Bloatarian Brewing League

December 2016 Bosmopolitan

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Here is the December issue of the Bosmopolitan!

December Board Meeting Minutes
January Meeting – Holiday Social
February Meeting – Pro Brewer Talk w/ Scott LaFollette
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.

December Board Meeting Minutes

Meeting start: 7:15p
In attendance: Pretty much everyone

-Ray G – We have money

-Ray S – Competition site renewed

-January Board meeting 1/21/17 @5:30 @ Norwood. Holiday social to immediately follow. Bottle exchange – bring wrapped/bagged bomber/750 ml of decent quality – give something as nice as you’d like to receive.

-February Meeting – Scott L. to give talk on teas, infusions, etc.

-Evil Iron Brewer – 40 entrants, 46 entries. To be judged at Bloat Open

Meeting ended eventually
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.

January Meeting – Holiday Social

January 21, 2017 – 7pm-10pm at 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 21, 2017. Board Meeting to be held ~5:30. Doors open at 6pm, dinner at 7:00pm

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!). Also, we ask that a minimum of $10 be spent on the bottle you submit for the exchange…no one wants a bomber of Budweiser, or even Boston Lager, Fat Tire, etc. Hint: Give something that you would like to receive!


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.

February Meeting – Pro Brewer Talk w/ Scott LaFollette

February 17, 2017 – 7pm-10pm at Norwood Community Center

In February, our very own Scott LaFollette will give a talk on specialty beers, using teas, infusions, etc. Come learn from the master!


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 a year and half 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, so the beer is finally ready to start the 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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