February 2019

Meeting Tasting Style

Scottish and Irish Ales

The AHA has published some great recipes for these styles here.

Brewing Trivia

True or False:

Miller Lite is brewed with corn syrup (gasp!) and hop extract.

Brewing Terms

Acetaldehyde -

Green apple aroma, a byproduct of fermentation.

Adjunct -

Fermentable material used as a substitute for traditional grains, to make beer lighter-bodied or cheaper.

Astringent -

A drying, puckering taste; tannic; can be derived from boiling the grains, long mashes, over sparging or sparging with hard water.

Past Events

MEGA Hair of the Dog Party

January 12


Upcoming Events

Shelf Ice Brew Fest

February 16 12-5p CST

Michigan City, IN

Next Official Meeting is Sunday, February 10, 2019

2:00 pm

Crooked Ewe Brewery & Ale House, South Bend

Tasting Styles: Scottish and Irish Ales


Meeting Reminder - Consume Responsibly!

Just a reminder that the purpose of our club is to share ideas and homebrews with the goal of improving our own beers and advancing the hobby of homebrewing.  During meetings, please make sure to serve yourselves the proper volume. Drinking plenty of water and consuming food (reminder that we can order food in the private room) will help.  


Meeting Agenda

  1. Education Topic: This month a representative from South Bend's "Best Week Ever" will join us to discuss possible MEGA involvement with this year's event, scheduled for early June. Each year, Best Week Ever brings a vibrant mix of extraordinary things that take place all over our community, sometimes in unlikely places. From fireworks shows and community parades to outdoor concerts, there will be a variety of opportunities to experience new ideas, and concepts from a variety of events, smaller experiences, and exciting promotions happening throughout the week.

  1. News: Old Business and New Business

  1. Feedback Tasting of Homebrews


Club News

Membership Dues - 2019 MEGA membership dues are $25 for an individual or $35 for a family. You can join or renew your membership with any MEGA officer at a club meeting or on the website by clicking the PayPal option on the About Us page. Your dues are an important source of revenue that allows the club to participate in events and bring the joy of homebrewing to those who may not otherwise experience it.

Shelf Ice Brew Fest - This year's Shelf Ice Brew Fest will take place on Saturday, February 16 in Michigan City from noon (VIP entrance) until 5p CST. MEGA will have a booth and will be pouring homebrew. Our sign-up sheet is linked in the Club-Only Events/Competitions section of the MEGA website forum. If you don't have beer to donate but would still like to volunteer, please contact festival coordinator Anna Radtke (radtkeanna [at] gmail.com) and let her know. You must have a valid Indiana pouring permit in order to pour beer, but the festival may also be in need of non-pourer volunteers for other positions.

MEGA Barrel Project - We are in the early stages of planning another barrel project. Stay tuned for details!


The Event Formerly Known as Mayfest - MEGA has a unique opportunity to take over the planning and logistics of the beer festival formerly known as Mayfest, then Mishawaka Festival of Beers.  We need to make a decision on this soon to make plans for the 2019 festival.                


Join the AHA - If you are a serious homebrewer and not yet a member of the American Homebrewers Association, you should consider becoming one!  Enjoy AHA Member Deals at over a thousand participating locations including breweries, pubs, restaurants, homebrew supply shops and more!  Enjoy six issues per year of Zymurgy, the longest-running homebrew magazine, delivered straight to your door. Membership allows you to participate in exclusive events including Homebrew Con, National Homebrew Competition, AHA Rallies and more.  To join, click on the banner at the bottom of the MEGA homepage or CLICK HERE!


Add Your Homebrew Club to Your AHA Member Profile - If you are a member of the AHA, please add MEGA as your homebrew club.  This will help the club with the rollout of the new club insurance premium reimbursement plan.


MEGA Work Shirts - MEGA ordered more of the popular MEGA Work Shirt! These shirts are great to wear at events or just to represent MEGA during your brew day.  The work shirts are Dickies-branded short sleeve blended material (65% polyester/35% cotton, Moisture-Wicking). Color is charcoal with gold and white MEGA logo on left chest and large on Back.  Shirts ar $35. Check with the club for available sizes.


MEGA Sample Glasses - MEGA received the sample glasses that were ordered.  Those who already pre-ordered should get their glasses at the next few meetings and any remaining glasses will be available for members and sold at events.  If you are interested in getting some sample glasses, speak up at a meeting or other MEGA event. They are $525 for members and $6.00 for non-members.


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