May 2015 BIER Minutes

5/13/2015 we had a small group at Brothers 2, with 15 of us, lots of brew talk and great beer. 

Jim Dabek                   Donna & Bernie Kordula        James Dunn                 Chris Given    

Jim Burt                      Pete Patton                              Roger Haggett            Bob Ciesla        

Chris Hritcko Dave King (2)                         Rich Andel                  Josh Sember     

Ray Corey                   Dave Russell               Ike Yochelson  

The week of our meeting was American Craft Beer DEK-Marty-TapNY2.jpgWeek, hope you hit our local breweries.  Bob brought us pop-corn, thanks. 

Tap NY was a blast at Hunter Mountain, April 23 & 24.  Your President helped Marty, his brother and a friend, pour 4 of his great beers.  Check out the video on the web site. 

Another Learn to Homebrew Day will be held May 17th, at Marty’s in Owego, which by the time of this writing, was history.  We had 11 students, with help from Ike & Ray.  Doc’s Homebrew contributed an American Pale Ale kit, so there was no cost to the students.  We accidently used too much water, so the O.G. was 1.044, not the planned 1.051.  It’s fermenting along, should be ready to taste late June.  

Summer Fests are coming up soon.  The NHC in San Diego, there’s still room (6/11 – 13), Syracuse’s Empire Brewfest is June 26 & 27, Nick Martenson, Jim & Emily Dabek, as well as a friend of Jim’s will be helping out.  Join us if you can, but let me know ahead, for free entry as a pouring volunteer, or maybe to work the Homebrew booth along with some folks from SCBC. 

Belgium Comes to Cooperstown is Aug 7 & 8.  It sells out early.  Rochester’s Flour City Brewers Fest is at the Public Market, Aug 21.  Madison Co. Hop Fest is 9/19.  Then there’s the GABF (Sept. 24 - 26).  Sudsy Brews and Fiery Foods is 10/3.   

Yuengling’s Ice Cream is a recent hit.  It was a product of Prohibition, was disbanded in 1985, but was brought back last year.

Hops are growing like mad.  Mine were about 5’ high the day before our May meeting.  They’re up to the roof now.  How are yours doing? 

Homebrew Tastings;      Ray Corey was our Steward, thanks, Ray!

Dave Russell – Cream Ale, Partial mash, malty, nice opener.  Great for those not into hops, right Dave? 

Bob – SMASH Alt, his 1st all-grain, with that Munich malt from John Bleichert at Water St. Brewing, and all Altanum hops.  Nice balance, well attenuated.  Very well crafted, tasty beer, congratulations, Bob, you’re definitely there!     

James Dunn – Vienna Lager, this season’s batch, similar to his award winner, wonderful malt flavors.  He’s played around with the proportions of Pilsner, Munich, and Vienna.  4, 3, and 5 lb. respectively, this time  Jim says malt freshness is key.  All Hallertau, WLP833 Bock yeast.

Ike – Flying Dog Pale Ale, nice drinkable, mild Cascade hop, classic American Pale Ale.  Inspiration for a Homebrew?

Jim Dabek – Citra Pale Ale, all-grain, 2/8/15 brew, 10°F that day.  Chinook for bittering, Citra dry hop, for the aroma so many of us crave.  Well done.                                                                                                                           

Josh – All Your Hops and Dreams IPA, 7 oz. of C hops in 5 gal., including Centennial, Citra and Simcoe.  Very flavorful.  Thanks, Josh!

Dave King (2) – Munich IPA, only John’s Munich malt, with 2% Acidulated malt, and 10% Cane Sugar, US-05, dried out OK.  Dry hopped with 2 oz. of Citra and 2 oz. of mystery hops in a 5 gal. keg for 4 days.  The consensus was that the mystery hops were CTZ.  Got me.

Jim Burt – Session IPA, lots of late hops, and new hops.  A little thin, we discussed raising the 145°F mash to 155°F for more body.  Otherwise, a very nice sessionable IPA. 

Donna & Bernie – Ginger Beer, from Caldera Brewing Co., nice ginger level, light, refreshing.  

Chris Hritcko – Heart of Lathian, Scottish 90 Shilling, very malty in the nose and taste.  Brought back from a New England trip.  Thanks, Chris!   

Rich, Jim, Jeff, Ike – Scottish 60, with oaked whisky, 1.5 shots per bomber.  The oak is so up front.

Roger – 2007 Chianti, port like, great red wine, thanks, Roger.  You are our wine guy!


Great beer, fun time.  Thanks to Fil for allowing us to meet at the Brothers 2, great place, great beer, great food.      

Don’t forget, if anyone wants to write a review of a pub, a brewery, trip, etc, please do so, and send a copy to Josh and Me.  We’ll get it on the web, you’ll be famous.  Next meeting is June, 10th at Brothers 2.         

              Dave King (2)