March 2015 Bosmopolitan

March 16, 2015 Comments off

Here is the March issue of the Bosmopolitan!

March Board Meeting Minutes
March Club Meeting
Club Brewing Demonstrations and Beer Education Programs
BBL Membership Cards
Flanders Red Solera
Taft’s Ale House Sneak Peek


Have you recently toured a brewery, been to a new favorite beer bar, or have some other beer related news you’d like to share with the club?  Let us know and we’ll include it in the newsletter.

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Categories: BBL News, Bosmopolitan

February 2015 Bosmopolitan

February 17, 2015 Comments off

Here is the February issue of the Bosmopolitan!

February Board Meeting Minutes
February Club Meeting **Updated**
Club Brewing Demonstrations and Beer Education Programs
BBL Membership Cards
Flanders Red Solera – Updated 2/15
Free Chest Freezer!
Bockfest Competition Coordinator


Have you recently toured a brewery, been to a new favorite beer bar, or have some other beer related news you’d like to share with the club?  Let us know and we’ll include it in the newsletter.

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Categories: BBL News, Bosmopolitan

2015 Bockfest Registration is Open

February 1, 2015 Comments off

Bring out your bocks!  The Cincinnati celebration of everything bock is coming soon – Saturday, March 7.  Get your entries in before February 27 at http://bockfest.brewcomp.com/.  You can also sign up to judge at the same link.

Categories: BBL News

January 2015 Bosmopolitan

January 27, 2015 Comments off

Here is the January (barely) issue of the Bosmopolitan!

December Board Meeting Minutes
January Board Meeting Minutes
February Club Meeting
Club Brewing Demonstrations and Beer Education Programs
BBL Membership Cards
Flanders Red Solera


Have you recently toured a brewery, been to a new favorite beer bar, or have some other beer related news you’d like to share with the club?  Let us know and we’ll include it in the newsletter.

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Categories: BBL News, Bosmopolitan

February Club Meeting- Robust Porter Competition

January 26, 2015 Comments off
At the February meeting, we will hold a competition for the club Robust Porter recipe posted on the Bloatarian website.  Not only was this recipe created by the club as a group, this competition will be judged by all attendees at the February meeting (no judging experience necessary – this is going to be a fun, learning experience).  The club has plenty of certified judges who will offer assistance to anyone with questions – part of the reason for this competition is to help further everyone’s understanding of beer.  When you arrive at the meeting, please sign in with your BJCP rank.  When judging begins, we want to make sure experienced judges are evenly distributed around the room.

 

For first round judging, all meeting attendees will judge two random entries.  This should ensure that each entrant will receive at least five score sheets which should allow entrants to get plenty of feedback.  After first round judging, all entries will enter a mini-BOS round and all attendees will participate in this round of judging as well.  Due to entry count, we will split the entries to different tables for this round.  Each table will do its own mini-BOS and will have at least one highly ranked judge to help walk the table members through the process.  From each mini-BOS, we will advance a select number of entries to the Best Of Show judging to be conducted by the clubs most experienced, highly ranked judges.  A winner will emerge and there will be much rejoicing!

 

For Entrants:  In order to supply enough beer for the whole club to judge, the entry requirements are a bit higher than a normal competition.  You must bring either:
  • 10 12-ounce bottles
  • 6 22-ounce bottles
  • 2 half gallon growlers
  • a corny keg
The recipe on the Bloatarian web site must be followed to enter the competition (please notify Mark Brzezinski if the hops for your recipe were not available).  You must notify Mark Brzezinski by email (bblcompetitionmeister@cinci.rr.com) before 8:00 PM Monday, February 16 with your intent to enter and the type on packaging for your entry (of the four above).  You will then receive entry labels by return email which you should attach to your entries by rubber band (no adhesives please).  Please be at the Norwood Community Center no later than 7:10 on Friday, February 20 with your entries.

 

Good luck to everyone and see you on the 20th – JA-EEEP!!
Categories: BBL Events

January Meeting – Holiday Social

January 8, 2015 Comments off

SATURDAY January 17, 2015 — Board Meeting at 4pm – Doors open at 5pm – Dinner at 6pm – Norwood Community Center

Mark your calendar! BBL will again gather to revel in chaos and toast to another successful and fun year of BBL activities on SATURDAY, January 17, 2015.

Bring a dish and beer to share. Of course, beer and food pairings always welcome along with foods made with beer.

If you wish to participate in the bottle exchange bring a wrapped 750ml bottle of COMMERCIAL beer. (NO homebrew!)

Categories: BBL News

Club Robust Porter Recipe Competition

December 25, 2014 Comments off

At the February club meeting, we will have a fixed recipe competition on the Robust Porter recipe built by group collaboration at the September meeting.  With a fixed recipe, the only differences in the entries would be based on the brewing process so this is a terrific way to get feedback on your brewing technique.  Right now is the perfect time to make a porter so it is ready in February plus a porter is the perfect beer to get you through a Cincinnati winter.

Bosmo Robusto – Bloatarian Robust Porter Recipe (12B)

5.5 gallons
75% efficiency
SG:  1.059 (style 1.048-1.065)
SRM:  35 (style 22-42)
IBUs:  46 (style 25-60)

8.0 lbs. Pale Ale Malt
1.0 lbs. Munich Malt
0.5 lbs. Crystal 40
0.5 lbs. Special B
0.75 lbs. Chocolate Malt
0.38 lbs. Roasted Barley
0.75 lbs.  Flaked Wheat

0.8 oz. Magnum 12.5% (10 AAU) pellets 90 minutes
0.5 oz. US Fuggle 5% (2.5 AAU) pellets 20 minutes
0.5 oz. US Fuggle 5% (2.5 AAU) pellets 5 minutes

Yeast:  Brewer’s choice

Mash Specifications (temperature, thickness, time): Brewer’s choice

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