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July 2020 Meeting Minutes

Paul Holder hosted the July, 2020 B.A.S.H. meeting on Sunday the 12th at B&J’s Pizza on Staples at Timbergate.


New President Jack Heim called the meeting to order thanked our hosts B&J’s and Paul, and welcomed new member Ed Fontaine. Including Ed, 13 members were in attendance. Besides Jack, officers beginning service for the 2021 fiscal year are: Vice President for Competitions – Tim Grace, Vice President for Social Events, Mary Kay Schultz, Secretary – Wild Bill Lehfeld, Treasurer – Walt Crawford, Webmeister For Life – Chris Ackman.


The competition this month was open to any beer style. The declared style for Homebrewer of the Year was High Gravity Challenge > 10% ABV. With two competitors, the winning beer receives two HBOY points (doubled if it is of the declared style), 2nd place receives one HBOY point (doubled if of the declared style) and third place and beyond receive no points. Judges scores for the five entries were as follows:

  1. Wild Bill Lehfeld – Baltic Porter (BJCP 9C) 44.0/50 – 2 HBOY points

  2. Wild Bill Lehfeld – >10% Belgian Dark Strong Ale (BJCP 26D) 39.75/50 – 2 HBOY points

  3. Wild Bill Lehfeld – >10% Belgian Golden Strong Ale (BJCP 25C) 39.5/50 – 0 HBOY points

  4. Chris Ackman – >10% Imperial Stout (BJCP 20C) 33/50 – 0 HBOY points

  5. Chris Ackman –American Brown Ale (BJCP 19C) 31.5/50 – 0 HBOY points

Wild Bill’s Baltic Porter thus advances to the upcoming Best Of Show round.


After 6 of 6 competitions in the 2020 competition season, cumulative HBOY results are as follows:

  1. Wild Bill Lehfeld – 17 HBOY points

  2. Mark Quade – 11 HBOY points

  3. Jeff Spirko – 5 HBOY points

  4. John Fulton – 5 HBOY points

  5. Mike Wojdyla – 1 HBOY point

  6. William Lee – 0 HBOY points

  7. Kevin Nelson – 0 HBOY points

  8. Mark Woerner – 0 HBOY points

  9. Chris Ackman – 0 HBOY points


Wild Bill is thus the 2020 Homebrewer of the Year. The 2021 season begins with the August competition.


The proposed competition schedule for 2/2022 through 6/2023 was approved: 2/22 – Irish stout (BJCP 15B), 4/22 – Low Gravity Challenge (<5% ABV Must Provide OG/FG), 6/22 -- Czech pale lager and premium pale lager (BJCP 3A,B), 8/22 -- Extract Challenge (any style, >51% extract), 10/22 – Weissbier (BJCP 10A), 11/22 – old ale, wee heavy ale (BJCP 17B,C), 2/23 – British bitter (BJCP 11A-C), 4/23 -- High Gravity Challenge > 10% ABV (must provide OG/FG), 6/23 – helles bock (BJCP 4C). We also approved a motion to amend the competition rules to restrict future extract, high gravity and low gravity competitions to only beers that meet those criteria. In other old business, we approved complimentary memberships for the 2021 fiscal year for Jack and Kathy Baker (B&J’s Pizza), Cory and Jess Mathews (Lazy Beach Brewing), Kyle Hotz (CC Homebrew Supply) and Cale (Nueces Brewing). The complimentary members would not enjoy voting rights until attending a meeting. Mary Kay will develop framed recognition posters.


As we feasted on B&J’s delicious pizza (courtesy of Paul), we reflected on the following overheard comments:


Liz – “I’ve been drinking for a month, so I’m not judging”!


Paul – “I sucked up the rich white head”!


Upcoming B.A.S.H. events:

8-Aug-20: Social (pizza/beer at B&J’s Pizza on SPID 1:30 p.m./bowling at Bowlero 3:00 p.m.)

9-Aug-20: B.A.S.H. meeting (William Lee, competition: Extract Challenge, open category >51% extract)

13-Sept-20: B.A.S.H. meeting (Mark Woerner, brewing demonstration?)

11-Oct-20: B.A.S.H. meeting (Tim Grace/Mary Kay Schultz, competition: Festbier, BJCP 4B)

7-Nov-20: Iron Mash XVII?

8-Nov-20: B.A.S.H. meeting (need host, competition: winter seasonal beer, BJCP 30C)

13-Dec-20: B.A.S.H. meeting (Carroll Pate?, brewing demonstration?)

10-Jan-21: B.A.S.H. meeting (Tom Freund?, Iron Mash XVII judging)

14-Feb-21: B.A.S.H. meeting (need host, competition: Scottish Ales, BJCP 14A-C).

14-Mar-21: B.A.S.H. meeting (need host, brewing demonstration?)

11-Apr-21: B.A.S.H. meeting (need host, competition: Extract Challenge, open category >51% extract)


Thanks again Paul and B&J’s, keep on brewin’ and we’ll see you at B&J’s Pizza on SPID, Bowlero and Williams Lee's!

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