October 2021
Oregon Brew Crew Newsletter


Upcoming Meeting(s) & Events

October Meeting 10/14/21 at 7pm

via Zoom 


Meeting ID: 818 7712 2488
Passcode: 253023

Presidential Pint

Happy October as we are now into fall weather and Halloween is getting close. Hopefully you are all staying safe and healthy, as well as enjoying making and or drinking a brew. This is not the way we hoped to still be meeting in late 2021, but unfortunately this is the pandemic we are all living and dealing with. I am still hoping to have us meet up next month at the November Annual Elections Meeting.

If any of you would like to help give back to the club and help it be better please get a hold of any of your board members or send an email to board@oregonbrewcrew.org and we can answer any questions or get you helping us in whatever board position interests you. Elections positions are open for any current member who is in good standing. Please let us know your interest ASAP so we can add your name to the ballot. You do not need to be present at the November (if possible) meeting to vote. Currently we could use a Communications Chair to put together the newsletter and send out emails for events like meetings. This position only requires a few hours a month or less depending on your proficiency with computers and computer programs.  

This month is also going to be a Zoom meeting. I understand that we are all getting tired of not having in person meetings, but the more that show up, the more fun we have even in a Zoom meeting. It is the safest way to get together and talk about homebrewing and beer. I hope to see more of you at these meetings. The hope is to get back to an in person meeting next month for anyone who feels comfortable to safely socialize with your fellow club members and friends. Also please think about volunteering and helping out your homebrew club whether as an assistant or as a board member. It takes all of us to make this club better. Below is the link for the meeting on Thursday, 14th at 7:00pm.

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81877122488?pwd=QysyUUFLM3VIY1g0ajI5ZU1DTFMwZz09Meeting ID: 818 7712 2488, Passcode: 253023 


-Jon Campbell

2020-2021 OBC President

Newsletter Article for Oct 2021

From Michele Lish, OBC Treasurer

We have had two years of challenges for the club, and not just due to not being able to meet in person, but also trying to keep members interested in the club and participating in the few things we are able to offer to members.  As I’ve shared with you in other newsletter articles, our membership numbers are down.  However, we have kept the newsletter distribution list as if everyone was still a member in hopes to keep interest up.  If we can do anything else, please reach out to the board and let us know.

It was sure nice to have a club meeting in person in July.  So great to see all those faces I’ve missed.  We gave away a lot of New Zealand hops, four 55 lb. bags of Munich malt and some dry yeast packets to those who attended.  Sadly, we then had to go back to virtual meetings, but Torri, our Burgermeister has been giving away door prizes each month, so be sure to join us for a chance at those and to hear the education topics, which have been great.

Next month we will be voting on the 2022 budget.  There are a few changes that I want to mention now. 

  • ·        Due to the lack of participation and the fact that many have not paid their dues for 2021, our income has been down in that line item.  We have not sent out any reminder notices about that since early this year.  I encourage you to support the club by paying your dues.  Just log onto the website and you should see a balance owed and select it to make a payment.  If you have a problem doing this let me know. michele.lish@oregonbrewcrew.org
  • ·        Since no one was holding beer festivals we did not have income there, but we did partner with a group to host the Women’s International Beer Festival which resulted in income this year.  We will not be doing that next year. We hope the pandemic will allow for all our events to take place again, so those line items are not going to be changed.
  • ·        Our Website has other fees beyond the member database program, and the budgeted amount was low for 2021 because we purchased an SSL Certificate, which keeps the membership data secure. In 2020, we paid two years in advance for the member services program, Wild Apricot to save 15%.  That line item for 2022 will be $2,244.00 for Wild Apricot as each year they have been increasing the cost.  We will also pay $253 for website services through A Small Orange, and that includes the SSL fees.  This is our largest expense.
  • ·        Our Post Office box fee has increase every year for the past 3 years that I know of, and I suspect it will again, so that line item will be a bit higher.
  • ·        Not much else will change by any significant amount it any at all.

A joke for your reading pleasure:

The CEOs of Budweiser, Coors, Miller and Guinness walk into a bar… The server comes over and asks what they want to drink. The CEO of Budweiser said, "I'll take a Bud Light. It's crisp, refreshing, and doesn't hurt the budget."  The CEO of Coors said, "I'll take a Coors light. It's the world’s most refreshing beer." The CEO of Miller says “I’ll have a Miller Lite, it tastes great and is less filling.” The CEO of Guinness said, "I'll have water."  The others give a confused look. The bartender asks, "Why didn't you ordering a Guinness?" He responds, "Well, nobody else ordered beer it would be rude for me to."

The Queen of Beer Returns

The Queen of Beer Women’s Homebrewing Competition, which, like so many events, took hiatus during the pandemic, returns in 2021!  The competition is open to all female identified homebrewers, mead makers, and cider makers. Entries will be received between November 15 through December 3, 2021.  Judging is slated for Saturday, December 11, 2021. Thanks to Fort Rock Brewing Company in Rancho Cordova, California (a suburb of Sacramento), for hosting again!

As of this writing, the organizing team is still finalizing details for on-line entry and volunteer registration.  Here’s what we have for you so far:

Entry Fees: $10 per category; sliding scale will be available for multiple entries.

Requirements: 3 12oz bottles; may use splits for meads.

Standard competition labels will be available on-line.

Deliver/Ship entries to:

Fort Rock Brewing Co.

ATTN: Queen of Beer

12401 Folsom Blvd. Ste 110

Rancho Cordova, CA 95742

Online Registration is coming soon!

The link will be ready shortly.  If you would like to receive notice when registration is open, or have additional questions, please email Organizer Beth Zangari at bierbeth@icloud.com with QOB 21 in the subject line.

Competition Corner - October

Fall Classic has been delayed this year due to delta. We moved it back to the latest possible date (the weekend before thanksgiving; it's impossible to find judges between Thanksgiving and Christmas) 

We need staff for the competition, and volunteers to make it happen. Please contact scott.nieradka@oregonbrewcrew.org if you want to help. And sign up to judge/steward at the site below.

And this is OBC’s big comp of the year. You all are morally required to brew something to enter, I know you all make delicious beer, and all styles are accepted. 

Rocktoberfest 10/9/21

Results at: https://reggiebeer.com/ReggieWeb.php?Web=2000650

OBC did well winning the most medals overall of any club, with 16. 

Congrats to:

Chuck Macaluso: 3 Gold, 3 Silver, 1 Bronze

Jason Barker: 2 Gold, 2 Bronze

Ian Campbell: 1 Silver

Thanks to Corrie Heath for going out to Redmond to judge and represent OBC. 

Fall Classic 11/19/21 - 11/20/21 

Portland, OR (Steinbart's drop off) 


Entry Deadline 11/12/2021

OBC’s big comp for the year. Sign up to enter beers and to judge/steward at: https://fallclassic.oregonbrewcrew.org/ Proof of vaccination will be required to judge or steward in person. All styles accepted, if it's vaguely beer/cider/mead, we will judge it, and there's plenty of time to brew 90%+ of styles out there.  Special award for best new homebrewer if this is your first competition, I've tasted delicious beers at meetings from many of you. You really should enter it, it's all of $8 and a bit of fun. (special prize for best new homebrewer who this is their first comp) 



If you are entering comps, please submit your points for delicious raffle tickets at the holiday party. 

Best of Craft Beer Awards 3/4/22

Commercial beer only, but I know a lot of the BJCP judges enjoy judging this one. It is moving to the fairgrounds in Redmond this year, and will be a little later in march.

-Scott Nieradka

Burgermeister News

Hey everyone I trust everyone is well. I am looking forward to the day we can get together again. Maybe invite a few friends to join. This crew is truly a great group of brewers and I am proud to be a part of it, but not apart from it. I would like to share another recipe with you all.

Maybe you can email me if you try it out and let me know what you think. With holidays coming soon, and possibly a few family visiting I start to try on new or old trusty recipes to possibly make part of my menu. I have given you one my super fun drink recipes in the past, and have another to share. Rosy Raspberry Soda

You will need about 8 hours for this drink, as it needs to ferment a bit before chilling. You will need 2 quart jars 1/2 cup/70 grams raspberries, a smidgen of filtered water, juice from 1/2 lemon, 4 TBS honey, 1 tsp rose water, and 1/2 tsp bread or champagne yeast.

Combine and blend everything sans the yeast in a bowl with a bit of water and mash together with fork, or put them all in a blender to mix. Divide the mash between the 2 jars and top off with warm filtered water. Add yeast 1/4 tsp yeast into each jar. Let it sit for a few minutes, then shake the bottles with lid on, to dissolve and distribute the yeast.

Ferment on the counter. Check the carbonation after a few hours. Bleed carbonation by gently and slowly opening the bottles. Refrigerate when they seem strongly carbonated, generally within 6 to 8 hours.


Torri Hansmann

Don't forget the OBC Pilot System!

Some of the equipment includes:

   • Added a 2nd, better pump on a new stand
   • Improved the existing pump
   • Added switches to both pumps
   • replaced all of the hoses
   • Added a sparge arm
   • Added a 3rd burner high BTU

Follow the link to use the brew system or to request specific parts for your next brew day!


Any questions? Send them to
Happy brewing!

Introducing the new OBC Discord Server!

Hello everyone, Jim here. I wanted to familiarize everyone with an excellent new resource for OBC members. In September 2020 we rolled out a dedicated, private Discord server for everyone to use as a new way of connecting, collaborating and sharing with fellow members and beer nerds.

What is Discord you ask?

Discord started in 2012 as a social networking platform primarily aimed at gamers. Like Slack, which you may have heard of or use at work now, Discord offers topic-based text channels, audio chat and screen sharing, and lots of great ways to integrate with other public and private web services, like the OBC website and membership system.

Signup for the OBC Discord at:


Benefits of Discord

  • Unlimited topics (brewing help, education, recipes, ingredients, gear, style specific, bjcp, etc)

  • Roles to differentiate members, judges, board members or even volunteers

  • Has a friendly mobile app (phones or tablets)

  • Customize how you are notified of updates (email, app notifications, likes and @mentions)

  • Ability to stream live events, brewdays and more (look for our first live brewday soon!)

  • Automatic posts from HomebrewFinds.com and Brulosophy (more to come)

  • Dozens of file uploads (recipes, presentations, videos

  • More of a “real-time discussion” as opposed to individual posts on a bulletin board

  • For some people, the fact that it is NOT Facebook is a major positive as well

So follow the link above, set up your account (or link your existing account to our server) and jump right in!

Please try to use your full name, or at least most of your name so that people will recognize you. Administrators may override your Username, but don’t worry you can still be “MegaDude95” on your favorite Minecraft server

2021 Board of Directors:

President, Jon Campbell

Vice President, Grace Schrick

Treasurer, Michele Lish

Secretary, Jodi Campbell

Education Committee Chair, Alex Parise

Competition Committee Chair, Scott Nieradka

Communications Chair, OPEN

Events Coordinator, Will Minderhout

Bürgermeister, Torri Hansmann

Membership, Bob Davee

Historian, Jeremie Landers

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