Compiled by Bill Ridgely, BURP Archivist
The Apr 2007 BURP meeting, held at the home of Tom & Colleen Cannon in Fairfax, VA, was literally jam packed with activities. Kicking things off, Enlightenment Ministers Wendy Aaronson & Tom Cannon provided a very thorough presentation and demo on home yeast propagation, Wendy, a microbiologist by trade, covered all aspects of stepping up brewing yeast to pitching levels, including wort preparation, sanitation, culture vessels, and transferring and collecting the finished yeast. While this event took place in the Cannon kitchen, BURP members were getting sticky hands grabbing whole hops provided as part of the club’s annual hop buy. Several bales of different varieties were available, and the fragrance of the fresh hops made everyone present a bit giddy. The main event of the day took place over the course of the afternoon – the monthly homebrew competition, this time featuring extract-based beers (one of which had been brewed at the previous BURP meeting). The winner of this competition would be submitted as BURP’s entry in the AHA Club-Only Extract Beer Competition to be held in May. There were some excellent beers in the competition, but only four went to the Best of Show table, where final winners were selected by Bill Madden & Becky Pyle. These were announced at meeting’s end: 1st, Dave Todd (AKA DT) for his American IPA; 2nd the BURP Extract Beer from the March meeting (an Extra Special Bitter); and 3rd, Mel Thompson for his Best Bitter. Some great photos from this meeting can be viewed in the May 2007 BURP News, available on the BURP website at https://www.burp.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/Newsletter200705.pdf.
The Apr 2007 issue of BURP News was chock full of great writing! The issue kicked off with the recipe for the extract beer brewed in March (which took a 2nd place in the April competition). Following this were several articles containing “alternative facts”, a grand tradition of BURP’s April newsletters. These included an expose of the commercial brewing industry for contributing to global warming as “major producers of carbon dioxide gas” (Brewers were seeking a “reverse yeast” that would release oxygen instead of CO2 during the fermentation process). In the “less whimsical” department were Mark Hogenmiller’s “Top Ten things I Learned on My Trip to London” and Charlie Pavitt’s “Beer and Religion, Part 3: Egypt”. But my personal favorite was BURP’s renowned “Frugal Brewer” John Gardiner’s special 20th Anniversary Column, in which he explained his obsession with yard sales for obtaining beer-related items. You can read the entire issue on the BURP website at https://www.burp.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/newsletter200704.pdf.