ALEiens Homebrew Club

Spreading the Joys of Home Brewing Throughout Philadelphia and the Universe!

Welcome to the ALEiens Homebrew Club

This is the official website of the ALEiens Homebrew Club serving Philadelphia and its suburbs, Bucks County, Montgomery County, and Central New Jersey.

The ALEiens are dedicated to exchanging out-of-this-world home brewing information and brewing techniques.

Established in May 2008, the ALEiens meet monthly at The Hulmeville Inn.  We have just over 65 paying members and see around 35-45 members at each meeting.  Though, our most popular member is Zymie.  If you haven't met our ALEien Zymie, you're missing out! 

Not a member?  No problem!  Stop in to any meeting, check us out, and if you like it, come back again and become a member.

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Feb 25
James Borie Jr is now a member of ALEiens Homebrew Club
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Steve Andrews replied to Jeff Louella's discussion Places to Get Your CO2 Tank Filled
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Peter Getchell is now a member of ALEiens Homebrew Club
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Tim McCay shared a profile on Facebook
Jan 23
Tim McCay is now a member of ALEiens Homebrew Club
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Homebrew Club News and Information

PAUL FROM WINE, BARLEY, AND HOPS IS GIVING BACK 5% OF MEMBER'S PURCHASES AT THE STORE TO THE CLUB.  PLEASE LET HIM KNOW IF YOU'RE A MEMBER WHEN YOU PAY!

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MARCH MEETING

DUES, ELECTIONS, WATER CHEMISTRY with Mike Grippi

3/31/15 at 7:30pm

March Meeting:

In March, we will hold elections for the officers - if you want to run, come in with a position in mind, and be prepared to give a brief speech to the club. The positions are:

  • El Presidente
  • Vice President - Events
  • Vice President - Education
  • Secretary
  • Treasurer

The board meets once a month, usually the week before our club meeting, and we have additional responsibilities throughout the year. If you have any questions, feel free to ask. 

Dues will also be collected in March! 

$25/year gets you into all the meetings and new fancy member cards for 2015, helps the club fund events (like beer and cheese events, or the cheese for iron brewer round 3, basically lots of cheese), trinkets (brew shirts and glasses), and covers expenses (meeting snacks). 

WATER:

Mike Grippi, one of our esteemed club members, will be giving an in-depth talk about water.  Mike is the current Iron Brewer IV champion and places quite often in homebrew competitions.  

The talk will cover basic water chemistry as it applies to extract and all-grain brewing, along with practical tips for achieving desired mash pH and flavor profiles through adjustment of brewing water.  

As for Mike, he has been homebrewing for about 5 years, and brew mostly classic ale and lager styles.  He has a B.S. in chemistry and an M.S. in analytical chemistry, and currently manage the analytical research and services lab at Quaker Chemical, where he has been for 15+ years.  So yes, this will be a very educational power-point.  Don't miss out!

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Future Meetings:

We asked, and you have spoken: You want to hear from your fellow homebrewers! We do too! 

That means....you need to sign up to speak!! We've had lots of interest in topics like homebrewing equipment, techniques, styles, etc, but we rarely have volunteers to speak on the topics. So in January, come prepared to sign up to talk on any topic you feel like your good at. You don't even have to fill up a whole meeting - we're happy to combine several small talks into a single meeting.

Here's a list of some of the talks given by club members in the last year or two, to give you guys an idea of member talks:

  • Homebrew builds (keezers, stir plates, ghetto lagering setup, wort chillers)
  • Style/Technique Talks (belgians, saisons, wild fermentation/basic sours, intro to lagering, hybrid styles/kolsch, )
  • Brewing and Coffee

Feel like you nailed a specific style, technique, or aspect of brewing? Come talk. Or if you built something that you're pretty proud of, come show us.  Have a persistent problem like efficiency, some unidentifiable off flavor, or anything else like that? Hell, we can make it a meeting! But Zymie needs YOU to volunteer .

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Dues are $25 a year (March).  *The "MEMBER" on your profile picture means you are a paid member.*

ALEiens Homebrew Club Facebook GROUP.  Open group, click to join, a more organized way to share information and ideas on facebook.  

Look through the minutes of our past meetings.  

Contact the Club or Officers at: ALEiensHBC@yahoo.com

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HOMEBREW COMPETITIONS:

4/25/15: Philly Homebrew Cup Registration: 3/1-4/18

June: Buzz Off

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UPCOMING EVENTS

Sat 5/2- National Homebrew Day aka BIG BREW DAY @ Hulmeville Inn
Sat 8/1- National Mead Day
Sat 11/7- Learn to Homebrew Day

...and plenty more, check out phillybeerscene.comphillybeerweek.com, and phillytapfinder.com

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Places to Get Your CO2 Tank Filled 14 Replies

Started by Jeff Louella in Kegging, Bottling, Despensing. Last reply by Steve Andrews Feb 23.

Cacao Nibs 2 Replies

Started by Eivind Sandstrand in Misc Beer Talk. Last reply by Eivind Sandstrand Oct 26, 2014.

ALEiens WORK SHIRT Preorders! 7 Replies

Started by Natalie DeChico in Homebrew Club Information. Last reply by Natalie DeChico Aug 12, 2014.

AHA RALLY at Flying Fish! 4 Replies

Started by Natalie DeChico in Homebrew Club Information. Last reply by Sean Sliwinski Jun 21, 2014.

Kombucha 4 Replies

Started by Jeff Louella in Misc Beer Talk. Last reply by Mike Sodano Jun 14, 2014.

Keystone Club Barrel Brew! 1 Reply

Started by Natalie DeChico in Competitions. Last reply by Justin Dyjak Jun 10, 2014.

Recipe for 1850s Philadelphia lager?

Started by Steve F in Misc Beer Talk May 27, 2014.

2014 BIG BREW DAY National Homebrew Day 8 Replies

Started by Natalie DeChico in Competitions. Last reply by Scott Mangold May 2, 2014.

Protecting hop shoots/sprigs 3 Replies

Started by Eivind Sandstrand in Hops. Last reply by Glenn Locke Apr 16, 2014.

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Beer to Distill

Does anyone want about 4 gallons of 7.5% ABV beer to distill?

Posted by Jeffrey Lewis on July 26, 2013 at 11:18am

Do-over in Düsseldorf!

Had the chance to visit a few places in Düsseldorf the other day - travelling with friends from the Braustelle in Cologne and hitting no less than 7 brewereies and/or brewpubs.

A short train ride up, and then we went to work at Alter Bahnhof, or "Gulasch", a recent addition on the other side of hte Rhein:…

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UPCOMING MEETINGS

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MARCH MEETING:

ELECTIONS & DUES & MORE!

3/31/14

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APRIL MEETING:

Iron Brewer V Finals!

+ a speaker

4/28/25

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MAY MEETING:

MicroMatic draft systems & gas

5/26/15

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JUNE MEETING:

Sour bbl comp &

6/30/15

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JULY MEETING:

Mead Meading

7/28/15

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AUGUST MEETING:

Cider

8/25/15

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SEPTEMBER MEETING:

Oktoberfest

9/29/15

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OCTOBER MEETING:

10/27/15

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NOVEMBER MEETING:

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DECEMBER MEETING:

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