October 2018 BIER Meeting

October 10, 2018


15 of us met for a Fall celebration of Homebrewing.




            Dave King (2)             Kris Kinne                   Joan King                    James Dunn

            Matt Farrell                 Kristen Lyons             Steve Morrow             David Katleski

            Tom DeSantis Jason Gardner Dave Scheel                Chris Given

            Rich Andel                  Bernie & Donna Kordula




Kevin’s, Doc’s, pallet of malt is in, so we can pick up our bags.  

Rich is handling our 2018 hop order with Hop Heaven (Ted Hausotter), for fresh fall Oregon hops.  It was sent in 10/12/18, with delivery expected in Dec. or so.

David Katleski joined us, he’s the Founder & President of Empire Brewing, he also founded and is President of the NY State Brewers Association.  The Armory Square Brewpub in Syracuse and the Empire Farm Brewery in Cazenovia are both good places to visit, enjoy the great beers and have a wonderful meal.    

Knickerbocker Battle of the Brews, The deadline to register your beer was 10/13/18.  Entries have to be received by 10/19 at Racing City Brewing.  Check the competition website for all the details.  They will be judging over two weekends, 10/27-28, and 11/2-3.  They are averaging about 150 entries this year.  Odds are in your favor and they have a good bunch of prizes.   They also need your help, judging and stewarding. You can sign up at the contest link. 

Learn to Homebrew Day, is Nov. 3rd.  Anyone want to lead a brew to show newbies how?  We may be able to get you a location, like Doc’s or one of our Craft Breweries to host it. 

New York Craft Brewers Festival is Nov. 17.  Over 60 Breweries, and lots of food included for $50, on-line, in Syracuse at the Landmark Theatre.  5 to 8 pm.  This is put on by the NY State Brewers Association, should be a lot of brewers there.  Apparently, there was one June 10th, too.  


Seneca Lodge is having their annual Beer Fest Nov. 30 ($45) & Dec. 1 ($50).  Call 607-535-2014 and reserve your tickets and or rooms.   

We will be doing a bus Beer Tour, mid Jan., probably the 12th.  Coachmaster should cost around $35/ea., depending upon how full the bus is.  We went West last year, North to some new breweries this time, but probably including Empire, since they do a wonderful tour, treat us so well, and it’s a good lunch stop.    

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!  

SUNY Binghamton supposedly will be doing brewing courses, and will have a pilot system.  More on that, as we find out what’s up. 


Donna & Bernie did the Stewarding, and Bob brought popcorn.  Kristen & Jason provided a big sheet pizza, too.  Thanks!


Our Beers;    


Kris – Spiced Melomel, nice mead with orange zest & spices, 15% ABV, made with Lalvin 71B yeast and staggered yeast nutrient additions.  It was really clear, sweet, and scrumptious!


Tom – Pumpkin Cider from Rumspringa, Lancaster County, PA. nice and clear, sweet, with a good apple favor, light on any spice or pumpkin flavors.           


Dave & Steven – Bringing in The Sheaves, Wheat Wine, BIAB, 1.084 to 1.016 = 9.0%, very nice flavor, light on hops.  BYW, Steven built his own grain mill, amazing!    


Bob – Blonde Saison, made on his Brew Master, Robobrew.  Good brew, not much Saison yeast ester flavors, probably due to a cool fermentation.  We said it is a “dirty blonde,” probably darkened by the brown sugar, so what, it tasted very good.  Thanks, Bob. 


Rich – Hazy IPA, with mostly Mosaic & Galaxy hops, nice grapefruit flavor, high mash temp., low O2 process.  Rich used a blend of 3 dry yeasts, US-04, Saison and Belgian.  Good hop flavor and aroma, a good example of a NE IPA. 


Tom – Founders Barrel Runner,   Mosaic hopped, 11.1% ABV, rum barrel aged.  It’s big hop and woody flavors blend nicely in this big IIPA. 


Dave King (2) – Robust Porter, could use more body and Crystal malt flavor.  Some tasted oak, none used, so where did that flavor come from, roasted malts? 

Good meeting, very good brews. 

Bring your latest Homebrews next time (with recipes, or send them), and we’ll give them a try.  See you November, 14th.   

     Dave King (2)