Edicts From The Czar G Herb Baker — [email protected] reetings Comrades, I am now recovered from all the hospitality, not to mention beer, at RC Phil’s house, where we had fabulous weather for our February meeting. We deviated from our normal fish fry and were treated to some awesome wings prepared by GS Chris Landis. Oh, I better not forget and mention that RC Phil also made some hot wings. All of it was very Here’s yet another bit of proof to back up that wise old adage, delicious and was washed “Comrades don’t let comrades drink Pepsi.” down with plenty of beer. The week before our February meeting, we attended the AHA Rally at Saint Arnold Brewery. The event was very well attended and the KGB picked up, I believe, about five new members. Then the week after our February meeting, the KGB provided hot dogs at the Southern Star Brewery. Again, RC Phil signed up another two members. Way to go! We also had cupcakes in honor of Rhonda’s birthday. That’s enough of the past, now to the future! Can you believe it is March already? If it is The Official Newsletter of the Kuykendahl Gran Brewers Homebrew Club Volume 15 — Issue 3 March 2009 (Continued on page 2) Ruble Collector’s Report Phillip Kaufman — [email protected] C omrades! I lost my virginity! OK. If you missed the February meeting at my house you missed beautiful weather and lots of good beer and people. In fact I need to sign up to host it again real soon. Who has the POWER now, eh? The Ruble Collector does, indeed. And I would like to thank Next Meeting: Rhonda and Michelle for helping at the rrrrraaaafffffflllle, and with the chicken wings where the RC generously donated wings and beer. And how Saturday, March 21 can I forget to thank GS Chris and his lovely assistant 6pm Susan. Before I get to the business, if anyone has troubles Phil’s no fool! Though difficult to disJeff Scheerhorn’s cern at this size, Rhonda Davis is with memberships, or e-mails, or anything else with slightly blurry, while RC Phillip is tack 5919 Bayonne Drive the club functions, e-mail me or call. Here’re my vi- sharp in this un-retouched photograph. Spring, TX 77389 Further investigation showed this to be tals: true of all photographs in which Rhonda [email protected] appears. Diagnosis: In the proximity of (see map at www.TheKGB.org) 281-468-9370 (cell) beer geeks, Rhonda vibrates like a Don’t go to the Ruble collector e-mail on the web- crack-addicted spider monkey. site. Odds are that I wouldn’t recognize your e-mail address and it will go to my SPAM box. Normally I get advertisements for watches and bigger Table of Contents manhood products…don’t need that. Thank you very much. Edicts From The Czar 1 New members: I would like to list new and renewing members, no particular order. ForRuble Collector’s Report 1 mer Ruble Collector Tim White, the man who named me Broke Back….come back Commissar Brewski’s World 4 (Continued on page 3) Edicts From The Czar (Continued from page 1) March, then it must be time for our March Chili Cook-off Meeting. Mark your calendars, the March meeting will be held at Comrade Jeff Scheerhorn’s house on Saturday, March 21st, starting at 6pm. Start working on that chili recipe. We will have trophies for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places for the three categories of chili, which are Traditional (no beans), NonTraditional (with beans), and exotic. The exotic category includes anything that is not in categories 1 or 2 (buffalo, chicken, sausage, green chili, etc). You can enter any or all categories. On another note, keep working on your entry for the BBBB. If you don’t enter, you can’t win. Also, CB Don and I just finished brewing the first place English Barleywine for the 15th annual BBBB, to be held in May 2010. And one last item of note. With the BBBB approaching, we are still rounding up raffle items. So, if you have anything that you would like to donate to our raffle, please bring it to the March meeting. Well, that’s all for now. And it’s time for a beer, but since I’m composing this from work, I guess I have to wait. Czar Herb The moon smiles as formerly czarly Ed Condon enjoys a Southern Star under the evening star while emblazoned with a compass star. Ad Rates Ad Size No. 0f Issues Rate ¼ page 1 issue $ 15 ¼ page 3 issues $ 40 ¼ page 12 issues $ 120 ½ page 1 issue $ 25 ½ page 3 issues $ 65 ½ page 12 issues $ 190 Please contact the editor to place an ad, or for more information. Ad fees must be pre-paid. All ads include a complimentary newsletter during the subscription period. We reserve the right of refusal on all materials. Serving homebrewers since 1971! 8715 Stella Link Houston, TX (713) 668-9440 For all of your homebrewing needs CB/MOW Donald Sajda (left), Czar Herb Baker and formerly czarly Ed Condon: Proud weenie-grabbers, all. www.TheKGB.org Page 2 KGB members receive a 5% discount on all purchases! March 2009 Ruble Collector’s Report (Continued from page 1) Tim…..I can’t quit cha….has renewed…and as long as I am RC I will pay his membership. Sniff sniff. Who has the POWER, now? OK Other members, Wazoo Stuart West and Sandy, Eric Denys (new) , Bob Jensen (new), Doak Procter (renew), Ryan Schabach (new), Bev Blackwood (renew), Pierre Morow (renew), Jack Moores (renew), and Jordon Adams (new). The RC has been busy. And if your membership is about to expire, renew you! Now I won’t be able to make the March meeting, since Rhonda’s brother is getting married. However, I trust the Czar to take care of the finances. He now has the real power for a day. Treat it gently, my friend. February: a very busy month. • We had the AHA (American Homebrewers Association) membership drive on Sunday, Feb 15. KGB donated generously to the raffles as well. Great turn out for the KGB and other homebrew clubs. The KGB cooked hotdogs and gave away free dogs. • We also had the Feb. meeting at RC Phil’s who enjoyed it and plans to hold another one in his double-wide gayrage. • We had the tour at Southern Star Brewery where the KGB had the banner flying, the dogs a-cooking and the beer a-quaffing. Good turn out for the KGB, roughly 10 members and a couple of new members signed up. March: OK next events for March. Chili Cook off with three trophies to be won. Enter. It’s a lot of fun. Jeff has a very nice place and a good location. Unfortunately I won’t be there. Sorry. But make some chili, bring beer and friends. First Sunday is/was (depending on when this rag is pub- lished or when you read it) at Petrol Station on Westfield in Houston March 8….again if you are not getting e-mails, please let me know (details above), because sometimes we don’t know, except a week in advance when first Sunday is. So we have no time but to just e-mail you. Rare Beer Tasting at Don’s…I signed up…..March 28. This will cost ya and is not a club sponsored event…which means your hard earned rubles (membership dues) will not subsidize this event. But well worth the extra rubles. Comrades, my glass is empty and time for bed. RC Phillip KGB Membership Benefits • Tomball Welding—Show your KGB ID and exchang- ing your CO2 tanks for a price of $7.00 for a 5 lb. bottle. (tax included) Located on Hwy 249 across from Hughes Propane. • Hughes Propane—Show your KGB ID and pay per gallon price not per tank. At this time 20 pound tank costs $11 per gallon that is about $9.00 at the per gallon rate. (Hughes Propane in Decker Prairie only) • BJ’s at Willowbrook—Show your KGB ID and get Happy Hour Prices on all of BJ’s Brewhouse beers any time of the day or night. NOTE: To receive a membership card, see the Ruble Collector at any meeting or event. Make your homebrew even better. Serve it in a KGB pint glass. Only $5. Get some! http://www.thekgb.org/?tabid=70 The Kuykendahl Gran Brewers Page 3 www.TheKGB.org Commissar Brewski’s World O Donald Sajda — [email protected] or [email protected] h crap! Another KGB article is due and I need to get in gear and knock one out. Well it's been another good month when it comes to beer and the KGB. We had many activities planned for the membership. Our thanks go to RC Phil for hosting the February meeting. Once again GS Chris and Susan made a culinary treat for all. The chicken wings were to die for. Many thanks goes to these comrades for cooking. Czar Herb did a great job cooking hot dogs at the "KGB Day" at Southern Star Brewery. We invaded the brewery in search of new members and guess what we found them and we found some pretty good stout to wash down those dogs. This was a fun day of just drinking beer and enjoying the fine weather. Talking about hot dogs, Czar Herb, HBC Ed Condon and myself manned the grill at the AHA Rally held at Saint Arnold's. Free beer and dogs in exchange for new and renewing AHA members. I believe that there were over 100 people in attendance for this event. It's time to start thinking about BBBB 15. What BBBB 15 is over a year away, but keep in mind the style will be English Barley Wines and these babies just improve with age. Czar Herb and I teamed up this past weekend and we brewed nine gallons of 1.109 OG wort. Rumor has it that this may earn a 2nd place. Why only a 2nd place you may ask, that's because the 1st place barley wine will be brewed later this month by me and my old brewing partner MOT Mark Rogerson. Yes once again we team up to defy the brewing gods. In regards to the BBBB the deadline is quickly approaching. We need for the membership to get their entries in on of before May 9th. The KGB has won the Heavy Hitter's Award for many years and we intend to keep that title. So besides a nifty trophy we win a keg of Saint Arnold's Christmas Ale. I fine prize indeed. As I said, February was a busy month and one weekend took me thru Austin where I stopped for a lunch break at North x Northwest. The lure for me was barley wine. For lunch I ordered one of their gourmet hamburgers with feta cheese and a goblet of barley wine. Very tasty I must say. When our server asked us if we wanted anything else I inquired about purchasing a growler of barley wine. He said no problem, $20 for the fancy glass growler but only $7 to fill it. It was a no brainer. The small snifter of barley wine for lunch ran $4.50, so this was the bargain of the year. Needless to say, I bought one and shared it with the membership and the February meeting. I continued to Blanco, Texas for some Real Ale Brewery sampling. It must have been fate, they had the last keg of their Strong Scotch Ale on tap. This bad boy weighed in at 9.7% ABV. Needless to say, I made every effort known to man to float that keg. Saint Patrick's Day is just around the corner, but you won't see me drinking any green beer. It will be the Saint Arnold Oak Barrel Imperial Stout. YES!!!! See you March 21st for the Barley Wine Part 2 BOM. CB/MOW Don Campsite: Just North of Carlos, TX Off of SR244. **See Website for directions** www.TheKGB.org Page 4 March 2009 KGB Calendar Date Event (Article due date) (Updated 10-Mar-2009) Location Style or Region of the Month KOM March Meeting Chili Cook Off Sat Mar 21 7PM Jeff Scheerhorn 5919 Bayonne Drive Barley Wines Part 2 Oak Aged Belgian Strong Rare Beer Tasting Sat Mar 28 Don Sajda 25106 Bovington Dr. NA NA April Meeting Crawfish Festival Sat Apr 18 5PM Carl Scott’s? 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