Bloatarian Brewing League

July 2016 Bosmopolitan

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Here is the July issue of the Bosmopolitan!

July Board Meeting Minutes
July Meeting – Kettle Souring
Beer and Sweat!
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.

July Board Meeting Minutes

Start: 7:09p End: 8:50p
In attendance: Aaron M, Ray G, Andy M, Steve B, Mike M, Roxanne W

-Discussed time line for Malcolm Frazer to give talk at upcoming club meting

-Discussed upcoming competitions: MASH Ales of Summer, KY State Fair, Beer and Sweat

-Discussed purchasing hand thrown mugs from Rookwood; possible gifts for out of town speakers, etc.

-Discussed increasing membership; cross marketing; Roxanne to reach out to Slow Food Cincinnati

-Discussed Beer and Sweat sponsors; great response so far; Party Source as possible sponsor?

-Upcoming Club Meeting Topics: Elliott/Kettle Souring (July), Beer and Sweat (Aug), Sept ?, Roxanne/Mead (October)”

 

 

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.

July Meeting – Kettle Souring

July 15, 2016 – 7pm-10pm at Norwood Community Center

Joshua Elliott, brewer at Urban Artifact in Northside will discuss kettle souring techniques and wild fermentations!


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.

Beer and Sweat

This is it, folks.  The big one.  Beer and Sweat is nearly upon us!

Beer & Sweat is the world’s largest KEG-ONLY (no bottles allowed!) homebrew competition by volume!

This BJCP-sanctioned competition takes place Saturday afternoon ending with the Best of Show judging and finally the awards ceremony in the evening.  Once the awards have been given, the biggest homebrewed party that you will ever experience continues well into the evening with music, raffles and partying!

VOLUNTEER!  This competition cannot be run by Bloatarians alone! Register and set your preferences for judging or stewarding.  Judges, Stewards and Volunteers receive a complimentary 2016 individual membership to the Bloatarian Brewing League, entry to the event and as a thank you will receive a special gift and dinner on Saturday.  Judges and stewards need to be available Saturday, Noon–5pm. General volunteer positions are available. If you are interested in assisting at the Raffle Booth, Merch Sales or Registration Table please let us know!  You need only ‘man the booth’ for 2 hours!  While you ‘work’, you reserve the unalienable right to command others to go and pour you a homebrew!

 

Judge and steward registration is now open, entry registration opens 7/14!

Click the link below to sign up!

http://beerandsweat.brewcomp.com/

 

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.

Club Brewing Demonstrations and Beer Education Programs

The club has been receiving a large number of requests lately for brewing demos and beer education programs. In the past we have had a small number of people that would take care of these requests, but now that the requests are coming from far and wide throughout the tri-state area, we now have a need to call on our membership to ask for volunteers who would be willing to lead some discussions and beer education events. If you are interested in speaking when these events come up, please talk to a board member or officer so that we can take your name and contact information. A power point presentation and/or discussion materials can be provided if needed.


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.

BBL Membership Cards

As you’ve probably seen in our member benefits, you can receive a 10% discount on supplies at local homebrew supply stores when you show your Bloatarian membership card.  But to do that, you first need to renew or become a member! Renew or Join today…

**NOTE: If you need a card, please see Ray at the check in desk at the monthly meeting! Come out and join us.


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.

Flanders Red Solera

The club has participated in various group brew barrel projects in the past.  About two years ago we started a Flanders Red Solera.  The idea behind a Solera is that you periodically remove some beer from the barrel and then add more new beer into the barrel.  Theoretically the Solera can keep going for years.  It took some time for the beer to initially sour, but we have begun the beer cycling process.

In general, participants provide 5 gallons to put in the barrel and then later receive about 4 gallons back out.  Our plans are to draw from the barrel once per month.  At that rate, a person who adds to the barrel will be drawing their share from the barrel one year later.

Dave Harsh has agreed to be the point of contact for the barrel (thanks Dave!). If you are interested in contributing beer to the barrel, let Dave know ASAP and get that beer in there!

For those of you who are interested, here’s the Flanders Red recipe we used.  This came direct from Brian St. Claire and it is the recipe he used for his Flanders Red which took Runner-Up Best of Show at the 2007 National Homebrew Competition.

Bourbon Barrel Flanders Red

5 gallons
OG: 1.054
IBU: 12
5 lb vienna
1 lb carahell
1 lb cara vienna
1 lb aromatic
8 oz special B
1.5 lb flaked corn
handful UNCRUSHED carafa III in sparge for better color, optional
1 oz Mt Hood flowers at 3.7% AA at 45 min (may substitute with another equivalently low %AA Noble hop; check first)
Wyeast # 3763 Roselare yeast in 1000 ml starter

mash in at 156 degrees for 90 min, boil 80 min, chill to 69, oxygenate one min, ferment in glass then add to barrel when yeast drops out (20 days.)


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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