2017 Northeast Wisconsin Open Homebrew Competition Results

Here are the results from the competition at Lion’s Tail Brewing Co. in Neenah, WI.

Out of a total 68 entries these are the top 10. Congrats.

Upcoming events and News March 2017

We would like to wish everyone a SAFE and happy St. Patrick’s day.

Roar Off The Shore Brewfest is coming up in a couple of weeks, always a fun time there. Check here for details.

Our next club business meeting will be at Ned Kelly’s on Apr. 1st (not fooling about that). Time and address can be found here. Come on down and check out their new 100 tap system if you have not already. Rackers members receive a $2 discount on all tap beer (must show membership card for discount), there are some exceptions and they will be noted here.

Also, the Titletown Open is just over a month away. Entries must be received by April 20th at noon for all drop off locations. For the serious procrastinator, or the beer that needs just a little more time, walk in registration is available from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Titletown Taproom Friday, April 21st.

We have another member benefit! Head on over to https://foodvacbags.com/ to get your 5% discount on vacuum seal bags. They are great for storing hops, grains, and other brewing supplies long term.

From the email:

  • We have been in business for over 10 years
  • We carry three brands of vacuum sealer bags, plus our own. Our FoodVacBag brand is a fantastic value (savings of at least 60% over Foodsaver™ brand products)  and very high quality (read the 2,800 reviews)
  • Our bags work on any standard vacuum sealer machine – and we sell the sealer machines as well.
  • We always include free same-day shipping – no matter the order size
  • Our prices are low already, but we are happy to offer another 5% off to your home brew club members.

See this page for details.

35 Years!

35 Years of Homebrewing in Northeast Wisconsin!

While digging around in the archives this old graphic was unearthed.

The name may have been changed in the past but our little club has been in existence for the last 35 years.

That’s a pretty big deal!

Thanks to all the members, past and current, that have kept the club going and brought us to where we are today. Caps off to you! (Bottle caps that is.) Cheers!


Upcoming Events for February

We have a busy week ahead of us.

Registration for The 2017 Titletown Open begins Feb. 1st so make sure to get your entries ready.

You do have some time yet, so there is no need to panic. It looks like the entry deadline is April 21st.

The February business meeting is at The Titletown depot upstairs this Saturday Feb. 4th at 1p.m.

Check your email later this week, the location could change if the room is booked. I will try to keep this updated.

The Ingredient of the month is Oats, so make sure to bring your homemade beverage in which oats of some form were used.

As always, our business meetings are open to the public, so feel free to stop by and sample or just have a chat.

And finally, the Fon du Lac Brewfest is this Saturday Feb. 4th,  5 – 9p.m.

Some of our club members will be there to serve up some delicious homebrews, and I believe some are going solely to attend and sample the various options. If you must travel, a designated driver or a night at the inn is highly recommended.

2017 Rackers Wine Contest Results

The results are in!

Thanks to Duck Creek Winery for hosting the event.

Thanks to the judges as well, we couldn’t have done it without them.

And of course, thanks to Al Hendricks for putting the whole thing together.

Download link or click for full screen view. 2017 Wine Contest Results

Wine/Mead/Cider Competition 2017

Good luck to everyone that entered.

The competition is tomorrow, Saturday, Jan 14.


I hope those that wanted to got their entries in on time.

We will be posting results, a recap, and hopefully some pictures in the coming days.

And don’t forget, The Rackers Holiday/Festivus party is next weekend.

We look forward to seeing you all there.

End of Year News

Got quite a bit of stuff happening in a short time these next few weeks.

First off The January Club brew.
Fred Matzke will be kicking off 2017 with a brew at House of Homebrew on Tuesday, January 3rd. Starting around 4’oclock. Always a good brew day there! So get on down there and check it out.


Entry registration and drop off for the Annual Rackers Wine, Cider and Mead Contest 
 Ends Saturday January 7th
And the Judging is January 14th
So get your bottles over to the House Of Homebrew
(We have another little blurb with the entry form and other things, here and while your there, you can check out some of the newest, and ongoing changes to the Rackers.org site.)


Next up, The Rackers Holiday party!
January 21st 1pm at the usual venue.
Stay tuned for more details coming as we get closer to it!


Finally, upcoming brewfests..
Fon du lac is just a few weeks away in February, so those brewing can start getting their final touches on their brews.
But we still looking for a couple more brewers and for Roar on the Shore in March.
Lemme know if you want to brew


Looks like we will be busy!


Happy New Year!
Shawn Legare
Green Bay Rackers

2017 Wine Competition Update

Hey all,
A reminder about our upcoming Wine/Cider/Mead contest January 14.
-Drop off has already started at the House of Homebrew and runs till January 7th, so get your bottles in now!
-Please fill out the Entry Form and attach it, and your check/money order to your bottle(s) with a rubber band. (using a ziploc bag for the paperwork is a good idea)
-Complete rules and entry info can be found here.. http://titletownopenhomebrewcontest.info/index.php/wine-mead-cider-contest
– Good luck to all!
Thanks a lot, and get those entries in (Al is getting nervous)
Shawn Legare

Green Bay Rackers!

Recap of Meeting 2016-12-03

A short re-cap of Saturdays meeting at Titletown.
-Still looking for Brewers for Roar on the Shore. This is not until end of March so plenty of time, but keep it in mind.
-Still looking for a pourer or two for Fon du lac Feb 4th.
-Looks like we have enough interest in the Wausau Bull Falls Golden Growler “contest” So.. Make your best Double IPA and bring them to the APRIL meeting where we will select our best 3 and get them sent off to the finals.
-Xmas Party tentatively planned for Jan 21, but could not secure final approval just yet.
The Rackers Wine Cider and Mead contest is will be happening January 14th. Sign up can be found at http://titletownopenhomebrewcontest.info/index.php/wine-mead-cider-contest
and entries should be dropped off at The House of Homebrew (410 Dousman St. Green Bay)
– House of Homebrew is Looking for a few brave souls to bring a keg of beer to be put on tap for the December 16th Wine Walk, And maybe hang out and talk some brewing and homebrews with everyone.
– And finally, election results
After several grueling seconds, the officers elected were….
President- Shawn Legare
Vice President- John Parsons
Treasurer- Theresa Slavek
Secretary- Paul Chambers
Congrats all!
And of course if there are any questions about any of this you can reply right here.
Shawn Legare
Green Bay Rackers.

Welcome to the new site!

After much procrastination I have finally pulled the trigger.

We are starting fresh here so please bear with me, it will take a little while to get this site populated with our content.

I decided to go with WordPress, it just seems a bit more user friendly to me.

I have cleared everything out for security reasons but we do have a backup of the old site so if there is anything you want to see on this site as well please let me know and I will do my best to get it on here.

For the foreseeable future, the site will not be open for signup. If you are a club member and would like to contribute content or comment on posts or pages please email me at webmaster@rackers.org and I will get you set up.

Everyone will have to create a new account if you want to post articles or comment on others articles.

Until I can get a proper link put in, here is a link to the Can I Mash it? calculators.

You can bookmark that as a permanent link. I will not be moving that page.

Edit: The calcs are there, just need to scroll down a bit to get to them. I will have to look at that code to see what is going on.