July 2019 Bosmopolitan

BBL Board Meeting Minutes

01 July 2019 / Toast (Start) Time: 7:20 p.m./ Location: The Melchers Residence

In Attendance

Andy M. (P), Ray G. (T), Emma W. (S), Sarah G., Mike W., Wayne W. (CC)

Upcoming Board Meetings

Monday, August 5th @ 7:00 p.m. at Chateau Gerdes

  • This is the Beer & Sweat prep meeting, which always involves brick oven pizza. Come on out, it’s a great board meeting to attend!

Monday, September 9th @ 7:00 p.m. (2nd Monday due to Labor Day) Location TBD

Upcoming Club Meetings & Events

  • Friday, July 19th @ Norwood Community Center at 7:00 p.m.

    • Topic: Homebrew Bottle Swap and Calibration Night hosted by Nick P.

  • 3rd Weekend in August: Beer & Sweat

  • 3rd or 4th Weekend in September: Beer & Propane

Upcoming Competitions

  • Saturday, July 13th, Indiana Brewers Cup @ Indianapolis, Indiana

  • Saturday, August 17th, Beer & Sweat @ CVG Airport Marriott in Hebron, KY


Board Pursuing Homebrew-Friendly Legislation

Roxanne, Ray and Goose from Akron have been spearheading an effort to work with the Ohio legislature to draft rules that enable the ability to host homebrew competition events in Ohio. The goal is to enable us to bring a national competition to Cincinnati in partnership with Fermentis. We are able, as the law currently stands, to host in Kentucky but would like to have it on this side of the river. Looking longer-term, a larger goal would be to bring HomebrewCon back to Ohio.

Treasurer’s Report

Financially we’re okay, but if you’re not current on dues, please pay up! If you’re not sure, reach out to us and we’ll let you know.

The board has purchased a bookkeeping software to manage club finances going forward, but Ray doesn’t know how to install software on his computer, so we may never use it. He has enlisted Joe G. to come over for the next several days as his tech support. The point has been made that it may just be faster to teach Joe accounting.

BBL Membership Cards

If you paid online for membership and still need a card, please see Ray at the check-in desk at the next monthly meeting.


Updates on Recent Events

Homebrew Con 2019 - Providence, RI

A CMI member was awarded a medal - way to rep Cincinnati!


Beer & Sweat 2019: Saturday, August 17th

The link for a discounted rate on rooms is now live. Click here and reserve your rooms today - the discounted rate is only available until Friday, July 26th! Check out the Beer & Sweat Facebook page for current information.

Start brewing if you haven’t already - seven weeks to go!

And finally, if you know of any organizations interested in sponsorship, please connect them to a board member.


Other Business

BBL Mentorship Program

Potential mentors talk to Wayne, potential mentees, ask at the Listermann’s counter about how to sign up, or use our online form (check the Mentorship page on the web site) if you already know the basics!

Update on Esoteric Brewing

Esoteric Brewing Company expects to host its grand opening in its Walnut Hills location in the spring of 2020. As plans come to fruition, a Bloats event will be planned and communicated to the club.

Bloatarian Tap Handles

Member price is $40 (at-cost), non-member price is $50. Check in with Andy at meetings if you are interested. They’re beautiful!


Bloatarian Shirt Order

The next order for shirts is opening soon - stay tuned for a link to order in time for Beer & Sweat. Hats, shirts and more shirts.


Possible Topics for 2019 - 2020 Meetings

  • All Things Yeast

  • Yeast Experiment

  • Mashing Chemistry

  • Decoctions

  • Brew-in-a-Bag Techniques

  • Blending Night (TRASH Guest)

  • Factors that Affect Efficiency

  • Safety (5-10 minute topics before formal topic for all meeting)

  • Chime in with additional suggestions!


Meeting Adjourned at 8:49 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Emma Williams

Secretary