Sign up for our vans to the Brooklyn Brewery Homebrew Night!

The JCBC is getting a few vans to take our brewers, volunteers, and drinkers to the NYCHG’s 25th Anniversary Party at Brooklyn Brewery. If you’d like to hitch a ride with us, sign up for a ride here!

If you’re not brewing but want to attend the event, make sure to buy a ticket now, as they’re going to go fast. A bunch of local homebrew clubs and shops will be there, and it’s going to be a great time.

Buy tickets here.

Announcing the winners of the 2013 Jersey City Homebrew Battle!

People’s Choice – 2nd Place
KAI Brewing (Doug Bellingeri & Michael Consoli) – Galaxy CDA

Judge’s Choice – 2nd Place
KAI Brewing (Doug Bellingeri & Michael Consoli) – Galaxy CDA

People’s Choice – 1st Place
Hoboken Brewing (Brendan Drury & Andrew Zebrowski) – Bodhi Blonde

Judge’s Choice – 1st Place
Jonathan McAfee – Belgian Dubble w/ curry & raisin spice


There was a correction with the Judge’s Choice 1st place, it seems a couple of entry sheets were mixed up which led to some confusion. Apologies to all.

Thanks again to everyone that came out, total attendance including volunteers, judges, brewers and other festival people was about 500. Crazy!

A big thanks to all of our sponsors for the JC Homebrew Battle

Thanks to everyone that has donated gift cards for prizes, trophies, or time and resources, it’s really helping to make this year’s contest the best ever! Make sure to swing by some of these great local businesses.

 

  • Cork City Pub
  • Ben LoPiccolo Development Group
  • The Thirsty Quaker Homebrew Supplies & Craft Beer (coming soon!)
  • Grove St Bikes
  • Orale Mexican Kitchen
  • Rustique Pizza
  • New Jersey Beer Company
  • GP’s Restaurant
  • Barcade
  • Lamp Post Bar & Grill
  • Another Man’s Treasure Vintage Store
  • Hound About Town Pet Shop
  • Torico’s Ice Cream
  • Hoboken Cigars
  • Jersey City Ties
  • White House Black Market
  • Little Town Brewhouse & Restaurant
  • Hyatt Hotel Jersey City
  • Hazel Baby
  • HopsScotch Bar

Volunteers needed for the JC Homebrew Contest

The 2013 Jersey City Homebrew Battle is coming October 5th and we need volunteers!

  • Tomorrow morning (Sunday, 9/29) between 10-11, we’ll be setting up the tents and barriers. These are large tents so we need a few hands, but it won’t take long to set up.
  • The day before, we’ll help 4th St Arts clean up the block, and possibly set up some tables.
  • The day of, we need volunteers to take tickets, man our t-shirt/sponsor table, and assist the judges with beer runs. There will be a couple shifts for these volunteers so they have time to drink the beers. These volunteers will get free admission to the event.

If you can help out ahead of time, please let us know by commenting on this post or emailing us. And if you have friends or family that want to help on the day of with running the show, please direct them to us. Thanks!

Oh yeah! The JC Homebrew Battle is coming soon!

Oh snap it’s coming soon! We’ll have over 30 beers on tap for you at this year’s contest – our largest yet! Grab a few friends and drink some delicious homemade beers with us. Don’t forget, this is part of the 4th St Arts & Music Festival, so there will be plenty to do besides drink, including comedy shows, art installations, bands, children’s activities, food, and more. The JC Artist Studio Tour is also going on today!

Visit http://jchb.brownpapertickets.com/ to buy advance tickets! And make sure to attend our next meeting at HopsScotch this Wednesday 9/18 at 7:30 pm!

JCHB postcard final

 

Our upcoming meeting is an important one. Please attend!

Our next meeting on Wednesday is an important meeting, and we’d really like everyone that’s able to attend, as we could really use all the input we can get. We have been discussing taking the club to new level, where we are more organized and can offer better events and benefits for members.

Our agenda will include a few topics, including:
-Adoption of a charter
-New officer positions & nominations
-Official membership
-Events and benefits to offer members
-The upcoming homebrew contest

So please make an effort to attend, as we really want a great turnout!

Also, if you haven’t already done so, please sign up for the Jersey City Homebrew Contest, coming October 5th. More details and entry, click here.

To view our event calendar, include our Monthly Meetups, click here.

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.

What’s In Your Water?

Several of us just attended the AHA’s conference in Philadelphia and had a great time. One of the seminars was on water chemistry, and a few people asked about Jersey City’s tap water, and if spring water should be used instead. You’ll be thrilled to hear that Jersey City has perfectly fine tap water that can be used in most styles of beer.

There are a few exceptions, of course. You may want to use reverse osmosis or distilled water to get a blank slate, so you can reach your exact target through various additives. Or you might want to use some spring water, if you want very soft water for a style like a Pilsner. Don’t forget though, that beer needs mineral content to be good beer, so don’t assume that minerals are bad!

If you do encounter a smell or taste of chlorine in your water, just run the tap for a minute or two until it goes away. If it still persists, boiling will remove chlorine content, as well as reduce the hardness of the water.

 

Jersey City Water Profile

pH 6.6
Total Dissolved Solids (TDS) Est 210
Electrical Conductivity, mmho/cm 0.35
Cations / Anions, me/L 2.9 / 2.8

parts per million (ppm)

Sodium (Na) 39
Potassium (K) < 1
Calcium (Ca) 15
Magnesium (Mg) 5
Total Hardness (CaCO3) 58
Nitrate (NO3-N) 0.3 (SAFE)
Sulfate (SO4-S) 4
Chloride (Cl) 70
Carbonate (CO3) < 1
Bicarbonate (HCO3) 34
Total Alkalinity, CaCO3 28
“<” – Not Detected / Below Detection Limit

 

I have also compiled a spreadsheet of water profile for most of the major bottled water brands available in the US, as well as a few tap water profiles for cities in the area, and a few other major cities for comparison. Please download it here, and feel free to give feedback!

Water Analysis Spreadsheet

By the way, there’s another tab called “Info” on that spreadsheet if you’re curious about the source of data. Some of the bottled brands only gave a range of values, and not an average, so do with that what you will.

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!