August 2017 meeting

This month around a dozen True Grist members met in Kitchener-Waterloo on Doug B.’s lovely backyard patio. The club discussed upcoming events including a cider bulk buy in the Fall (details developing on the forum here), and the potential of the club having a presence at some upcoming Fall beer festivals (those details are developing here). We expect to run another bulk buy with Frank E’s cider in Vanessa, ON as we did last year. Throughout the year we’ve had the opportunity to sample some of the different things True Grist members made with the juice from last year’s buy – diverse and delicious. Continue reading August 2017 meeting

July 2017 meeting

This month we returned to Guelph’s East side for a meeting of True Grist homebrewers. Josh V was our gracious host. We moved through many samples and styles of beer – blondes, lagers, various wheat beers, a (delicious) dry hopped sour, IPAs, and more. We finally got to try Andrew A’s brown with homemade caraquinoa malt, after it had received much discussion and interest on our forum. Our fall events received further hyping and discussion – cider and hop bulk buys, and our soon to be officially announced internal “True Brewer” contest. Otherwise this was a return to our regular monthly meeting format (we forewent a June monthly meeting in favour of other True Grist events). Continue reading July 2017 meeting

True Grist visits Escarpment Labs

Yesterday (June 7th, 2017), the folks at Escarpment Labs were kind enough to invite True Grist to their production facility for a tour and a Q&A period. Around 20 True Grist members arrived to Escarpment Labs and were welcomed with a sample of a very interesting tart pale ale, fermented with Lactobacillus and Kveik in about 24 hours at 40C – a little taste of some of the R&D at Escarpment Labs. Richard Preiss (co-founder of Escarpment Labs) then showed us around, describing their yeast propagation and packaging process, as well as their quality assurance program. Continue reading True Grist visits Escarpment Labs

2017 hop bulk buy

I’d been meaning to do a short post on our hop bulk buy to the club blog for a couple weeks now. True Grist partnered with Chilliwack Hops to provide members with fresh hops this Spring. There were literally 100s of varieties available, which were sourced from all over the world. We had close to 200lbs of hops ordered amongst the club, all of which were packaged in nitrogen flushed mylar for optimal freshness. I look forward sampling homebrew showcasing these hops at our future meetings. I fully expect that there are many single hop pale ales and such in the works (I know I have my own planned). My advice – take the opportunity to do some massive dry hops with these! As a final note, Kamil Juices kindly allowed us to organize and distribute hops from their shop, a huge help for us. Thanks! Pictures below. Continue reading 2017 hop bulk buy

Inaugural True Grist summer barbecue

This weekend True Grist members and their families met in Cambridge on a perfect Saturday, to enjoy the weather and share food and beer. This was our first summer barbecue, an event which is sure to become annual tradition. Our special events coordinator, Matt F. and his wife Jackie hosted us in their lovely, hop-filled backyard (thanks guys). Amongst the highlights were a cask ale made just for the barbecue (the recipe is on our forum), spent grain bread (recipe also on the forum), smoked brisket and smoked sausages, salads, cookies, even more homebrew, and more. Continue reading Inaugural True Grist summer barbecue

May 2017 Meeting

This month’s meeting was hosted by Mike H. in Cambridge. It was one of our smaller meetings of 2017, but there were no shortage of interesting beers to be sampled. My personal favourite was Jeff B.’s Berliner Weiss made with berries grown in his backyard. We also got to try subtle variations of a Vienna SMASH brewed by our host. A Jarrylo pale ale and Breakfast Stout from Alex P., a mash hoped beer from Peter C., and handful of others. It’s clear we’re heading into warmer weather as members are brewing fewer stouts and we see more IPAs, pilsners, blondes, etc. at our gatherings. Continue reading May 2017 Meeting

March 2017 meeting

Last night we held our monthly meeting for March in Kitchener-Waterloo. Our host was Pat F. (darkstanfinn on our forum), who brews in his basement with a Grain Father system. Pat’s basement has been transformed to the ultimate hangout spot for beer lovers complete with tons of beer and brewing paraphernalia, a keg fridge, air hockey table, darts, a crokinole board and more! Continue reading March 2017 meeting