April 2017 BIER Minutes

April 12, 2017

Nice warm Spring day, 20 attending, with lots of Homebrews to sample.  This was our 2nd meeting at Binghamton Brewing, and it was great.  Kristen and Jason provided us with lots of pizza and some salads.  What great hosts! 

Dick Tuthill    Chris Given                Jim Burt                      Anna Caron (& Barley)

Tom Owens    Dave Russell  Donna Kordula           Steven Morrow          

Dave Scheel    header photoBernie Kordula           Bob Ciesla                  Dave King (2) 

Rich Andel      Tom DeSantis             Kris Kinne                  Adam Hawley   

James Dunn    Jim Dabek                   Joan King                    Christopher Hritcko                    

Beer News;

Dave forgot his news notes, so the news was by memory, not much (big applaud).   Here’s what was to be presented, and even more detail.  Thanks for running the last 2 meetings, Rich. 

Florida Winter Update, from your President

The annual Vero Beach Craft Brew & Wingfest went well, Treasure Coast BrewMasters served 5 kegs of Homebrew, there were thousands of attendees, it’s a huge event.  My Dad’s Brown Ale keg was one of the 1st to blow. 

TCBM-Logo.jpgPete Hibberd, a fellow Treasure Coast BrewMaster member and good friend, invited Dave to brew with him, so we made a Florida version of a Red Rye IPA, “Rye’valry Red IPA,” in celebration of the Pitt – Penn State rivalry.  He graduated from the former, and I’m from the latter.  Pete has a hop spider, worked great.

Dave put on a Brewing Water Adjustment Class for TCBM, again this winter, which was very well received.  About 2 dozen water samples were tested.  Sailfish is using EZ_Water_Calculator to adjust their brewing water on their new 20 bbl system.  Their new location is much bigger, and they’re having trouble brewing enough beer for the demand.  We visited several other local breweries, there were about 4 new local ones in a year, amazing.

Kevin Winters is giving us a 10% discount at Doc’s Homebrew,  please go there for as much as possible, it helps us all.  The more we use Doc’s, the fresher everything will be.  If there’s something you want, and he doesn’t have it, he may be able to get it, so just ask him. 

http://www.tap-ny.com/images/header_logo.jpgTap NY should be a blast at Hunter Mountain, April 29 & 30.  I’ve got a conflict, can’t make it this year.

May 6 is the UNYHA (Rochester club) Homebrew Contest.  Jim Burt is entered, anyone else?

May 6 is also the AHA Big Brew Day, and Kristen wants to do it here at Binghamton Brewing.  Kevin, Owner of Doc’s wants to help.  2,363 batches were brewed last year.  Let’s help get it to a new record.                                

Mom’s House Beer and Food Fest, is May 11th.  We’re filled up with 22 Homebrewers & 28 brews entered.  2 sets of prizes will be awarded, 7+ Restaurants will be serving food samples, and our 5 local Craft Breweries will be serving samples, too.  It’s just $25/ea on-line, $30 at the door.

American Craft Beer Week, is May 15 to 21, enjoy our local breweries.

Syracuse’s Empire Brewfest is June 10 & 11, a few days before the NHC. 

The 2017 National Homebrew Convention is in Minneapolis, Minn., there’s still room (It’s June 15 - 17), a good many of us are going, a few from TCBM, and a few others from UNYHA & ABC.  We’ll be doing a tour of some local Breweries and Brew Pubs on that Wed.  Thurs. is the 2nd round judging, start of the Seminars, and Thurs. evening will be a great Brew Fest, with many local breweries serving their best.  Friday will bring more Seminars, and Club Night, the undisputed best part of it all.  Saturday will hold more Seminars, and culminate with another big party.  

UNYHA Camp Out will be in June, at Craig Zufelt’s house.  This is always a good time.  Come for the day, or camp overnight.  Last year they had a Stein Brew, hard to tell what’s up this time.

Rochester’s Flour City Brewers Fest is at the Public Market, Aug 18.  Madison Co. Hop Fest is 9/16.  Sudsy Brews and Fiery Foods is 9/23.  Then there’s the GABF (Oct. 5-7). 

Homebrew Tastings;      Bernie was our Steward, thanks!

Dave Russell – Oat Beer, partial mash with malted oats no barley, and ½ lb. rice hulls, but there are hulls on malted oats, it came out very well, nice malt flavor.  Thanks for sharing it with us. 

James Dunn – Brown Bear Dunkel,  a Munich Dunkel, all Munich malts, except 1 oz. of Black Wheat, Mt. Hood hops, & WLP833 German Bock Lager Yeast.  Fermented at 45°F and raised to <50°F.  Another very nice clean, malty, lager from James.  If you want to know about how to do a lager, ask James.   

Anna – Energizer Bunny, an English Brown Ale,  4.5% ABV, a great 1st offering from our new Lady Brewer, well done, Anna, you’ve it figured out.  

Jim Dabek  Coconut Brown, Kona Brewing’s Koko Brown clone, 5.5% ABV, 30 IBU, with toasted coconut, nice light brown flavor, well balanced with the coconut, very nice.

Kristen – Susan Bees, just bottled this day of our meeting.  A fine, big 11.5% ABV beer, celebrating 100 years of Women’s suffrage.            

Steve Morrow & Dave Scheel   Dutch Oven Oatmeal Stout, nicely to style, carbonated in a 2 liter bottle. 

Tom Owens – IPL, New England IPA style.  Clean, with a dank hop flavor from late hopping with Citra & Mandarina Bavaria. 

Tom Desantis Maple Hefeweizen, used maple sap for all his water, from Kris Kinne, with 2 cups maple syrup (~38:1 sap to syrup), for 5.3% ABV, 5 gal., with 3 lb. of WSB’s finely ground wheat malt, and dry hopped with Simcoe, Amarillo and Cascade.  It dried out nicely, with age in the bottle.

Dave King (2) – Rye’valry Red IPA, brewed with Pete in Florida, as noted above.  Maris Otter, 20% Rye, Pete’s RO with added salts, Centennial, Citra, & Simcoe dry hopped.  Pete got a big slurry of yeast from a local brewery.  The name change, dry hops, yeast & water salts didn’t make it into this recipe print.   

Adam – IPA, 3 mo. old, still in nice shape. 

Steve Morrow & Dave Scheel   Bonnie Las, Red IPA, an Irish Red ale with tons of hops added (Magnum, Chinook, & Cascade), US-05 for 1.061 to 1.010.

Rich – Tan IPA, 2 batches of 2.5 gal.. from the PicoBrew, cloudy, with Citra & CTZ, 7 % ABV, with oats & wheat, great hoppy NE style IPA.

BernieFresh Squished IPA, Midwest extract kit, $20 special, a really good deal for a fine beer! 

Jim Burt – After the Rye, Black IPA, BIAB, with Polaris hops, 1.062 – 1.016.  Good light roast character, and Jim’s normal big hop presence.

RichWaldo’s Special Ale, Lagunitas, 11.9% ABV, hoppy, dank.  This is an extreme hop bomb.

Bob – Coconut Porter, 5.25% ABV, complicated, check the recipe, but it’s got a great level of coconut and roasty flavor.

JasonThai Chili Wahoo, from Ballast Point, woo, spicy!

Adam – Cider, apple juice with added DME, nice apple flavor and a little sweetness, very well done.


Great beer, fun time.  Thanks to Fil for allowing us to meet at the Brothers 2, for so long, but now we’re at Binghamton Brewing, and we’ll try Galaxy next month.      

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, and you’ll be famous. 

Next meeting is May, 10th   at Galaxy.  Parking in the Boscov’s parking garage is probably best, no charge.          

              Dave King (2)