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January Minutes

posted Jan 11, 2014, 6:06 PM by Matt Marlowe   [ updated Jan 18, 2014, 12:58 PM ]
The meeting was held at Chuck and Helen’s house. Before the meeting Chuck gave a tour of his wine making operation and offered everyone a bottle of wine to take with them. Door prizes were also given out before the meeting with Max, Chris, Twila, and Hutch all winners.

The meeting was called to order by President Matt Marlowe at 8:00pm. 

Members and Guests in Attendance: 30

Guests Speakers: Dylan Krzywomski and Solomon Rose from Organarchy Hops spoke about their hop farm in Oldtown, MD. They currently grow several hop varieties on 6 ½ acres of land and will soon be expanding to approximately 14 acres. They produce whole leaf hops and also sell rhizomes and potted plants. They also conduct tours of their farm and the QCHC may be meeting there in the spring. They are very knowledgeable hop farmers and would be a good resource for anyone wishing to have their own hop garden. You can buy their hops at Cumberland Trail Connections at Canal Place in Cumberland. They also informed us of an upcoming Beer, Bacon, and Music festival in Frederick, MD that takes place in May. They can be found on Facebook at or their web site at . They also can be reached at 301-478-5674 or by e-mail @ . 

• President Marlowe then spoke about the upcoming Coal Country Brewers Cup on Saturday, February 8th at Jeff and Joan Lyon’s house in Accident, MD. The styles being judged are Stouts and Porters or specialty beers basses on Stouts and Porters. The fee is $5 for each entry payable in cash when you arrive. The registration deadline is January 25th. To register, visit the QCHC website or the Morgantown Area Society of Homebrewers website at where you can find a digital registration form and more information on the event. You can e-mail you registration form to Jeff Lyons. You must submit two 12oz bottles per entry. Beers should be at Jeff’s house by February 6th or you can bring them the day of the event. QCHC entries will be collected at Cumberland Trail Connections by February 5th and Hutch said he would deliver them to the Lyon’s residence. 

• Karen Hallam agreed to accept the nomination to continue as Treasurer and was unanimously elected.

• There was a vote on a proposal to strike the requirement in the Club bylaws to hold an officer’s position sometime during membership. Before the vote the proposal was opened for discussion. There were 5 votes to strike the requirement and 6 votes to keep the requirement. As a result QCHC members will remain required to serve as Officers sometime during their membership. 

• There was discussion on Patty Runkles idea to resume informal homebrew competitions at our meetings. It was decided that we will have in-style competitions and people’s choice competitions. Twila and Karen said they would help Patty conduct the competitions. 

• A yeast washing workshop will be coming up. Details to be announced.

• Hutch presented a check for $150 as a donation from the proceeds of homebrew supply sales at Cumberland Trail Connections. There was also a $75 presentation from donated bottle sales. Bottles are needed and can be donated at Cumberland Trail Connections. They must be rinsed but labels may remain. 

• The next meeting will be 6pm Friday, February 6th at Cumberland Trail Connections.

• The March meeting will be 7pm on Saturday, March 8th at Chris Dignan’s house.

• Dues are due. They are $20.

• The meeting was adjourned at 8:50pm.

• After the meeting there was a vote for people’s choice and Bill Metz won for his cider. 
Jan 13, 2014, 8:32 AM