August 2020 BIER Minutes

8/12/2020 we had 9 of us in an online ZOOM meeting. 

Don Zwach                 Dave King (2)             Josh Sember

James Dunn                 Jerry Canny                 Bernie & Donna Kordula                   

Dave Scheel                Steve Morrow                        

Hops are mostly mature by now.  I picked and dried only about 12 oz.  How are yours doing?   

Our AHA club liability insurance rooster has been sent in, the fee was paid and I got the certificate.  They raised the cost by $0.50/person.  Our dues were $3.75, because I didn’t find out until it was too late.  From here on, they’ll be $4.25.  We’ll make up the deficit with new members, through the year.  Our current balance is $-24.92.  We should discuss the need of keeping our web site, which cost us $18.17 for our BIER domain with GoDaddy and $27.50 for web site hosting with A Small Orange.  If someone knows of a better approach, let us know.  Our web site, is mainly just a repository for our meeting minutes. 

We have 34 members, I sent a list to Kevin Winters at Doc’s.  You get 10% off and bragging rights!  The meeting minutes and other communication distribution list has been changed to reflect this new list.  No membership cards for now.   

Josh mentioned BeerTree’s big area in the Oakdale Mall.  They’re also putting in a separate sour production facility in Binghamton, near the arena.  Stay tuned for details. 

Bernie was drinking a Lake Shore Fog Hazy IPA from Southern Tier, Donna had a Sierra Nevada Torpedo.  Josh had one of his stouts. Steve & Dave are planning their 100th brew, a big, complex RIS.  Jerry has been busy brewing many styles.  Your fearless leader was still enjoying his Clean Out the Closet IPA, fermentation tracked with Tilt.  And by now, the latest DBA is nearly done fermenting.

Speaking of DBA, this batch of Dad’s Brown Ale includes 10.7 oz. of wet hops (approx. 3.3 oz. dry equivalent) from the CTI Frank Haining Memorial Hop Garden, picked a week before brewing, frozen until brew day, and split between knock out and the hop back.  So the name needs to be Frank’s Brown Ale.  We should be able to toast to him at our Oct. meeting.

Seth, at Galaxy Brewing, says he’s brewing CloudSat, NOVA, and a new NEIPA, Mercury, and the can releases should be around September 16th.  Stay tuned!

We got into a discussion on the use of Potassium or Sodium Metabisulfite added at the end of fermentation to reduce oxidation.  Reportedly, it’s most relevant in beers where lasting bitterness or hop aroma are key.     

Dave Clark asked us about our recommendations on conical fermenters.  Rich, Jim Burt and I have them.  Mine is cheap, it’s OK, but Jim’s Spike CF5 & CF10 sounds much better.  Here’s a BYO article by John Blichmann.          

Steve Morrow invited us to his drive way for our Sept. meeting, 4017 Drexel Dr, Vestal, NY 13850 .  We need to limit it to 16 members, so let me know if you expect to attend, and we’ll save you a spot.  You need to bring a chair (lawn, bag, whatever) and a tasting glass.  We need to use facemasks when not seated.  Please bring a homebrew to share.  We’ll do a ZOOM feed for those who prefer that route.  Hopefully, the weather will cooperate.  

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)