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Aug 15 14

SODZ Co-Sponsoring Battle of the Brew

by Secretary

Attention all Central Ohio Home-Brewers! The North Market is excited to announce the first ever Battle of the Brew at the Ohio Craft Brew Festival. The competition is sponsored by Seventh Son Brewing, SODZ and Matt the Miller’s Tavern. This is in conjunction with the Ohio Craft Brew Festival formerly known as the North Market Microbrew festival.

For more information about the festival click here.

For more information about the homebrew competition click here.


Jul 26 14

Columbus Summer Beerfest 2014

by President

Summer Beerfest 2014 is right around the corner and they are looking for volunteers.


Volunteering for Beerfest


Friday, Aug. 15th from 5pm – 11:00pm
Saturday, Aug. 16th from 5pm – 11:00pm.


LC Pavillion Downtown.

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Don Croucher will be again organizing the volunteers so if you have a question about volunteering please contact him at Volunteers aren’t limited to SODZ members so invite your friends, spouse and whomever else enjoys beer.


Signup is now closed.

Jul 7 14

Summer Picnic

by President

Summer Picnic time!

Who is Invited?

Anyone who is a paid member and their immediate family (Significant other Spouse and children).


France’s Farm
Saturday, July 26th 2pm – Sunday July 27th 1pm

If you plan to stay over night be sure you bring a tent or are ok sleeping in your car. The house is the residence of Dan’s Uncle and we need to respect his privacy.


6934 Hillcrest Rd
St. Louisville OH 43071

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France’s Folksy Directions

  1. Just basically take 161 East to 13 North (at newark, go north).
  2. Take that for about 8 miles into Saint Louisville, turn right at Loches Rd.
  3. Turn right at Horns Hill Rd after 0.4 mi.
  4. Go left onto Hillcrest Rd 1.5 mi which is just past a little bridge. Hillcrest is a gravel road you will go straight for a bit, there will be a farm house on your right.
  5. When you come to a hairpin turn up to the left into the woods, turn left here. If you go straight, you will go into a lady’s driveway :)
  6. You go through the woods, down a hill, over a bridge, up a hill, when you come out of the woods there will be a sectional home on your right, and a split rail fence on your left.
  7. Your destination is straight ahead through the gate, do not follow the road to the right.

What to Bring

The club will provide a main course, you will provide a side/desert and any beer you want to share. The location is on 255 of acres that includes paths, wooded areas a pond and copious amounts of space to hang out. It’s suggested that you bring any folding chairs, pop up shelters and anything else you require if you are a person who enjoys to sit outside, not on the ground and not in direct sun. If you choose to stay the night there will be a bonfire and much more socializing. In the morning we will do some cleanup and head home.

Iron Kettle Beers

Those who brewed beer at Iron Kettle will be bringing their beer to share and be judged. If you were at Iron Kettle an can’t make it then you will need to make arrangements to have someone else bring your beer.


I can’t stress this enough but if you even think you might be staying the night bring a tent or have the expectation that you will be sleeping in your car. What about bathrooms you may be wondering? There are bathrooms a little off from the house with with all the wonderful flowing water your heart could desire.

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May 30 14

SODZ now on

by Secretary

SODZ is now on! Don’t worry we are not changing the way we communicate with you. This is mostly to attract new members. If you get a chance please do go join the group so it looks like we have activity. Thanks!

May 22 14

SODZ on Fox28 News

by Secretary

Our very own Brian Huntley shows how to make beer on Fox 28 News. Thanks for the shout out Brian!

Fox28 News

Short Version:

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May 19 14

Iron Kettle 2014

by President


Saturday June 7th


Dan France’s House

Address will be emailed to those who signup.


If you’ve seen the Iron Chef, then you understand the premise: you will be given a special, secret ingredient that you must use, but how you use it is up to you. Each team will be given the same ingredients kit to review, decide on a style, formulate a recipe, and brew the beer. You need not use all ingredients but MUST use the special ingredient and be sure to showcase it.

Brewers will need to arrive a little before 9am to get set up. At 9am, kits will be passed out and you can start formulating a recipe based on your ingredients. If your team is brewing a 10 gallon batch then be sure to tell the Iron Kettle organizers so that they can be sure to have two kits for you.

Before brewing, each team must give a recipe sheet to the organizers. On it you will name your style, ingredients, hop schedule and any special notes. If you are splitting your batch and using different yeasts and/or dry hopping, list your intent for each of the beers in the notes. If you elect to deviate from your recipe while brewing, see the organizers to update your sheet. Brewers generally will take some time to review their ingredients and submit their recipes with the expectation that brewing will start by 10 or 11am.

This is a fun event to do in teams of two or more brewers. It’s also a chance for a brewer to introduce the hobby to someone who has shown interest in homebrewing.

Last of all rules are subject to change so don’t surprised if someone moved your cheese.

Beers will be judged at the summer picnic for bragging rights.


The kits will be all grain kits (no extract) and will include enough malt, hops and special ingredient to make a 5 gallon batch.


Please bring 2 yeast strains for each kit. If you are brewing with a partner you can have up to 2 kits and 4 yeast strains. If a team is brewing 10 gallons and will divide the beer into two fermenters, which then will be taken home to ferment separately, each brewer is permitted (but not obligated) to use independent yeast strains. This may lead to some discussion on the team regarding what to brew based upon what the two members brought, but each of the brewers must state what yeast strain will be used prior to brewing. You are not required to pitch the yeast on-site, but be honest about what strain you will use at home. You may bring (and use) O2 or a fish pump for aeration.


Do not bring your own water.

You will receive Hilliard water, it is on the soft side with an alkalinity of ~54 mo/L.

Do not bring your own water.

Do not bring your own water.

What You Bring

Anything you need to brew. If you brew outside with a burner at your house then you’ll probably need to bring all that plus a table of some sort to drain your mash tun/kettle.

The gear you would need includes but isn’t limited to:

  • Burner
  • Kettle
  • Mash Tun
  • Hot Liquor Tun
  • Propane Tank
  • Spoons, buckets, bags
  • Fermentation Vessel (Carboy/Bucket)
  • Star San/PBW
  • Gloves
  • Refractometer/Hydrometer/Graduated Cylinder
  • Yeast (up to two strains per kit)
  • Aquarium Pump/Oxygen Stone/Oxygen
  • Hoses/Splitters for Chilling.
  • Grain mill.

What We Provide

  • A kit that brews a 5 gallon batch. Kit includes the malt, hops and special ingredient.
  • Water. Don’t bring your own water. If you bring it we will dump it out in front of you.
  • Pre-Chiller Setup

What is Verboten

    • Your own water. See a pattern?
    • Any ingredients other than what comes in the kit. This includes fining agents, and elements to alter water chemistry.


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Apr 24 14

Congrats to AJ Zanyk April Club Only Winner

by Secretary

Congratulations to April Club Only competition winner AJ Zanyk for his “Fizzy Yellow Lager Type Substance” beer. AJ received a $25 gift card from Buckeye Brewcraft His recipe will be in May’s newsletter. The winners are as follows:

  1. AJ Zanyk – Bohemian Pilsner - Fizzy Yellow Lager Type Substance
  2. Jeff Lewis – German Pilsner – 12 Platos of Suck it!
  3. Carey Hall – Munich Helles – Go to Helles


Apr 23 14

AHA Big Brew 2014

by President

This years Big Brew is being hosted by the Columbus Brewing Company.  This event is not restricted to SODZ members and I encourage you to invite people who may be interested in the hobby.


Saturday May 3rd
Wort will be available from 9am – 11am.
This is a hard deadline anyone who comes after 11am will not get wort.


525 Short St,
Columbus, OH

The Columbus Half Marathon is happening on the same day so if you try to get to CBC using High St you will be less than happy. Please see the map below for an alternate route.

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What We Provide

    1. Wort – CBC will be brewing wort for a Schwarzbier. The recipe can be found here.
    2. Water for chilling.

What You Provide

You will need to bring everything else. This includes but is not limited to:

    1. Hops
    2. Kettle
    3. Burner
    4. Propane Tank
    5. Wort Chiller
    6. Hose Splitters – We should have some however having more is always better.
    7. Folding Chair(s)
    8. Pop Up Tent – If it rains you have two options:
      1. Get your wort and take it home to boil.
      2. Have a pop up tent and brew underneath.
    9. Sanitizer
    10. Food
    11. Etc, etc

Anything you need to brew at home you will need to bring with the exception of equipment used to create your wort.


This year you are on your own for food. If people have portable grills that are used at tailgating events you are welcome to bring them.

Apr 23 14

May Meeting

by President


Monday, May 12th 2014


Elevator Brewing Company
165 N 4th Street
Downtown Columbus, OH

Note: This is NOT the restaurant but the brewery. The entrance is off of an alley/street called N. Lazelle St.


No food at the brewery however we encourage you to go to the Restaurant.
161 N High St
Columbus, OH 43215


  • Board Reports
  • Cocktails and Beer – Carey Hall
  • Hop Utilization (Tentative) – Frank Barickman

Club Competition

Beers 8% ABV and bigger. This again is a wide open category where the only criteria is that your beer needs to be 8% ABV or more.

The winner will receive a $25 gift certificate from Winemakers Shop.

Can’t see the form below? Click here!

Apr 21 14

Newsletter Sent

by Secretary

April’s newsletter was emailed to paid up members. If you did not get it, See you at the meeting tonight!