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Hey! Homebrewers! All full of turkey and pumpkin-spiced everything? Time to share some homebrew!

The next monthly meeting of the Lincoln Lagers Homebrew Club will take place on Thursday, December 2, 2021. We’re meeting at Lee’s Chicken, our return to the December tradition. Oh and don’t forget that the mask mandate is still on in the city. I know, I know. Just do it for now. Thank you! Lee's Restaurant

Show up around 6 p.m. for social hour and chit chat. Have some chicken or onion rings while we’re hanging out. Meeting and beer business is at 7 p.m. We’ll be talking about 2022! What? Yes. This year is almost toast. It’s time to think about officer elections and a possible bus trip in the new year.

We’d also like to do the intraclub part of the 402 comp that night. Anyone who wants to participate, please bring three bottles of your dopplebock. The head-to-head part with the 402s will be Saturday, December 4, at 2:00 p.m. at Cosmic Eye.

In other news… BIG news! SAD news! Kirk’s Brew & Gifts is closing as of the end of 2021. The rumors are true. Stop by Kirk’s soon and stock up on the local stuff. More details in the soon-to-come Decembeer Brewsletter.

Bring some homebrew and we’ll see you on Thursday at Lee’s. Cheers!

Lincoln Lagers Leftover Sower’s Cup Beer Social & Monthly Meeting!

Sunday, Nov. 7, 2:00 – 6:00 p.m.

Are you all ready to meet in person and drink some homebrew? It’s time to combine our monthly meeting with a social gathering and taste some Sower’s Cup beer!

When you enter a beer into a competition like the Sower’s Cup, you enter two bottles. If your beer makes the grade and goes to the Best-of-Show round, the second bottle moves on up. If it doesn’t get a first, then it either goes down the drain or gets filed away until an opportunity arises. That opportunity will be on the first Sunday of November. We’ll meet at 2 o’clock and then cover some club business with a brief meeting at 3:00.

We’re gathering at Doug Finke’s new place: 4850 Quarry Ledge Road, Roca, Nebraska. It’s about 20 minutes south from central Lincoln. Yes, long-time members have lots of fond memories of Big Brews and gatherings out at Doug’s old place on A Street. All good things must come to an end, however, the new place is going to be fun. Thank you, Doug, for hosting!

In addition to the leftover Sower’s Cup beer, bring along some of your own homebrew and an appetizer to share. See you at Doug’s on the 7th! Cheers!

The Lincoln Lagers Homebrew Club is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Sower's Cup

Topic: The Sower’s Cup 
When: Thursday, Oct. 7, 2021. 6:00 p.m. with formal meeting to start at 7:00 p.m. 
Join the Zoom Meeting by clicking here.
Meeting ID: 215 461 6720
Passcode: L@gers21
The Sower’s Cup Homebrew Competition
October 15 & 16, 2021
Hosted by the Lincoln Lagers Homebrew Club
Sanctioned by the American Homebrewers Association
A BJCP Registered Competition
With the posting of this page, entry registration, drop-off and shipping are closed. Additional information can be found at this link.
Club members and friends: We need your help!
Follow this link for the volunteer sign up list for the 2021 Sower’s Cup. Some of the dates are still subject to change, but we will need help sorting/labeling entries before the contest and cleaning up the IBEW Hall after it is over. This should make the process of signing up easier for everyone. Please take a look at it and make a little time to help us out. Cheers!

This Saturday, Aug. 28, at White Elm Brewing Co. is the brewery’s (Re)Cyclery Day. The Lagers will be located outside along with two other vendors. We’ll set up at 9:00 am. Feel free to bring any brewing equipment or glassware you would like to get rid of that day. Remember to price it and put your name on it, and that you have to come back and get it by 1:00 p.m. if it doesn’t sell. Kim Theesen and Patrick McCabe will be manning the booth for the club. Additional volunteers are welcome!

There will be numerous events being held in conjunction with this at White Elm, including the release of six stouts. It is a family friendly event, so bring the kids as well. Click here for more details from White Elm’s event page on Facebook.


SEPTEMBEER MEETING

We will be meeting again virtually in September due to the implementation of a mask mandate in Lancaster County. Tune in via Zoom at 6 o’clock on Thursday, Sept. 2, 2021. Find the link here on the club’s Facebook page. Watch your email for the next Brewsletter.

In the meantime, if you have any suggestions for an educational topic, type it in below or contact the club and let us know!

Cheers!

 

The next conclave of the Lincoln Lagers Homebrew Club will take place at The Happy Raven,
Thursday, August 5, 2021. Social hour starts at 6 p.m. Meeting at 7 p.m.
Bring some homebrew to share. “Mystery Beer” contest and tasting to follow.
HEY! WHAT ARE YA BREWIN’!? COME JOIN US! 

LINCOLN LAGERS IN THE NEWS… Mark Beatty (pictured right and the actual medal), with Kim Theesen, scored a bronze medal in this year’s National Homebrew Competition with an English Old Ale. This year’s category 22 (Strong UK Ale) fielded 120 entries. “Emma’s Ale,” named after Kim & Anita’s late brew dog Emma, was the only entry from Nebraska to earn a medal. Big time kudos!

NEBRASKA SHOOTOUT 2021! Congratulations goes out to the Homebrewers Local 402s for winning. The Lagers finished in the top three with seven points, with Jason McLaughlin taking first place in both Wood Beers and the 4 Things categories, while Patrick McCabe took third place in Fruit Beer. (Jason and Patrick pictured below.) The Lincoln Lagers would like to recognize Paul Breitkreutz, Mark Beatty, Brett Jeffrey Walburn and Quincy Wiens for entering beers into the competition. The results are up on the website (click here), but individual score sheets aren’t available yet. The competition will be in Omaha again next year with Homebrewer’s Anonymous Club hosting. (Jason and Patrick pictured in the photo!)

KEGS FOR THE CURE! The twelfth annual edition takes place this Friday evening, Aug. 6, at Cosmic Eye Brewing, from 6 to 9 p.m. Brewers from the club donating beer to this charitable event (American Cancer Society) include Zach Fenton, Lacy Phillipe, Mark Beatty, Dustin Deischer, Jim Novotny, Adam Johnson and Paul Breitkreutz. The latest details, including donation information, can be found at the KFTC website.

TIME TO SOCIALIZE! The August Social will be out at 56th and Pine Lake Road on Sunday, Aug. 22. We’ll make an afternoon of exploring the wonderful beers of Catalyst – Kitchen, Taproom, Patio & Brewing Co.Zipline Brewing Company’s Beer Hall and Boiler Brewing Co. South. We’ll start at 1 p.m. at Catalyst, move to Zipline at 2 p.m. and finish at Boiler at 3 p.m. See you then!

BICYCLE SWAP MEET AT WHITE ELM! Here’s what we know so far about this White Elm Brewing event: It’s Saturday, Aug. 28, 2021. Load in can begin at 8:30 a.m., booths are 10′ x 10′, most of the vendors will be in the brewing area with a few outdoors (weather permitting), limited amount of tables, Pepe’s Bistro will be serving breakfast burritos in the morning, Motor Foods will be there for dinner and the band is TBA. More details to come soon!

THE CLUB PICNIC! We’re looking at a return to the annual Lincoln Lagers Pot Luck Picnic on Saturday, Sept. 18, 2021. Tim & Theresa Thomssen are opening their lovely home for yet another fun evening. Hopefully it will be cooler by then. In the past, we’ve done a pot luck format, along with Tim cookin’ up something meaty on their home system. Oh, you Cornhusker footbal fans! You won’t miss the game versus the Sooners; it’s scheduled for an 11 a.m. kick off. More details about the menu and brew to come in the September Brewsletter.

THE SOWER’S CUP! We’re on! Yes! This event will take place on October 15 & 16, 2021, at the IBEW Local 265 Banquet Hall. We’re looking at a maximum of 308 entries. Zac Triemert and Brickway Brewery are in for our glassware sponsor. More sponsors to be announced soon. If you want to sponsor or be involved in the most fun brew event of the year, please pay attention at the meeting and follow along. Lots of opportunities for volunteering; we’ll need several stewards and judges. For the latest information, keep your eye on the Sower’s Cup page on the club’s website.

Quarterly Contest with the Omaha’s Local 402s Homebrew Club… The third round of the quarterly contest with the Local 402 Homebrewers Union from Omaha will feature Festbier/Märzen, and for the fourth-quarter, we’re looking at dopplebock. Still working on the details for the third quarter meet up. If you have a Festbier or Märzen, let us know! Let’s get your brew into the contest! Watch your email and Facebook for more details.

MEMBERSHIP… Well, well, there are still a couple of you who have yet to pay yer dues. You know that guilt you’re feeling as you toss and turn at night? Yeah, it’s probably from your not renewing your membership. Pour yourself a homebrew, click here and take care of it. You’ll sleep better; I promise. Scroll down past the members list and you’ll see the PayPal business. Thank you!

The next gathering is scheduled for the first Thursday of next month, Sept. 2, 2021, at The Happy Raven.

AGENDA: We will be hosting our first in-person club meeting since last year! And there was much rejoicing! We’ll be drinking homebrew and talking about the calendar of events. 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”!

NOTE: In order to get the word out about our return to live meetings, the LL newsletter editor made the executive decision to streamline July’s Brewsletter. Keep your eyes open for more homebrewed information to arrive soon.

See you on Thursday evening! Cheers!

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

 

 

 

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