IS THE BREWTUBERS HOMEBREW CLUB THE SAME AS A CLUB WHERE YOU MEET IN PERSON?
Yes and no.
Yes! – We do meet in person, however it is usually in the form of what we call “A Homebrew Homecoming.” This consists of the group of interested individuals coordinating a destination, date, and accommodations (hotel, travel, etc.) that generally results in a mini vacation of 2-3 days, generally over the course of a weekend. For example, the last Homebrew Homecoming was in SJ Porrs neck of the woods; Philadelphia, PA. You can actually visit his page as well as others like Josh Hoover (ManBearPig1122334455) and Clements Homebrew to see footage! Aside from the Homebrew Homecomings, we also meet as a group at the National Homebrew Convention (NHC). For example, in 2019 we had a booth at Club Night where we poured our beers for the first time as a club. Much like the Homebrew Homecomings, those Brewtubers in the club that document things on YouTube will record their experience and post it for all to see!
No – We don’t meet in person on specified weeks/months/etc, but we typically meet on group video chats utilizing platforms such as WhatsApp, Google Chat, and Skype. Because of the limits on how many people can be in a group chat as well as availability of our members varying, we typically meet in different, smaller groups, at different times. Generally someone will be recording the video to post for other members that couldn’t attend as well as people interested in BrewTubing. We leave it up to personal Brewtuber member autonomy to text the group of Brewtubers (we have group chats on WhatsApp, Facebook etc.) to suggest a meeting, whether digitally or in person, and request that someone record it for all to see. We don’t currently have a set day or annual structure for meetings but if the group were big enough to meet on a consistent basis, we’re open to exploring paying for options that wouldn’t limit us to a certain number of members per meeting.
AS A BREWTUBER HOW CAN I SHOW PEOPLE I AM A MEMBER OF A HOMEBREWCLUB?
A few different ways! Firstly, if you’re a YouTube Brewtuber, visit our “Media” page under the “More Stuff” tab on the homepage. You can download the video and chop it up as you see fit, if you right click on the images select save as, then you can save a copy to your computer. Display Brewtubers logo as well as a video to put in the beginning, middle, or end of your videos!
– Camera shy but still want to show people? Tag us in your Twitter bio @Brewtubers!
ARE THERE WEEKLY/BI-WEEKLY/MONTHLY/ OR SEASONAL MEETINGS?
Yes! See FAQ above, there are over 300 members who call themselves Brewtubers on this side of the globe, and a separate group in Europe with a much larger audience. This is needed due to the vast time differences. With those large numbers, we need smaller separate groups to conduct micro meetings and post the video content for all to see. We currently do not have official schedules as they are ADHOC based on time, availability, and a member taking the initiative to set up a group video chat.
ARE EVERYONE WHO POSTS VIDEOS ON YOUTUBE & OTHER SITES BREWTUBERS?
No! Unfortunately we’ve had other groups of people claim they’re Brewtubers, but we’re the only ones that have the official name licensed in the United States and registered as an official Homebrew Club with the AHA! We’re the original Brewtubers.
IS THERE A COST OR DUES TO BE PAID?
No – As of right now, we don’t have a cost structure. We’re in the process of working out yearly dues where members receive welcome gifts such as a Brewtubers bottle opener. Additionally, dues can cover digital meeting hosts and sponsorships such as the SJ Porr Challenge. We’ve had dues in the past but have suspended them as the global community was not able to benefit in he same manner as the U.S. and Canada. We’re looking to make changes to that aspect this year. You can donate to Brewtubers now!
HOW DOES THE SITE PAY FOR HOSTING AND WEB PRODUCTS?
Currently, we are 100% volunteer based in regards to website management and man power. However, we depend on donations and sales of Brewtuber merchandise in our store to fund non-volunteer website purchases such as the domain name,Hosting, security costs, etc. Currently, we’re looking at the possibility of adding sponsorship to our funding source that which will enable you as a Brewtuber to receive free products to demonstrate for an exchange of advertising support on the Brewtubers website and social media accounts such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
IS BREWTUBERS A NON-PROFIT OR A FOR PROFIT?
Brewtubers is a not for profit club. If the club has money left over, it’s used as sponsorship of beer experiments or the SJ Porr Challenge. The website and social media accounts are managed by fellow Brewtubers who volunteer their time. We’re similar to every other homebrew club in the sense that the core of people, its’ volunteers helping to keep Brewtubers running. Some of the core people come and go based on family and life obligations, dedication to the hobby, and other external factors, as with any other Home Brew club.
ARE THERE EDUCATIONAL COMPONENTS TO THE CLUB LIKE THERE ARE WITH IN-PERSON CLUBS?
Yes, we do experiments! Instead of boring one another with a digital meeting where someone creates a PowerPoint presentation, a club member will run what we call an experiment where other members of the club sign up (we ask for no more than 12 to keep it manageable for the hub) to brew one recipe that the club member running the experiment decides on, keeping everything same except for one variable: a grain, yeast, water profile or hop(s). These challenges enable a group of 12 to select the same recipe and change only one item based on the experiment selected, at which point the beers are shipped by each individual homebrewer to the coordinator (or hub) who then sends one of each of those beers back to you for review. These experiments are fun, enlightening, and a lot is learned from each one! As of right now, at least until we create a form of dues, each club member taking part in the challenge is responsible for shipping to the hub and receiving beer back. Those in the club that chronicle their experiences on YouTube will review some or all of the beers on camera. Additionally, the educational component comes in the form of why we’re named Brewtubers; there’s plenty of free learning that’s done in the members’ video blog on YouTube! Videos are created, ideas related to brewing and the process are discussed, and much is learned. To get an idea of what we mean, Search “Dual Grain Triple Play Hop Challenge” on YouTube where a group of Brewtubers recently took part in a hop challenge, brewing a beer keeping the grist and yeast the same, only changing the hops. If you’re looking for additional examples, YouTube search “yeast, grain, or hop challenge” individually.
DO I HAVE TO MAKE VIDEOS TO BE IN THE CLUB?
No, you don’t! We do ask that you at least participate in some activity, whether it’s commenting on videos on YouTube or the links on Facebook, group chats on WhatsApp! and Facebook, attending group get together both digitally or in person, or creating an account on the Brewtubers website and posting and responding to the Brewery (forum). Additionally, follow us on Twitter and Facebook, and ask to be added to the Brewtubers group page. Of course we welcome you to be more involved in other facets of the club, such as posting videos, commenting on videos, donating to the website, and entering into competitions either locally or nationally as Brewtubers Online Homebrew Club being your club name.
IS BREWTUBERS A REGISTERED/OFFICIAL HOME BREW CLUB?
Yes, Brewtubers Online Hombrew Club is officially listed on the American Homebrewing Associations website.