upcoming homebrewing opportunities. In July, we’ll actually be drinking homebrew together in one place! Yep! Back to The Happy Raven!

BIG NEWS! Put it on your calendar now! We will be hosting our first in-person club meeting since last year on Thursday, July 8, 2021, at the Happy Raven. Bring plenty of homebrew to share with your fellow club members, be ready to introduce yourself to new faces, and bring a couple of bucks for the return of the “50/50” drawing. New members: What’s the “50/50”? We sell tickets for $1 each and then split the pot with 50% to you and 50% to the house. Fun!


WHAT’S BREWIN’?! 

MEMBERSHIP: You want to get in on a bunch of exciting homebrew opportunities this year? Well, don’t forget to pay your dues! Click here. Yes, we know. it might still say “2020” at the top. Scroll down past the members list and you’ll see the PayPal business. 

IMPERIAL YEAST: If you ordered some, it’s ready to pick up at Kirk’s. Go get it.

BIG BREW 2021: A big thank you to Matt Gohring and Code Brewing for providing wort for this year’s Big Brew. Nineteen brewers brewed 130 gallons on Saturday, May 1.We are working out the details to do a little social gathering and Big Brew Brown Ale tasting in the brewery on Thursday, June 17. Matt was kicking around the idea of a scale up, if our most popular homebrewer brew matches up with Matt’s palate and plans. Watch Facebook and the website for more details.

CRAWFISH BOIL 2021: Erik Waiss and Turbine Flats are trying to get a count for participants in the Crawfish Boil. The current count includes Amey Patwardhan, Brad Brown, Levi Viter, Claude Denn and Adam Johnson wanting to contribute a beer. There is a prize for the winning beer. The event is Friday, June 25, so you have a few weeks to make a beer for it. Everyone who participates this year gets a free t-shirt. More details about prizes for brewers to come.
From Erik: “Time for me to lay out what I know, and what The Flats is planning. Like previous years there will be an offering of malt to all entries. The competition is two-fold: first is the judges choice and then the people’s choice. Prizes will be furnished to each. You do not need to be present to serve your beer, but why would you miss out on eating all these mudbugs!?!

“Ideally we’d like to see lighter ABVs, say 5.5% and below. The intent is to have a nice, low-pressure public offering with rewards (both free food and the clout of being a winner). I hope to procure grain and bag it up and then coordinate with Patrick to determine the best place and time to distribute a barley incentive. There are kegerators/taps at The Flats. We’re assessing and cleaning after a year of down-time. Depending on the number of entries, we may ask kindly for the use of the Lager’s tap tower as well.”

“The Turbine Flats Crawfish Boil is a community celebration involving crawfish, friends and live music. No need to go to Louisiana – we’ve got you covered! Turbine Flats will prepare over 300 pounds of the seafood that doesn’t come from the sea, along with corn, potatoes and cornbread. This is our biggest event of the year to celebrate our entrepreneurial friends and their families. There’s no cover, just show up with an empty stomach. Turbine Flats gladly volunteers their time to oversee the annual festival. While we don’t charge admission, we ask that you consider donating to our non-profit MakeShift either prior to, or at the event.”

COMBO BREW? From the South Omaha SOBs’ Bernie Doerr: “Hello Lagers. The South Omaha Brewers would like to do a combined brew event with you in Lincoln this summer. We are thinking about a pro-am event at a brewery. We have started looking for a host but wanted to know if you are interested.” Details on this are still in the works. Hopefully more to come…

BREWERS IN ARMS? We are planning the next intra-club contest and plan to buy at least some of the ingredients for our members. That is, if you have paid your dues for the year. Details TBD. (The link for membership renewal is up a few lines. Renew it!)

THE SHOOT-OUT: A friendly reminder from your president: As you plan out your brewing schedule for the year consider making one of the styles for the 2021 Nebraska Shoot-Out. To avoid conflict any major craft beer/home brewing events scheduled this spring, it is scheduled for Sunday, July 31.

The styles for the competition (and subcategories) are as follows: 02. International Lager (2B, 2C), 18. Pale American Beer (18B), 29. Fruit Beer (all subcategories), 33. Wood Beer (all subcategories)
Fun/bonus category: 4 Things. This is any style beer, brewed using four adjuncts.

KEGS FOR THE CURE: Participate in the 12th annual Kegs for the Cure, scheduled to take place on Aug. 6, 2021, at Cosmic Eye Brewing Company.  “Kegs for the Cure was founded to raise money for a worthy cause in a relaxed environment. Drink beer, eat snacks and be merry all while supporting a great cause: The American Cancer Society. We are excited to share the talents of many homebrewers. The event rallies together family and friends to provide support for those directly affected by cancer and those who provide support. All donations are contributed to The American Cancer Society. Contact Gordon Coke at info@kegsforthecure.org for more information and details.”

CLUB PICNIC: Tim Thommsen is liking the idea of reviving the annual club pot-luck picnic with actual people gathering together having fun and beer! Keep your eye on the calendar for something to take place in late August or early September.

ZIPLINE BREWING Co: These guys posted a job, looking for an associate brewer. Anybody here apply?


Next meeting is scheduled for Thurs., July 8, 2021, at the Happy Raven! Note: So as not to conflict with your Independence Day plans, we’re meeting on the SECOND Thursday of July. Be safe! Watch others blow up stuff while you sit back and enjoy a tasty homebrew. Cheers!

THE MONTHLY VIRTUAL MEETING: THURSDAY, MAY 6, 2021

The next gathering of the Lincoln Lagers Homebrew Club will take place via Zoom.

Date: Thursday, May 6, 2021
Time: 6:00 p.m. for the social hour with meeting starting at 7 p.m.
Join: The Zoom meeting by clicking here!
Meeting ID: 215 461 6720
Passcode: L@gers21
Note: The link is also on the club’s Facebook page. Click here.

Agenda: In addition to our usual club business, Denny Conn and Drew Beechum will be our special guests. They will talk about their latest collaboration – Simple Homebrewing: Great Beer, Less Work, More Fun, and they’ll entertain us with their wit and wisdom. This one will be fun meeting. You won’t want to miss it!

About the new book: “Denny and Drew will guide you from extract brewing to all-grain batches, explain recipe design and small-batch brewing, and even share ideas on how to make technology work for you. Simple Homebrewing helps you develop a simple, thoughtful brewing process and makes homebrewing more accessible and enjoyable. Even experienced homebrewers can learn from these two famous homebrewers. Simple Homebrewing features fun and expert advice for brewers of all levels,” alibris.com.

WHAT’S BREWIN’ WITH YOU!? 

TIME TO SOCIALIZE! Lincoln Lager Member Jason Krontz is hosting an in-person, backyard social on Wednesday, May 19, from 6 to 9 p.m. Please contact Jason to RSVP via Facebook PM, phone 402-660-5718 or e-mail scallopkrontz@hotmail.com. Let’s share some homebrew!

2021 BIG BREW… A big thank you to Matt Gohring and Code Brewing for providing wort for this year’s Big Brew. Nineteen brewers brewed 130 gallons on Saturday, May 1. The recipe included the following: 74.5% Briess 2-row, 9.3% Briess Carapils, 6.2% Briess Caramel 40, 5.0% Canada Malting Red Wheat, 5.0% Briess Chocolate Malt. Target for OG was 1.055. Look for this brew to show up at meetings in June and July. Hey! If we want to do a BB gathering and tasting, Matt said he would welcome us back to Code. Perhaps a June or July social gathering at Code?!

MEMBERSHIP… You want to get in on a bunch of exciting homebrew opportunities this year? Well, don’t forget to pay your dues. Click here. Scroll down past the members list and you’ll see the PayPal business.

COMBINED CLUB-BREW EVENT… From the South Omaha SOB’s Bernie Doerr: “Hello Lagers. The South Omaha Brewers would like to do a combined brew event with you in Lincoln this summer. We are thinking about a pro-am event at a brewery. We have started looking for a host, but wanted to know if you are interested.” Are we interested? I think we are, however, we’re going to need some support from the membership. Who would like to volunteer to help with this group event?

THE NEBRASKA SHOOTOUT… A friendly reminder from your president: As you plan out your brewing schedule for the year, consider making one of the styles for the 2021 Nebraska Shootout. To avoid conflict any major craft beer/home brewing events scheduled this spring, it is tentatively scheduled for Sunday, July 31.

The styles for the competition (and subcategories) are as follows:
02. International Lager (2B, 2C)
18. Pale American Beer (18B)
29. Fruit Beer (all subcategories)
33. Wood Beer (all subcategories)
Fun/bonus category: 4 Things. This is any style beer, brewed using four adjuncts.

Next meeting is scheduled for Thursday, June 3, 2021. Exact location – Virtual or back at the Raven – TBD!
More Lincoln Lagers fun in the May Brewsletter! Click here!

For the brewers who signed up, your Code Brewing wort will be ready for pick up at noon on Saturday, May 1. The forecast looks warm, with a high of 87°F predicted for the afternoon.

Please bring cash to the brewery for the wort: $15 if you are buying five gallons or $30 if you are buying ten.

We are officially brewing a Brown Ale. Here is the recipe:
74.5% Briess 2 Row
9.3% Briess Carapils
6.2% Briess Caramel 40
5.0% Canada Malting Red Wheat
5.0% Briess Chocolate Malt
Target gravity for OG is 1.055.

Cheers and Happy Big Brewing!

Big Brew for National Homebrew Day

 

 

 

The next gathering of the Lincoln Lagers Homebrew Club will take place via Zoom.
Date: Thursday, April 1, 2021
Time: 6:00 p.m. for the social hour with meeting starting at 7 p.m.
Join: The Zoom meeting by clicking here!

Agenda: In addition to our usual business, veteran homebrewer John J. Palmer is a respected brewer, author and speaker in homebrewing circles. His years of hands-on experience, combined with in-depth knowledge helps homebrewers consistently make great beers. Mr. Palmer’s talk with the club will focus on water and its role in the brewing process.

What’s Brewin’?! 

Membership: You want to get in on a bunch of exciting homebrew opportunities this year? Well, don’t forget to pay your dues. Click here. Yes, we know. it might still say “2020” at the top. Scroll down past the members list and you’ll see the PayPal business. Our web techs are workin’ ’round the clock and it will be up-to-date real soon! Dude, trust me.

The club has contacted Code Brewing about providing wort for the Big Brew on Saturday, May 1. Hopefully it’s warm by then, so some people can brew outside at a distance, if you feel comfortable with that. Keep an eye out for the sign up sheet and discussion of styles at the April meeting.

From the South Omaha SOBs’ Bernie Doerr: “Hello Lagers. The South Omaha Brewers would like to do a combined brew event with you in Lincoln this summer. We are thinking about a pro-am event at a brewery. We have started looking for a host but wanted to know if you are interested.” Are we interested? I think we are, however, we’re going to need some support from the membership. Who would like to volunteer to help with this group event?

We are planning the next intra-club contest and plan to buy at least some of the ingredients for our members. That is, if you have paid your dues for the year. Details TBD. (The link for membership renewal is up a few lines. Renew it!)

A friendly reminder from your president: As you plan out your brewing schedule for the year consider making one of the styles for the 2021 Nebraska Shootout. To avoid conflict any major craft beer/home brewing events scheduled this spring, it is tentatively scheduled for Sunday, July 31.

The styles for the competition (and subcategories) are as follows:
02. International Lager (2B, 2C)
18. Pale American Beer (18B)
29. Fruit Beer (all subcategories)
33. Wood Beer (all subcategories)
Fun/bonus category: 4 Things. This is any style beer, brewed using four adjuncts.

Here are March Wheel Winners! Backswing: Jim Novotny, Boiler: Quincy Wiens, Code: Adam Johnson, Cosmic Eye: James Ehrman, Empyrean: Paul Breikreutz, Happy Raven: Steve Olsen, Kinkaider: Jeremy Goehring, Catalyst/Local: Lacy Phillipe, Moran’s: Jason Krontz, Pour: Zach Fenton, White Elm: Mark Beatty, Zipline: Roger Stortenbecker


Next meeting is scheduled for Thurs., May 6, 2021. Drew & Denny will be our featured guests.

The next monthly meeting of the Lincoln Lagers Homebrew Club will take place via Zoom at a screen near you!

Date: Thursday, March 4, 2021
Time: 6:00 p.m. for the social hour and general chit chat. The business part starts at 7 p.m. You will be able to join the meeting by clicking on the link, coming soon in the monthly LL Brewsletter. Patients, please. It’s coming.
Agenda: Along with talking about the future and discussing what drinking homebrew will be like in the hopefully not-too-distant future, we are welcoming White Elm Brewing owner and brewmaster Kolby Wood to the meeting! Kolby will talk about what’s happening at White Elm. A special treat is in store for everybody who has renewed their membership for 2021 and responded to the recent email. You’ll get a can of White Elm’s pastry stout to virtually enjoy as Kolby discusses the details. Say what!? You didn’t get the email but you want one of the brews? Click here. We still have a little time and we can line up your brew for you. But we have to know and we need to know now!

Reminder: Don’t forget to renew your membership for 2021! Click here to do it online. It’s still only $25 (plus $1 for PayPal). What a deal!

The next monthly meeting of the Lincoln Lagers Homebrew Club will take place via Zoom.

Date: Feb. 4, 2021
Time: 6:00 p.m. for the social hour and general chit chat. Business part starts at 7 p.m. Join the Zoom meeting by clicking here.
Agenda: Looks like we’ll be talking about the future and discussing more about what you want to do in 2021. We’re all looking forward to the Happy Raven and tasting each others’ homebrew.

Reminder: Don’t forget to renew your membership for 2021! Click here to do it online. It’s still only $25 (plus $1 for PayPal). What a deal!

FWIW: The photo below is the inside of the Happy Raven. Just thought you might need a reminder.

 

 

The next monthly meeting of the Lincoln Lagers Homebrew Club will take place via Zoom.

Date: Jan. 7, 2021, Time: 6:00 p.m. for the social hour with meeting starting at 7 p.m. Join the Zoom meeting by clicking here.
Additional Zoom information: Meeting ID = 847 1910 3923, Passcode = Lagers2020

Agenda: Looks like we’ll be talking about the election and discussing 2021, hopefully a return to the Happy Raven and tasting each others’ homebrew. I predict at least another four or five virtual meetings. Anybody interested in another club contest? Bring your ideas. Let’s chat!

Gift Cards: We’re planning on spinning the Wonder Wheel o’ Gift Cards at about 8 p.m. Let us know on the Facebook page if you’re planning on Zooming with us and we’ll get your name on the wheel. Ya gotta be present to win!

Here are last month’s winners: Backswing – Doug Finke, Boiler – Jason McLaughlin, Code – Jason Krontz, Cosmic Eye – Mike Reynolds, Empyrean – Zach Fenton, Happy Raven – Chris Evans, Kinkaider – Adam Johnson, Catalyst Local – Kim Theesen, Moran’s – Jeff Anderson, Pour – Dustin Deisher, White Elm – Brett Walburn and Zipline – Jeremy Goehring

The Brewsletter: Hey! While you’re thinkin’ about it, why don’t you sign up for the Lincoln Lagers Brewsletter and get your very own copy! Yeah. Well, all the cool homebrewers are doing it. Come on! Do it! Right now! Click here!

Sharing the Brew Equipment Love…

Zach Fenton and Lacy Phillipe are housing what remains of David Oenbring’s homebrew gear. They took the time to put together a spreadsheet of what remains, and they want to share it with the club members. There are Modern Monks growlers, glasses and tap handles, along with bottle cappers, a regulator, cleaning brushes, mash paddle, grain mill, some grain, pin-lock kegs… and lots of other odds ‘n’ ends.

A Google spreadsheet is now set up. Here’s the link. Go take a look and put in your claim. Then contact Zach or Lacy and set up a time to get your Dave O gear. All that we ask is that you be a paid-up member of the club and, though no payment is required, you may want to consider a donation to the American Cancer Society in the name of Dave Oenbring. Cheers!

 


Next meeting scheduled for Thursday, FeBREWary 4, 2021


 

Not again?! Yes. Again. The next monthly meeting of the Lincoln Lagers Homebrew Club will take place via Zoom.

Date: Dec. 3, 2020, Time: 6:00 p.m. for the social hour with meeting starting at 7 p.m. Join the Zoom meeting by clicking here.

Gift Cards: We’re planning on spinning the Wheel o’ Gift Cards at about 8 p.m. Let us know on the Facebook page if you’re planning on attending and we’ll get the ol’ wheel started! Ya gotta be present to win!

December Meeting Guest Speaker: Join us for our Decembeer meeting as we welcome Michael Tonsmeire. Michael is probably best known as the “Mad Fermentationist” from his blog The Mad Fermentationist and as the author of American Sour Beers. He is also co-founder of Sapwood Cellars in Columbia, Md., where the focus is on barrel aged, mixed fermentations, as well as fresh, hoppy ales. Mike will be joining us to discuss mixed fermentation as well as blending and aging of those beers. Please join us for what promises to be a wonderful evening.
The Brewsletter: Hey! While you’re thinkin’ about it, why don’t you sign up for the Lincoln Lagers Brewsletter and get your very own copy! Yeah. Well, all the cool homebrewers are doing it. Come on! Do it! Right now! Click here!

LINCOLN LAGERS CLUB-ONLY IMPERIAL YEAST CHALLENGE… The 2020 Edition of the Sower’s Cup: Our normal club-sponsored comp has been postponed due to the virus, however, the Lagers hosted some virtual judging for this year’s edition. The theme featured beers where the only requirement was to use Imperial Yeast. There are four basic categories: Light, Dark, Hoppy and Weird. We had a total of 27 judged entries in the four groups. The results…

LIGHT BEER…
1) Zach Fenton – Festbier
2) Doug Finke – Czech Premium Pale Lager
3) Paul Brewikreutz – California Common

DARK BEER…
1) Jeff Anderson (CoBrewer: Hoptimus Prime) – Doppelbock
2) Jason Krontz – English Porter
3) Jeremy Goehring – Irish Red Ale

HOPPY BEER…
1) Doug Finke – American IPA
2) Jason Krontz – American IPA
3) Doug Finke – Experimental Beer – Hazy NE IPA

WEIRD BEER…
1) Jeff Anderson – Historical Beer – I hope this doesn’t taste like bandaids
2) Kim Theesen (CoBrewer: Steve Olsen) – Porter with orange zest and pepper
3) Brett Walburn – Cinnamon Toast Crunch Milk Stout

BEST OF SHOW…
Doug Finke – American IPA

Congratulations to the winners! Thank you to all who judged and helped with the comp!


Next meeting is scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 7, 2021


 

The next monthly meeting of the Lincoln Lagers Homebrew Club will take place via Zoom. (Yes, yes, I know. I want to share my homebrew and I want to drink your homebrew, but not this month. Not yet.)

Date: Nov. 5, 2020, Time: 6:30 p.m. Join the Zoom meeting with the link and password in the Novembeer Brewsletter.

November Meeting Guest Speaker: Join us as we welcome John Murman of Glacial Till. John started as a homebrewer, brewing beer and wine at home with his dad, Mike. Looking for more quality control over his product, John’s dad started growing his own grapes to make wine and the hobby quickly turned in to what we all know as Glacial Till Vineyard and Cidery. John has been at the helm at Glacial Till making wine for 12 years and cider for six of those years. John will be joining us to discuss some of the more technical aspects of cider making. We hope you’ll all join us.  More meeting info on Facebook.
The Brewsletter: Hey! While you’re thinkin’ about it, why don’t you sign up for the Lincoln Lagers Brewsletter and get your very own copy! Yeah. Well, all the cool homebrewers are doing it. Come on! Do it! Right now! Click here!

LINCOLN LAGERS CLUB-ONLY COMP… The Club-only 2020 Edition of the Sower’s Cup: Our normal club-sponsored comp has been postponed due to the virus, however, the Lagers are hosting an event where the only requirement is for you to use Imperial Yeast for your fermentation. There are four basic categories: Light, Dark, Hoppy and Wild. The slightly extended deadline for entries is now Nov. 7. The judging will take place shortly after that. Lots of fun prizes for top finishers. Register your beer brewed with Imperial yeast right here! Keep your eyes here on the website and on Facebook for any last-minute updates.

David A. Oenbring … Lastly and sadly, we have to a death in the brewing family to report. I got the phone call on the 8th of October from Dave’s wife Janice. Dave lost his battle with cancer and passed away peacefully at home, with “JD” and the cats by his side. Anybody here that’s had anything to do with homebrew or the Lincoln Lagers in the last twenty or so years, had to have crossed paths with Dave O. He was knowledgeable about a myriad of topics, not just beer and spirits. And his dry sense of humor was one of the driest, for sure. When it came to homebrew and brewing beer, however, Dave walked the walk and talked the talk. In addition to being the club president for a few years, he brewed professionally with the Modern Monks and was always willing to share his knowledge with some constructive feedback. Having the luck of the draw to have known Brother Dave — as a personal friend and fellow Lincoln Lager — we’re not all just better homebrewers, we’re better people. Cheers to you, Dave! May you rest in peace.

A memorial service will be held on Friday, November 6, 2020, at 2:00 pm at Lincoln Memorial Funeral Home, 6800 South 14th Street, Lincoln, NE 68512.

The link to the obituary: Lincoln Journal Star 

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