THIS is the HOTV


Is it Summer Yet? Edition
June, 1998

PRESIDENT: Lys Buck (541) 928-3531

EDITOR: Herky Gottfried (541) 757-8009

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Last Month

It was a rainy day in the month of May when we last met, at Ron Hall's house near Adair Village. Not having much business to attend to, we didn't attend to much business. But we did manage to match all of the judging score sheets from the festival with their rightful owners, and Lee Smith graciously offered to address and mail the envelopes. Thanks to everybody who helped with this time-consuming but necessary job. We'll try to make it go faster next year.

HOTV was also given a generous donation of Cascade hops from Diana Puterbaugh of Puterbaugh Farms in Washington state, and these were made available to members at the meeting. I'm looking forward to my first batch of Cascadia IPA.


This Month

We almost always meet at a member's house at about 7pm on the third Wednesday of each month. We now have meeting places scheduled through September, but if you are interested in hosting a meeting in October or later, please contact Cliff. This month we’ll be meeting in Albany at the home of our official AHA recruiter, Lee Smith. The address is 2190 Maier Lane; phone # is 926-2286.

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From the Treasurer

Lee reports that HOTV membership currently stands at 50 and all are paid through 1998! Also, we have signed up 28 new AHA members so far—perhaps we can get a couple more before the campaign ends on June 30.

Numerous incentives are available for new members who join the AHA—contact Lee for the details.

Age of German
Beer purity law debated

Weissensee, Germany (AP) - Germans apparently have been taking their beer seriously even longer than was thought. The Reinheitsgebot—or purity law—for beer laid down by Bavarian Duke Wilhelm IV in 1516 is still strictly obeyed by the country's 1,200 breweries. But Peter Albach, mayor of Weissensee, about 100 miles southwest of Berlin, said that a document in Gothic script has been found in the city archives that predates the duke's order by almost a century. The 1434 document, like the duke's, specifies that only water, barley malt, hops, and yeast may be used in beer.


Club-only Competition NEWS

The next AHA club-only competition is the Weiss is Nice in August. Brew your wheat beers now and plan to bring a bottle to the July 15 meeting for a taste-off.

Each AHA sanctioned club is allowed a single entry to each of the Club-Only Competitions. HOTV has received free entries for the remaining competitions in 1998 because of the large number of club members who have joined AHA during their membership campaign.

The Weiss is Nice competition covers AHA category 19, German-Style Wheat Beer (substyles (a) Berliner-Style Weisse, (b) German-Style Hefeweizen/Hefeweissbier, (c) Dunkelweizen, and (d) German-Style Weizenbock).

1998 AHA Club-Only
Competition Schedule

Competition (AHA Category)

Entries Due

1998 Weiss is Nice (19 a - d) August 1998 (HOTV taste-off on July 15)
1998 Best of Fest (17 a & b) October 1998
1998 If It's Not Scottish…
(8 a, b & c; 10b)
December 1998

State Fair homebrewing demo?

Our newest officer, Cliff Rhodes, is looking for volunteers to help him do a homebrewing (fairbrewing?) demonstration at the Oregon State Fair in Salem. The possible dates that Cliff can make it are August 30 and September 6; he would prefer August 30 as the September 6 date is on Labor Day Weekend.

Cliff says, "What I have in mind is to have an extract or a beer kit in a can demonstration that doesn't take too long and doesn't take a lot of equipment. Maybe we could do more than one batch so that more people could see what is going on. If anyone is interested, please contact me and we will get something going!"

This should be a good experience, both educational and entertaining. It also provides a great opportunity for us to inform the public about homebrewing.



Upcoming HOTV And Related events


14 - Mill Creek Classic (Salem).

17 - HOTV Meeting (Lee Smith)

20 - HOTV Highway Cleanup

20 - Portland Rose Festival Homebrew Competition (Portland, Nor'Wester). Entries due 6/13.


11 - Oregon State Fair homebrew competition (entries due June 26)

15 - HOTV Meeting (Frank Bretl)

22, 23, 24 - AHA National Homebrew Conference (Portland)

27 - Benton County Fair homebrew competition. Entries due 7/26.


19 - HOTV Meeting (Cliff Rhodes)



Late-Breaking News

HOTV results from the
National Homebrew Competition (1st round)

The first round winners from the AHA National Homebrew Competition have just been announced, and HOTV was extremely well represented this year. Some (but not all!) of our success may be due to the 10 free entries our club won as part of the AHA membership campaign. We gave the free entries to the top HOTV entries from our Oregon Homebrew Festival held last month, and many of those winning entries did well in the AHA competition as well. Without further ado, here are the first round results - congratulations to all winners and good luck in the second round (to be held at the National Homebrew Conference in Portland, July 22-24).

Complete results are available on the web at

Belgian & French Style Ale 1st - Ted Manahan
English-Style Pale Ale 2nd - Lee Smith
German-Style Dark Lager 2nd - Lee Smith
Smoked Beer 3rd - Lys Buck
Fruit & Vegetable Beer 1st - Vanessa Keitges
Fruit & Vegetable Beer 3rd - Ron Hall
Specialty & Experimental Beer 1st - Ted Manahan
Herb & Spice Mead 2nd - Ted Manahan




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