Jan. 11, 2017
A new year, more good brew. We had a good turnout, 18 of us on a temperate night at Brothers 2, and we enjoyed some good discussions and tastings.
James Dunn Bernie & Donna Kordula Chris
Chris Cyr Dave & Joan King Chris Given Dick Tuthill
Anna Caron Dave Scheel Steve Morrow Lisa Marie Fuller
Jim Burt Gordon Dusinberre Tom DeSantis Adam Hawley
Rich got our hops from Hop Heaven. Thanks for leading this for us, Rich.
Adam brought in and gave away some NHC free dry yeast packets. They were kept cool, thanks, Adam.
We did the Brewery Bus Trip, Jan 14th, went North to 5 breweries this time, 2 of them were on the Passport, but we got lots of good deals. The 30 passenger bus was full. 7 of us hit Binghamton Brewing afterward, too. Empire was the high point, but the others were very good, as well.
The 2017 AHA National Homebrewers Conference is June 15-17, in Minneapolis. Don Zwach (our B’more BIER member) and I will be there. It’s the best beer event of the year, and you’ll at least see most of the Rock Stars of Homebrewing, and meet a few of them. No BIER booth this year, too far to ship kegs. Join us!
The window to apply in the 2017 National Homebrew Competition opens January
30 through February 5.
The time or date you submit an application has no influence on acceptance of
entries into the competition.
Though the competition has limited capacity and is more popular than ever (3,400 entrants last year!), we expect that nearly everyone who wants to enter will be able to do so. To maximize your chances, be sure to select multiple judge locations when you apply.
The Mom’s House Beer Fest will be held again May 11 at the Endicott Visitor’s Center. We’ll be looking for contest entries soon. There should be some very good prizes.
Roberson's Food, Wine, & Beer will be in early April
Sudsy Brews & Fiery Foods is scheduled for Sept. 23rd. Expect much better food.
Has anyone bought a BIER logo mug or stein? They’re still available, along with tee shirts, etc. I use my mug, and the logo is well buried in the finish, so it should last a long time.
Bernie was our Beer Steward, and Bob brought snacks, thanks!
On to the beer.
· Bob – American Amber Ale, some made with lots of “C” hops and some of that free 60L we got from Water St., and ¾ tbsp of orange zest, 6.3% ABV. Very nice, tasty, malty ale, with a good crystal malt and hops flavor. The citrus flavor was light, about 4x the amount of zest was suggested.
· Dave King (2) – Wheat IPA & Dad’s Brown Ale Blend, due to the 2 kegs getting low, limited refridgerator space, and equal amounts of both tasted decent, It was dry hopped with Columbus hops . Made with Marty’s 2 row malt, 10% rye, 20% wheat.
· Jim Burt – EBIAB Pale Ale, 1st beer from Jim’s new electric Brew In a Bag setup. A very nice, drinkable Pale Ale, no defects, the system is proven! Brad Smith recently made the same change from gas to electric, and is working on his steam only, venting system. Jim has a nice big homemade hood with an exhaust fan. You guys need to compare notes.
· Tom DeSantis – Nut Brown IPA, combined recipes, sort of like that beer from Dave King, but the combination was done up front, in this case. Worked nicely.
· Steve Morrow and Dave Scheel – Susquehanna Sasquatch Russian Imperial Stout, a big RIS, similar to Yeti, hence, the name. Rye, flaked wheat and lots of hops. 9.2% ABV, with great dark and roast malt flavors. Brewed last June, aging well.
· Dick – Harpoon UFO, an American version of a Belgian Wit.
· James Dunn –Bièrea Christmas present, thanks for sharing it, James. His Son-In-Law is a Brewer at The Commons, in Portland OR, where this beer is crafted on their 15 bbl system. It’s bottle conditioned, with lots of carbonation, and a big complex malt flavor.
· Adam – Beer/Cider, quick brew, combination of cider and malt, fermented with Fermentis Cider yeast. Not too dry, good apple flavor. Fermentation was stopped with Campden tablets, and force carbonated.