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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MEMBER
Glenn Locke replied to Eivind Sandstrand's discussion Protecting hop shoots/sprigs
"New shoots should sprout rather quickly.  I think you'd be safe to snip the frosted ones if you're worried. "
Apr 16

MEMBER
Eivind Sandstrand replied to Natalie DeChico's discussion 2014 BIG BREW DAY National Homebrew Day
"Yeah!"
Apr 15

MEMBER
Blaise Fougere replied to Eivind Sandstrand's discussion Protecting hop shoots/sprigs
"I will not be doing anything.....they are very tough.......worse happens, exposed sprouts could die, your plant will grow plenty of knew ones. If you are really concerned how about some 6 gallon buckets over your hop mound?"
Apr 15
Steve George replied to Eivind Sandstrand's discussion Protecting hop shoots/sprigs
"Im in for the responses. My sprouts are only a few inches, but I would like to know if there is any concern or ways to help the plants"
Apr 15

MEMBER
Eivind Sandstrand posted a discussion

Protecting hop shoots/sprigs

Hi all,The low temp for tonight is at the moment forecast to be 28F with a "real feel" of as little as 15F.I have several hop plants with shoots up to almost a foot tall, and I'm worried that these will not fare well during the cold snap.Any creative ideas for a way to protect my babies?  Some of the plants are pretty wide and the shoots are fairly tall, so a tupperware "cover" will not do the job.Thx,-eSee More
Apr 15
Brendan Corey replied to Natalie DeChico's discussion 2014 BIG BREW DAY National Homebrew Day
"Brendan Corey & Kerrin Herman will be there brewing that day"
Apr 14
Brendan Corey is now a member of ALEiens Homebrew Club
Apr 14

MEMBER
Jessica Streeter posted a page
Apr 9
 

Homebrew Club News and Information

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VOTE FOR YOUR FAVORITE ALEiens MEETING SPOT, THE HULMEVILLE INN, FOR BEST BEER BAR IN THE 'BURBS: PHILLY BEER SCENE AWARDS!

(Jeff throws kick butt parties when we win)

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APRIL MEETING

COFFEE & Iron Brewer Final Tasting

4/29/14 at 7:30pm

APRIL MEETING:

-Club member Garrett Williams, from Pour Richard's Coffee, will be talking about all things coffee!  In his talk, he will discuss coffee origins and terroir, coffee roasting, and finally, preparation techniques and how they will affect a brew (beer). Drawing correlations between artisanal coffee and home brewing, he hopes to bring your next coffee beer to the next level!  There will be coffee samples and we'll be infusing some brews with coffee using the DFH Randall Jrs.  Garrett has been in the specialty coffee industry for over ten years.  Currently, he is working as the director of Education and Events at Pour Richards Co. in Devon, PA.

-We will be judging the two final brews of our in-house competition, IRON BREWER!  This will come down to a best-of-brew between the two finalists Mike Grippi & Jeff Louella.  I hope you all like El Dorado hops & Kumquats!!

-2014 Yearly Dues are DUE NOW.  Pay at your next meeting with $25 cash or a check made payable to: ALEiens Homebrew Club.  Please see our Treasurer, Ed Welsh. 

-Sign up NOW for Big Brew Day and our next DiBruno Brothers event; links below on the forum!

-REVIEW THE BREW:  Is anyone interested in having their beer reviewed by the club? 3-4 bottles seems to be plenty to split between us all.  Just bring them & we'll review your brew after the main speaker!

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-Dues are $25 a year (March).  *The "MEMBER" on your profile picture means you are a paid member.  Cards will be distributed at the club meetings.  If a homebrew store is offering discounts for a competition, etc, these cards can be used a proof you're an ALEien.*

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!

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

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HOMEBREW COMPETITIONS 

"IRON BREWER IV" In-House ALEiens Competition- Final Round due 4/21 & announcing winners at 4/29 meeting.

"BUZZ OFF 2014"  All BJCP styles accepted!  Entries due April 16- May 3, 2014.  Judging on May 17.

"ALEiens BIG BREW for NATIONAL HOMEBREW DAY" Saturday, May 3, 2014 We'll be brewing out back of the Hulmeville Inn again this year and using NCBC yeast to ferment our beers.  Those wanting to enter will need to use the NCBC yeast, which will then be judged by the guys at NCBC to determine a winner. 

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Look through the minutes of our past meetings.  

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

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UPCOMING EVENTS

4/26/14 Saturday 1-5pm PA Flavor: The Ultimate Beer & Food Pairing 

4/27/14 Sunday 1-5pm FARE Food & all Beverges Festival at The Fuge, Warminster

5/3/14 Saturday 12:30-4:30pm Washington Crossing Brewfest

5/4/14 Sunday 11am-6pm SLY FOX Goat Races, Phonexville

5/10/14 Saturday 12-5pm Yardley Beer Fest

5/20/14 Tuesday 6pm Philly Beer Scene Awards at World Cafe Live

...and plenty more, check out phillybeerscene.com and phillybeerweek.com

Forum

Protecting hop shoots/sprigs 3 Replies

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

2014 BIG BREW DAY National Homebrew Day 5 Replies

Started by Natalie DeChico in Competitions. Last reply by Eivind Sandstrand Apr 15.

APRIL- DiBruno Brothers Cheese & Beer Pairing 15 Replies

Started by Natalie DeChico in Homebrew Club Information. Last reply by Natalie DeChico Apr 8.

Fresh cider selection...

Started by Russ Clayton in Wine, Mead, & Cider Dec 6, 2013.

DiBrunos Cheese & Beer Pairing 3 Replies

Started by Natalie DeChico in Homebrew Club Information. Last reply by John Schwendiman Nov 7, 2013.

ALEiens on German TV!!

Started by Natalie DeChico in Homebrew Club Information Nov 5, 2013.

Yards Brewing Company takes home Silver from GABF

Started by Russ Clayton in Misc Beer Talk Oct 13, 2013.

Neshaminy Creek Brewing takes home gold at GABF

Started by Russ Clayton in Misc Beer Talk Oct 13, 2013.

Blog Posts

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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Posted by Eivind Sandstrand on June 10, 2012 at 12:39pm

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