June 2019 BIER Minutes

6/12/2018 we had a good sized group, 17 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                  Adam Hawley             Dave King (2)             Chris Given

Matt Farrell                 Dave King (1) Jason Gardner             Kristen Lyons

Joan King                    James Dunn                 Donna Kordula           Jerry Canny

Bernie Kordula           Bob Ciesla                   Steve Morrow             Pat Carey

Pat Carey has been a member for a good while, but normally worked Wed. nights, now he’s working in Rochester, but got a temp. assignment in Binghamton, so he made the meeting!  Jerry Canny is a new member, attracted by our charity fest.  Welcome, guys!

I planted 4 Cascade hop rhizomes at CTI, in the Frank Haining Memorial Hop Garden.  They’re taking off OK, for the 1st year of transplanted life.  We need to brew a beer the fall of 2020, using them, dedicated to Frank.  We should be able to wet hop the daylights out of it.  

Our Learn To Homebrew class at Farmhouse Brewing went very well.  We had 7 students, Bernie did the brewing.  We made an English Pale Ale kit, donated by Kevin of Doc’s Homebrew Supply.  We bottled it a couple weeks later, and got 29 ea. of 22 oz. bombers and a plastic 12 oz. bottle, to test for pressure.  We sampled it after 4 weeks in the bottle, and found it to be very tasty, even though our original gravity was low, 1.035.  It wasn’t chilled well, and the carbonation may not have finished, that soda bottle was somewhat firm, but then it is British, but we decided to wait 2 more weeks.  After 6 weeks, it may have been slightly more carbonated, but not much.  It still tasted fine, not thin, some bitterness, but very light on hop flavor and aroma.  

The BIER Brew & Food Fest, was held Thurs. May 16.  Everyone had a great time, so many great beers and good food.  We raised $3359 for Make-A-Wish.  There were so many generous contributions for prizes, that we had drawings for 3 baskets, and 2 of our own Homebrewers, Jim Burt and Anna won gift certificates, as well.  The best Homebrew voting went well, with these winners declared.

Voted by Craft Breweries:

1st place  - Joe Gaige, Juice 1.0, NE IPA

2nd place – Bernie Kordula, British Ale

3rd place  - Rich Andel, Surprise, Tropical Pale Ale, with blood orange, pineapple and passion fruit

Voted by People's Choice:

1st place  - Rich Andel, Surprise, Tropical Pale Ale, with blood orange, pineapple and passion fruit

2nd place - Joe Gaige, Juice 1.0, NE IPA

3rd place  - Jamie Cornell, Wee Touch Scotch Ale, Scotch Ale with a wee touch of cherry wood smoked and peated malts

The next issue is; who’s our benefactor next year?  We’re looking for someone in need of funding, who is worthy of our hard work (and great Homebrew!), and will help get the word out for us.  Send me your nomination, and tell me why. 

Zoo Brew was held at the Ross Park Zoo, June 8th, we helped serve.  Bernie & Donna Kordula brought and poured Water Street brews, Lucky Corbie and Hefeweizen.  Dave King (1) and (2) worked alongside Joan King, Dave Clark, and Judy Clark.   Joan and I served 2 Northway Brewing beers;

     Avenue of the Pines NE IPA, so good, a blend of NE IPA and West Coast IPA, great hop flavor, good dry, bitter finish, not sweet or fruity.  OK, a little cloudy, I’ll give them a pass on that, even though that’s supposed to be a “feature” of NE IPA.


     Sunrise Session IPA, not thin and watery like so many session IPA’s, but so flavorful, for a 5% IPA, very satisfying, well done!

Coincidentally, the Saratoga Thoroughbrews (John Lee) met in their tap room this month, it’s just South of Lake George.

The 2019 AHA National Homebrewers Conference was in Providence, RI, about a 5 hr. drive for us. We had a booth at Club Night.  We met some of the Rock Stars of Homebrewing.  Rich, Jim & Carrie, Tom Owens, Don Zwach, Jerry Canny, Dave Clark, and Dave King (2) attended.  Tues. we visited Boston Beer, and had a cool cheese and barrel aged beer tasting.   Jamil Zainasheff is ill, recovering from a rare disorder called Sarcoidosis.  He was there, but his wife fell ill, and he had to leave.  Wed. night. Denny Conn and Drew Beechum had buses from the conf. center to their Pre-Conference Party at Isle Brewers Guild.  Good weather, 4 food trucks, good beers and a couple bands made for a good evening.  Seth poured several Galaxy beers, with Rich’s help at the Thurs. night Kick-Off Party!  Afterward, we helped him pack up, and he joined us for our own party afterward.  Club Night was the best!BIER-ClubNight.jpgDEK-ClubNight.jpg

Mike, Tasty McDole, is battling cancer, and did not attend the conference.  He’s a dear friend, all his Homebrew buddies wish him a rapid and complete recovery.  He did give me a shout out for Dad’s Brown Ale, wishing he was there.

Farmhouse Brewing is opening their 2nd Tap Room in Victor, NY, just SE of Rochester, near the start of Rt. 490, just off the Thruway. It should open some time in July.    

The German Club, Breakfast in the Woods was held on Memorial Day, and it’ll be again July 4th, and Labor Day.   

UNYHA Summerfest is July 20th at John Reid's place in Farmington.  This is always a good time.  Lots of kegs, bring a dish to pass.  Come for the day, or camp overnight. 

Deposit Lumberjack Festival, is also July 20st. 

Get Your Brew On: The Art of Making Beer, course at Cornell, July 21-27, 2019, $1285, woo, that’s a lot!  We do a ½ day brew, then bottle, then taste, for free.  I’m not sure how they can justify that. 

Rochester’s Flour City Brewers Fest is at the Public Market, Aug 16, 6 to 9pm.  Madison Co. Hop Fest is Sept. 13 -15.  GABF  will be Oct. 3 - 5.  Devin McMicken’s, Turning Pages 6, Juicy or Hazy IPA will be brewed by Galaxy and served in the Pro-Am booth.  How exciting for him!

The Salt City (Syracuse) Brew contest is scheduled for September 13 & 14 in Syracuse.  They’ll need Judges and Stewards, as well as entries.

Recently there’s been some people noting that they’ve got extra brewing equipment they’d like to get rid of, and others are in need of things.  If you’re in one of those camps, let me know, and I’ll get the word out.  You can also post it on the BIER Facebook page.

Jason gave us a sheet of pizza.  Our charity fest 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.  Bob brought us popcorn, and Bernie Stewarded, with Donna’s help.  Thanks guys!                                                   

Brew Tastings;

BobGerman Pilsner,  his 1st lager, nice, clean, light, with some citrus notes, very well done.

Jerry Canny Lemongrass Wheat, his 2nd brew of this beer, a kit, with some additions including white pepper, this guy’s got some culinary skills.  

James Dunn Czech Dark Lager,  Pilsner & Munich, with some dark malts, another very fine lager from our Master.

Learn to Homebrew Class – English Ordinary Bitter, English Pale Ale kit from Doc’s, but we used an un-calibrated bucket, diluting it too much.  It came out good, just lighter, see notes above.

Dave King (2) – Dad’s Brown Ale & IPA Blend.  When you need refrigerator space, it’s time to combine ‘em.  Besides, blending can make some interesting beers.  This one makes me wonder if I should dial back the dark malts in DBA. 

Adam – Mild Amarillo Simcoe, an American IPA, with all English mild malt, Amarillo and Simcoe hops, and US-05 yeast.  The malt flavor from all Mild malt was great.  Very nicely done, great example of the style.

Adam – Maris Mosaic Azakka, another nicely made IPA from Adam, this time with Maris Otter malt, Mosaic and Azacca hops.  Late hopped and dry hopped, for a very nice flavored brew.  Thanks, Adam!

Matt – Light Handed IPA, from Breaker Brewing Co. in Wilkes-Barre, easy on-off, we should stop.  This is a nice 4.6% ABV Session IPA, they make a Heavy Handed IPA at 9.1%, too. 

Rich – Juice 3.0 NE IPA, all Galaxy hops, no boil, 175°F for 50 min. and a 30 min. whirlpool, it’s all about the hop aroma.  It worked!

Dave King (1) – Big Honkin Stout, Northern Brewer kit, 1.070 to 1.030, 1.5 yrs old, holding up well.  

Pat – Rocsputin 1.0, 8.2% ABV RIS, 8.2% ABV. Old Rasputin clone (from Rochester, therefore, the name), with an Alt yeast.  Light on roast, but a nice beer.


Another great early summer meeting.  Lots of unique and delicious brews as always.  Next meeting is July, 10th, at Binghamton Brewing!  Rich will officiate.  Your fearless leader will be on vacation.  Time to re-up, $3.75 for a year of BIER, don’t lose your 10% discount at Doc’s, and get some BIER 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)