July 2018 BIER Minutes

7/11/2018 we had a good sized group, 15 of us, good for a Summer meeting.  Thanks to Jason & Kristen, Binghamton Brewing is a great venue for us, good beers, and pizza!   

Rich Andel                  Jim Burt                      Dave King (2)             Ron Roehr

Tom DeSantis             Kris Kinne                   Jason Gardner             Kristen Lyons

Joan King                    Jim Parks                    James Dunn                 Seth Weisel                

Dave Scheel                Steve Morrow             Chris Given                                                      

Who should we benefit for next year’s BIER Brew & Food Fest?  How’s Make a Wish, Chow?  Other suggestions?  We need someone who will help us, especially with advertising and getting food. 

Next year’s AHA National Convention will be in Providence, RI, about a 5 hr. drive for us, so let’s get a couple car loads going, we need 4 to 6 beers to serve at Club Night, decorations, costumes?  Don’t miss the biggest 3 days in Homebrewing, for the year! 

Deposit Lumberjack Festival, was July 21st.  More breweries this year, crowd in the Craft beer pavilion was light.

Belgium Comes to Cooperstown is Aug 3 - 4.  It sells out early. 

Rochester’s Flour City Brewers Fest is at the Public Market, Aug 17.

Galaxy is holding a Homebrew Contest, to decide who’s beer they’ll brew on their system, serve at Galaxy, and enter in the 2019 GABF Pro-Am, enter by Aug. 4.  See our Entry Form for details.

Madison Co. Hop Fest is Sept. 14 -16.  I’ll be giving an “Intro. to Homebrewing” talk, and we’ll have our usual BIER booth, which we could use your help with.  We’ll have reduced cost wrist bands for the Craft beer tent.

Sudsy Brews and Fiery Foods is in Sept., 1 to 5 pm.  Then there’s the 2018 GABF (Sept. 20 - 22). 

The Salt City (Syracuse) Brew contest is scheduled for 9/29/18 in Syracuse.  They’ll need Judges and Stewards, as well as entries.

Hops are growing like mad.  Mine are about 20 - 25’ high (as of July 24), and I’ve got lots of cones, most not mature, yet.  How are yours doing?   

Luke Fuller designed and made stickers and advertising cards for us.  You get 13 cards ($1 worth) with your 2018 – 2019 membership, which is $4.75, since the insurance has been increased to $3.75/member.  I need you to re-up by the August meeting, I got an extension on the application date.  If you’re interested in a 3” sticker, we got 100, about 50 left.  I need $1/ea. so get a bunch of them.  Thanks!


Jason gave us a sheet of pizza.  Our old Mom’s House tasting glasses are always nice and clean, thanks to Bing Brew, we couldn’t be taken care of any better, so stop by Bing Brew often, and send your friends.  

Kris Kinne & Joan Stewarded, thanks!  

Brew Tastings;

Seth – Czech Pils, with Saaz & Willamette hops, WLP802 yeast.  Dry, clean, noble, and light malt flavored, well bittered.  Great summer beer!

Jim Parks – Honey Crisp, from Crispin Cider Co., with honey, 6.5% ABV.  Dry, with a nice honey and apple flavor.

Jim Burt – Strata V2, Pale Ale, dry hopped with Strata hops, a new hop, “terpelicious flavor profile?”  Some CTZ hops, 7.5 oz. total hops, great aroma.

Ron – SeaQuench Ale, from Dogfish Head, sour, sort of Gose like, but lemon-lime soda flavored, with a tart finish.   

Seth – Brut IPA, with Lemon Drop, Calypso and local Cascade hops, dry, fruity, good bitterness.  A step mash and an enzyme addition dry it out, but not excessively.  7.2% ABV, it might be the next hot thing.  

Rich – Not So Hazy, double IPA, NE style, no oats, but Galaxy, Mosaic and Simcoe hops.  Better than the usual NE IPA, IMHO.

Dave King (2) – Robust Porter, the way the brewer likes it.  Some people would add more roast, others more malt body.  This is an example of why we Homebrew, to make beer the way we like it. 

Ron – Mel & Bubba Porter, longer than usual boil, sweet malty, no astringency.  Different than Dave’s, not better or worse, but a different interpretation.  Well crafted and very drinkable. 

Tom – Nut Brown, 9% ABV, with pistachios and all maple sap, malty, very nice.    

Dave Scheel & Steve – Imperial Stout, Yeti clone, 3rd time brewed, from 2016, 9.2% rye, good chocolate, coffee & umami flavors, very satisfying.    

Kris – Can Chino, similar to the all-grain Carmel Cappuccino Stout we enjoyed in May, but short cut, by using canned stout extract, no steeped grains.  Still very good.  Is the extra work of all-grain worth it?  Probably not. 

Jason – Barley Bon Fire, Roscoe Brewing, a big barrel aged barley wine from 2017.  Intense!


Another great summer meeting.  Lots of fine beers from our brewing members, well done!  See you August, 8th, at Binghamton Brewing!  Time to re-up, $4.75 for a year of BIER, and get some stickers.

Don’t forget to label your brews, and either send me your recipe, or drop off a copy at the meeting, my scanner works fine.  Thanks,    

              Dave King (2)