October 2019 BIER Meeting

October 9, 2019


13 of us met for a Fall celebration of Homebrewing.




            Dave King (2)             Jerry Canny                 James Dunn                 Brian Balliet

            Kristen Lyons             Steve Morrow             Rick Cordsen

            Jason Gardner Dave Scheel                Chris Given

            Rich Andel                  Bernie & Donna Kordula                               



Rich is handling our 2019 hop order with Hop Heaven (Ted Hausotter), for fresh fall Northwest hops.  The requests have been sent in, and now we wait, a couple months, or so.    

BYO Magazine subscriptions – I asked Brad Ring, Publisher at BYO, no response, yet.  We should hear soon, hopefully, the old 50% off deal.

Bernie helped Water St. brew Feather Top Pumpkin Ale, and your President tasted it, very good, of course.  Untappd reviews agree.  Bernie has a good recipe, he knows how to toast that pumpkin and he used several additions of his proven spice blend.  That’s a 44x larger batch than his homebrew size.  Congratulations, Bernie!   RandyMosherDEKSml.jpg

GABF was October 3 to 5 in Denver.  Rich, Tom Owens and your President helped at the Galaxy booth.  Devin McMicken and his wife, also helped, and served his NE IPA at the Pro-Am booth.  Randy Mosher’s Forbidden Root Brewery booth was alongside ours.  We also ran into Vinnie Cilurzo, Jamil Zainasheff, and saw Garrett Oliver and Ken Grossman.  Ken brought his original brew house, he was celebrating Sierra Nevada’s 40th anniversary.  He’s doing a big tour with it, and will bring it to our AHA Conference in Nashville, next June.  So many Craft Brewing rock stars.   SierraNevadaBrewHouseSml.JPG

Galaxy and BIER held our ProAm Homebrew Contest, with Jerry Canny taking the top prize!  He’s going to Denver next Fall! Congratulations to him!  His Lemongrass Hopper, a wheat beer with white pepper was superb.  You’ll get to taste it in a few weeks at Galaxy, since he’ll be helping Seth scale it up.  All proceeds went to the Handicapped Children Association.  We had 3 categories, with Tim Gaige winning the American Beers category with his American Brown Ale, Jerry winning the Fall Beer category with his Märzen, and Jerry winning the Experimental Beer category with his Lemongrass Hopper.  We had a fun tasting of the leftovers, after the winners were announced, in the Galaxy brewery.  Thanks, Seth, Kevin Winters and Devin for the fine judging, and all the entrants for submitting so many great beers. 

New York Craft Brewers Festival is Nov. 2.  Over 60 Breweries, and lots of food included for $55, 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.    

Knickerbocker Battle of the Brews,  Check the competition website for all the details.  They also need your help, judging and stewarding. Saturday Nov. 16th.

Seneca Lodge is having their annual Beer Fest Dec. 6 & 7.  Some of us are going Friday night, come and join us!



5:30 start time


Music - Robin Burnette and Company  6:00-8:30

Breweries will pour from 5:30 - 9:00

Music - The Sweats  9:00 - 12.00

Apps will start at 6:00 with main buffet opening around 7:00


Breweries friday night:

Seneca Lake Brewing

Climbing Bines

Brewery of Broken Dreams

War Horse


Fleur De Lis


Market Street



4:00 start time


Music - Brett Beardslee and Scott Adams 4:30 - 7:30

Breweries will pour from 4:00 - 8:00

Music - RUST  8:30 - 11:00


Breweries Saturday night:

Lucky Hare

Finger Lakes

Grist Iron

Wagner Valley


Scale House


2 Goats        Please call 607-535-2014 or stop up to reserve your tickets.

Our annual Christmas party needs to be planned.  Your President is working on it.  If you have suggestions, please let him know.

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 North last year, We’re looking into going South to some new breweries this time.    

Next year’s AHA National Convention will be in Nashville, TN, June 18 – 20 next June, about a 13 hr. drive for us, so I’ll probably fly in, how about you?  Don’t miss the biggest 3 days in Homebrewing, for the year!  

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


Our Beers;    


Bernie & Donna – Feather Top Pumpkin Ale, from Water St., nice balanced brew, with a great spice level and flavor.  No cloves, thanks. 


Brian – Ok2berfest, from Two Roads Brewing, nice malty, crisp Fall brew.         


Dave & Steven – Todd’s Stout, Brewer’s Best kit, nice dry, roast level.  1st Quick Carb system use.     


Jerry Canny – NE IPA, nicely done, not too cloudy, big hop flavors, his 1st IPA, 1st recipe with water adjustments, Cl/SO4 = 2, with London Ale yeast. 


Rich – Juice 5, no boil NE IPA, way cloudy, with Voss Kveik yeast, fermented at 90°F, done in 2.5 days, wort was heated to 185°F for 15 min. then hops added in a 170°F whirlpool.  It sure worked!   


Dave King (2) – IPA Blend, the low bitterness batch #169 blended with as much #170, to get it to a good level.  Recipes were the same, except for slightly different hops, and the former was fermented with Voss Kveik yeast, at 90°F, and the latter was made with US-05.  No noticeable fermentation character difference. 


Chris – Brooklyn Capata 2, barley wine style ale, with sweet orange peel and dark candi sugar syrup.  Not heavy, drier than typical barley wines, and more drinkable.

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, 13th.   

     Dave King (2)