Competition Update

Commander Saaz

Entry for Commander Saaz ends August 21st. It is important to make sure your entries are paid for, categorized, and named before midnight on the 21st when entry closes.

Entries must be delivered to Rapp Brewing for transport to the space coast by August 23rd. It is HIGHLY recommended that you contribute money with your entries to cover the cost of gas, time and effort to transport your entries. You can leave money with your entries or paypal Robert Bandl at

2017 PUBguild Intraclub Finale

For our final intraclub competition will open the field up to any style beer, cider and mead. Any paid member who enters will receive 1 paid entry for Best Florida Beer. Forward your BFB pay-pal email receipt to for reimbursement after the September meeting.

  • 1st Place – 32oz Growler and fill of any beer on tap from Rapp Brewing & PUBguild Taster
  • 2nd Place – 7″ x 5″ RARE Vinyl/Weatherproof PUBguild Diecut Crest Sticker
  • 3rd Place – TBHI 16oz can glass

Best Florida Beer

Registration for the Best Florida Beer homebrew competition is now open. Cost is $8 per entry. The entry limit is unlimited but limited to 2 entries per subcategory per circuit rules.

Entry Dates

  • Entry Submissions Open – 8/13/17
  • Entry Submissions Close – 9/13/17
  • Entry Delivery Deadline – 9/13/17

Judging Dates

Judging will take place the following dates with morning session starting at 8am and afternoon sessions beginning at 1pm. Please register in REGGIE so they can award you any points earned.

  • September 23rd, 24th and 30th
  • October 1st and 7th
Awards Dinner
The Best Florida Beer Homebrew awards and dinner will be at 81Bay October 7th at 6pm. Click here for more details.

June Wrap Up


2017 – 2018 Membership Renewals

All current memberships expire July 1. In order to renew or join the guild you may use the PayPal buttons below or pay with cash at the July 8th Meeting. Please bring your current membership card to be validated or pick up any new membership cards at the meeting.

Full Year Single Membership $25.00 (Expires July 1, 2018)

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Full Year Family Membership $40.00 (Expires July 1, 2018)

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2017 – 2018 Leadership Core

After nominations we performed a quick yay or nay vote to approve the nominees since we had just one per role. The vote was successful and our leadership core is set for the coming year. During the next vote in 2018 the Events Coordinator / “President” and Treasurer position will be available due to term limits. If you are interested in ether position members in good standing should feel free to get involved by assisting with either duty. This will prepare you to hold one of these fun, exciting and important positions.

Events Coordinator / “President” – Paul Sorice
Treasurer – Robert Bandl
Marketing – Lisa Bandl
Secretary – Bob Walker
Competition Coordinator – Chris Mc

Intraclub Competition

We judged all of the Pale Commonwealth style beers this past month as our educational topic. One of our goals was to encourage exploration of uncommon styles and for members to enter the beers in BJCP competition. The results are as follows.

  • 1st Steve Wilson – Australian Sparkling
  • 2nd – Mike Masut – IPA
  • 3rd- Paul Sorice – Australian Sparkling

NHC Update

Chris McAlexander won a gold medal for his Cantaloupe Mead in the National Homebrew competition!

Sunshine Challenge Update

Unfortunately Sunshine Challenge judging was roughly 1/2 completed as of the Awards Brunch. Some results were announced but because we feel that Gold medal winners should not have been announced prior to BOS judging we will not be posting any of the current results until the competition is complete. Medals received will be presented at our July 8th meeting.

Central Florida Homebrewers announced at the brunch that they hope to have final results in about 2 weeks time. We are awaiting a new judging schedule and plan so we can offer assistance or at least get the word out to BJCP judges.

Serving and Fellowship

PUBuild joined the Suncoast Barley Mashers and Special Hopperations at Vetterbrew to serve up a plethora of sour beers. Everything served was simply amazing and we wish we could have shared this great beer sooner.

May Update

Education & Competition

Reminder to all entries for Sunshine Challenge and Lizard Cup need to be at Rapp by the end of business day Wednesday May 24th. Paul Sorice will be running the entries to Orlando so be sure to leave compensation with your entries or pay pal for good karma.

Our first intraclub competition BJCP category 12. PALE COMMONWEALTH BEER entries will be judged at the June meeting as our educational topic. First place winner will receive a 32oz growler of Rapp beer and the top 3 beers will receive a paid entry into an upcoming competition.  More details to come.

Our educational topic this month was presented by President Paul Sorice. He covered the the various wood aging products available to homebrewers and offered some suggestions on how and when to use them. View the powerpoint here.

Our June brew day has been cancelled in favor of a short break.  We will be hosting a few maker events over the hot summer months which might included build your own hop spider and another to build a keg /carboy washer. We are looking to host our next brew day in September.

Promotions & Equipment

New business cards are here. We will have a few in he Rapp tasting room.

All shirts are here. Any shirts you may have requested will need to be purchased by the end of the August meeting. Any requested shirts or work shirts not purchased by the end of the August meeting will no longer be reserved and be available to the entire membership.

Cueni Brewing Co. is now offering $1 off your first pint in the tasting room.

For a limited time Hi-Fi Homebrew and BBQ is offering a free 8oz pour of Grindhaus Brew Lab beer with purchase of homebrew supplies.

Vetterbrew has partnered with Cigar City and Green Bench to offer Pilot This 2.0. Its a kit based homebrew competition with the grand prize of brewing your beer at Green Bench. Please be aware you will want to have a set of sour only equipment or plan to get some since this competition will require the use of Brettanomycies.

Our club jockey boxes have been refitted into the RTIC coolers. We still have one of the old milk boxes available $20 to anyone who is looking for a drilled shell for a jockey box or storage bin.

Serving & Charity

Big thanks to all of our brewers who served at Bad A** beer festival to benefit Ocean Media Institute and St. Pete Beach Beer Fest to benefit local education. We had a serious awesome selection of beers that kept patrons coming back for more. Also Chris Mc took home first place in the St. Pete Beach Beer Fest keg competition!


May 7th Brew Day at Rapp Brewing


Don’t forget that we have a brew day coming up the first Sunday in May. We will be in the Parking lot of Rapp Brewing on May 7th beginning at 9am. You can just come out but we would appreciate if you RSVP by emailing so we plan our setup for that day.

What is provided?

  • Filtered preheated Pinellas County water.
    (be sure to have campden tablets to treat for chlorine / chlorimide especially during this water cycle.)

What you should bring

  • Full Propane Tank
  • All ingredients including malt & hops
  • All necessary equipment to heat, mash, boil and chill your beer
  • A carboy with airlock
  • RO water (optional)
  • A quick shade and a comfy outdoor chair if you have them.
  • You probably will want to leave yeast and starters at home so you can pitch when your are sure your wort pitch temperature is stable

Images from our Stilthouse Brewday last month