September 2019 BIER Meeting

September 11, 2019

10 of us were Present:

Bernie Kordula           Donna Kordula           Christopher Hritcko

Kristen Lyons Chris Given                 Steven Morrow

Dave King (2)             James Dunn                 Adam Hawley

Dave Scheel                                                                                                               

News & Discussion: 

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


Sad news, passed on from Bernie & Dave Clark.  Empire’s Cazenovia Farm Brewery is going bankrupt, Custom Brew Crafters is closing, and Ithaca is having financial woes, as well.


It appears that the trend to drink local, with all the new local breweries emerging, is making it hard for medium to large Craft Breweries.  Tariff wars with China are probably hurting Empire.  Ithaca had a waste water treatment issue.  These people are all good friends of Homebrewers, and we wish them the best in these times.  

Rich is handling our 2019 hop order with Hop Heaven (Ted Hausotter), for fresh fall Oregon hops.  The price lists haven’t been sent out, but we should see them soon. 

Bernie helped Water St. brew Feather Top Pumpkin Ale, and your President tasted it, very good, of course.  Untappd reviews agree.  Bernie knows how to toast that pumpkin and used several additions of his proven spice blend.     

The Salt City (Syracuse) Brew contest was September 13th-14th. Winners are listed in the link.

The German Club Oktoberfest was Sept. 21.

The coHOPeration 2019 release and IPA Fest is at Hopshire on September 28 from noon to 7pm and will offer an amazing flight of 7 IPAs.

GABF Is October 3 to 5 in Denver.  Rich, Tom Owens and your President will be helping at the Galaxy booth.  Devin McMicken will be serving his NE IPA at the Pro-Am booth.  Come and join us!   

Galaxy and BIER are holding a ProAm Homebrew Contest.  We need to get our Entry Forms in by Oct. 17th, and actual beers need to be delivered to Galaxy Oct. 12th to the 22nd.  See the Entry Form for other rules.  The winner will be announced at our Oct. 26th, 7 pm party at Galaxy.  We’ll need some help to organize the entries and Steward for the judging, Oct. 26th at 1 pm.    PosterSml.jpg  

Knickerbocker Battle of the Brews, The deadline to register your beer is 10/15/19.  Check the competition website for all the details.  They also need your help, judging and stewarding.

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 North last year, 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!  

Steve told us about and showed us his quick carb setup.  About $80, compared to Blickman’s $170 unit.    

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

The beers: 

Bernie – English Mild, nice malty English, sessionable 5.75% ABV brew. 

Adam – Raspberry Wheat, nice tart, dry easy drinker.  This was ½ a 10 gal. batch.

Adam – Citrus Wheat, good Belgian ester flavor, done with vodka citrus zest tincture and Safale K97 German Ale yeast.  Nice citrus flavor level, too.

Dave Scheel & Steven – Wheat Wine, we tasted last winter, about 9.5% ABV, a hefty brew, holding up well. 

Christopher Hritcko – Rye Pale Ale, an extract with steeping grains beer, 1.054 to 1.014.  Nice and dry, with a peppery rye flavor, well done.     

Dave King (2) – Empire’s Barrel Aged Russian Imperial Stout, we got on our Jan. 2019 bus tour.  This slightly sour wine barrel aged brew was a bit of a gusher, seems like maybe it picked up some bugs in the barrel.  But it was a very tasty, intense brew. 

A great small gathering, with some great brews.  Many of us will be brewing more, as the weather cools off.  Let’s do it again, Oct. 9th, Brew On!   

     Dave King (2)