Bloatarian Brewing League

October 2016 Bosmopolitan

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Here is the July issue of the Bosmopolitan!

October Board Meeting Minutes
October Meeting – Meads
Club Elections
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.

October Board Meeting Minutes

Start: 7:010p End: 8:50p
In attendance: Aaron M, Ray G, Joe G, Jerry H, Steve B, Mike M, Roxanne W, Dan L, Jason B, Alexander G, Patrick B

 

-Beer and Sweat: Expenses were managed well, didin’t lose money, however sales at the door dropped by half from previous year.

-Beermas in the work; Hope to have dates/schedule by October meeting

-Club Election Year; Ray intends to stay on as Treasurer

-Discussed some ideas on how to continue/improve the club’s relationship with Listermann Brewing

-October Meeting: Mead w/Roxanne

-November Meeting: Scott LaFollette Brewer’s Talk

 

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.

October Meeting – Mead

October 21, 2016 – 7pm-10pm at Norwood Community Center

The October Meeting topic is MEADS!! Roxanne has made a bunch of test batches, did some experiments, and played around with honey a bunch. So – come to learn more about mead and making mead, taste the experiments (maybe do some blending) and talk about ideas. Feel free to bring your meads, too!


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 Elections

The Bloated Board holds elections for board members every two years. This year is an election year and we are seeking new club members for the board. It’s good to have a rotation of club members on the board. Nominations will officially be during the September club meeting with elections during the November meeting. Here is a quick rundown of the different offices we are looking to fill and a brief description of their duties:

President

This officer will normally conduct the meetings. The president is responsible for securing the meeting place. Often, the president is the one who plans the meetings and arranges for an interesting demonstration or discussion. The president reviews the financial records of the club quarterly or as needed.

Vice President

This officer assists the president as necessary. The vice president may organize the tasting portion of the meeting, ensuring that there is an adequate supply of beer.

Secretary

This officer keeps the minutes of the meeting (if necessary), and may also edit and publish the club newsletter or meeting notices. The secretary also maintains the official club membership list. The secretary corresponds with other clubs and appropriate bodies.

Treasurer

This officer handles the finances. The treasurer collects dues and sees that they are deposited in the club’s accounts. The treasurer keeps the financial records.

President Emeritus

This officer is the president from the previous term. This officer’s duties is to provide counsel and ensure a smooth transition for the next term. Or, depending on the whim of the President Emeritus, to misguide and incite chaos.

The board also is responsible for appointing officers for other positions need in the club such as Membership Coordinator, Minister of Propaganda and Grillmeister.

Nominations So Far

So far, Ray Gerdes is interested in staying on as Treasurer and Joe Geil will be President Emeritus.

If this sounds interesting to you, let someone know that you are interested or talk to one of the current board members if you have questions.

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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