September 2018 BIER Meeting

September 12, 2018

Present were:

Bernie Kordula           Donna Kordula           Kris Kinne                   Jim Burt

Kristen Lyons Tom DeSantis             David Battisti             Jason Gardner

Dave King (2)             James Dunn                 Jeff Culver                  David Clark 

Joan King                    Dave Scheel                Steven Morrow           Bob Ciesla                              

                                                                                                                        16 of us          

News & Discussion: 

Josh Sember has been doing a great job of keeping our web site up to date;  Thanks, Josh!


We had a good time at the Madison Co. Hop Fest, the turnout was light.   Dave Clark, Joan and Dave King greeted a few people interested in Homebrewing. 


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.  The price lists were sent out.  Let him know what you need.       

Knickerbocker Battle of the Brews, The deadline to register your beer is 10/13/18.  Entries must 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 we have a good bunch of prizes.   They also need your help, judging and stewarding. You can sign up at the above link. 

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.  

We will be doing a bus Beer Tour, mid Jan.  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.    

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!  

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

The beers: 

Dave Clark – Hoppy Red Ale, from, an extract brew with steeping grains, very tasty, good firm bitterness.  The instructions appear to be very well done, who knew Serious Eats has beer recipes?

Dave Scheel & Steven – Brown Ale, 2 years old, but still has lots of brown malty goodness.  High carbonation, but holding up well.    

Dave King (2) – Robust Porter, could use more body and Crystal malt flavor.  Scored a 33 in the Galaxy contest.

Jeff Culver – Oatmeal Stout, 3rd cut at it, with old fashioned oats, smooth, good body & roasted malt flavor.

Dave Scheel & Steve – Maple Bacon Milk Stout, with actual bacon in the secondary, big maple flavor, not much bacon. 

Kris & Tom – Sod Noggin, RedX base malt, smoked, oaked, wow, is it smoky! with peated malt and Scottish Ale yeast.  Oak chips were soaked in Oloroso, a Spanish Sherry.  Very tasty!  Scored a 44 in the Galaxy contest.

Jim Burt – Marathon Session IPA, BIAB, great hop nose, 3.8%, but not thin, with a nice malt flavor.   

Bob – Experimental Hop IPA, basically SMASH, with Magnum hops for bittering and Experimental Hop 07270.  Good, but could use more late hops, or maybe that experimental hop is not very potent.  The description sure sounds good.   

Donna – Sea Mist IPA, from Thimble Island Brewing Co., with citrus flavor from Amarillo hops.  

Donna – Beach Bum Barista, from Thimble Island Brewing Co., a milkshake IPA, with matcha tea and lactose.  The tea showed up in the finish. 

A great gathering, with plenty of great brews.  David Katleski, Founder and President of Empire Brewing and President of the NYS Brewer’s Association is planning to join us for our next meeting, October 10th.  Many of us will be brewing more, as the weather cools off.     

     Dave King (2)