The Jersey City Homebrew Contest is coming soon!

contest flyer copy 2013

Attention all brewers, drinkers, and judges! The Jersey City Brew Club has joined up with Jersey City Ties and the guys who brought you the Battle of the Brews to throw our third annual Jersey City Homebrew Competition at the 4th St Arts & Music Festival. Join us for a day of arts, music, comedy, food, and drink.

For more details, and to enter your beer, please click here.

10 Yeast Experiment Meeting Tomorrow! & NJ State Fair Contest

At tomorrow’s meeting we’ll be tasting the fruits of our ten yeast experiment, so if you’re curious to see how different yeasts can impart their own special flavor on an identical beer, this will be a great learning experience. We have everything from a Pilsner, a California Lager, Scottish Ale, Belgian Trappist, Wheat, American Ale, Pacman, etc. This meeting will also be held on Doug’s rooftop in Hoboken. Please click the below event for the address:

In other news, the New Jersey State Fair SCUBA homebrew competition is open for registration. Sign up now!

Pilsner Urquell serving free beer on Monday in JC!

The fantastic John Holl (author of The American Craft Beer Cookbook and many others) has somehow finagled Pilsner Urquell into bringing their Mobile Tasting Van to his house on Monday. They want to show off their new program of cold shipping (rather than letting it get warm while shipping), and have decided that Jersey City is a great place to do it! Stop by 305 Varick St (at the corner with Montgomery Blvd) on Monday at 6pm for some free beer!

Future meetings to be held at HopsScotch

Our time at Barcade has come to and end, and we’ll be having all future meetings at HopsScotch (unless otherwise noted), so please make sure you show up to the right place in the future! We all love Barcade, and I’m sure everyone will still be going back there quite regularly, but we have had more and more people attending meetings, and space (and hearing each other talk) has become a concern. HopsScotch has a separate room which is spacious and great for holding a private meeting.

Please be aware though, that our next meeting will NOT be at HopsScotch, and will instead be held on Doug’s rooftop in Hoboken. Please check the Events page for more details.

Battle of the Brews this Saturday in Hoboken!

Sorry for not posting about this earlier, but here it is, for anyone out of the loop. This Saturday is the Battle of the Brews at Willie McBrides! It may or may not be too late to enter a beer (you’ll have to talk to Colby, or email the address shown below), but it’s certainly not too late to attend and drink some beer. There will also be an arm-wrestling competition!

You can also view the event on our Events page or our Contests page, for additional details.

K-Ration Stout Recipe

This stout is dark, thick, and extremely rich. This recipe was brought to us by Chad, and was one of the award winners at our 2012 JCBC Homebrew Contest. With just over 19 pounds of grain, you’ll need to be careful that you can actually mash this!

Recipe Details

Batch Size Boil Time IBU SRM Est. OG Est. FG ABV
5 gal 60 min 13.8 IBUs 48.2 SRM 1.092 SG 1.022 SG 9.4 %

Style Details

Name Cat. OG Range FG Range IBU SRM Carb ABV
American Amber Ale 6 B 1.045 - 1.056 1.01 - 1.015 20 - 40 11 - 18 2.3 - 2.8 4.5 - 5.7 %


Name Amount %
Pale Malt (2 Row) US 14 lbs 72.73
Biscuit Malt 1.5 lbs 7.79
Chocolate Malt 1 lbs 5.19
Oats, Flaked 0.75 lbs 3.9
Black (Patent) Malt 0.5 lbs 2.6
Caramel/Crystal Malt - 80L 0.5 lbs 2.6
Caramel/Crystal Malt -120L 0.5 lbs 2.6
Roasted Barley 0.5 lbs 2.6


Name Amount Time Use Form Alpha %
Fuggles 0.5 oz 60 min Boil Pellet 4.5
Fuggles 1 oz 15 min Boil Pellet 4.5
Fuggles 0.5 oz 5 min Boil Pellet 4.5


Name Lab Attenuation Temperature
British Ale (WLP005) White Labs 71% 67°F - 74°F

Mash at 150-152 degrees for 90 minutes.

One Beer – Ten Yeasts

It’s pretty obvious that different yeasts will impart different flavors, but unless you have the same exact baseline, it’s a little hard to compare. For our April meeting, we’ll be conducting an experiment, and you’re more than welcome to join in.

We will be brewing up a 10-gallon batch of beer and splitting it into 1-gallon batches, each with a different yeast. Once the beer is all done and bottled, we’ll gather to sample exactly how each yeast imparts its own signature. If you have a request for a specific yeast, post it here. And if you want to take one of the gallons home to care for it, then please come to the meeting. It should be a great learning experience for all.

Check the bottom of the post for the location and other details.

Meeting Info:

JCBC Walking Tour – March 30th!

Our next walking tour is March 30th! Please share this with all your friends and family to help spread the word. It’s a great fundraiser for the group and a fantastic way to support your local brewers! We’ll be visiting brewers in Hoboken and Jersey City to check out their setups, discuss their craft, and of course, drink some delicious homebrews.

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The AHA Conference is coming to the East Coast!

The American Homebrewers’ Association (AHA) National Homebrewers Conference is in Philadelphia this year, June 27-29. This is the first time it’s on the East Coast. I know people who have been previous years, and they said it was a fun time. There’s seminars, an expo, a banquet and a homebrewers club night, where clubs from around the country have tables and share their beer.


The details are all at the AHA website . If you want to go by yourself or with the club, act soon, as it fills up quickly, as does the hotel. Attendance all three days is certainly not necessary. Friday night is the club night.

Thanks to Keith for the post info.