Limbo Challenge!

It is time to start planning for the 2024 Limbo Challenge. While we just finished with all of the Bluebonnet judging, it takes time to plan and prepare to ensure the Limbo competition runs smoothly. We will begin preliminary planning at our March officer meeting on 3/3. The contest dates have been set, the next thing is to review the categories to determine if any changes are wanted, and review other contest other parameters so we can update our website with the 2024 contest information. We want to complete this far enough ahead of entry dates so brewers can plan their brew days .

If you are interested in assisting with Limbo planning, please send an email to: [email protected].

Terry Olinger
2024 Limbo Challenge Director

Off-Flavor Class at North Texas Homebrew Supply, 7/30

North Texas Homebrew Supply will be holding a beer off flavors class this coming Sunday, July 30th from 2-4 pm.

If you are not sure what some of the common off flavors, such as diacetyl, dms, oxidation etc, actually smell and taste like, this is a great class to take. If you just want to improve your own beer, or want to improve your judging (think Limbo judging!) quality, I highly recommend this course, having taken it 2 years ago.

You can sign up at the following link Off-Flavor Class

July Meeting and Pizza!

A reminder that the July club meeting will be Tuesday night, July 11th at North Texas Homebrew Supply. Bring some homebrew to share and the club will be providing pizza. Hope to see everyone there!

Raffle ends June 17th

If you have not been read the newsletters or stopped by North Texas Homebrew Supply, you may not be aware of four major brewing items being raffled off by NTHBA. These four items, Keezer, Glycol Chiller, Stainless Conical Fermenter and Mash/Boil Kettle, were donated by a homebrewer and are in great working condition.

The winning raffle tickets will be drawn on Saturday June 17th at 5pm, at the Dallas area brew club meetup at Autonomous Society in Dallas. The items can be viewed at North Texas Homebrew Supply brew shop through Friday June 16th. Follow This Link to view additional pictures of each item and purchase electronic tickets by end of day June 15th. Equipment will be on display at Autonomous Society and tickets can be purchased at the meetup on Saturday the 17th. You do not need to be present to win!.

In addition, there will be some silent auction items up for grabs at the Meetup. More info coming!

Raffle items up for grabs!

Big Rig Brew Day, Sunday April 2nd

Sunday April 2nd, there will be a brew day happening on the Big Rig at Wayne Yandell’s shop. The Big Rig is a set of 55 gallon brew kettles on which can be brewed up to 48 gallons of wort. There is usually a group of 5-10 brewers on hand to help with brewing and participants can elect to share the cost and receive a 5 gallon share of the resulting beer.

This may be one of the last brew days at Wayne’s shop as the property has been listed for sale. Now is the time to come out and see what all the fun is about. We will be brewing a Belgian Wit, Wayne will have the BBQ or grill going, there will be left over commercial beer from the Bluebonnet Festival on hand, and it is Wayne’s Birthday!

Brew Day info :
Sunday April 2nd, 9-4
48 Gallon batch of Belgian Wit

6708 FM 982
Princeton, TX 75407

So bring your camping chair and we’ll see you on Sunday!

Big Rig Brew Day 2019
The Big Rig

Bluebonnet Commercial Beer

One of the activities after Bluebonnet is returning kegs to all the breweries who donated beer for the Big Thirsty. The beer that is remaining in the kegs cannot be served by the brewery so will get dumped unless any homebrewers want these before they get returned. Marcus has several of kegs that will be returned later this week.

  • Hop And Sting – Red Velvet Cookie Ale, English Ale
  • Hop And Sting – Frigid Underworld, Espresso Imperial Stout
  • Toasty Bros -Earl The Orange Alien, Dessert Stout
  • Twin Peaks – Drop Dead Redhead, IPA

If you have any empty kegs and would like some of this beer, contact Marcus Burleson at 972-464-6496. He is in Carrollton.

Also, a few other commercial beers have been pulled off to kegs and will be on tap at the next Big Rig Brew. Stay tuned ….

Bluebonnet Homebrew Showcase Beer signup list for 3/18

A signup list has been create for NTHBA beers that will be on tap at the Bluebonnet Homebrew Showcase on Saturday night. If you have volunteered to bring a beer to put on our kegerator, please signup at the following link.

NTHBA will have our 12 tap kegerator on site to serve homebrew from our members. Our goal is to have as many of our taps filled with high quality beers as possible. Your contribution does not need to be a full keg, partial or smaller (2.5 or 1.75 gallon) kegs are fine. Our kegerator is setup for ball lock kegs. Please indicate in the signup list what style keg you are bringing so we can accommodate if you have a keg that is not ball lock.

Thanks for all those that are contributing. If you have any questions, please contact me, Terry Olinger, at 214-310-2494.

Homebrew Showcase Beer Needed!

Bluebonnet is rapidly approaching and one of the events is the Homebrew Showcase which takes place on Saturday night 3/18. Homebrew clubs attending the event will set up booths and serve homebrew from their club members, Last year NTHBA had 9 different beers on tap, including the 2nd place best of show, Petite Saison. Immediately after the awards ceremony, attendees will have the opportunity to sample and evaluate home brew from some of the region’s best amateur brewers, and cast their vote for which home brew club makes the best beer.

NTHBA will have our 12 tap kegerator on site to serve beer from our members. Our goal is to have as many of our taps filled with as many beers as possible. It does not need to be a full keg, partial or smaller (2.5 or 1.75 gallon) kegs are fine.

If you have a beer that you are willing to put on tap, please let us know as soon as possible by contacting [email protected] . Please include what style beer you will be providing and what size. Our kegerator is setup for ball lock kegs. Please let me know if you have pin lock kegs so we can accomodate.

Officer meeting moved to Zoom on 1/31.

Due to the current winter storm warning which extends into Wednesday, we are moving the officer meeting from an in person event to a zoom call. The zoom link will be sent to the officers. If you are interested in attending, please contact me or one of the other officers and we can send you the link.

We are still looking for a minister of education. If you are interested in what that position entails, please contact me at [email protected], or any one of the other officers.

February Meeting Move due to Valentines Day

Our regular schedule of club meeting on the second Tuesday collides with Valentines Day this year. Due to past low turnout at meetings on Feb 14th, and in the interest of keeping our spouses happy, we will move both the club meeting and officer meeting up 1 week. That will still keep the meeting on Tuesday night and free up Valentines Day for those with conflicts.

February meeting dates are now as follows.

  • Officer meeting, Tuesday January 31st, Bavarian Grill, Plano
  • Club meeting, Tuesday February 7th, North Texas Homebrew Supply