January 2020 BIER Meeting

January 8, 2020

A new year, more good brew.  18 of us on a cool Winter’s night at Binghamton Brewing, and we enjoyed Bing Brew beers, some good discussions and tastings. Thanks, Kristen & Jason! 

Present were:

Jerry Canny ... Dave & Joan King .... George Cerny.... David Scheel

Matt Farrell .... Brian Balliet .... Cory Balliet ... Steve Morrow

Bernie & Donna Kordula .....  James Dunn ... Kristen Lyons .... Jason Gardner

Ron Mason .... Shawn Strassel .... Sean McMullen  ... Bob McMullen

aha_logo.pngWe discussed:

There was a question from Sean, about going all grain, and what was a good approach to mashing.  We went over some of the basics, and suggested batch sparging or Brew-In-A-Bag were probably best. 

Amber Waves of Grain, Homebrew competition by the Niagara Association of Homebrewers deadline for entries is Feb. 8.  The judging will be held Feb. 21 & 22. 

Our annual Beer Tour, Jan. 18th was cancelled, since we only got 13 people signed up by Jan. 9.  Coachmaster (30 passenger) was going to cost $50/ea., with tip, an 18% increase over last year.  We think the high cost was the main issue.  Next time, we’re going to rent a van or 2, with our own drivers.  

Snommegang is March 21st, at Muller Plaza in Oneonta. 

Binghamton On Tap is set for Feb. 8th at the Double Tree in Binghamton.

The charity for our Spring Homebrew Fest will be Habitat for Humanity.  May 28th, it’s a Thurs.  They should be a lot of help getting publicity & donors.  We can use your help, as well.  Are any of you members of clubs who might sponsor or donate?

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 fly in, how about you?  Don’t miss the biggest 3 days of the year for Homebrewing!  

Get your BIER logo mug or stein.  They’re still available, along with old logo tee shirts, etc.  I use my mug, and the logo is well buried in the finish, so it should last a long time. 

Bernie, Donna & Steven Stewarded, Binghamton Brewing provided the back room, clean sampling glasses, and rinse water, thanks!  I hope you all bought a beer or 2 from our generous hosts. 

Homebrew Samples

James – Vienna Lager, such a great lager, malty, delicious.  After 15 years of tweaking, the right malt seems most critical to James, he swears by Weyermann Barke malts.  Also, notice the big starter, 3 qt. for 5 gal.  Otherwise, a simple recipe, simply great.

George – StoneBend Saison, by Buried Acorn Brewing, a red wine barrel aged Saison, slightly tart and spicy.  They’re new, near the Syracuse Mall, specializing in Barrel-Aged Sour and Farmhouse Beer.

Brian – Oktoberfest, a 1 gal. kit from “Craft the Brew”, poor instructions, too bad Brewer’s Best only makes a 5 gal. Oktoberfest.  Nice malty beer with US-O5 yeast. 

Bernie – Oatmeal Raisin Brown Ale, Maris Otter, toasted oats and ½ lb. raisins, great dark, not roasty, malt flavors.

Jerry – Winter Ale,  a Weissenböck, he used wheat malt and lots of German hops with East Coast Ale yeast, and added bitter orange peel, ginger root and cinnamon, 15 min. out for the right spice levels. 

Steve & Dave Scheel – Kitchen Sink 2019, an American Strong Ale, malty, with a good bitterness balance.  Lots of different malts cleaned out the malt cabinet, with good malty goodness.   

Dave King (2) – IPA, nothing different from the usual recipe, SO4/Cl = 2.6, except for some adds designed to help hoppy shelf life.  Brewed in Sept., with BrewTan B, unflavored gelatin fining, and CO2 pressure pushed to a purged keg.  Seemed to age decently.  Next up, add 0.4 gm. Potassium Metabisulfite at kegging, to eat residual O2.

Great Start to Another Year

Thanks to Kristin & Jason for hosting our meetings.  Next meeting is February 12th, at Binghamton Brewing.  Please bring a beer to sample, 2 ea. 12 oz. or so, and label them.  Recipes are appreciated.  Your fearless leader will be in FL, carry on, see you in April!

       Dave King (2)