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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 

Our next monthly meeting of the Lincoln Lagers Homebrew Club will take place via Zoom. Yep. Virtual. One more time, y’all.

Date: Oct. 1, 2020, Time: 6:00 p.m. for the social hour, 7:00 p.m. for the business.

Join the Zoom meeting with the password in the Octobeer Brewsletter. You know how to find the Brewsletter by now, right? Up to your left, you’ll see About Us. Click on that and then select eNewsletter Archive. You’ll end up on the latest collection of Brewsletters. Click on the one on top and you’ll find the Zoom link. Got it?!
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! Click here!

For the Octobeer club meeting, we will be joined by club member Levi Viter and his brewing partner Todd Booher who will lead the discussion on how to make low-ABV homebrew. Many of us enjoy session brew and love enjoying multiple pints; Levi and Todd take it to the next level and they’re going to share some techniques with us. Check it out on Thursday evening!

LINCOLN LAGERS CLUB-ONLY COMP…

The details are coming together for 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. Kirk (Kirk’s brew and Gifts) still has some limited supplies of Imperial yeasties. So, give him a call. For now, there will be four basic categories: Light, Dark, Hoppy and Wild. Working deadline for entries is Octobeer 31 and judging will take place during the first two weeks of Novembeer. Fun prizes for top finishers. There’s still time to brew, but you better get started ASAP! More details here, on Facebook and the Brewsletter.

Cheers!

Our next monthly meeting of the Lincoln Lagers Homebrew Club will take place via Zoom. Yep. Virtual. Again.

Date: Sept. 3, 2020, Time: 6:00 p.m. for the social hour, 7:00 p.m. for the business.

Join the Zoom meeting with the password in the September Brewsletter. You know how to find the Brewsletter by now, right? Up to your left, you’ll see About Us. Click on that and then select eNewsletter Archive. Or just click here. You’ll end up on the latest collection of Brewsletters. Click on the one on top and you’ll find the Zoom link. 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! Click here!

Join us for a very special club meeting. We will be joined by Liz, and Nina from Imperial Organic Yeast! Listen in as they share best practices for yeast handling and quality control at the homebrew level. There will be a Q&A session after the presentation. Please DM or email Jeff Anderson with your questions at jdanderson1449@gmail.com. Zoom invite will be included in the newsletter.

Cheers!

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

Date: Aug. 6, 2020, Time: 6:00 p.m. for the social hour, 7:00 p.m. for the business.

Join the Zoom meeting with the password in the August Brewsletter. You know how to find the Brewsletter, right? Up to your left, you’ll see About Us. Click on that and then select eNewsletter Archive. You’ll end up on the latest collection of Brewsletters. Click on the one on top and you’ll find the Zoom link. While you’re here, why don’t you sign up for the Brewsletter and get your very own copy! Click here. Come on! Do it!

Please join us for our August meeting via Zoom. We will be discussing tips and tricks to making spectacular mead. Jeff Anderson, Dustin Deisher and Jeremy Goehring will be on hand to field questions. We will also be picking a beer style to do a “Deep Dive” for our September meeting. And last but not least, we have our Imperial Yeast buy coming up. If you are interested, we will get you on the list!
In other local brewnews…
  • Full results of the Nebraska Shootout 2020 can be found here.
  • The Happy Raven’s Social Distancing Sourfest is on for August 22.
  • The 2020 Sower’s Cup is postponed – Watch for a club contest and Imperial Yeast buy!
  • Lots of honey distributed on Mead Day.

 

Read it all and more in the August Brewsletter!

Cheers!

More virtual homebrew fun can be had at our monthly get together on Thursday, July 9. Join us around 6 p.m. for some chat and the regular business portion will commence at 7 p.m. Hang out for more conversation after the business portion, which will last until 9 or when you’ve had too much virtual fun. You can join us via Zoom. The meeting link can be found here in the latest edition of the Lincoln Lagers Brewsletter (link here to the electronic archives). We’ll be discussing the Nebraska Shootout (scheduled for this coming Sunday, July 12), ideas for another “anti” social, Brewers at Arm’s Length, fall picnic and options for the August meeting. In addition, we will be making plans for Mead Day; we have 120 pounds of some amazing varietal honey ordered from Z Specialty Foods. We will also be joined by Chris Proulx from the 402 Homebrew Club as our guest speaker.

Speaking of the 2020 Nebraska Shootout, the event takes place this Sunday, July 12, in Omaha. It will be hosted by the Brauer Unterstützungs Verein at the German American Society (Rathskeller). Details on times and car pooling options will be reviewed at the Thursday meeting. If you want to help by being a steward or judge, set up an account and log in here. Our club Shootout finalists are Zach Fenton & Lacy Phillippe, James Ehrman, Jordan Messerer, Brad Brown, Dustin Deisher, James Garner, Brett Jeffrey and Paul Breitkreutz! Good luck in the final round!

The 2020 Kegs for the Cure is in the books. Due to the COVID, this year’s event was a “bottle edition.” They distributed over 112 six packs from 19 homebrewers and raised over $6000 for the American Cancer Society.

Last chance for bottles! I have several vintage boxes (over 30 years old and still strong as ever) holding a case each that are looking for good homes. You know you still need to bottle condition those big brews, right? Filling up one or two of these retro cases is what you need. I can’t hold on to ’em forever. Send me a note and let me know… or they’re going to the recycler.

For all the beer details, Zoom link and local homebrew fun, click here to subscribe to the monthly Lincoln Lagers Brewsletter! Cheers!

 

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